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Hearthstone Grandmasters Season 2 Week 3 crowned Shuntian “DreadEye” Luo, Linh “Seiko” Nguyen and Li “TIZS” Ching Li as its regional champions. Using decks from the United in Stormwind expansion, the three competitors bested their opponents and took home the majority of the weekly prize pool.
Unlike the previous week, the Conquest format was used for these matches. The format involved players bringing four decks and four unique classes to the fray. Each player banned one deck from their opponent, and the best-of-five winner advanced to the next stage.
DreadEye’s journey to the top
To reach the top, DreadEye claimed victory against opponents Muzahidul “Muzzy” Islam, Kyle “McBanterFace” Spigelman and Luna “lunaloveee” Eason during the live broadcast.
In the finals for the American region, DreadEye first faced lunaloveee’s Handlock deck in a mirror match. Both players raced to complete their Warlock questline, while cycling through their decks. DreadEye achieved lethal after playing two Unstable Shadow Blast spells, which each dealt six damage to a minion and made the excess damage go face.
Next, DreadEye brought his Weapon Rogue to fight against lunaloveee’s Quest Shaman. DreadEye wasn’t able to draw a weapon in the early game, which let lunaloveee press the advantage, build up her side of the board and deal consistent and eventual lethal damage to the face.
In the following game, DreadEye selected his Rogue deck again to go up against his opponent’s Warlock. With a Sinister Strike to the face, DreadEye earned back a win with Rogue.
Lunaloveee tied the score 2-2 using their Fel Demon Hunter game versus DreadEye’s Brute Demon Hunter game afterwards, but it wasn’t enough and DreadEye won the match point using their Demon Hunter deck against Warlock. DreadEye got through his opponent’s taunt minion and went face for lethal.
Hearthstone Grandmasters Europe
As for Hearthstone Grandmasters Europe, Seiko became the weekly champion after defeating competitors Zakarya “xBlyzes” Hail, Damien “Gaby” Mecheri and Dima “Rdu” Radu.
With a Sinister Strike to his opponent’s face, Seiko earned the first point in the finals against Rdu and his Mage deck. However, Rdu evened up the score against Seiko’s Quest Mage using Handlock in the next game.
For the Mage mirror match, Seiko’s Quest Mage came out on top as he used his burn cards to deal damage to the face. He played Arcanist Dawngrasp for increased spell damage and Incanter’s Flow for spell discounts. Cram Session drew into cards and Hot Streak gave him another spell discount. Seiko then played two Fireball spells, Ignite and Runed Orb, for lethal.
Seiko soon earned the final point and became the Hearthstone Grandmasters Week 3 champion in Europe thanks to his Handlock deck against Rdu’s Garrote Rogue.
TIZS makes the reverse sweep
As for TIZS, he faced competitors Yuhsin “GivePLZ” Pa and Wataru “posesi” Ishibashi before earning a spot in the weekly finals alongside Kenta “okasinnsuke” Sekiguchi.
Okasinnsuke won the first point with Handlock against TIZS’ Rogue deck. He earned another point thanks to his Quest OTK Demon Hunter, claiming victory over Celestial Druid.
TIZS prevented the clean sweep by persisting with Celestial Druid against Quest Shaman. TIZS casted spell after spell, which helped draw into his deck and summon minions. By okasinnsuke’s third turn, it was over, as he bowed out.
To tie the score, TIZS played Quest OTK Demon Hunter against his opponent’s Shaman deck. TIZS played his combo pieces before casting Felscream Blast for 36 damage to his opponent’s face.
The match was soon over as TIZS brought back his Rogue deck to duke it out against okasinnsuke’s Shaman deck. With his victory, TIZS became Hearthstone Grandmasters Week 3 champion for the Asia-Pacific region.
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