Hearthstone Alley is back with its coverage of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Hearthstone scene, and we will be kicking off with an overview of last Sunday’s Top Deck League #1!
Organised by Click-Storm, the Best-of-5 tournament saw a total of 68 participants, a respectable number for an offline tournament!
The tournament allowed for unlimited side decking, where the winner keeps his class (but allowed to use different decks) and the loser switching his. This format resulted in many interesting match-ups – losing players looking to counter the opponent’s Handlock may instead find themselves going against the infamous Zoolock.
Due to the unpredictable nature of the tournament, a number of Hearthstone ‘veterans’ were eliminated in the early stages of the tournament. It was a breath of fresh air as Frostshattering and Metha rose above the competition of these unknown players.
It made for an exciting final as they opened with a Druid and Control Warrior respectively. The early game went smoothly for Frostshattering, as he built tempo with a turn 2 coin into Shade of Naxxramas, while also silencing Metha’s Acolyte of Pain with Keeper of the Grove.
The game seemed to be going in Frostshattering’s favour as he developed the board while answering all of Metha’s threats. However, a huge Brawl from Metha left Frostshattering with just the Shade of Naxxramas, and Metha then took control of Game 1 with his high value minions such as Ragnaros the Firelord and Ysera.
Frostshattering then struck back with his Handlock’s strong start – Turn 4 Twilight Drake, Turn 5 Mountain Giant, and a Turn 6 Sludge Belcher. Metha answered by throwing down his own Sludge Belcher and Sylvanas Windrunner for a board showdown.
Frostshattering was unable to maintain board control (due to a lack of Taunt minions), with Metha’s Ragnaros the Firelord hitting the Handlock’s face, allowing the Grommash Hellscream + Death’s Bite to give Metha a 2-0 lead.
With Frostshattering’s tournament life on the line, he went for the Warrior mirror match-up. Metha had a strong mid-game with Loatheb, Sylvanas Windrunner, and Ragnaros the Firelord. However, Frostshattering cleared Metha’s Ragnaros the Firelord with his own Ragnaros the Firelord snipe (oh the RNG).
Frostshattering was low on health but was able to hide behind a Sludge Belcher to prevent the Grommash Hellscream combo finish. However, a timely Black Knight draw from Metha allowed him to obtain a 3-0 victory with Gorehowl.
Top Deck League was the first Singapore offline tournament in a while, and boy, it was refreshing to see new faces coming into the scene, and with a bang! We would like to thank Click-Storm for hosting this tournament, and hopefully there will be more to come!
- Champion: Metha
- Runner-Up: Frostshattering
- 2nd Runner-Up: wth76
- 3rd Runner-Up: Negation
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Wuffle is a Hearthstone enthusiast who is currently in the final year of his undergraduate studies.
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Edited by Silfer