The first Grandmasters season of 2021 continued with Week 5 last weekend as 48 players battled in the "new" 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


DawN

Eddie

Frenetic

Jarla

lunaloveee

posesi

DawN's Decks

0 9640 9640 113 0
0 5320 5320 86 0
0 8960 8960 127 0
0 8480 8480 132 0

posesi's Decks

0 7380 7380 100 0
0 10660 10660 211 0
0 3940 3940 130 0
0 2640 2640 106 0

Frenetic's Decks

0 4240 4240 151 0
0 7080 7080 109 0
0 7320 7320 223 0
0 3720 3720 129 0

Jarla's Decks

0 7480 7480 194 0
0 5320 5320 67 0
0 8260 8260 179 0
0 5100 5100 235 0

Eddie's Decks

0 8640 8640 136 0
0 8580 8580 125 0
0 2680 2680 126 0
3 10740 10740 544 0

lunaloveee's Decks

0 5100 5100 148 0
0 3720 3720 81 0
0 9080 9080 164 0
0 10000 10000 187 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 - Shaxy vs Bankyugi: VoD
  • Group B Decider - blitzchung vs tom60229: VoD
  • Group C Decider - lambyseries vs GivePLZ: VoD
  • Group D Decider - che0nsu vs Surrender: VoD

———- Europe ———-

  • Group A Decider - Rdu vs Viper: VoD
  • Group B Decider - Zhym vs Bunnyhoppor: VoD
  • Group C Decider - Frenetic vs Seiko: VoD
  • Group D Decider - Warma vs Jarla: VoD

———- Americas ———-

  • Group A Decider - killinallday vs Monsanto: VoD
  • Group B Decider - DreadEye vs Briarthorn: VoD
  • Group C Decider - NoHandsGamer vs Impact: VoD
  • Group D Decider - Eddie vs Tincho: 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 - glory vs blitzchung: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 2 - DawN vs che0nsu: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 3 - Alutemu vs Bankyugi: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 4 - Posesi vs lambyseries: VoD

———- Europe ———-

  • Quarterfinal 1 - xBlyzes vs Zhym (was not played)
  • Quarterfinal 2 - Casie vs Jarla: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 3 - AyRoK vs Viper: Part 1/ Part 2
  • Quarterfinal 4 - Thijs vs Frenetic: VoD

———- Americas ———-

  • Quarterfinal 1 - Fled vs DreadEye: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 2 - Nalguidan vs Eddie: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 3 - lunaloveee vs killinallday: 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

Anduin was loved by all and hated by many, as everyone brought Priest this week and quite often banned it before every match. Rogue enjoyed a widespread popularity while Mage, Demon Hunter, and Warrior were also common sights in all regions. It's uncertain whether the general opinion was that the buffs were not enough or was it just a case of too little time to playtest the changes but Shaman was, once again, brought by nobody. APAC players additionally ditched Warlock, but otherwise all classes were represented during this week's action.

Result-based Discussion

APAC saw the relegation-threatened duo posesi and DawN rise to the occasion and share the majority of this week's spoils between them. Posesi's victory all but guarantees his safety, while DawN can also breathe a lot easier, although he's not entirely out of the trouble yet. Europe had a similar story with Frenetic, who leapfrogged out of the relegation zone all the way to 5th with his victory over Jarla in the final. Americas gave little points to the relegation-threatened as the top of the table kept running away. Eddie and lunaloveee met in the grand final (once again) with Eddie coming out on top with a Control Warrior sweep.

The talking point of this week's matches was the one that did not get played. xBlyzes missed his quarterfinal match by 25 minutes, which led to a default win for his opponent and compatriot Zhym. As xBlyzes seemed relatively safe from relegation while Zhym was deep in those struggles, some players raised concerns about foul play, especially since xBlyzes seemed to be online on his tournament super account. The situation prompted an investigation from HSEsports, the result of which is yet to be publicly announced.


Eddie

Frenetic

posesi

The winners of Week 5.

We're slowly approaching the end of the season, so here's another quick look at the top and bottom of the points standings. Tyler seems already destined for relegation as he basically would need to reach the final twice in the coming weeks to have any realistic chance of survival.

APACPointsEuropePointsAmericasPoints
blitzchung15Jarla16NoHandsGamer15
Alutemu12Thijs13Eddie14
GivePLZ11Rdu12lunaloveee14
Shaxy11Warma11Rami9413
3 players103 players9Nalguidan12
che0nsu7Swidz & Seiko7muzzy6
lambyseries5Zhym6languagehacker5
tom602295Bunnyhoppor4killinallday5
Hi34Felkeine4Briarthorn4
tyler1AyRoK4Impact3

You can find the full standings on the official tournament site (not yet updated with Week 5 results at the time of writing).


Grandmasters will continue next week with another week of Last Hero Standing! Don't forget to tune in!