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Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #30

by NPH Pasca and WickedGood

Hearthstone Masters Qualifiers #73 through #96 were the the first weekend of official Conquest tournaments after the nerfs to Crab Rider, Hysteria, Refreshing Spring Water and First Day of School. Some spicy tech choices have emerged, such as Clockwork Giant in Control Warlock and Taelan Fordring in OTK Demon Hunter. This report takes a look at the new metagame based on the data from every single game played in those.

Data summary from Off-Curve:

Tier List:

Click on the players names to get full lists and deck codes from D0nkey. You will also see which class the player banned throuhout their run.

Meta Defining Lineups:
Control Priest, Control Warlock, Control Warrior (Nightcore / wiRer)
Spell Mage, Control Priest, Tempo Rogue (NoFlame / Skittles / Pepe)
Spell Mage, Control Priest, Weapon Rogue (DevilMat / JheickWeiss / Kariiwar)
Secret Libram Paladin, Control Priest, Rush Warrior (레몬박하 / 무에서유창조)

Proven Lineups:
Secret Libram Paladin, Tempo Rogue, Rush Warrior (Whiterun)
Control Priest, Tempo Rogue, Rush Warrior (Zorb / ChaboDennis)
Token Druid, Secret Libram Paladin, Tempo Rogue (Rise)
Token Druid, Spell Mage, Tempo Rogue (notcreater)
OTK Demon Hunter, Control Priest, Tempo Rogue (Ow3rFoggia)

Pretty Good Lineups:
Token Druid, Control Priest, Rush Warrior (LooGiiQQ / SaucisseSwan)
Spell Mage, Secret Libram Paladin, Tempo Rogue (Moriarty)
OTK Demon Hunter, Spell Mage, Control Priest (Dumbledore)
Spell Mage, Control Priest, Control Warlock (Ackerman)
Midrange Demon Hunter, Secret Paladin, Weapon Rogue (Ryuga)
OTK Demon Hunter, Token Druid, Tempo Rogue (taroimo)
Token Druid, Secret Libram Paladin, Rush Warrior (moimeme07)
Secret Libram Paladin, Control Priest, Control Warrior (MiGoTop)
Spell Mage, Aggro Paladin, Weapon Rogue (羊飼い)
Spell Mage, Control Priest, Control Warrior (BlueWolf)
OTK Demon Hunter, Secret Libram Paladin, Control Priest (AllBor)
OTK Demon Hunter, Control Priest, Control Warlock (Eric)
Spell Mage, Control Priest, Rush Warrior (snow)
OTK Demon Hunter, Spell Mage, Secret Libram Paladin (銀風)

Interesting Lineups:
Token Druid, Spell Mage, Control Priest (Mariana)
Secret Libram Paladin, Control Priest, Tempo Rogue (TxM / noise84mond)
Spell Mage, Tempo Rogue, Rush Warrior (Smaug)
Token Druid, Control Priest, Tempo Rogue (Pain)
Spell Mage, Weapon Rogue, Control Warlock (datLMF)
Midrange Demon Hunter, Spell Mage, Weapon Rogue (Matty)
Midrange Demon Hunter, Token Druid, Weapon Rogue (Noobuser / ARAI)
Token Druid, Beast Hunter, Secret Paladin (Ryuga)
Token Druid, Beast Hunter, Secret Libram Paladin (MrStrongPawn)
Spell Mage, Secret Libram Paladin, Control Priest (livevil)
Token Druid, Spell Mage, Weapon Rogue (Giant)
Secret Paladin, Tempo Rogue, Control Warrior (ALFI718)
Beast Hunter, Spell Mage, Secret Paladin (Pedros99)
Beast Hunter, Stealth Rogue, Aggro Shaman (EHOT)
OTK Demon Hunter, Libram Paladin, Control Warrior (VickeBlanka)
Beast Hunter, Midrange Mage, Tempo Rogue (V1rlex)

MAX League of Nations – Top 8 Decks and Lineups

by NPH Disco and NPH Pasca

One of the most interesting tournaments going on this season in Hearthstone esports is MAX League of Nations, a series in which 72 of Europe’s best players, including several Grandmasters, represent their country in Last Hero Standing best-of-three format.

