The first Grandmasters season of 2021 came to its end with Playoffs last weekend. 24 players battled it out in the Wailing Caverns meta, and three regional champions were crowned. 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


blitzchung

Frenetic

Nalguidan

posesi

Rami94

xBlyzes

blitzchung's Decks

posesi's Decks

0 12680 12680 67 0
0 8480 8480 57 0
0 12400 12400 87 0
0 4060 4060 42 0

Frenetic's Decks

0 7680 7680 104 0
0 8480 8480 98 0
0 3940 3940 58 0

xBlyzes's Decks

0 4280 4280 62 0
0 12760 12760 63 0
0 5100 5100 100 0
0 12280 12280 59 0

Nalguidan's Decks

0 5320 5320 65 0
0 13180 13180 79 0
0 8480 8480 67 0

Rami94's Decks

0 8480 8480 64 0
0 11680 11680 105 0
0 5320 5320 70 0


VoDs

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

Day 1 - Group A Matches

Day 1 Match VoDs

———- Asia-Pacific ———-

  • #1 Initial Match - glory vs Alan870806: VoD
  • #2 Winners' Match - Winner of #1 vs posesi: VoD
  • #3 Losers' Match - Loser of #1 vs Surrender: VoD
  • #4 Decider Match - Loser of #2 vs Winner of #3: VoD

———- Europe ———-

  • #1 Initial Match - Warma vs Bozzzton: VoD
  • #2 Winners' Match - Winner of #1 vs Jarla: Part 1 / Part 2
  • #3 Losers' Match - Loser of #1 vs Frenetic: VoD
  • #4 Decider Match - Loser of #2 vs Winner of #3: VoD

———- Americas ———-

  • #1 Initial Match - Eddie vs Rami94: VoD
  • #2 Winners' Match - Winner of #1 vs NoHandsGamer: VoD
  • #3 Losers' Match - Loser of #1 vs muzzy: VoD
  • #4 Decider Match - Loser of #2 vs Winner of #3: VoD

Day 2 - Group B Matches

Day 2 Match VoDs

———- Asia-Pacific ———-

  • #1 Initial Match - Alutemu vs GivePLZ: VoD
  • #2 Winners' Match - Winner of #1 vs blitzchung: VoD
  • #3 Losers' Match - Loser of #1 vs Shaxy: VoD
  • #4 Decider Match - Loser of #2 vs Winner of #3: VoD

———- Europe ———-

  • #1 Initial Match - Thijs vs Viper: VoD
  • #2 Winners' Match - Winner of #1 vs Rdu: VoD
  • #3 Losers' Match - Loser of #1 vs xBlyzes: VoD
  • #4 Decider Match - Loser of #2 vs Winner of #3: VoD

———- Americas ———-

  • #1 Initial Match - Nalguidan vs DreadEye: VoD
  • #2 Winners' Match - Winner of #1 vs lunaloveee: VoD
  • #3 Losers' Match - Loser of #1 vs Fled: VoD
  • #4 Decider Match - Loser of #2 vs Winner of #3: 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 can be found here.

Asia-Pacific Top 4 Results

Europe Top 4 Results

Americas Top 4 Results


Discussion

Anduin lost his place at the top on the Playoffs week as Warrior surpassed Priest as the most popular class. Even more surprising was the fact that the usually rather unanimous Europe had the widest range of classes represented with only Shaman not getting picked. Meanwhile Americas brought no Hunters, Shamans, or Warlocks and just one Druid and Paladin. APAC went even further with no Hunter, Paladin, or Shaman and only one Druid, Mage, and Warlock, effectively making it a four-class tournament.

Result-based Discussion

In APAC posesi completed his comeback from the early season struggles in the best possible fashion. The Japanese was second to last in point standings with mere 2 points after Week 3 but performed very strongly on the second half of the season, getting weekly tournament victories on Weeks 5 and 7 and ending up as the #1 point earner of the region. He and blitzchung were able to back up their regular season finishes by reaching the final, where posesi was able to clutch the victory after a tightly contested series.

If APAC final saw the top 2 seeds pitted against another, in Europe it was the opposite. Frenetic and xBlyzes, latter of whom barely made it to the Playoffs to begin with, were able to dig themselves out of the losers' bracket and into the grand final by beating the top seeds Jarla and Rdu in their respective semifinals. In the end, xBlyzes failed to get a win with his Rogue after leading 2-1 in the series, prompting the visibly emotional Frenchman to ragequit the deciding match when Frenetic had unavoidable lethal on board.

In Americas the Playoffs-qualified LatAm players rose to the occasion as all three were able to reach the championship Sunday. Rami94 beat Fled and Nalguidan beat muzzy to set up an all-Argentinian final. The more experienced Nalguidan was able to take the victory over his compatriot and reach the World Championship for the first time in his rather successful career. Rami94 can still keep his head high as he went from one game away from relegation in the second season of last year into one game away from a World Championship spot now.


Frenetic

Nalguidan

posesi

The regional champions heading to World Championship 2021.


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