The first Grandmasters season of 2021 continued with Week 2 last weekend as 48 players battled in the post-nerf meta to gather some all-important points to reach the Playoffs. You can re-live the action with our spoiler-free post below.


Finalists' Decklists

These were the players that reached the final in each region and the decks they brought this week.

Finalists' Decklists


Alan870806

Eddie

GivePLZ

ThijsNL

Tincho

Warma

Alan870806's Decks

0 5260 5260 100 0
0 8320 8320 128 0
0 7440 7440 138 0

GivePLZ's Decks

0 6960 6960 81 0
0 7360 7360 117 0
0 3980 3980 129 0
0 2640 2640 164 0

Thijs's Decks

0 8400 8400 228 0
0 8460 8460 203 0
0 7680 7680 188 0
0 4640 4640 194 0

Warma's Decks

0 7780 7780 105 0
0 8400 8400 129 0
0 8220 8220 291 0
0 8960 8960 216 0

Eddie's Decks

0 7400 7400 137 0
0 5100 5100 143 0
0 4080 4080 163 0
0 5120 5120 80 0

Tincho's Decks

0 7320 7320 138 0
0 4240 4240 116 0
0 2700 2700 110 0
0 6720 6720 207 0


VoDs

Here are the links to individual match VoDs in spoilers below.

Day 1 - Initial Group Decider Matches

Day 1 Match VoDs

———- Asia-Pacific ———-

  • Group A Decider - TIZS vs che0nsu: VoD
  • Group B Decider - glory vs Hi3: VoD
  • Group C Decider - GivePLZ vs Bankyugi: VoD
  • Group D Decider - blitzchung vs lambyseries: VoD

———- Europe ———-

  • Group A Decider - Frenetic vs Felkeine: VoD
  • Group B Decider - Viper vs xBlyzes: VoD
  • Group C Decider - Bozzzton vs Bunnyhoppor: VoD
  • Group D Decider - Rdu vs Leta: VoD

———- Americas ———-

  • Group A Decider - Tincho vs languagehacker: VoD
  • Group B Decider - Impact vs Fr0zen: VoD
  • Group C Decider - DreadEye vs NoHandsGamer: VoD
  • Group D Decider - Eddie vs Monsanto: VoD

Day 2 - Quarterfinals

The spoiler below uses results from Day 1 games in naming matchups, so watch those first if you want no spoilers!

Day 2 Match VoDs

———- Asia-Pacific ———-

  • Quarterfinal 1 - Posesi vs Hi3: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 2 - Alan870806 vs blitzchung: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 3 - Surrender vs TIZS: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 4 - Alutemu vs GivePLZ: VoD

———- Europe ———-

  • Quarterfinal 1 - Thijs vs Viper: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 2 - Casie vs Rdu: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 3 - Warma vs Felkeine: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 4 - Jarla vs Bozzzton: VoD

———- Americas ———-

  • Quarterfinal 1 - Nalguidan vs Fr0zen: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 2 - muzzy vs Eddie: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 3 - lunaloveee vs Tincho: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 4 - Rami94 vs NoHandsGamer: VoD

Day 3 - Semifinals and Finals

Day 3 Match VoDs

  • Asia-Pacific Semifinal 1: VoD
  • Asia-Pacific Semifinal 2: VoD
  • Asia-Pacific Finals: VoD
  • Europe Semifinal 1: VoD
  • Europe Semifinal 2: VoD
  • Europe Finals: VoD
  • Americas Semifinal 1: VoD
  • Americas Semifinal 2: VoD
  • Americas Finals: VoD


Results

The results in full, including the preceding off-stream games, can be found here.

Asia-Pacific Top 8 Results

Europe Top 8 Results

Americas Top 8 Results


Discussion

Blizzard's nerf bat seems to have done its thing at least for the tournament environment, as the must-bring trio of Mage, Paladin, and Rogue scattered from the top of the popularity chart. Europe lost faith in Paladin altogether with only 3 picks, whereas the new Mage was deemed weakest of the three in Americas with 6 picks. Demon Hunter seems to have become the new top dog with Illidan getting in the top 2 in pick rate for all regions. Europe still didn't bring Warrior or Shaman, but the classes were featured in the other two regions (although both Shaman players were left last in their respective groups).

Result-based Discussion

This was the week of the newcomers as all three winners were promoted for this season (although Warma got re-promoted so this isn't his first season). In addition to GivePLZ and Warma, TIZS also continued where he left off last week and reached semifinals again, as did last week's winners Thijs and NoHandsGamer. While their points tallies haven't yet guaranteed them a spot in the Playoffs (there are still five weeks to come, after all), they can still feel pretty satisfied about their performances. On the other end of the GM groups DawN, AyRoK, Zhym are yet to make an appearance on stream this season as they're all stuck with 0 points. The format swaps to Specialist next week - will it also change the fortune of these players?


GivePLZ

Tincho

Warma

The winners of Week 2.


Grandmasters will continue next week with the first round of Specialist. Don't forget to tune in!