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The Top Decks From This Year's World Championship
If you at all tuned into the Hearthstone World Championships this time last week at BlizzCon, you're probably aware of exactly how crazy the matches were. The Semifinals were incredibly close with both series going to the full five games. That said, here are the decklists from your top four finishers. You should be surprised to note the diversity that is present, something
is due to the fact that simply bringing your best/favorite three decks isn't a winning strategy.
Want a recap of the action? Check out our post.
2015 World Champion - Ostkaka
Hotform, Thijs, and Kno's decks are in the full article along with some of our recommendations for updating these decks with the release of the first
League of Explorers
13/11/2015 em 12:04
Kripparrian Interview - Hearthstone Disconnect, Secret Paladin Problems, & LoE Excitement
At BlizzCon we had a chance to sit down and talk with TSM's Kripparrian regarding the convention, the state of Hearthstone, and the upcoming League of Explorers adventure! He's one of the most popular Hearthstone streamers on
, routinely puts out helpful content on his
, and despite all this has only made Legend once. Regardless, his opinions have always been among the loudest in the community and he may have been one of the driving forces behind Tavern Brawls.
How do you think Hearthstone is now that has been nerfed?
So the Warsong Commander was nerfed. I think people agree that the deck was overpowered, but what the deck was accomplishing was keeping down aggressive decks and it’s very hard to do that in Hearthstone.
It seems like the only thing that keeps down aggressive decks is combo decks, at the point at which they are overpowered. So it seems like Blizzard really loves to kill every combo deck that’s any good, ever. And unfortunately right now it’s not that there are just a lot of aggro decks, there are a lot of aggro decks that are really easy to play and extremely effective, particularly the Secret Paladin. And I think that combination is really what is the problem.
Blizzard kind of avoided nerfing Grim Patron Warrior even though it was such a powerful deck because they said, “Well, people on ladder don’t have a very high win rate and it’s really hard to play.” But if you take the opposite of that it’s literally Mysterious Challenger Paladin: it’s super easy to play and has an extremely high win rate. So by their own definition this deck shouldn’t really be out there. But still in general I think we need more tools to combat aggro decks.
11/11/2015 em 15:51
BlizzCon 2015 - Hearthstone World Championship Recap
The 2015 Hearthstone World Championships are coming to a conclusion and a new World Champion will be crowned today! The finals were set to start at 2:00 PM PST but with how close the two series have been today, we're a good bit behind schedule. While you wait, here's our recap of the action at BlizzCon thus far!
Thijs vs. Kranich
Thijs continued his hot streak, properly picking his decks as he and Kranich traded match after match. The only player in this year’s Championship that also competed at BlizzCon last year, Kranich went down as his Midrange Hunter failed to find its footing. This was particularly surprising because Thijs was quick to express his intense desire to avoid playing his Patron Warrior into a Midrange Hunter.
Ostkaka vs. Pinpingho
Pinpingho, the Shaman himself from Taiwan couldn’t find a win with his Midrange Druid in the first two matches and as a result found himself behind from the start. Luckily his Hybrid Hunter was quick enough to beat Ostkaka’s Oil Rogue, but the same couldn’t be said for his staple Shaman deck.
DieMeng vs. Kno
The only other Shaman player in the tournament, China’s DieMeng, found himself hamstrung by the Midrange decks of Kno. Though he did manage to win the Secret Paladin vs. Midrange Paladin matchup, he struggled to find wins with his Face Hunter deck that just couldn’t get going thanks to Kno’s board clears and control.
Zoro vs. Hotform
The days matches concluded with North America’s lone remaining hope, Hotform, taking on Zoro. The former took a quick win as Zoro’s Secret Paladin struggled to find the right draws. However, Zoro rebounded with two great matches that just barely remained in his favor throughout, leaving Hotform with little choice but to trade board control for face damage. Much like our other Chinese player, Zoro just couldn’t close out a win with his Face Hunter.
Catch the Semifinals and Finals after the jump!
07/11/2015 em 17:18
This Year's BlizzCon Hearthstone Exhibition is Challengestone
If you've looked at the
at all, you may have noticed an ambiguous event called Hearthstone Exhibition taking place on Friday. Today,
has revealed that it is indeed a special edition of
. At least most of it, there's also a show match between two popular poker players.