The matches are streamed every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on MAX Team’s Twitch channel. The players are allowed to submit new decks each week.

The group stage has concluded, so this week is the first round of the top 8 bracket.

This article features a breakdown of every archetype played in every lineup for the week, highlights of some of the most interesting ones, and the links to get deck codes for all of them.

Metagame breakdown

Featured lineups

Orange & Bozzzton

Norwis

Fujitora

All the deck codes!

Click on a player’s name to get their deck codes.


Batupaksoy
BeQuiet
Bozzzton
BruTo
Deaddraw
Faeli
Felkeine
Frenetic
Fujitora
Gaby
iNS4NE
J4YOU
Jambre
Jarla
Meati
Norwis
Orange
Pepe
Seiko
Silvors
ThunderUP
xBlyzes
Zany
Zyrios

Special thanks to MAX for allowing us to publish this!

MAX League of Nations – Decks and Lineups (Week 4)

by NPH Disco and NPH Pasca

One of the most interesting tournaments going on this season in Hearthstone esports is MAX League of Nations, a series in which 72 of Europe’s best players, including several Grandmasters, represent their country in Last Hero Standing best-of-three format.

The matches are streamed every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on MAX Team’s Twitch channel. The players are allowed to submit new decks each week.

This article features a breakdown of every archetype played in every lineup for the week, highlights of some of the most interesting ones, and the links to get deck codes for all of them.

This week’s metagame is heavily influenced by Masters Tour Orgrimmar in which many of the same players were competing. Gaby won the event with Control Priest, Spell Mage, Rush Warrior and Miracle Rogue, and so these are the 4 most popular decks.

Metagame breakdown

Featured lineups

Team Russia

Spell Mage, Control Priest and Miracle Rogue is the most popular lineup this week in MAX Leaugue of Nations after a great performance by these decks in Masters Tour Orgrimmar.

Team Croatia

Team Croatia opted for a very proactive lineup this week. While Gibberling Druid seeks to kill the opponent very fast by flooding the board, Weapon Rogue does so without using the board at all.

Belgium vs France

The French and the Belgians made a gentlemen’s agreement this week to bring Nozdormu, the Eternal in each deck. You can watch this whole fast pace match on youtube.

All the deck codes!

Click on a player’s name to get their deck codes.

Avelline
Batupaksoy
BeQuiet
Blankieh
Bozo
Bozzton
Brazuka
Cagnetta99
Cereza
CheeseHead
CptnKitty
Crane333
Cursed
D0nkey
Deaddraw
Dimi
DrBoom
DrGyros
Faeli
Felkeine
FinalS
Frenetic
Fujitora
FuryHunter
Gaby
Goudhout
Habugabu
HilmJoZO
Hoej
Hulkeinstein
iNS4NE
J4YOU
Jambre
Jarla
JEJBenkoJEA
Khamûl
Maur1
Maverick
Maxvdp
Meati
Mishail
MM78
Myzrael
NORE
Norwis
Orange
Paljuha
Pignas
Pepe
Reqvam
Rjú
SaucisseSwan
SebastianJo
Seiko
Sevel
Sharpy
Silvors
Sloug
TheRabbin
TheViper94
Tholwmenos
ThunderUP
Tili
Turna
Vardu
Wuncler
xBlyzes
Xeno
younTheory
Zany
ZLN
Zyrios

Special thanks to MAX for allowing us to publish this!

Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #29

by NPH Pasca and WickedGood

The Hearthstone metagame is adjusting to the nerfs to Pen Flinger, Sword of the Fallen, Watch Posts, Deck of Lunacy and Jandice Barov. Meanwhile, a new season of Masters Qualifiers has started, with 24 open cups this past weekend.

This report analyses how every combination of decks has performed in these Conquest format tournaments.

Data summary from Off-Curve:

Tier List:

Click on the players names to get full lists and deck codes from D0nkey.

