The eight-week long journey of the Hearthstone Grandmasters came to a conclusion this weekend with Grandmasters Playoffs.
The top 6 players from each region (top 3 from each regional group) went head to head to take the regional champion title and book their ticket to BlizzCon Finals later this year. Let's take a closer look at how things unraveled.
First things first, here are the decklists of all the 18 players involved across regions (in alphabetical order).
- Alutemu's Conjurer Mage
- DawN's Conjurer Mage
- Shaxy's Conjurer Mage
- Staz's Midrange Hunter
- Surrender's Lackey Rogue
- Tyler's Lackey Rogue
- Bunnyhoppor's Conjurer Mage
- Feno's Conjurer Mage
- Hunterace's Conjurer Mage
- Kolento's Conjurer Mage
- Orange's Lackey Rogue
- Seiko's Lackey Rogue
- Dog's Lackey Rogue
- Eddie's OTK Paladin
- Fr0zen's Pogo Rogue
- Monsanto's Lackey Rogue
- PNC's Conjurer Mage
- Purple's Bomb Warrior
For those who want to witness the games themselves before delving into results, here are the links to Twitch playlists for each region's playoffs. Be careful not to hover over the playlist on the left side of the stream window or you might see some spoilers!
- Asia-Pacific Grandmasters Playoffs playlist
- Europe Grandmasters Playoffs playlist
- Americas Grandmasters Playoffs playlist
For those preferring Youtube over Twitch, all games should get uploaded to this playlist at some point (at the time of writing Day 3 matches are still missing). You will get some spoilers from video titles though.
BEWARE, SPOILERS BEGIN!
Due to the sheer amount of brackets involved we will not be displaying them here. For those that want to find out the full results in all their glory, click the following links for APAC brackets, for Europe brackets, and for Americas brackets. For those settling on the Finals only I can tell that
- Surrender beat Alutemu 3-1 to take home the APAC title
- Feno didn't lose a single game in the whole tournament, sweeping Seiko 3-0 in the final
- PNC sweeped Purple 3-0 for the Americas crown
There was a mention-worthy rare mistake seen in the Americas semifinals as Fr0zen picked the wrong decklist for the first match against Purple and was consequently handed a match loss despite winning the match.
This was not the most diverse tournament meta ever, eight Mages and seven Rogues making the most of the decks. Multiple Americas players seemed to try something different but in the end the Mage player won. Only Surrender was able to fend off the class to win with Rogue.
In case I'm interpreting the viewership data correctly (wouldn't count on that), the finals weren't pulling huge crowds despite the promise of free packs. In each region's case none of the matches were able to surpass the top 5 viewer peaks of the respective group stages, and were way behind the viewer numbers of the Masters Tour event in June.
I believe Blizzard has mentioned earlier that this would be their first spot to reflect on the current esports system and make changes if deemed necessary. It'll be interesting to see what will happen in the coming weeks.
Hearthstone Grandmasters 2019 Season 2 will kick off on August 23, and even before that we'll visit Seoul (August 16-18) for the second Masters Tour event of this year.