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The Americas Region Hearthstone Winter Championships took place last week, and boasted a $100,000 prize pool. The winner was Team Archon's Amnesiac, who will progress to the World Championship later in the year. The format was best of five Conquest with a ban.


The eight qualifiers from the Preliminaries were divided into two groups, with the top two from each group progressing to the semi-finals. Fibonacci was unable to attend due to passport issues, and was replaced by Nostam. The results of the group stages were as follows:

Group A: Nostam (2-0), Amnesiac (2-1), Talion (1-2), Chakki (0-2)
Group B: AlSkyHigh (2-0), Chessdude123 (2-1), Snail (1-2), Wtybill (0-2)

In the first semi-final, Amnesiac brought Druid, Murloc Paladin, Rogue, and Control Warrior. AlSkyHigh brought Druid, Secret Paladin with eggs, RenoLock, and Control Warrior. Amnesiac banned Druid, AlSkyHigh banned Paladin. Amnesiac took a reasonably easy 2-0 lead after his Druid beat Warrior and his Rogue beat RenoLock. He dropped game three with his Warrior against RenoLock, but still completed a 3-1 win, as his Warrior beat AlSkyHigh's Paladin to advance to the final.
 


The second semi-final was between Chessdude and Nostam. Chessdude brought Druid, Freeze Mage, Rogue, and Patron Warrior. His Druid was banned. Nostam brought Druid, Face Shaman, RenoLock, and Control Warrior. His Warrior was banned. In game one, Nostam got an early Warlock Hero Power from Sir Finley Mrrgglton, but despite getting in position to win, somehow could not draw the killer blow at the end. Nostam levelled the scores with a win with Shaman against Mage, but fell behind again when Chessdude forced through a victory with Rogue against Druid. Nostam again drew level, with Druid against Chessdude's Mage, and this set up a tense final game between Freeze Mage and RenoLock. Nostam managed to navigate this well to take the match 3-2, and set up a final with Amnesiac.

In the final, Amnesiac banned Shaman, while Nostam banned Paladin. Amnesiac won the first game with Druid against Warrior. He then showed impressive knowledge of the Rogue vs Warrior matchup to take a 2-0 lead against the odds. Nostam got back to 2-1 with a revenge win with his Druid against Amnesiac's Warrior. Amnesiac again won a tough matchup in game four however, defeating RenoLock and progressing to the World Championship. He won $25,000 for his efforts, while Nostam took home $15,000 as a last minute replacement!

Amnesiac is only fifteen years old, but has shown that age is no barrier if you're good enough. He played consistent high quality Hearthstone through the whole of the event and was a worthy winner. The decks he brought to the tournament can be found below.
 
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Blizzard's report on the final, and the decks for every play can be found here.

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