The second Grandmasters season of 2021 continued with Week 3 last weekend as 48 players ventured in the post-nerf meta in the hope of gathering enough 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 for this week. As a bonus, we've included the decklists of the finalists from China's Season 1 Grandmasters Playoffs which also took place this weekend.

Finalists' Decklists


DreadEye

lunaloveee

okasinnsuke

Rdu

Seiko

Stone

TIZS

Xiaobai

okasinnsuke's Decks

0 3080 3080 220 0
0 4680 4680 211 0
0 7760 7760 198 0

TIZS's Decks

0 5520 5520 172 0
0 5480 5480 209 0
0 3720 3720 105 0
0 3160 3160 155 0

Rdu's Decks

0 5480 5480 240 0
0 3720 3720 214 0
0 3120 3120 238 0
0 7760 7760 168 0

Seiko's Decks

0 7520 7520 162 0
0 3720 3720 147 0
0 4260 4260 268 0
0 8220 8220 166 0

DreadEye's Decks

0 5280 5280 138 0
0 4260 4260 221 0
0 6040 6040 217 0
1 5620 5620 485 1

lunaloveee's Decks

0 8920 8920 240 0
0 4520 4520 218 0
0 4640 4640 155 0
0 7800 7800 185 0

Stone's Decks

Xiaobai's Decks


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 - glory vs che0nsu: VoD
  • Group B Decider - posesi vs lambyseries: VoD
  • Group C Decider - blitzchung vs Shaxy: VoD
  • Group D Decider - Bankyugi vs GivePLZ: VoD

———- Europe ———-

  • Group A Decider - Leta vs xBlyzes: VoD
  • Group B Decider - Thijs vs Floki: VoD
  • Group C Decider - Casie vs Viper: VoD
  • Group D Decider - Warma vs Gaby: VoD

———- Americas ———-

  • Group A Decider - Rami94 vs DimitriKazov: VoD
  • Group B Decider - killinallday vs lunaloveee: VoD
  • Group C Decider - muzzy vs Monsanto: VoD
  • Group D Decider - Nalguidan vs Fr0zen: 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 - Surrender vs posesi: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 2 - TIZS vs GivePLZ: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 3 - Alutemu vs glory: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 4 - okasinnsuke vs blitzchung: VoD

———- Europe ———-

  • Quarterfinal 1 - Bunnyhoppor vs Thijs: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 2 - Rdu vs Viper: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 3 - Seiko vs xBlyzes: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 4 - Jarla vs Gaby: VoD

———- Americas ———-

  • Quarterfinal 1 - DreadEye vs muzzy: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 2 - NoHandsGamer vs Nalguidan: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 3 - McBanterFace vs DimitriKazov: VoD
  • Quarterfinal 4 - Fled vs lunaloveee: 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

China's Season 1 Grandmasters Playoffs Results

Quarterfinals

  • ShuiMoo vs Stone  1-3
  • XiaoT vs 儒雅随和丨橙诺  2-3
  • Xiaobai vs Tianming  3-1
  • Leaoh vs OmegaZero  1-3

Semifinals

  • Stone vs OmegaZero  3-1
  • Xiaobai vs 儒雅随和丨橙诺  3-2

Final

  • Stone vs Xiaobai  1-3


Discussion

Warlock, Demon Hunter, and Rogue formed the unsurprising top three classes in all three regions with varying order of popularity. Shaman was the next in line with a rather clear margin to everything else in both APAC and Americas, whereas Europe still trusted Mage a bit more than Shamans. Paladin saw zero picks and che0nsu was the only one to bring Warrior this week.

The Chinese eight-player GM Playoffs obeyed the exact same patterns: same top three classes followed by Shaman with no one bringing Paladin or Warrior. Universally unplayable.

Result-based Discussion

In APAC the top 4 of the week once again included three Japanese players, but it was the Taiwanese TIZS who took the Week 3 crown ahead of the newcomer okasinnsuke by reverse-sweeping the Japanese's Shaman. In Europe Gaby reached yet another top 4 before losing to Seiko who, in turn, went on to beat Rdu in the final, getting the important maximum 5 points from this week's tournament. In Americas DreadEye preyed upon the 16 Handlocks brought this week and the strategy carried him all the way to victory after a hard-fought final against lunaloveee.

In China's Grandmaster Playoffs, the top 8 Gold Points earners from March to June battled it out for a spot at World Championships later this year. In the end Xiaobai, the winner of Masters Tour Ironforge, emerged victorious and will be joining posesi, Frenetic, and Nalguidan in the elite competition's grand finals.


DreadEye

Seiko

TIZS

The winners of Week 3.

Lastly, let's take another glimpse at the points standings of this season.

APACPointsEuropePointsAmericasPoints
posesi*13Gaby11Nalguidan*11
Alutemu9Frenetic*11Monsanto9
GivePLZ8Rdu8DreadEye9
Surrender84 players7muzzy**8
TIZS7Jarla63 players6
trahison43 players3killinallday3
4 players3Bozzzton2Fr0zen3
che0nsu2Leta2Rami942
AlanC861Felkeine1Eddie**1

*The winners of Season 1 start with extra 5 points this season. **Retiring at the end of the season.

You can find the full standings on the official tournament site (not yet updated with Week 3 results at the time of writing).


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