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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.

Hearthstone Grandmasters 2021 Week 3 Day 2 recap
Alan870806 versus blitzchung. Image provided by Blizzard Entertainment.

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.

Hearthstone Grandmasters 2021 Week 3 Day 2 recap
Bankyugi versus DawN. Image provided by Blizzard Entertainment.

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. 

Hearthstone Grandmasters 2021 Week 3 Day 2 recap
Alutemu versus Surrender. Image provided by Blizzard Entertainment.

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 2021 Week 3 Day 2 recap
Shaxy versus tom60229. Image provided by Blizzard Entertainment.

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.

Rdu versus Swidz. Image provided by Blizzard Entertainment.

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.

xBlyzes versus Frenetic. Image provided by Blizzard Entertainment.

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.

Jarla versus Felkeine. Image provided by Blizzard Entertainment.

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.

Leta versus Casie. Image provided by Blizzard Entertainment.

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.

Fr0zen versus Eddie. Image provided by Blizzard Entertainment.

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.

NoHandsGamer versus lunaloveee. Image provided by Blizzard Entertainment.

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.

Nalguidan versus lnguagehackr. Image provided by Blizzard Entertainment.

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.

Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!
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