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The Chinese Hearthstone Team Story playoffs took place over the weekend. Team Celestial took down the trophy and a first prize bonus of over $45,000, to add to the $20,000 they earned in the regular season. Celestial had dominated the league stages of the competition and that had earned them a bye to the final, where they dispatched Yolo Miracle 9-3.


The playoff stages were played as best of 17 last hero standing using all nine classes. Three players had to use two classes, and one player had to use the remaining three. A player could not leave their seat until all of their classes had been defeated, meaning that it was not only last hero standing, but also last player standing.

In the first match of the stepladder playoffs, EDward Gaming took on TongFu, with the losers finishing in fourth place. TongFu had made an incredible comeback late in the league to be in the playoffs at all. Their captain, Valeera, chose to drop himself as he felt the team would do better without him, as he is known for being strong in only a narrow choice of classes. They opened up with their three deck player, RayAllen, who took a 1-0 lead. However, the lack of versatility later in the match due to players only having two decks proved to be a problem and EDward ran out 9-6 winners. Yinian was the most impactful player, taking the score from 2-2 to 7-4 by the time he left his seat.

The second match was to decide who finished in third place and who progressed to play Team Celesital in the Grand Final. EDward only had 30 minutes to prepare a new lineup. Meanwhile, Yolo Miracle had fatigue issues of their own as Fuoliver had been playing in the Gold Series earlier in the day, and had to change production studios to get to the match. They also soon had another problem, as it became apparent that Rosicky was incredibly nervous and struggling to concentrate. Binxuan took advantage of this for EDward to take a 2-0 lead. However, Yolo Miracle's lineup is a powerful one and to fix the damage they put 2014 Gold Series quarter-finalist SleepyShaman into play. When he left the match, he'd turned it around and given Yolo a 5-4 lead, and more importantly had eliminated all three decks of 2015 World Championship contender, NoTomorrow, from the match. Fuoliver, their three deck player, then took control and finished the match off 9-7 to set up a Final with Team Celestial.
 

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The final was an anticlimactic affair. Rosicky again went first for Yolo Miracle, and again appeared to be very uncomfortable under the pressure. His opponent was Breath, who had been crowned the league stage MVP. Rosicky managed to take a 1-0 lead, but finished 2-1 down after a poor game playing Priest against Patron. Breath took the score to 2-2 before Caoyuan sat down with his three decks of Midrange Druid, Control Priest, and Rogue. Caoyuanwent 3-1 with Druid and then 4-0 with Priest to almost single-handedly win the match 9-3. Zuiwo and World Championship quarter-finalist Zoro were not even needed to play a game.

Anyone interested in watching any parts of the finals can do so on the English version DTwo's YouTube channel.

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