Meta Defining Lineups:
Lifesteal Demon Hunter, Control Priest, Rush Warrior (Silvors / Maverick / Rase)
Control Priest, Control Warlock, Control Warrior (조치 / Komik)
Lifesteal Demon Hunter, Secret Paladin, Rush Warrior (trahison / Quirino2ON)
Secret Paladin, Control Priest, Rush Warrior (Vestrita / IdanProK)

Proven Lineups:
Spell Mage, Control Priest, Control Warlock (Orange)
Secret Paladin, Tempo Rogue, Rush Warrior (HSKeDaiBiao)
Aggro Paladin, Control Priest, Rush Warrior (funashi / kamaretai / Havok41)
Secret Libram Paladin, Control Priest, Rush Warrior (Atwa)
Aggro Paladin, Secret Rogue, Rush Warrior (OldBoy)
Lifesteal Demon Hunter, Secret Libram Paladin, Control Priest (SuperFake)
Face Hunter, Aggro Paladin, Rush Warrior (Genghis)
Midrange Demon Hunter, Weapon Rogue, Aggro Shaman (Jekpack)
Control Priest, Mill Warlock, Control Warrior (MegaGliscor)

Pretty Good Lineups:
Lifesteal Demon Hunter, Beast Hunter, Tempo Rogue (Enrico)
Control Priest, Tempo Rogue, Rush Warrior (Ace103)
Lifesteal Demon Hunter, Control Priest, Secret Rogue (stathisv13)
Lifesteal Demon Hunter, Control Priest, Control Warlock (MAMAE)
Token Druid, Aggro Paladin, Rush Warrior (Raguzzoni)
Control Priest, Tempo Rogue, Control Warrior (Matteo)
Lifesteal Demon Hunter, Control Priest, Tempo Rogue (유워리)
Midrange Demon Hunter, Token Druid, Weapon Rogue (Puksin / SaxiCola / DimitriKazov)
Spell Mage, Control Priest, Tempo Rogue (현명한로나)
Token Druid, Beast Hunter, Aggro Paladin (Valdaboy)
Lifesteal Demon Hunter, Aggro Paladin, Control Priest (PrestX)
Beast Hunter, Secret Rogue, Rush Warrior (ПашаТехник / Pain)
Spell Mage, Secret Libram Paladin, Rush Warrior (okasinnsuke)
Face Hunter, Secret Paladin, Tempo Rogue (HSpolice)
Midrange Mage, Control Priest, Rush Warrior (Myschossy / JtFOW)

Interesting Lineups:
Lifesteal Demon Hunter, Token Druid, Weapon Rogue (Chemagician / dawido)
Lifesteal Demon Hunter, Secret Rogue, Control Warlock (PrinceRedneX)
Lifesteal Demon Hunter, Rally Priest, Rush Warrior (kuroma)
OTK Demon Hunter, Beast Hunter, Secret Rogue (Athanas)
Token Druid, Beast Hunter, Tempo Rogue (HKroms)
Libram Paladin, Tempo Rogue, Rush Warrior (Whiterun)
Midrange Mage, Secret Rogue, Control Warrior (Nlky)
Token Druid, Aggro Paladin, Rally Priest (pince)

MAX League of Nations – Decks and Lineups (Week 3)

by NPH Disco and NPH Pasca

One of the most interesting tournaments going on this season in Hearthstone esports is MAX League of Nations, a series in which 72 of Europe’s best players, including several Grandmasters, represent their country in Last Hero Standing best-of-three format.

The matches are streamed every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on MAX Team’s Twitch channel. The players are allowed to submit new decks each week.

This article features a breakdown of every archetype played in every lineup for the week, highlights of some of the most interesting ones, and the links to get deck codes for all of them.

Now that the players have had more time to test post nerf decks, they are adopting Control Priest, Rush Warrior and Lifesteal Demon Hunter as the meta defining decks.

Metagame breakdown

Featured lineups

Team Belgium

Maverick, SaucisseSwan and Sloug

These seem to be considered the best decks at the moment. Rush Warrior is a recent discovery but it has very few bad matchups.

Team Greece

Avelline, Cursed and Tholwmenos

Team Greece is going for the aggro strategy. The secretless Paladin has proven to be a high win rate deck in Qualifiers this past weekend.

