Hello, I am bringing you second chapter of this weekly series. This time I will be focusing on hearthstone World Championship @BlizzCon, because it’s the biggest and most prestigious event of the year in the world of Hearthstone! The total prize pool was 250,000$. Winner took home sweet 100,000$.
Let’s recap the “Road to BlizzCon” for players, who might not know how it worked. In hearthstone we have 5 main regions: Europe, America, China, Korea, Taiwan. The road to BlizzCon started with Regional Qualifiers for each of these regions. To qualify for these qualifiers (Inception u wot m8) you had to either finish in top 16 on ladder in a given month or win a major tournament.
Regional Qualifiers structure:
Europe: 16 players, group stage into playoffs, top 4 advance
America: 16 players, group stage into playoffs, top 4 advance
China: 32 players, single elimination, top 4 advance
Korea: 4 players, single elimination, top 2 advance
Taiwan: 4 players, double elimination, top 2 advance
That means we had top 16 players from all-over the world after the Regional Qualifiers were finished. These 16 players were divided into 4 groups with 4 members each. Let’s have a look on the groups:
Once the group were settled, players started to play their games. Only half of each group could continue in the World Championship, that means 8 players over-all. After amazing and intensive games we knew the 8 chosen names.
8 players managed to proceed:
TiddlerCelestial, DTwo, Kaor, Tarei, Kranich, Firebat, StrifeCro, Kolento
They were paired against each other resulting in a 3 rounds grid (Quarter-, Semi- and Finals)
Round 1 (Quarterfinals)
TiddlerCelestial vs Tarei – 3:1
Kranich vs Kolento – 3:2
Kaor vs Firebat – 1:3
StrifeCro vs DTwo – 2:3
4 players proceeded to the semifinals: TiddlerCelestial, Kranich, Firebat and DTwo
Round 2 (Semifinals)
TiddlerCelestial vs Kranich – 3:0 (Handlock ftw!)
Firebat vs DTwo – 3:2
And after these 2 series we knew our 2 finalists: TiddlerCelestial and Firebat!
Round 3 (Grand Finals)
So we got to grand finals, where China’s TiddlerCelestial and America’s Firebat clashed. Tiddler banned Firebat’s Warlock (Zoo) and Firebat banned Hunter.
Tiddler’s lineup: Druid, Priest, Warlock (Handlock)
Firebat’s lineup: Hunter, Rogue, Druid
Game 1 – Both ended up picking druid for their first game. Both got similar start (Wild Growth
Game 2 – Tiddler brought priest for 2nd game. Unfortunately Firebat had the perfect start against priest. Turn 2 Chillwind Yeti
Game 3 – Tiddler queued with his last deck – Handlock. Both got very strong hands. Unfortunately in this matchup it’s way better for druid. Turn 3 Twilight Drake
Deck of the Week
After watching hearthstone World Championship very closely I found, that the strongest deck (also according to ban/pick rate) now is Deathrattle Hunter. Also known as Cancer/eBola. This deck is able to pressure heavily your opponent from turn 1 till the end. It has explosive starts with Undertaker
Stay tuned until next week! Also feel free to leave some feedback in comments I will be more than willing to answer! I have only one question: Goblins or Gnomes?
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