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hearthstone Hearthstone: MSI EGLX Major Open Round-Up and Winning Decklists

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The MSI EGLX Major Open was the first big open tournament to use the new Standard format. A prize pool of $10,000 was on the line, as well as a full quota of Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT) Points. This led to a pretty strong line up of players turning up to participate. The format was Standard best of five conquest with no ban.

The tournament was a 128 player event, and was played as true double elimination (meaning that the finalist from the lower bracket would have to win twice in the final to claim the title).  Going into the event, it was unclear what the exact metagame was going to be, but many were starting to suggest that Patron Warrior or Miracle Rogue would be the best decks. It was clear there would be a lot of Shaman and ZooLock decks, but the balance of the tournament was very hard to predict.

In the end, Canadian player Prelude won the event with a lineup of Control Warrior, N'Zoth Paladin and RenoLock. A major factor in the lineup being successful was that it was very strong against Patron Warrior. In conquest, if you can shut out one of your opponent's decks you are in a very powerful position. Prelude exploited that weakness repeatedly throughout the event.

The Final was against Neobility, who Prelude had already beaten in the upper bracket final. Both matches turned out the same way, with Neobility taking a 2-1 lead before losing to Paladin and RenoLock with his Patron. Neobility's full linup was ZooLock, Patron Warrior, and Aggro Shaman.


Also of note in the tournament was Firebat's progress. He needed to earn HCT points to qualify for the Americas region Preliminary later this month, and he finished in the top eight. This earned him two points which should be just enough to do that when the May final standings are updated.
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