Team Serbia

Brazuka, Blankieh and Dimi

This one is very surprising. The Serbians are not the only ones to believe in Secret Rogue, but they are the only ones who brought Celestial Druid.

All the deck codes!

Click on a player’s name to get their deck codes.

Avelline
Batupaksoy
BeQuiet
Blankieh
Bozo
Bozzton
Brazuka
Cagnetta99
Cereza
CheeseHead
CptnKitty
Crane333
Cursed
D0nkey
Deaddraw
Dimi
DrBoom
DrGyros
Faeli
Felkeine
FinalS
Frenetic
Fujitora
FuryHunter
Gaby
Goudhout
Habugabu
HilmJoZO
Hoej
Hulkeinstein
iNS4NE
J4YOU
Jambre
Jarla
JEJBenkoJEA
Khamûl
Maur1
Maverick
Maxvdp
Meati
Mishail
MM78
Myzrael
NORE
Norwis
Orange
Paljuha
Pignas
Pepe
Reqvam
Rjú
SaucisseSwan
SebastianJo
Seiko
Sevel
Sharpy
Silvors
Sloug
TheRabbin
TheViper94
Tholwmenos
ThunderUP
Tili
Turna
Vardu
Wuncler
xBlyzes
Xeno
younTheory
Zany
ZLN
Zyrios

Special thanks to MAX for allowing us to publish this!

MAX League of Nations – Decks and Lineups (Week 2)

by NPH Disco

One of the most interesting tournaments going on this season in Hearthstone esports is MAX League of Nations, a series in which 72 of Europe’s best players, including several Grandmasters, represent their country in Last Hero Standing best-of-three format.

The matches will be streamed every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on MAX Team’s Twitch channel. The players are allowed to submit new decks each week.

This article features a breakdown of every archetype played in every lineup for the week, highlights of some of the most interesting ones, and the links to get deck codes for all of them.

The meta was drastically altered by the balance changes to Deck of Lunacy, Sword of the Fallen, Jandice Barov, Pen Flinger, and the Watch Posts. And while some matches occurred after the patch went live, other matches were played before. In order to more accurately represent the meta for the week, we’ve broken up the lineups into two groups – lineups that were played before the nerfs, and lineups that were played after the nerfs.

Metagame breakdown

Featured lineups

Team Denmark

Furyhunter, Crane333 & Hoej

This was the defining lineup of the pre-patch Forged in the Barrens meta. In continuation of the previous week, pre-patch players brought Secret Libram Paladin, Spell Mage, and some flavor of Rogue with little variation. Team Denmark’s lineup is an example of this, with standard lists of each dominant archetype.

Team Ukraine

J4YOU, iNS4NE & Silvors

The post-patch meta has not settled at all, but the most popular classes brought this week post-patch are Demon Hunter, Mage, and Warlock. Team Ukraine showcases all three classes in their lineup, bringing Midrange Demon Hunter, Spell Mage, and Tickatus Warlock. Midrange Demon Hunter and Tickatus Warlock were non-existent last week, but the changes to the meta have potentially opened the way for these decks to shine. Spell Mage, on the other hand, is still being brought despite the changes to Deck of Lunacy.

All the deck codes!

Click on a player’s name to get their deck codes.

Avelline

Batupaksoy

Blankieh

Bozo

Bozzton

Brazuka

Cagnetta99

Cereza

CheeseHead

CptnKitty

Crane333

Cursed

D0nkey

Deaddraw

Dimi

DrBoom

DrGyros

Faeli

Felkeine

FinalS

Frenetic

Fujitora

FuryHunter

Gaby

Goudhout

Habugabu

HilmJoZO

Hoej

Hulkeinstein

iNS4NE

J4YOU

Jambre

Jarla

JEJBenkoJEA

Khamûl

Maur1

Maverick

Maxvdp

Meati

Mishail

MM78

Myzrael

Nightning

NORE

Norwis

Orange

Paljuha

Pignas

Pepe

Reqvam

Rjú

SaucisseSwan

SCACC

SebastianJo

Seiko

Sevel

Sharpy

Silvors

Sloug

TheRabbin

TheViper94

Tholwmenos

ThunderUP

Tili

Vardu

Wuncler

xBlyzes

Xeno

younTheory

Zany

ZLN

Zyrios

Special thanks to MAX for allowing us to publish this!

