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hearthstone Japan Spring Preliminary Results

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The Japan Spring Preliminary took place over the weekend of June 4-5. The top thirty two players battled it out for one place in the Asia-Pacific Championship later in the month.

The format for the event was an interesting one. Players were grouped into four double elimination sections, where the top two from eight progressed to the quarter-finals. For this stage and the quarter-final stage, matches were played as the best of five Conquest with a ban. Beyond this point, players played best of seven Conquest with a ban, which meant they had to submit five decks. The format provided a good test of strength of depth of the players' knowledge.

The Japanese scene is a young one, with Japan only getting their own language version in October 2015. The scene has grown rapidly, with many players occupying top 100 legend ranks on Asia, or Americas, servers. 

Although the tournament was a stacked one, the group that caught the eye was group B. The group included Tredsred, Jako1910, Hajime, and K4g, all well respected players. Tredsred won the group, beating Jako 3-0 along the way. Jako qualified from the lower bracket. As the tournament evolved, the feeling about the group being powerful was confirmed, and Tredsred and Jako both progressed to reach the final.

Jako's lineup was Freeze Mage, Mid Shaman, Tempo Warrior, Mid Druid, and Zoo Warlock. Tredsred's interesting lineup consisted of Rogue, Mid Shaman, Yogg Malygos Druid, Pirate Warrior, and Hunter. Jako banned Hunter, while Tredsred banned Warlock.

The final was a relatively short affair. Jako won 4-1, losing only to Yogg Druid. Although he was one of the players that only started playing in October, he showed that he is already very skilled at the game. His Freeze Mage play in particular caught the eye throughout the event. He is definitely one of the players to look out for at the APAC Championship starting on June 17.

The VODs for the first day can be found here. Day two is available here,

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