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Hearthstone Grandmasters Week 5 crowned its regional champions, with Druid, Mage and Warrior as the winning classes. Unlike the previous week, the format used was Last Hero Standing, which involves taking down all of an opponent’s decks.
Token Druid wins Hearthstone Grandmasters Week 5
Ishibashi “posesi” Wataru came out on top for the Asia-Pacific region. On the first day of the non-broadcasted matchups, he defeated Li “TIZS” Ching Li with a score of 3-1. He then duked it out in several games against Kim “che0nsu” Cheonsu. Posesi achieved victory against his opponent with a score of 3-1 once again.
During the live broadcasts, posesi bested Wesley “lambyseries” Seek with another 3-1 victory. This score continued when he beat Poramet “Bankyugi” Putchakan in the semifinals. As for the final matchup between posesi and Jang “DawN” Hyun Jae, the players brought Druid and Mage into the fray respectively.
During the first midgame, posesi had control of the board thanks to his tokens and buffs. Although DawN dug through his deck for a way to clear the board, it was all in vain as he didn’t draw into the right cards for the full clear. This soon led to posesi’s win and his opponent’s Mage deck getting knocked out from the match.
Next, DawN brought his Rush Warrior deck into the fray while posesi opted to go with his Druid deck again. Similar to the first game, DawN had to worry about his opponent’s side of the board. He played cards like Blademaster, Samuro and Ogremancer to stop the bleeding, but it wasn’t enough as posesi consistently created a board and buffed his minions.
The final game between DawN and posesi consisted of Miracle Rogue versus Druid. Like the previous two games, posesi had control of the board while his opponent had to find ways to clear the threats to face and survive. Posesi soon obtained victory against his opponent with the help of his buffed tokens.
Frenetic succeeds with Spell Mage
At Hearthstone Grandmasters Europe, David Neila “Frenetic” Quiñones took home the regional crown of the week. Although he first swept 3-0 against Linh “Seiko” Nguyen, he had a score of 1-3 against Kevin “Casie” Eberlein. When Frenetic and Seiko fought again, Frenetic came out on top with a score of 3-2. This moved him to the quarterfinals, where he defeated Thijs “Thijs” Molendijk 3-1.
During the semifinals, he achieved another 3-1 win when he went up against Torben “Viper” Wahl. When it all came down to the final matchup, Frenetic clashed against Jaromír “Jarla” Vyskočil.
Although Frenetic lost with his Demon Hunter deck against his opponent’s Mage in the first game, he tied the score in the next game with his own Spell Mage deck. To achieve lethal, Frenetic used Arcane Intellect, Refreshing Spring Water, Flamestrike for the clear and Mask of C’Thun on an empty board.
Next, Jarla brought in his Weapon Rogue against Spell Mage. While Jarla took swings to his opponents face thanks to a buffed weapon, it wasn’t enough as Frenetic earned another point using Mask of C’Thun.
The last game between the competitors involved Jarla’s Control Warlock versus Frenetic’s trusted Spell Mage deck.
In the early game, Jarla’s hand consisted of mana-heavy cards. Meanwhile, Frenetic did not hesitate going face with his spells. He also cleared Jarla’s Ogremancer once it was put on the board. Frenetic won the game on his eighth turn with the help of burn damage gained from Apexis Blast and a Fireball to the face.
Eddie claims victory with Control Warrior
As for Hearthstone Grandmasters Americas, Eddie “Eddie” Lui became the weekly champion. He first went up against Martín “Tincho” Mazza and Ramiro “Rami94” Ponce, earning a score of 3-1 and 0-3 respectively.
This meant Eddie and Tincho had to duke it out once more during the first day of the live broadcast. Eddie came out on top with a score of 3-1, which earned him a place in the quarterfinals. After defeating Facundo “Nalguidan” Pruzzo 3-1 there, he fought against Davi “Fled” Garcia and swept his opponent 3-0. His final matchup was against Luna “lunaloveee” Eason. While Eddie brought Warrior for the first game, his opponent opted for Priest.
Both players ran out of cards in their decks during the late game. They fought for an advantage within their hands before the fatigue damage became too much. Eddie won the first game with the help of C’Thun, the Shattered and the fatigue damage.
In the following game, lunaloveee chose her Rogue deck to fight against Warrior. While she buffed up her weapon for damage to face over time, Eddie used the Warrior Hero Power to consistently gain armor. With the help of Rancor to gain more armor, his opponent soon bowed out.
As for the third game between the players, lunaloveee turned it around with her own Warrior deck. It was a mirror match, but the deck archetypes were different as lunaloveee opted for Rush Warrior.
Eddie gained armor throughout the game while using cards like Brawl, Bulwark of Azzinoth and Shield Slam to clear and control the board. This eventually led to his win, making him the weekly Hearthstone Grandmasters Americas champion.
That’s all for Hearthstone Grandmasters Week 5, head to Upcomer’s Hearthstone section for more news and updates.
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!