We are extremely happy to announce a special showmatch edition of Challengestone at BlizzCon 2015! This time, we are bringing some of the BlizzCon 2015 Hearthstone casters in the spotlight. They will have to compete not only in gameplay, but also in timed deck building with an interesting ruleset!
As per the usual, players will need to build three decks of three separate classes. In doing so, they'll have to adhere to a special rule (a la
) and do so in a limited amount of time. Players of course may make mistakes and will be penalized for doing so. This usually consists of replacing the invalid cards with one's that are less than helpful and grow increasingly troublesome as more and more cards need to be replaced.
Competition will be best of three and best of five in a single elimination format.
Check out who's competing and casting after the jump!
03/11/2015 em 16:06
Hearthstone World Championship Day 4: The Bracket is Set
With the last matches of last week's group stage, the final bracket for the Hearthstone World Championship finals at BlizzCon have been set! We saw Kno triumph over JAB, Kranich sweep Lifecoach with his anti-control decks, Hotform and Neilyo duke it out in a full five game series, and Pinpingho claim victory over Purple. All of that considered, here's what the bracket for this week looks like:
For those looking for
, the action starts on Friday with a Preshow at 11:45 AM PST with the competition starting shortly thereafter. It will continue on Saturday with the Semifinals at 10:30 AM PST and the Finals closing things out at 2 o'clock.
In the full article, let's take one final look at some stats before this group of sixteen descends on Anaheim.
02/11/2015 em 18:13
Hearthstone World Championship Day 3: Patron Persists
Remember when they said that the would be the end of
Grim Patron Warrior
? Well two players stuck with it in this year's Hearthstone World Championship and after four games it's, well, undefeated. Only
and Handlock at 2-0 and 1-0, respectively can still claim to be undefeated.
Midrange Druid and Face Hunter have the highest win rates out of the decks that have at least ten games played. Mage seems to be struggling a significant amount which is strange considering how well Tempo Mage usually does against the Druid class. We'll have to see how some of the less played decks fare as the competition goes on. As of right now it seems like those that chose classes other than the staples have been rewarded for doing so.
On a class by class basis we get even more proof of that. Check that out in the full article.
30/10/2015 em 17:02
Hearthstone World Championship Day 2: First Eliminations
The first games of elimination were played in today's Hearthstone World Championship competition. We finally got to see what the rest of the competition brought to the table and although we saw more aggressive decks than yesterday, there's still a plethora of Midrange decks making up the majority of the field.
Missed Day 1? You can read all about that here.
But enough of that, we both know you want a look at the stats:
As you can see, Druid is pretty much static. It's 100% Midrange Druid, the only thing that changes are what cards are teched in. At one point Lifecoach even got away with running in his.
Hunter is split cleanly between Face, Hybrid, and Midrange with Secret and Freeze making up the majority of Paladin and Mage, respectively.
We break down the tournament by class and talk about which players were eliminated after the jump!
29/10/2015 em 16:15
Hearthstone World Championship Day 1: Control Reigns
of left many wondering what would fill the gap left behind on the competitive stage. Preliminary rankings had and Druid archetypes like Aggro () and Midrange taking control of the meta. But after the first four matches of this year's Hearthstone World Championships, it's clear that things may not be as cut and dry as the community imagined.
Let's start things off by taking a look at which classes were brought to the competition. Surprisingly all nine were utilized with Druid being the most popular, Priest being the least. As you can see, Warrior has fallen significantly with the fall of Patron Warrior with both Druid and Mage rising up to take its place. Despite the fact that Patron Warrior was the main factor holding Zoolock back, it continues to be underrepresented. Meanwhile the Asian regions were just crazy enough to bring Shaman to the table and it managed to walk away 1 - 0 on the afternoon.
But how did they actually fare today? Find out after the jump when we break down class and archetype win rates.
28/10/2015 em 17:25
BlizzCon Opening Week: eSports Quickguide; Battleground Bonus Event
BlizzCon is the culmination of the worldwide tournaments held in order to crown champions of various Blizzard Games. Below, we've collected all the Schedules, Groups, Prizes, and Info you need about Blizzard eSports happening around BlizzCon!
New to 2015, preliminary games are taking place the week before BlizzCon, in the brand-new "BlizzCon Opening Week."
