With day three of the Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT) Fall Championship wrapped up, we had the chance to watch some of the best from all corners of the world competing for the title of 2018 Fall Champion. On the third day of the event, all loser bracket matches were played out. The day started off with GeoLionKing facing off against DacRyvius.
An easy 3-1 victory for the South Korean DacRyvius, up against China’s GeoLionKing. GeoLionKing lost twice before picking up a win with his Shudderwock Shaman, which put him in a position hard to recover from.
The second series of the day was between Australia’s Akumaker and China’s CaiMiao. The series was quite a bit back and forth, but CaiMiao managed to close it out. He did this against Akumaker’s Zoo Warlock, through some great draws with his Malygos Druid.
This was a brutal series for LPTrunks, losing 3-0 to Languagehacker and just having no real shot at winning the series. The draws for Languagehacker were just vastly superior this time around. Languagehacker continued to play Hatul later in the day.
The fourth series was between China’s Islandcat and Argentina’s Tincho. It was not a good day for the Chinese players, as Islandcat also got swept in the near mirror lineup. I personally believe Islandcat made a mistake banning the Odd Rogue of Tincho, rather than the Token Druid. In the end it likely wouldn’t have made a difference, as Islandcat just wasn’t playing up to the standards set by the other players at the event.
As is tradition at this point, Sintolol’s Shudderwock got burned once more. Sintolol’s Shudderwock has gotten overdrawn on five separate occasions in the last couple events he played. Unlike the previous times, Sintolol’s pressure was enough this time around to secure him the first win of the series. The rest of the series played out as expected. The Odd Rogue picked up wins and the Malygos Druid could not draw what it needed today for DacRyvius. Sintolol qualified to the top 8 of the event with this win, where he will get to play for a chance at making it once more to the world championship.
This was by far the most surprising upset at the event. Moyen got a quick 2-0 lead against CaiMiao, but then did not manage to close it out in three good matchups with Even Warlock. This was one of the only reverse sweeps at the event. CaiMiao had to put in his all, but he made it through and joined Sintolol as the second qualifier of today to make it into the top 8.
Languagehacker was on a roll today. Through some mistakes of Hatul, he managed to make it into the top 8 with his second 3-0 of the day. We were very impressed by Languagehacker’s play today and hope he does well tomorrow.
The last match of the day was between Vietnam’s Tyler and Argentina’s Tincho. After the impressive showing of Tincho earlier today, this time around it was much worse. Both he and Tyler seemed stressed out throughout some of the games and made some questionable decisions. After the easy victory Tyler had with his Quest Rogue, the remaining games he had to fight for a lot more. In the end Tyler took it 3-2, beating Tincho’s Odd Rogue twice.
That is our coverage of day 3 of the HCT 2018 Fall Championship. The action continues on Oct. 14 at 8:30 a.m. PT. You can catch it all at the PlayHearthstone Twitch channel where the quarterfinals up to the finals will be played out.
Don’t forget to check out our player profiles and predictions, including coverage of the Asia-Pacific, Chinese, American, and European players in the Fall Championship.
Missed yesterday’s coverage? Check out our day 2 recap!
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I’m Arend Zijdenbos, from the Netherlands. Gamer for as long as I can remember. My current focus is further improving at esports journalism. Currently, I write for Daily Esports and PCInvasion. For more of me, find me on twitter @Azijdenbos.