An exclusive look at the Hearthstone decks in MAX League of Nations

by NPH Disco, NPH Pasca and NPH SnakeFawdz

One of the most interesting tournaments going on this season in Hearthstone esports is MAX League of Nations, a series in which 72 of Europe’s best players, including several Grandmasters, represent their country in Last Hero Standing best-of-three format.

The matches will be streamed every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on MAX Team’s Twitch channel. The players are allowed to submit new decks each week.

This article features a breakdown of every archetype played in every lineup for the week, highlights of some of the most interesting ones, and the links to get deck codes for all of them.

As expected, Paladin and Mage are the most popular classes, followed by Rogue. The meta has been trending lately towards more agressive decks that can deal a lot of damage without necessarily using the board. As such, Rogue is shifting from Watch Posts to Weapons, and people have started using the Hunter class. Priest is also on the rise, with its powerful healing package that answers the burn decks.

Metagame breakdown

Featured lineups

Team Croatia

D0nkey’s lineup. There are minor differences inside Team Croatia regarding the choice of Paladin Secrets.

This is the expected lineup, the one that dominated Masters Qualifiers and that everyone is prepared for. Given that League of Nations is Last Hero Standing (or KOTH as they say in France), the Croatians were not too afraid of being targeted and opted to simply bring the very best decks. D0nkey mentions the double Ice Barrier as being a tech choice “in case people brought aggro”.

Team UK

Deaddraw, Jambre & Meati

Meati admits that not bringing Paladin was certainly a mistake “but we banned our opponent’s Paladin so we weren’t at a huge disadvantage… honestly Deck of Lunacy was the real star”. Control Priest is an interesting way to answer the aggressive strategies that try to counter Mage.

Team Germany

Nightning, Seiko & Zyrios

Control Warlock was a popular deck on ladder on the first day of the expansion, but it did not perform too well in open cups so far, so it’s interesting to see Team Germany bringing it to the tournament. According to Nightning, “I believe that Warlock is quite decent against the current Rogue list and also the Paladin matchup is winnable. There was also the possibilty of some Priest pick from our opponents so we would counter that with Warlock. Also going with Rogue, Paladin and Mage lineup is quite standard and expected. So Mage ban should be a no brainer but some people might come up with anti Rogue/Pala strategy so we would prevent this case with bringing Warlock.” The German Paladin list also reduces the Secret package (only one Sword of the Fallen) to make room for more value.

Team Switzerland

Bozo, TheRabbin & younTheory

Hunter is an interesting choice from the Swiss players. TheRabbin explains that “we knew that there would be a holy-trinity of Rogue-Paladin-Mage with Paladin ban, so Hunter made sense in order to beat Mage and also has a decent shot against Rogue”.

All the deck codes!

Click on a player’s name to get their deck codes.

Avelline
Batupaksoy
Blankieh
Bozo
Bozzton
Brazuka
Cagnetta99
Cereza
CheeseHead
CptnKitty
Crane333
Cursed
D0nkey
Deaddraw
Dimi
DrBoom
DrGyros
Faeli
Felkeine
FinalS
Frenetic
Fujitora
FuryHunter
Gaby
Goudhout
Habugabu
HilmJoZO
Hoej
Hulkeinstein
iNS4NE
J4YOU
Jambre
Jarla
JEJBenkoJEA
Khamûl
Maur1
Maverick
Maxvdp
Meati
Mishail
MM78
Myzrael
Nightning
NORE
Norwis
Orange
Paljuha
Pignas
Pepe
Reqvam
Rjú
SaucisseSwan
SCACC
SebastianJo
Seiko
Sevel
Sharpy
Silvors
Sloug
TheRabbin
TheViper94
Tholwmenos
ThunderUP
Tili
Vardu
Wuncler
xBlyzes
Xeno
younTheory
Zany
ZLN
Zyrios

Special thanks to MAX for allowing us to publish this!

Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #28

by NPH Pasca and WickedGood

After the first weekend of open cups in the Forged in the Barrens metagame, there is a clear frontrunner for top Conquest lineup in the format. Spell Mage, Secret Libram Paladin and Watch Post Rogue won 7 of the 24 tournaments.
However, the trends are still taking shape, and decks like Token Druid, Aggro Shaman, Control Priest and Aggro Rogue are on the rise. All of these play very few minions, and towards Sunday, the deck that uses Mor’shan Watch Post looked like it was loosing some of its power.

This report is based on the data from Hearthstone Masters Qualifiers Orgrimmar 73 to 96.

Data summary from Off-Curve:

Tier List:

Click on the players names to get full lists and deck codes from D0nkey.

Meta Defining Lineups:
Spell Mage, Secret Libram Paladin, Watch Post Rogue (Alpe / Empanizado / DDoBaGi / Thuggy)

Proven Lineups:
Token Druid, Spell Mage, Secret Libram Paladin (LzJohn / Bravo)
Token Druid, Secret Libram Paladin, Stealth Rogue (sherlwu)
Secret Libram Paladin, Control Priest, Watch Post Rogue (Odemian)
OTK Demon Hunter, Token Druid, Secret Libram Paladin (SwimCap)

Pretty Good Lineups:
Token Druid, Secret Libram Paladin, Watch Post Rogue (Asar)
OTK Demon Hunter, Secret Libram Paladin, Aggro Rogue (hone)
OTK Demon Hunter, Stealth Rogue, Aggro Shaman (Sindo)
Spell Mage, Secret Libram Paladin, Control Priest (LeandroLeal)
Soul Demon Hunter, Secret Libram Paladin, Watch Post Rogue (ArcA)
Spell Mage, Libram Paladin, Stealth Rogue (Liselotte / CptBoatsNHoe)
Beast Hunter, Aggro Rogue, Aggro Shaman (ShuzoDS / Alza)

Interesting Lineups:
Spell Mage, Control Priest, Mill Warlock (JacoboX)
Spell Mage, Control Priest, Control Warlock (MrWolf / LeandroLeal)
OTK Demon Hunter, Secret Libram Paladin, Stealth Rogue (wtybill)
Spell Mage, Secret Libram Paladin, Control Warlock (MiGoTop / Babun)
Token Druid, Secret Paladin, Stealth Rogue (DeadUndead)
Token Druid, Secret Paladin, Aggro Rogue (Dardarbinks)
Spell Mage, Libram Paladin, Watch Post Rogue (Hypnos)
Beast Hunter, Secret Paladin, Stealth Rogue (BabyBear)
Burn Mage, Secret Paladin, Control Priest (Kaisser24)
Celestial Druid, Spell Mage, Secret Libram Paladin (L3bjorge)
Deathrattle Demon Hunter, Beats Hunter, Secret Libram Paladin (Ryuga)
Clown Druid, Ping Mage, Stealth Rogue (DirestBear)

Here’s what’s wrong with the new rule in Heathstone Grandmasters

by NPH lulnenko and NPH Pasca

Today, Hearthstone Esports announced the details of the two seasons of Grandmasters for 2021. One new rule that was added raised a lot of eyebrows among the competitive community.

The winner of Playoffs from each region are given a chance to compete in the 2021 World Championship. Season 1 champions retain their invites to the World Championship if they are not Relegated in Season 2. Relegated Champions have their invites passed down to the next eligible player, in their region, from Season 1.

This rule is obviously an answer to the akwardness of having a player relegated from Grandmasters immediately before competing in the World Championship. It also removes the impression that the winner of Season 1 has no incentives to perform in Season 2. The team probably thought that it would be a rare occurence when they first drafted the program. But it happened to Feno, and then to SilverName, and here we are with this rule.

Some Hearthstone pros have taken to Twitter to criticize the new rule. Former European Grandmaster and 2017 World Championship Competitor Orange criticized the rule’s fairness, saying “my personal take is that taking away someone’s achievement and passing it to the next one isn’t really ok.” He also worries about the extra stress placed upon season 1 champions, saying “I’d just imagine myself in the shoes as s1 champion I’d probably end up more anxious for s2 than happy about my win knowing how much is on the line.” This sentiment is echoed by Americas Grandmaster and 3-time World Championship competitor bloodyface, who argues that the new rule “Replaces apathy with stress and arbitrarily makes S2 worth way more” and that the lower number of matches per season this year increases variance, making it harder to keep a spot in the Grandmasters system.

