Preview and predictions for the biggest Hearthstone tournament of 2022

by NPH AgentPWE and NPH Pasca

The most anitcipated Hearthstone tournament of 2022 is MAX Team’s League of Nations 2: Global edition. 48 different countries are invited. 3 players were voted in to represent their nation among all volunteers from each country. This is as big as Hearthstone Global Games at its peak. Competition will start next week and most of it will be streamed by MAX Team in English and French. The competitors will fight for their share of the €1000 prize pool, but also for the honor of their flag.

At NPH, we are huge HS esports fans, and we have opinions. So here’s how we rank the 48 teams competing in MAX League of Nations:

Pasca’s tier list:

Tier S:

China: Leaoh, Syf, XiaoT

Tier 1:

Canada: CaelesLuna, Eddie, Lnguagehackr
Czech Republic: En1gma, Faeli, Jarla
France: AyRoK, Dreivo, xBlyzes
United States of America: Eggowaffle, Gamerrvg, McBanterFace
United Kingdom: DeadDraw, Jambre, PocketTrain
Japan: Jimon, Okasinnsuke, MegaGliscor
Spain: BruTo, Frenetic, L3bjorge
Argentina: Nalguidan, Rusinho, Tincho

Tier 2:

Ukraine: iNS4NE, Silvors, Zoltan
Germany: Burr0, ChaboDennis, Seiko
Sweden: Chewie, Orange, Sensei6
Brazil: Fled, NaySyl, Rase
India: Gcttirth, Mighty, Ronak
Portugal: DrBoom, Ferno4111, SuperFake
Croatia: D0nkey, Paljuha, Reqvam
Italy: Darkstrike, Gregoriusil, Leta
Taiwan: g9Malygos, Shaxy, Xillinhung
South Korea: Grr, Ostinato, Sinah
Thailand: Bankyugi, eCrazy, Phai
Singapore: Lambyseries, SGAhIce, Skye

Tier 3:

Greece: Athanas, RST, SomiTequila
Denmark: Furyhunter, Hygs, Ziptopz
Australia: ColdSnapSp, CoolKid2001, WetGoose
Belgium: Aikoio, BabyBear, Floki
Russia: Levik, Noflame, y0ungchrisT
Finland: Detto, Habugabu, Lasagne
Mexico: Ekrow, Empanizado, IrvinG
Turkey: Hypnos, Rocco, Whiterun
Philippines: IAmTheTable, TheBigMac, WaningMoon
Slovakia: HilmJoZo, JEJBenko, Rjù
Norway: Elefanti, Gjrstad, Vannsprutarn

Tier 4:

Malaysia: Auria, EzXarT, SithX
Poland: Dawido, Mikolop, Myzrael
Israel: CrazyMage, Falular, IdanProk
Luxembourg: Alexisdiesel, Thedemon, wiRer
Lithuania: Benetoo, gr0nas, S8ris
Netherlands: CptnKitty, Këlthrag, Maxvdp
Uruguay: Donat, Loreance, Zorb
Austria: DrGyros, Khamûl, ThisIsChris
Bulgaria: Jengo, Felzak, Krisofive
Chile: DarkClaw, Blowns, MokraniChile
New Zealand: Ace103, LordZeolite, Jakattack
Romania: FinalS, Serj, Sharpy
Peru: InfErnO, Kaloz, UchihaSaske
Switzerland: GAP1698, RockyN1, TheRabbin
Hungary: CheeseHead, Hulkenstein, Wuncler
Serbia: Blankieh, Brazuka, Sumskiduh

We believe that the divisions are very well balanced. Most of them include two teams from tier 1-2 and two from tier 3-4 in our rankings.
Group D is the most competitive which is unfortunate for the USA, who will have to face Portugal, India and Russia in the first three weeks. The Russians are likely to end last despite being an average team. At the other end of the spectrum, Group J seems like the weakest. In our opinion, Korea will easily defeat Turkey, Hungary and Lithuania.

