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Dreamhack Austin Hearthstone Round-Up and Winning Decklists

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Dreamhack Austin was the second big western tournament to take place using Whispers of the Old Gods cards in Standard. At the end of three days of competition, the winner was Chakki, who will be relieved, as well as excited, to get his first big win.


Following on from the MSi EGLX Open last week, players and observers alike were waiting to see if there was anything new to come out of Dreamhack. In the end, the answer was pretty much "no". Despite this, the metagame was very healthy. Hunter and Druid did not seem to be very well represented, but in general, the top decks were decks that we are already familiar with, just with new tweaks.

After nine rounds of Swiss, the tournament cut to the top sixteen. As we have seen time and again now with events that use Swiss, this led to the knockout stages being stacked with well known players. Pavel, Fr0zen, justsaiyan, Zalae, Superjj, Orange, and Xixo all came through the Swiss, as well as several other strong players.

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The final came down to TerrenceM and Chakki. TerrenceM was not a familiar name to many people, but he was clearly an accomplished player. Every time he appeared on camera, his play was impressive, as was his composure under pressure. Chakki, on the other hand, is well known to be a top player. Prior to DreamHack Austin though, he had never won a major event, despite placing in the top four on several occasions. TerrenceM brought Miracle Rogue, Patron Warrior, RenoLock, and Aggro Shaman. Chakki's lineup was Control Warrior, Priest, NZoth Paladin, and ZooLock. Terrence banned Warrior, while Chakki banned Rogue.

Game one involved Chakki's Paladin against TerrenceM's Patron Warrior. In a tough matchup, Terrence failed to generate any threats, and Chakki took an early lead in the match. Chakki had mentioned that his lineup was good against Shaman, and did not ban the class. This was notable, as Shaman had run through many lineups during the event. It was regarded as a risky class to not ban. TerrenceM chose this moment to bring out the Shaman, and his choice was a good one. His Shaman firstly beat Paladin to level the scores, and then beat Priest to take a 2-1 lead. This left Chakki needing to win both remaining games with Zoo. Zoo showed why Chakki thought he was strong against Shaman in game four, with a convincing win. In game five, Chakki drew well on curve, and played accurately to take his first title, and the $8,000 winner's prize.

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