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The second group stage of the Global League portion of the $50,000 SL i-League StarSeries was split into two groups. The second of these contained Trump, Lifecoach, Kolento, and Amaz, who battled it out to see who would join Surrender and Dog in the LAN finals in January. The format was best of five, double elimination conquest.


 
The players brought the following lineups:
  • Trump: Secret Paladin, Zoolock, Aggro Shaman
  • Lifecoach: Demon Handlock, Mid Druid, Reno Paladin
  • Kolento: Secret Paladin, Mid Druid, Malylock
  • Amaz: Hybrid Hunter, Tempo Mage, Malylock

Match one: Trump vs Lifecoach

 
Trump brought the same three decks that Surrender qualified with in the other group and in this match had similar results. His Secret Paladin smashed through Demon Handlock, his Shaman did the same to Reno (after taking 12 to his own face to clear a Tirion and protect his board), and his Zoo went through Druid giving Trump a very rapid win.
 
 

Match two: Kolento vs Amaz

 
Amaz brought two aggressive decks and Malylock and his aggression worked just as it did for Trump in the previous match as he raced out to a 2-0 lead beating Mid Druid with both Hybrid Hunter and Tempo Mage. Kolento however took a pivotal mirror Match with Malylock and completed the reverse sweep with Mid Druid and Secret Paladin. Kolento showing that a more standard lineup can still get the job done.
 
 

Qualification Match: Trump vs Kolento

 
 
Kolento took a surprising lead as his Paladin beat Shaman and his Druid beat Zoo leaving him to try to find a win with Malylock against three aggro decks. Trump's Shaman got the job done but a greedy play by Kolento against Zoo where he chose to not Hellfire in a great looking spot enabled him to make an even better play several turns later and take down the match 3-1 and qualify for the LAN finals.
 
 

Elimination Match: Amaz vs Lifecoach

 
 
Lifecoach and Amaz both repeated their patterns from the first round with Amaz taking a 2-0 lead and being left with Malylock to try to find a win. The second of those wins coming from a double 4 roll from his Boombots. As with his first round, Amaz then lost two games in a row with Malylock to end up in a decider. This time though, he managed to get an Emperor Thaurissan to stick on the board for three turns against Lifecoach's Handlock and that was enough to secure a 3-2 victory and Eliminate Lifecoach from this phase of the tournament. He will get one more chance to qualify in the Last Chance event.
 
 
 

Qualification Match: Trump vs Amaz

 
 
The last match was as close as the lineups looked and the first four games were split 2-2 leaving the last match to be between Trump's Secret Paladin and Amaz's Malylock. Trump looked to have secured the match and put Amaz to three life on the same turn as playing a Mysterious Challenger. Amaz had all the answers though and was able to cast them thanks to his Emperor from the previous turn. This allowed him to stabilize and win the match 3-2, which qualified him for the LAN finals.
 
First stage recaps:
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D

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