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Hearthstone EU Winter Preliminaries: Live Updates

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Today is the final day of the European Region Hearthstone Winter Preliminaries. At the end of the day, we will know who the players are that have qualified to play for a share of $100,000 in the 2016 Winter Championship. As an experiment, we are going to update this page at regular intervals, so feel free to check back and leave feedback as to how it could be improved in the future.


The tournament is a double elimination event. The format is best of five Conquest with a ban. Due to the nature of the double elimination, the players in the upper bracket have to win far fewer games than those in the lower bracket. The upper bracket quarter-final matches are:


DrHippi vs Tars
Pokrovac vs Lekariy
Nicslay vs Bunnyhoppor
Diggen vs Kolemoen


Those players need one more win to qualify for the Winter Championship.

In the lower bracket, there are still several name players. The ones that stand out to me are: Crane333, Sjow, Gaara, Superjj, Xixo, Naiman, and J4CKIECH4N. Those players need to win five matches in a row to qualify, with the exception of Naiman and Crane, who need to win three. The full bracket can be found here. I hope to have more information on the lesser known players as the day goes by.

The tournament is being shown on Twitch and Icy Veins' Sottle is on the casting team.

My aim is to update the thread every hour. I will post in the replies when the thread has been updated.
 

*** UPDATE ***


The first of the Winter Championship players is known. DrHippi beat Tars 3-1. His lineup was Druid, Freeze Mage and Face Shaman. His other deck was a Warlock deck, which was banned in the match shown. DrHippi, from Ukraine, made Legend on the first day of the year using Freeze Mage. Getting there with a control deck on the first day of any month is a spectacular achievement, and despite not being a household name, he is clearly a contender for the Winter Championship.

In the lower bracket, J4CKIECH4N won his first match, Sjow beat Gaara, Xixo won his first two matches, and SuperJJ was eliminated. Naiman and Crane333 are yet to play.
 

*** UPDATE ***


In the second qualifying match, Pokrovac from Poland, a player known on the qualifier circuit and on ladder to be a strong player, overcame Lekariy 3-0. His decks in that match were Zoo, Rogue and Secret Paladin.

In the lower bracket, J4CKIECH4N, Xixo, and Sjow are now out. Crane and Naiman are playing their first matches of the day at the moment.

In the third qualifying match, Nicslay took Druid, Secret Paladin and Patron Warrior with Fierce Monkey to a 3-2 win. His banned class was Warlock. At this point I'd like to remind people that the losers in the qualifying matches drop to the lower bracket and will get another chance later.
 

*** UPDATE ***


The fourth upper bracket match was won by Diggen, who brought Zoo, Patron, Aggro Paladin and Druid. The tournament will now focus on the lower bracket where the remaining four slots in the Winter Championship are up for grabs.

The top three classes picked for the tournament are: Warlock with 132 players, Druid with 113 players, and Paladin with 105 players. There were 151 entrants.

*** UPDATE ***


The lower bracket has been completed and the qualifiers are Cereza, Tars, Naiman, and Bunny Hoppor.

That is the end of the live report. We hope you enjoyed it. If you have any feedback please comment below so we can improve the experience next time.

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