Reminder: You can watch the pre-BlizzCon eSports listed below on Blizzard's Twitch.tv channels:
BlizzCon 2015 eSports Hub
also features brackets, a schedule, and links to livestreams and VoDs.
If all this talk of eSports has whet your appetite for PvP, you're in luck! The Battleground Bonus Event runs between
October 28th and November 2nd.
During this time, you will get the
Signo da Batalha
buff which increases the amount of Honor earned from completing random Battlegrounds by 200%. In addition, you can complete
Chamado à Batalha
(Winning 4 Battlegrounds) to earn 0
. The Conquest earned from this bonus quest does not count towards your weekly cap.
Chamado à Batalha
can be picked up in your Garrison from
28/10/2015 em 10:52
Hearthstone World Championship Begins Tomorrow
Yesterday evening, Blizzard released
the final brackets
for the group stages of this year's Hearthstone World Championship. The brackets will be double elimination meaning every player must lose two matches prior to being eliminated. Let's take a look at Group A to get an idea as to how this will work:
As you can see, Group A consists of Europe's Thijs, China's NoTomorrow, Asia-Pacific's Kno, and North America's JAB. Victors of the first matches will advance up to the Winners bracket while losers will be placed on the lower side, one loss away from elimination.
Thijs vs. NoTomorrow
Kno vs. JAB
Kranich vs. Lifecoach
Zoro vs. Nias
LoveCX vs. Ostkaka
Hotform vs. Neilyo
Purple vs. Pinpingho
Neirea vs. DieMang
Want more information? Tomorrow we'll have a look at exactly what decks were brought to the tournament. Everything else you could ever want to know can be found in the full article.
27/10/2015 em 12:14
Check out the Winning Decks from the ATLC Finals
Last weekend Team Nihilum took home the Archon Team League Championship over Cloud9. It's been a good amount of time since
we last covered the tournament
, but thought it would be a good time to highlight the six decks that led the team to a $150,000 victory. Understandably there's no tremendous outlier as far as risks go, but as always there are some very important tech decisions that inevitably made all the difference.
The Grand Tournament has certainly instilled some amount of variance among Druids. Sometimes you'll see and , but the only card Thijs was sure about including was which has the chance to completely ramp the game out of control. There are few surprises in the deck aside from which simply looks to deal with aggro and pose a big problem for Grim Patron Warriors that have already blown their .
You always have a few decisions when running this deck archetype. You can see here that Thijs has opted for a instead of two s to help him relieve some early game pressure. Everything else is your basic run-of-the-mill Freeze Mage.
Four more decks from RDU and Lifecoach follow the jump.
22/9/2015 em 11:18
Trump Wins Vulcun Deckmasters, Season 2 Cancelled
The first and now only Vulcun Deckmasters season came to a conclusion yesterday afternoon with Team SoloMid's Trump beating Cipher 5-1 in the finals. The month long competition started with eight invited players, including Trump, and 12 players from an open qualifier. En route to his win, Trump also took down Theude and Surrender, the latter of which is largely considered as one of the best players in South Korea right now.
With this victory, Trump earns a rather large $16,000 and 100
World Championship Points
, the latter of which is incredibly important to him. Month after month he streams his efforts to climb to the top of legend and has only done so once or twice. Combined with his prior points, Trump sat 54th with only the top 40 making it to regional qualifiers. The additional 100 moves him all the way up to a tie for sixth and puts him into the crucial top eight which receive two round byes in the qualifier, drastically increasing their chances of moving forwards.
Deckmasters performed well and consistently had upwards of 20-40 thousand viewers at a time. However, Vulcun recently announced that the planned second season has been cancelled citing issues with Hearthstone itself. In a statement to
, Vulcun says,
We've decided to cancel Season 2 of Deckmasters. This wasn't an easy decision, but overarching issues regarding Hearthstone have put us in a position where season 2 of the event is not feasible.
, Vulcun continued its statement:
We’ve really enjoyed working with the Hearthstone community (casters and players) and are hoping that there will be an opportunity in the future for us to better support Hearthstone. . .Thanks for the support you’ve given us thus far.
Trump wasn't the only players to reap the rewards of the tournament. As part of his runner-up finish, Cipher got $8,000 and 50 Championship Points. Lifecoach and Surrender both received 20 points a couple thousand dollars.
