Grandmasters kicked off last weekend with Season 1 of 2020. The field was already cut in half during Wednesday's and Thursday's off-stream Swiss rounds, and the remaining 24 players entered the weekend hoping to secure some much needed points for the second phase of the new Grandmasters system. You can re-live the action with our spoiler-free post below.


Top 2 Decklists

These were the players that made it into the Final in each region, respectively.

Top 2 Decklists


BoarControl

Empanizado

Ryvius

SilverName

Surrender

bloodyface's Decks

0 11080 11080 721 0
0 4180 4180 909 0
0 7840 7840 1154 0
0 3780 3780 998 0

BoarControl's Decks

0 16940 16940 1027 0
0 10040 10040 761 0
0 7240 7240 1669 0
0 7880 7880 932 0

Empanizado's Decks

0 9440 9440 705 0
0 5840 5840 664 0
0 3760 3760 568 0
1 8100 8100 939 1

Ryvius's Decks

0 5420 5420 513 0
0 6380 6380 608 0
0 11080 11080 1196 0
1 11300 11300 600 0

SilverName's Decks

0 11480 11480 359 0
0 6280 6280 829 0
0 5340 5340 623 0
0 7240 7240 644 0

Surrender's Decks

0 13060 13060 964 0
0 7240 7240 743 0
0 3820 3820 648 0
1 17600 17600 1221 0


VoDs

Here are the VoDs from the three days of competition Blizzard wanted you to see (i.e. excluding the Swiss portion, see tournament format). Timestamps have been provided (mostly by HSEsports) in a spoiler below the video if you're only interested in certain matches.

Day 1:

Day 1 No-spoilers Timestamps

For some reason, the Americas matches aren't in the main video, so their separate VoDs have been linked here instead.

———- Asia-Pacific ———-

———- Europe ———-

———- Americas ———-

  • bloodyface vs ETC: VoD
  • Fr0zen vs languagehacker: VoD
  • Winners: VoD
  • Elimination: VoD
  • Decider: VoD

Day 2: (Video not available at the time of writing, check spoiler for links to individual videos)

Day 2 No-spoilers Timestamps

———- Asia-Pacific ———-

  • Ryvius vs glory: VoD
  • Posesi vs tom60229: VoD
  • Winners: VoD
  • Elimination: VoD
  • Decider: VoD

———- Europe ———-

  • Casie vs Felkeine: VoD
  • SilverName vs Jarla: VoD
  • Winners: VoD
  • Elimination: VoD
  • Decider: VoD

———- Americas ———-

  • muzzy vs Empanizado: VoD
  • justsaiyan vs Eddie: VoD
  • Winners: VoD
  • Elimination: VoD
  • Decider: VoD

Day 3:

Day 3 No-spoilers Timestamps


Results

The results in full, including the preceding Swiss rounds Blizzard "didn't want you to see", can be found here.

Swiss Results for All Regions

Asia-Pacific Top 8 Results

Group A

Group B

Top 4

Europe Top 8 Results

Group A

Group B

Top 4

Americas Top 8 Results

Group A

Group B

Top 4


Discussion

This weekend we crowned a "champion" for each region, but what did they get for their efforts? Increased prize money, yes, but in addition to that, players will get points for their performance during the first three weeks as follows:

  • First place: 6 points.
  • Second place: 5 points.
  • Third and Fourth place: 4 points.
  • Fifth through Eighth place: 3 points.
  • Ninth through Twelfth place: 2 points.
  • Thirteenth through Sixteenth place: 1 point.

At the end of the three weeks, players will be divided into two divisions based on their points tally. The players can still reach the playoffs from both divisions as well as get relegated from both, but Division A has got some massive benefits for both prospects compared to Division B, so the points do matter. You can find the current point standings here.

Some Spoiler-containing Discussion

Can you guess the most popular class? It comes as no surprise that the Top 8 of each region favored Demon Hunters above all else, with only languagehacker deciding to not bring it but target it instead. Warlock, Warrior, and Druid were also popular inclusions as can also be seen from the Top 2 decklists. At the other end of the spectrum, only bloodyface brought Hunter (Face), and Staz was responsible for the only Shaman deck (Totem). Nobody from Top 8 brought Paladin. Poor Uther.

This weekend's matches also were the first of their kind for the seven new Grandmasters so how did they fare?

  • 6/7 got out of the Swiss phase (PapaJason was the only one who didn't)
  • 4/7 got to Top 4
  • 1/7 got to the Final and won (Empanizado)

All in all, most of them started out very solidly and gave themselves good chances to reach that coveted Division A.


Grandmasters will continue next week, and the format will switch to Last Hero Standing. Don't forget to tune in!