Player Profiles HCT 2018 Fall Championship: America

HCT Fall Championships Americas

The Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT) Fall Championship is just around the corner and we’re ready to see some of the best players in the world stack their decks against the competition and see who will come out on top. Just ahead of the competition, we’re breaking down some of the major players in each region of competition, starting with North and South America here. Will any of these players rise to the occasion? Let’s have a look.

Tincho

Martin “Tincho” Guillermo Mazza is the only representative from Argentina, playing for Quad Gaming. This will be the first big opportunity Tincho is getting to prove himself, having qualified for the Americas Summer Championship back in 2017 but falling just short of the top 16. Earlier this year he qualified for the HCT Buenos Aires event but did not manage the results he wanted. 

Tincho went with the most popular approach of all-out aggression though the unique part of his lineup, the Token Druid list he decided to bring. One of the notable things Tincho has that many others don’t is the single copy of the Blood Knight in Zoo Warlock, a tech card not often seen anymore in current builds of Zoo Warlock. Another thing to note from Tincho’s builds is his use of Tar Creeper in both Zoo Warlock and Odd Rogue. Tar Creeper was a tech card used for his prediction that there will be many other aggressive line-ups out there, which was spot on. This is certain to give him a small edge against many players at the event.

Here are the deck codes for the competitive decks Tincho is looking to use:

Druid: AAECAbSKAwT3A5vLApnTAvX8Ag1AX/0C5gXkCKDNAofOAo7QApjSAp7SAtvTAtfvAuL4AgA=
Mage: AAECAf0EBnGrBO0Flgai0wLu9gIMuwKVA7QE5gSWBewFwcECmMQCj9MC++wClf8Cuf8CAA==
Rogue: AAECAaIHBq8EysMC/eoCnvgC4vgC5/oCDIwCywPUBfMF9QXdCIHCAp/CAuvCAtHhAovlAqbvAgA=
Warlock: AAECAfqUAwb3BPMFysMCnOIC9PcCj4IDDDCEAc4Hwgj3DJvLAvfNAp/OAvLQAtHhAofoAtP4AgA=

Bloodyface

Brian “Bloodyface” Eason is a Hearthstone player from the United States. Bloodyface is a long-term Hearthstone competitor, with his first showing at the 2016 America Spring Preliminaries. Since then, Bloodyface has participated in events such as Dreamhack Atlanta ‘17 and is now making a return qualifying for the 2018 Fall Championships.

Bloodyface is a big fan of the more aggressive archetypes, and his line-up reflects that well. As he said on Twitter, “Went with what I know best.” Looking at the field, Bloodyface’s call to go all-out aggressive looks like it was a popular one. The most unique part of Bloodyface’s line-up is the midrange/secret hunter list he brought. He is the only player to bring this style of hunter to the event, as the other hunters opted for the more anti-control style of hunter.

Here are Bloodyface’s Deck Codes:

Druid: AAECAZICCLQDxQTeBcLOApnTApvoAuT7AvX8AgtAX+kB0wPkCKDNAofOApjSAp7SAtvTAr/yAgA=
Hunter: AAECAR8MhwTJBK4GncwC180C3dIC39IChtMCy+wCmPACgPMCp4IDCZ4BqAK1A+sHlwj+DI7DAuPSAovlAgA=
Rogue: AAECAaIHCLICyAOvBPMFysMCnvgC4vgC5/oCC4wCywPUBfUF3QiBwgKfwgLrwgLR4QKL5QKm7wIA
Warlock: AAECAf0GBPcEysMCnOICj4IDDTCEAc4Hwgj3DJvLAvfNAp/OAvLQAtHhAofoAvT3AtP4AgA=

Languagehacker

Mihai “Lnguagehackr” Dragalin is a Hearthstone player from Canada, currently playing for Grizzly’s Esports with his teammates “Pelletire,” “Kevin Anctil,” and “Goddraw.” Some of Languagehacker’s achievements include a top 8 placement at HCT Austin earlier this year and a top 16 at HCT Austin the year before. Languagehacker is one of the few players qualified for the event that doesn’t play Hearthstone as their full-time job. Instead he has a normal day job and casually streams from time to time.

Languagehacker is a player who has vastly more experience in the Last Hero Standing format, but I’m sure he has prepared well with the help of his team for the Conquest format at the Fall Championship. The interesting part of Languagehacker’s  lineup is that he has brought barely any tech cards. His entire line-up plays the battle-tested lists with the exception of his Odd Rogue list, which is slightly teched towards other aggressive matchups.

These are the Deck Codes for Languagehacker:

Druid: AAECAZICBMLOAq/TAvHqAo3wAg1AX+kBxAbkCMnHApTSApjSAp7SAubTAovhAoTmAt3rAgA=
Hunter: AAECAR8I+wX4CIbTApziArbqAsvsAoDzAqCAAwuNAd4FlwirwgLYwgKczQLd0gKL4QLh4wLy8QK5+AIA
Rogue: AAECAaIHBsgDrwTzBZ74AuL4Auf6AgyMAssD1AX1Bd0IgcICn8IC68ICysMC0eECi+UCpu8CAA==
Shaman: AAECAaoICPsMnccCnOICq+cCw+oCp+4C7/cCmfsCC4EE9QTeBf4F/wWyBpfBAsfBApvLAvPnAu/xAgA=

Justsaiyan

David “Justsaiyan” Shan is a Hearthstone player from the United States, competing alongside Amnesiac and Muzzy for team Tempo Storm. Justsaiyan is currently ranked second in the world and is competing with Hunterace for the spot of best player in the world. The amount of achievements Justsaiyan has for the last year alone is unreal. In just the past five months, Justsaiyan has made three top 4 placements in major Hearthstone events, won HCT Montreal, and placed second at HCT Oslo.

For this event, Justsaiyan has brought a line-up of the accepted best decks. He believes he can play the matchups better than most anyone else at the event, and we believe that too. Justsaiyan is by far our favorite to win this entire event.

Just below, you’ll find the Deck Codes for Justsaiyan:

Druid: AAECAZICCla0A8UE3gXCzgKZ0wKb6AK/8gLk+wL1/AIKQF/pAdMD5AigzQKHzgKY0gKe0gLb0wIA
Hunter: AAECAYoWCt4F+AjGwgLTxQKG0wKc4gK26gLL7AKA8wKggAMKjQGXCKvCAtjCApzNAt3SAovhAuHjAvLxArn4AgA=
Rogue: AAECAaIHBogF/MEChsICgNMCz+ECw+oCDMQBnALtAp8DmwXUBYYJl8ECx9MC2+MC9uwC4vgCAA==
Warlock: AAECAf0GCqMB8gX7BvsHoM4Cps4Cws4Cl9MCy+wCzfQCCooHtgfhB40I58sC8dAC/dACiNIC2OUC6uYCAA==

Are you looking forward to seeing any of these players compete? Who will you have your eyes on when the competition goes live on October 11? Be sure to check out our other player profiles as well, including the Europe qualifiers.

Be sure to check out the most recent Hearthstone balances and changes ahead of the HCT 2018 Fall Championships as we prepare to share all the action here on Daily Esports.

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I’m Arend Zijdenbos, from the Netherlands. Gamer for as long as I can remember. for the past 5 years I competed and coached Hearthstone at the top level . My current focus is to expand further in the esports writing scene.

I currently also write for Gamersensei, Dignitas, Team Genji, Montreal Gaming and Kyoto Esports for all kinds of Esports related articles.