Hearthstone WSOE 2: Fast event recap

Hearthstone WSOE

On Dec. 20-21, sixteen competitive Hearthstone players from around the world were invited to compete in the WSOE 2 Hearthstone Event. This time it was hosted in Manhattan Beach, California. The players competed for their share of $30,000 in the second event of the World Showdown of Esports, which is a tournament series organized by ESP Gaming.

The casters

  • Brian “Briankibler” Kibler
  • Dan “Frodan” Chou
  • Nathan “Thatsadmirable” Zamora
  • Paul “Zalae” Nemeth
  • TJ “Azumoqt” Sanders
  • Joe “Munchables” Fenny
  • Lauren Jbara
  • “Lisa Lucymae” Malambri

The competitors

  • Alexandra ”Alliestrasza” Macpherson
  • Claire ”Chandyland” Chan
  • Nayara “NaySyl” Sylvestre
  • Cordelia “Scarakye” Chui
  • Laura “Arya” Molina Quinto
  • Edelweiss
  • Nicholena “Nicholena” Moon
  • Slysssa
  • Bloody
  • Rumay “Hafu” Wang
  • Pathra ”Pathra” Cadness
  • Cora “SongBird” Georgiou
  • Cara “CaraCute” Vergel De Dios
  • Jia Aquino “Jia” Dee
  • SaltyMonkey
  • Teebs “Teebs” Auberdine

Format

The WSOE event had a unique format we have not seen before in the Hearthstone scene. All competitors had to bring a deck for each of the nine classes in Hearthstone. The format is quite complicated.

  • Ban two classes
  • Pick one class
  • Ban two classes
  • Pick one class
  • Ban one class
  • Pick two classes (The remaining two)

With these four classes chosen, you and your opponent will be given one more ban knowing what decks your opponent has, followed by a best-of-5 series using the Last Hero Standing format. An example of this is the series between winner Jia and Slysssa.

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Final standings

  1. Jia
  2. SongBird
  3. Slysssa
  4. Pathra

5-8th

  • Teebs
  • Chandyland
  • Alliestasza
  • Edelweiss

9-12th

  • Arya
  • Nicholena
  • Scarakye
  • Hafu

13-16th

  • CaraCute
  • NaySyl
  • Bloody
  • SaltyMonkey

The winner of the event was Jia Aquino “Jia” Dee, who beat Cora “SongBird” Georgiou in the finals. The series was incredibly close and really was a pleasure to watch. With many upsets and an eventual 3-2 score, this is one worth watching back. Find the VOD of this series and others on WSOE’s Twitch channel.

For more coverage of Hearthstone, check out how to deal with Hearthstone‘s newest tier 1 deck, Spell Hunter.


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