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Wombology Hearthstone Invitational #1 Round Up

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The first Wombology Invitational, hosted by Wombo.gg, took place over the weekend with sixteen players invited to play a single elimination knockout tournament for a $6,000 prize pool. There was also a side event worth $1,000 that players could apply to be invited into. The format for both events was best of five Last Hero Standing with a ban.


The invited players were: Eloise, Kranich, Xixo, TheJordude, Sjow, Ryzen, Orange, StrifeCro, Dog, Zalae, Hoej, JAB, Lifecoach, Purple, Ek0p, and Firebat.

After two days, and an event full of 3-2 finishes, the last two players remaining were Ryzen and Lifecoach. Ryzen's lineup was Rogue, Druid, Paladin and Warrior while Lifecoach brought Warrior, Paladin, Warlock and Druid. Ryzen banned Warlock while Lifecoach banned Paladin.

In game one, Lifecoach played Reno Paladin, which had been banned all the way through the tournament. Lifecoach was the pioneer of this deck when League of Explorers first came out, but it was a surprise to see him use it again at this late stage of the meta's development. Ryzen played Patron Warrior, and ironically ended up losing to a board of 3/3 Zombies that were created by Mirror of Doom from Arch-Thief Rafaam. Ryzen selected Druid to take on the Reno Paladin in game two. Lifecoach struggled to get anything to stick on board and Ryzen levelled the scores at 1-1.
 

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Game three was a Druid mirror. Ryzen chose to double Innervate out a Druid of the Claw in charge mode rather than as a 4/6 minion. Lifecoach responded with Coin, Innervate, Swipe to get an early advantage. The crazy turn one however meant that much of the game was played off the top of the deck, and Ryzen got the better of the exchanges to take a 2-1 lead.

For game four, Lifecoach had to use what can only be described as Dragon Warrior. His deck contained cards such as Onyxia, Alexstrasza's Champion, and Varian Wrynn in a very unusual, and heavily value orientated, control deck. Ryzen took down this favoured matchup to win $3,500 and his first big title. It was refreshing to see Lifecoach manage to take second place with two unusual decks in his lineup.

In the side-event final, Greensheep defeated Dethelor 3-1.

VoDs of the event will be available soon on YouTube.

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