AgentPWE’s tier list:

Tier S:

Canada: CaelesLuna, Eddie, Lnguagehackr
China: Leaoh, Syf, XiaoT

Tier 1:

Argentina: Nalguidan, Rusinho, Tincho
Brazil: Fled, NaySyl, Rase
Czech Republic: En1gma, Faeli, Jarla
France: AyRoK, Dreivo, xBlyzes
Germany: Burr0, ChaboDennis, Seiko
Italy: Darkstrike, Gregoriusil, Leta
Japan: Jimon, Okasinnsuke, MegaGliscor
Spain: BruTo, Frenetic, L3bjorge
United Kingdom: DeadDraw, Jambre, PocketTrain
United States of America: Eggowaffle, Gamerrvg, McBanterFace

Tier 2:

Belgium: Aikoio, BabyBear, Floki
Croatia: D0nkey, Paljuha, Reqvam
Denmark: Furyhunter, Hygs, Ziptopz
Finland: Detto, Habugabu, Lasagne
India: Gcttirth, Mighty, Ronak
Israel: CrazyMage, Falular, IdanProk
Mexico: Ekrow, Empanizado, IrvinG
Portugal: DrBoom, Ferno4111, SuperFake
Russia: Levik, Noflame, y0ungchrisT
Singapore: Lambyseries, SGAhIce, Skye
South Korea: Grr, Ostinato, Sinah
Ukraine: iNS4NE, Silvors, Zoltan

Tier 3:

Australia: ColdSnapSp, CoolKid2001, WetGoose
Chile: DarkClaw, Blowns, MokraniChile
Greece: Athanas, RST, SomiTequila
Luxembourg: Alexisdiesel, Thedemon, wiRer
Malaysia: Auria, EzXarT, SithX
Netherlands: CptnKitty, Këlthrag, Maxvdp
New Zealand: Ace103, LordZeolite, Jakattack
Norway: Elefanti, Gjrstad, Vannsprutarn
Peru: InfErnO, Kaloz, UchihaSaske
Poland: Dawido, Mikolop, Myzrael
Sweden: Chewie, Orange, Sensei6
Thailand: Bankyugi, eCrazy, Phai
Turkey: Hypnos, Rocco, Whiterun

Tier 4:

Austria: DrGyros, Khamûl, ThisIsChris
Bulgaria: Jengo, Felzak, Krisofive
Hungary: CheeseHead, Hulkenstein, Wuncler
Lithuania: Benetoo, gr0nas, S8ris
Philippines: IAmTheTable, TheBigMac, WaningMoon
Romania: FinalS, Serj, Sharpy
Serbia: Blankieh, Brazuka, Sumskiduh
Slovakia: HilmJoZo, JEJBenko, Rjù
Switzerland: GAP1698, RockyN1, TheRabbin
Taiwan: g9Malygos, Shaxy, Xillinhung
Uruguay: Donat, Loreance, Zorb

It’s hard to compare teams that feature one prodigious player alongside two unknowns against one that has three good players. For example, Denmark is weighted down heavily in my ranking by the fact that I know next to nothing about Hygs and Ziptopz, but on a scale of individual players, I would place Furyhunter at the very top with XiaoT. Norway is the opposite, none of their players are Grandmasters, but they all have a lot of experience in Masters Qualifiers.
In my opinion, China is heads and shoulders above the competition. Even Canada is not comparable. Combined, their players are 188W-113L in Masters Tour.

NPH Pasca

When ranking these teams I made sure I placed them atleast tier 3 if they had a respectable player that I recognized. Tier 4 teams mostly consist of those whose names I don’t recognize/lack the competitive achievement to make tier 3. Most tier 4 teams are mystery teams, and their true rankings could be 3, 2 or even 1.

NPH AgentPWE

MAX Team will stream 4 “confrontations” each week so make sure to follow them on Twitch. A confrontation consists of three best-of-three matches between a player and their counterpart on the opposing team. Players of the same country are not required to have the same lineup and each of them plays their own matches, but they are allowed to be in a voice conversation with their teammates, so the serious ones will be copiloting. Look forward to some exciting content!

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