Here’s why the new rule does more harm than good.

First, it was never true that Season 1 champions could snooze through Season 2 because they already got their invite to Worlds. That is because being relegated is already a much more severe punishment than missing out on Worlds. The GM league is such a hermetic system that relegation is basically the end of any pro career unless you are a top streamer. This issue is made so much worse by the fact that the points that regulate promotions are so skewed, so bad at rewarding the most consistent players, negatively affecting the prospect of making it back in Grandmasters. For that reason, the new rule accomplishes nothing towards motivating Season 2 performance.

A common symptom of flawed competitive formats is that they create situations where players are incentivized to throw matches. In this case, if the winner of Season 1 is struggling in Season 2, and the runner up of 1 is doing reasonably well in season 2, when the latter plays against other struggling Grandmasters, they will have no reason to try to win. This is not a hypothetic scenario. Under this rule, the situation will happen where casters have to explain that this player is better off losing to increase their chance of having an invitation to the World Championship passed down to them.

The third problem is that it will sound really bad to always have the asterisk brought up when talking about Playoffs of Season 1. We will be designating a player as qualified for Worlds 2021 *unless something happens to them in Season 2. That phrase will be repeated over and over and when inevitably an invite is taken away, the fans will feel anger towards the rule instead of the normal deception with their idol’s performance. Fans want to live emotions based on the achievements and struggles of the competitors they look up to, not based on how unfair the system treats them.

There is still time to revert it.

The decision to change the rule regarding qualification for Hearthstone Worlds Championship must be reverted. The competitors themselves have expressed this opinion, but this time it is the fans saying it. From a viewer’s point of view, this change brings nothing good.

This Week in Competitive Hearthstone (01.27.2021 – 02.04.2021)

by NPH Disco

Welcome to the first iteration of “This Week in Competitive Hearthstone” for the week of 01.27.2021 – 02.04.2021! The goal of this article is to provide a recap of what’s going on in the competitive Hearthstone scene.

Did we miss your favorite competitive Hearthstone content? Have suggestions for improvement? (Of course you do, Hearthstone player). Join the NPH discord server and let us know what you’re thinking.

https://discord.gg/VW9sVp9EF5

Masters Tour Qualifiers Results (1 – 30)

Third Party Tournaments (Results and Decklists)

(decklists: https://lotuscars.se/decklists/br-inv-3/)

(decklists: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EcVS2j-_4shmjhQMjgFTLMfZzFW-nxldgHHel769TnY/edit#gid=1004198273)

End-of-Month Top Ladder Results

No quotable tweet for this one, but D0nkey’s website is the one-stop-shop for tracking qualifications and invites, including with regard to ladder results.

https://www.d0nkey.top/leaderboard?seasonId=87

Meta Reports

Masters Tour Qualifiers Streams

Interested in watching qualifier gameplay and learning from experienced players in the scene? We’ve compiled a list of players all around the world who stream their perspective while playing in qualifiers.

https://noproshere.com/2021/02/03/list-of-streamers-who-broadcast-hearthstone-masters-qualifiers/

Third Party Tournaments (Upcoming)

Community Highlight of the Week

The goal of this section is to highlight a player, content creator, or overall great person who contributes to the competitive Hearthstone community. There is a very large backlog of people to highlight (and you are welcome to provide suggestions if you think I’ll miss your favorite person), but this week we’re discussing the one person that makes this entire report redundant.

NoProsHere’s very own Pasca is one of the most interconnected people in the competitive Hearthstone scene. Their Twitter feed reads like a more comprehensive version of this report and is a fantastic resource for people wanting to learn about competitive Hearthstone beyond Grandmasters and the World Championship. The Canadian’s resume includes writing the NPH Conquest Meta Report, captaining several teams playing in series organized by Team Hearth Legends, and hosting Hearthstone tournaments for many years.

Really, if you read through this report and found any sort of value in it, Pasca and the work they do is right up your alley.

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