For an in depth look at the bracket, check out
We've reached out to Vulcun to see if we can't get Trump's winning decks. In the meantime though, here are three other decks that he used to win the HTC Invitational #2 earlier this month.
18/7/2015 em 17:03
Kolento Wins Challengestone 2
Challengestone returned this past weekend with many wondering how the tournament would fare following the release of Blizzard's Tavern Brawls. In short, it didn't affect anything at all other than this format growing in popularity.
True Highlander was this week's rule, with players challenged to build three decks of the same class without using a card more than once throughout all three decks. Yeah, it wasn't easy. As a result players were given 35 minutes, up from the 20 allocated last time. Even so, there were still many mistakes, including that of the tournament organizers who were hand checking for mistakes and missed a few duplicate cards until after competition was completed.
In this challenge, you can only use one copy of each card to build 3 decks of the same class. If you use this copy in a deck, you cannot use it in another deck. The format is conquest, so you have to beat the opponent once with each one of the three decks you make.
The format of this event is Conquest: in order to win, you have to beat your opponent once with EACH ONE of your decks. Therefore, after each game, the winner MUST pick another one of their decks, the loser can keep the same deck or pick another one of their decks.
Penalties were light this time around with , , , , and as the first five replacements. No one exceeded these but the entire list can be found on the
30/6/2015 em 17:32
Three Must Watch Matches from Vulcun Deckmasters Week 1
Sjow vs. Surrender - W1D1
Jung-Soo Kim, known as Surrender, is a relatively unknown player for those of us in North America and Europe. The Team Golden Coin member first appeared in the China vs. Korea Masters Season 1 and in only his second event claimed second at the World E-sport Championships in 2014. He's currently competing in the second season of OGN's Hearthstone Masters Korea and has already made it to the finals for that event. As such the hype around him has been growing rapidly and this match against Sjow is the first we've seen of him in a major Eastern tournament.
GosuGamers currently ranks him as the 16th best player in the world and he's already off to a 2-0 (4-1 overall) start. We can't wait for the group stage to be over and see how he'll fare against the likes of Strifecro and Kolento.
While there aren't any huge moments in this particular match, Surrender is someone you should familiarize yourself with as he's likely not going anywhere anytime soon.
28/6/2015 em 13:54
The Decks of ESL's Hearthstone Legendary Season 2 LAN Finals
After an entire season of competition, the ESL Legendary Series came to a conclusion Sunday as Phonetap claimed victory over Reynad. And while we saw a lot of the usual decks out of the pros, this tournament continued to emphasize the importance of teching cards into your deck. So let’s take a look at what got these two to the finals and gave them a chance at $10,000.
Reynad's ESL Legendary Season 2 LAN Finals
We’ve talked about how Hybrid Hunter and Midrange Hunter have grown remarkably close. The main difference remains the presence of minions with Charge in Hybrid while the Midrange has adopted some of the early game board presences like and .
Reynad has an interesting take on this, opting out of a second and altogether, instead seeking to balance some of the late game. Two s, two s, and a Loatheb would lead you to believe that this is a more late game oriented deck but you’d be incorrect.
It’s interesting to see where innovation has come from as decks evolve.
Phonetap's ESL Legendary Season 2 LAN Finals
Phonetap also brought his own take on Midrange Hunter, preferring a more traditional deck list. In it you’ll see the usual s and s. He did however make the decision to tech in , a move we saw out of many competitors.
Reynad's ESL Legendary Season 2 LAN Finals
Continuing on to the rest of Reynad’s decks, we see his aggressive version of Tempo Mage. Centered around , this deck seeks to get those crucial minions behind taunts and protect them with other spells while they continually pump out damage.
Interestingly enough he chose not to run . In its wake he put in s and a single for the Spare Part synergy.
It feels like a more aggressive version of the deck that has a meaty mid-game but keep and in pocket to seal the deal when the turns run up.
09/6/2015 em 15:13
Viagame House Cup #3 Gives us a Look at Hearthstone's Class Diversity
We've got to hand it to Viagame. Their pick and ban phase requires that each player bring one deck per class, something relatively unheard of outside of this specific format. Because of this, and the fact that the deck lists were made public, we know exactly what archetypes the pros think are the strongest for each class.
With 16 competitors, and nine classes each, that's 144 decks split evenly across each hero. Let’s take a look at how things shook up and see exactly how much diversity there actually is in Hearthstone right now.
