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hearthstone Asia-Pacific Spring Championship Results

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The Asia-Pacific (APAC) Spring Championship took place over the weekend of 18-19 June, to decide the region's second qualifier for the World Championship later in the year. HandsomeGuy was the eventual winner, after coming from behind in every match.

The event was played as a single elimination best of seven Conquest, with a ban.   HandsomeGuy was the top points earner in the region for the second season running, and had finished runner-up in the Winter Championship. However, he found himself 3-1 down against   Caster in his quarter-final match. The best of seven format does allow for some big turnarounds however, and HandsomeGuy came back to beat Caster's Reno Warlock with Miracle Rogue, Tempo Warrior, and C'Thun Druid to snatch a 4-3 victory.

In the other quarter-final matches,   Foot beat   Jako 4-1,   Killer Hero beat   HeisnotAxel 4-3, and   EdwardElric beat   Pinpingho 4-2.

HandsomeGuy's semi-final against Foot was almost a repeat of his quarter-final. At 3-2 down, he again beat Reno Warlock with his Rogue and Druid to claim a place in his second consecutive APAC final. His opponent this time around was EdwardElric, who overcame Killer Hero 4-3.

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The finalists brought the following lineups:

HandsomeGuy: C'Thun Druid, Miracle Rogue, Aggro Shaman, Zoo Warlock, Tempo Warrior

EdwardElric: Freeze Mage, Miracle Rogue, Aggro Shaman, Zoo Warlock, Dragon Warrior

HandsomeGuy banned Mage, while EdwardElric banned Warrior. The first game seemed to be going the way of HandsomeGuy's Druid as he put up several big Taunt minions against a Dragon Warrior that could not find an Execute. However, EdwardElric managed to keep just enough pressure on, and found a way to win and take a 1-0 lead. HandsomeGuy got by far the better draw in the Zoo mirror for game two, and rapidly snowballed that lead into a victory. In game three, HandsomeGuy struggled to get a foothold in the game with his Druid, and EdwardElric's Shaman gave him a 2-1 lead.

EdwardElric looked to be in control in game four, as his Zoo opened up with Flame Imp on turn one, and then another Flame Imp plus Possessed Villager on turn two. HandsomeGuy was on 16 life going into turn four, but drew a Fan of Knives to tidy up a scary looking board and again drew level in the match. In game five, HandsomeGuy's Druid controlled the game with his taunts against Zoo, and he took a 3-2 lead. Incredibly, this was the first time in the entire event that he had led during a match. He closed out his win in game six by keeping EdwardElric's Zoo off the board with Shaman.

The VOD of the final can be viewed here.

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