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Red Bull Team Brawl Round Up

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The first Red Bull Team Brawl took place on Saturday night. In the first big Hearthstone sealed deck event, Tempo Storm's lineup of Reynad, Eloise, and Firebat took down the title, defeating Team Liquid 5-1 in the final to pick up $3,000.


The event used a sealed deck generator, which you can try for yourself on Tempo Storm's website. Teams opened 240 cards and had to build three decks with those cards. Each team member played against each player on the opposing team once each, to give an overall best of nine. Players were able to discuss plays with their teammates, which made for interesting interactions. This also led to an embarrassing moment for Reynad, captured here by YouTuber AsmoPlays.

Cloud 9's team of Hafu, TidesofTime and StrifeCro were probably the favourites for the event, as Arena and deck building skills are at a premium in this format. However, it soon became apparent that they had opened a mediocre card pool. They first lost 5-4 to Archon, and then 7-2 to Tempo Storm. There was no need for the final game against Liquid to be played, as Cloud 9 were already eliminated and Liquid had already qualified for the Grand Final.

Team Liquid, consisting of Dog, Savjz, and Trump reached the final by beating Archon 7-2 and Tempo Storm 5-4. Dog's Rogue deck was the talk of the first stage. It resembled a constructed Oil Rogue deck, and unsurprisingly Dog went 6-0 in this portion of the event. This left Tempo Storm to play Archon for the other place in the final. With Firebat playing for Tempo Storm against his former team, this was the encounter many wanted to see. Tempo Storm beat the team of Amaz, Zalae and Amnesiac 5-4 to move into the Grand Final.
 

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The Grand Final was a little disappointing, as Tempo Storm opened significantly more powerful cards than Liquid and cruised to a 5-1 victory. One thing that was apparent during this stage was that both Savjz and Reynad were comfortable with the format. Reynad has played many Sealed Deck Magic: The Gathering tournaments and Savjz has played casual Magic: The Gathering for ten years. Zalae also seemed comfortable in the format. Although skills learned playing Magic don't always translate well to Hearthstone, it seems as if the team Sealed format crosses over well.

The event overall was a good one. There were many teething problems with the production, but most had been tidied up by the end of the show. I'm confident that they will be able to sort out some of the logistical issues caused by showing three games at once, and we will see more of this format in the future.
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