It’s really no surprised that we only saw players bring Oil Rogue to the table as there really isn’t any other archetype out there that’s highly competitive. Gone are the old Combo Rogue days with .
Overall, Rogue had a record of 8-10 making it the third lowest win rate in the tournament.
Blackrock Mountain did little to help the diversity of the class and that’s very clearly reflected here. Hopefully Blizzard has something in the works to switch things up. As it stands if you see a Rogue you 100% know their win conditions before the match even starts.
04/6/2015 em 15:05
Vulcun Deckmasters Announced - One of the Largest Hearthstone Prize Pools Ever
Vulcun, the esports fantasy league website and sponsor of ex-NA LCS Team Vulcun, has announced Vulcun Deckmasters. A two season event, Deckmasters will begin on June 8 with open qualifiers restricted to those who have reached the Legendary rank in Hearthstone or must have earned more than $1,000 in World Championship point giving events. 12 players that make it through the qualifiers will join eight invited professionals including: Jeffery ‘Trump’ Shih, Alexander ‘Kolento’ Malsh, Cong ‘Strifecro’ Shu, Brian ‘Kibler’ Kibler, and Sebastian ‘Forsen’ Fors.
In accordance with Blizzard World Championship rules, points will be given out based on respective finishing positions during the two seasons. 100 points for first, 50 for second, 20 for those that make it to the semifinals, and 10 for those in the quarterfinals.
League play officially begins on June 22 and will last three weeks. $50,000 will be given out each season, making this the seventh largest prize pool in the
of competitive Hearthstone.
28/5/2015 em 15:28
Challengestone 2 Announced - Trump & Kibler Invited, Kripp to Host
The first Challengestone, now more than two weeks behind us, brought some fresh air to the Hearthstone community. As we've described it before, the tournament adds the factor of deck building to the competition. Where others simply test how well you play what is in the meta, Challengestone instead rewards those that not only play well, but formulate their decks well.
The website does well to describe what it's all about:
The goal of this tournament series is to put to the test not only the playing/execution ability of the participants, but also their deck building skills. The players compete in 2 steps:
Step 1 -
the deck building challenge: each player has to build 3 decks of different classes, complying with a given challenge, in a short timed period. If the players fail to build decks according to the challenge, there are penalties!
Step 2 -
competing: Bo5 matches, single elimination. The Finals are Bo7 with one revived deck. Only the finalists will be allowed to modify their decks.
If you missed it and don't have time to
everything that happened, make sure to read
26/5/2015 em 14:30
HTC Invitational Recap: Forsen Wins First Major Tournament
Phone manufacturer HTC hosted a single elimination Hearthstone tournament over this past weekend. With $5,000 up for grabs, the turnout for the 16 player invitational was higher than expected. Hosted on TSM Trump's Twitch channel, the event took place over two days and featured the likes of Kolento, Hyped, Strifecro, Savjz, and more. Each match was a best-of-five played utilizing the Conquest format where the winner must claim victory with all three decks prepared for the tournament.
While Forsen, the only free agent at the event, would claim victory, there was a series of very entertaining matchups prior to that.
20/5/2015 em 10:35
Recap: Challengestone Brings Much Needed Freshness to Competitive Hearthstone
Fans of competitive Hearthstone got a very exciting treat over the weekend. Most tournaments involve players bringing multiple decks prepared in advance and playing in a bracket format. This is fine except for that fact that nearly every league plays this way, emphasizing the way you utilize in the meta decks rather than your ability to build a superior version. Weeks ago, Kripparian came up with the idea of a tournament played with different deck building criteria each time it takes place. Participants are given 20 minutes to formulate and build three competitive and viable decks following the rule set. For the inaugural challenge the participants were given the following challenge:
Minions have to have an ODD attack value (1, 3, 5, 7, etc.)
Spells have to be an EVEN mana cost (0, 2, 4, 6, etc.)
Unlike the Kinguin Pro League, Challengestone follows a Last Hero Standing format in which each player chooses a for the first game in a match, and the winner of the game will continue to use this deck until they suffer a defeat. The loser is will no longer be able to use the class and deck for the remainder of the match. Quarterfinals and Semifinals are played in a Best of 5 while the Finals are Best of 7.
More on the decks built and how the matches proceeded follow the link.
13/5/2015 em 13:05