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After a weekend of intense matches, Muzahidul “muzzy” Islam, Damien “Gaby” Mecheri and Pa “GivePLZ” Yu Hsin became the regional champions of Hearthstone Grandmasters 2021 Season 2 Week 1. Here’s how they all earned top spot.
Journey to the top
Competitors duked it out against each other within the new United in Stormwind expansion, and the weekly champions built winning decks using the new cards.
Muzzy went with Warlock, Rogue and Druid in his lineup for the final. He scored 3-2 by creating a board of minions with his Warlock deck and doing a reverse sweep with Anacondra Druid and Quest Rogue.
Meanwhile, Gaby brought his Warlock, Paladin and Mage decks to Hearthstone Grandmasters Europe to secure the weekly win. He earned a score of 3-1 in the final. As for the Asia-Pacific region, GivePLZ swept his opponent 3-0 using Shaman, Mage and Demon Hunter.
Every week, the top players duel in matches, starting each Thursday. These matches are off-broadcast until Friday, when the decider matches will determine the top eight weekly players of each region. After the Saturday broadcast, the top four players of each region battle for the crown each Sunday.
While the first seven weeks of Hearthstone Grandmasters 2021 Season 2 involve $64,500 for each tournament, the playoffs in the eighth week will encompass $34,500. A spot in the 2021 Hearthstone World Championship is also at stake.
YouTube drops return
Throughout Hearthstone Grandmasters 2021 Season 2, viewers can earn up to six card packs while they watch the live broadcasts. Viewers of the opening week had the opportunity to earn a total of two United in Stormwind card packs.
As for upcoming weeks, viewers will be able to get a maximum of two Year of the Phoenix packs. The final week of the season will let viewers earn two more United in Stormwind card packs.
To get these rewards, viewers must visit the YouTube Settings section and click the “Connected Apps” tab to link their Battle.net and YouTube accounts. They must then press the Connect button located beside Battle.net, to get their hands on the cards.
Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!