Throughout the second day of Hearthstone Grandmasters Week 3, players fought for a place in the semifinals in the specialist format. Unlike the previous week, this format consisted of three different decks from one class alongside card variations.
Hearthstone Grandmasters Asia-Pacific recap
The quarterfinals for the Asia-Pacific region began with a match between Chung “blitzchung” Ng Wai and Chiang “Alan870806” Shih-Hsun.
While blitzchung brought his Druid deck variants, his opponent opted for Warrior. Both matches went to blitzchung, as he continuously created a board of minions and buffed them in both games. After earning a score of 2-0, the player moved to the semifinals.
Next, Poramet “Bankyugi” Putchakan clashed against Jang “DawN” Hyun Jae.
Bankyugi claimed victory in the first game with his Mage deck, using a Mask of C’Thun to achieve lethal. However, DawN brought it back in game two when his opponent didn’t find enough burn and wasn’t able to clear the board of threats. When it all came down to the third game, DawN obtained victory once again with Warlock and earned a score of 2-1.
As for Yashima “Alutemu” Nozomi versus Kim “Surrender” Jung-soo, these players used Warrior and Rogue decks respectively.
Alutemu received the first point when Surrender couldn’t find lethal against a full board. However, Surrender won the next game when his opponent bowed out after Brain Freeze got used on Alexstrasza the Life-Binder. Surrender then went 2-1 in game three, which put him in the semifinals.
The final match for the Asia-Pacific region involved Chen “tom60229” Wei Lin and Liu “Shaxy” Wei-Chieh.
Shaxy got the first win by getting his combo before his opponent could take him down. Although tom60229 earned the next point, Shaxy brought it back in game three when he healed back up from one health total while his opponent went into fatigue.
Hearthstone Grandmasters Europe recap
Over in the European region, Radu “Rdu” Dima opened the matches alongside Joffrey “Swidz” Cunat in a Mage versus Priest battle.
In game one, Rdu played Babbling Book and received a Fireball. Swidz used Taunt minions to stop the bleeding and it was just enough as Rdu went into fatigue and bowed out.
In the next game, Swidz got two Ogremancers on his side of the board. This meant that whenever Rdu played a spell, the Ogremancers summoned minions. Although Rdu used Ring Toss to get Ice Barrier, it wasn’t enough as Swidz continued to build pressure with minions and went face.
As for the region’s second match, it was Zakarya “xBlyzes” Hail versus David Neila “Frenetic” Quiñones.
xBlyzes got the first win using Mask of C’Thun, Refreshing Spring Water and an Apexis Blast to the face.
In game two, both players needed to draw for burn cards. Frenetic was able to topdeck Cram Session, which drew into Arcane Intellect and eventually Mask of C’Thun. However, that still left his opponent alive. When xBlyzes drew into Fireball next turn, it was over as he played it and pinged face with Fireblast.
Up next was Jaromír “Jarla” Vyskočil versus Théo “Felkeine” Dumont. Both players brought Mage decks into the fray.
During game one, Jarla kept the pressure high and maintained a board alongside Ogremancer, which soon led to a victory. Although Felkeine tied the score 1-1 in the next game with the help of Mask of C’Thun, it wasn’t enough, as Jarla won game three with the aid of Aegwynn, the Guardian for extra spell damage and two Fireball spells to the face.
Simone “Leta” Liguori’s Priest versus Kevin “Casie” Eberlein’s Rogue rounded out the final matchup for the region.
In the first game, Leta top decked Sethekk Veilweaver. This gave him Gift of Luminance cards, which he used on his minions and created multiple Sethekk Veilweavers in one turn. Casie almost cleared all of them afterwards, but he left one on the board.
Letea buffed the remaining Sethekk Veilweaver while clearing his opponent’s side of the board. Casie had a strong board later on, but he bowed out after Leta drew into Renew, which restored three health to face and gave him Apotheosis for Lifesteal.
Although Casie won the following game with the help of his minions, Leta went 2-1 in game three with the aid of Sethekk Veilweaver alongside multiple card discounts.
Hearthstone Grandmasters Americas recap
As for the Americas, Frank “Fr0zen” Zhang and Eddie “Eddie” Lui opened the region in a Priest versus Rogue matchup.
Fr0zen obtained victory in the first game after playing Mindrender Illucia, which swapped hands and decks with his opponent. Although Eddie did his best to make his board stick and gather up enough burst in the next game, it wasn’t enough as he went into fatigue and Fr0zen pushed damage to face.
As for the Luke “NoHandsGamer” Kooken versus Luna “lunaloveee” Eason match, it involved Mage versus Rogue decks.
While NoHandsGamer took game one with an Apex Blast to the face, lunaloveee earned a victory in the next round with the help of Wicked Stab (Rank 2). In terms of the deciding round, it went to NoHandsGamer.
The next matchup was between David “killinallday” Acosta and Ramiro “Rami94” Ponce. The players brought Mage and Hunter deck variations to the duel, with Rami94 earning a spot in the semifinals thanks to a score of 2-1.
As for the last series of games, it all came down to Facundo “Nalguidan” Pruzzo versus Mihai “lnguagehackr” Dragalin. While Nalguidan opted for Mage, his opponent went with Warlock. Each player earned a point, so it all came down to game three. In the midgame, Nalguidan didn’t have the luxury of using his burn cards on minions.
After playing Devolving Missiles, he used Runed Orb to find Flurry (Rank 1) to buy himself time. Meanwhile, lnguagehackr played Spirit Jailer and shuffled two Soul Fragments into his deck to heal up later on.
Nalguidan then used a discounted Apexis Blast for face damage while playing Flurry (Rank 2) to freeze two of his opponents minions. Although lnguagehackr became Lord Jaraxxus on his ninth turn, it wasn’t enough as Nalguidan later finished him off with a Mask of C’Thun.
That’s all for Hearthstone Grandmasters 2021 Week 3 Day 2. Fans can catch more of the action over on the official Hearthstone YouTube channel.