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Hearthstone: Americas Spring Preliminary Times, Notable Players, and Decks

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The Americas Spring Preliminary takes place on the weekend of May 21-22. The final eight players will qualify to play in the Americas Spring Championship in June.

The list of notable players is a long one, and this time around I've included the archetypes of deck they will be playing. Be sure to pay attention to wtybill and TheRealDoctorWho's lineups. The top 128 players on points qualified for this event, and will be joined by 32 qualifiers from the Tavern Hero Tournament. The showing each player's points can be seen here.

Blizzard have also published an article showing how players earned their points. The main image is shown here. It shows that most points still come from ladder play, but it is definitely possible to get enough points through online cups.

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Notable players and their deck archetypes are listed below:

Amaz: Control Warrior, Reno Warlock, Aggro Shaman, N'Zoth Paladin

Amnesiac: Freeze Mage, Mid Shaman, Miracle Rogue, Zoo Warlock

Astrogation: Aggro Paladin, Aggro Shaman, Zoo Warlock, Tempo Warrior

Chakki: Beast Druid, Face Shaman, Zoo Warlock, Pirate Warrior

Chandyland: Reno Freeze Mage, N'Zoth Priest, Malygos Rogue, C'Thun Reno Warlock

Chessdude123: Freeze Mage, Malygos Rogue, Mid Shaman, Tempo Warrior

Dog: Miracle Rogue, C'Thun Warrior, Reno Warlock, Ramp Druid

Fibonacci: Reno Warlock, Reno Freeze Mage, Malygos Rogue, Control Warrior

Fr0zen: Tempo Mage, Aggro Shaman, Zoo Warlock, Dragon Warrior (listed below)

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There is a surprising amount of Dragon Warrior in this event. The lists differ from player to player, but they are reasonably similar. I picked Fr0zen's for the Onyxia, as that's a little unusual. The list should give an idea of the general builds though.

Hotform: N'Zoth Paladin, Mid Shaman, Reno Warlock, C'Thun Warrior

Impact: Reno Freeze Mage, Miracle Rogue, Aggro Shaman, Reno Warlock

Justsaiyan: C'Thun Warrior, Miracle Rogue, Mid Shaman, Zoo Warlock

Leadpaint: Reno Freeze Mage, Aggro Shaman, Zoo Warlock, Dragon Warrior

Muzzy: Reno Freeze Mage, Mid Shaman, Pirate Warrior, Zoo Warlock

Nostam: Beast Druid, Aggro Shaman, Zoo Warlock, Pirate Warrior

Phonetap: Mid Hunter, Miracle Rogue, Aggro Shaman, Reno Warlock

SilentStorm: C'Thun Druid, N'Zoth Paladin, Mid Shaman, Reno C'Thun Warlock

Th3Rat: Miracle Rogue, Mid Shaman, Zoo Warlock, Dragon Warrior

Thalucky1: Reno Warlock, Freeze Mage, Miracle Rogue, Aggro Shaman

TheRealDrWho: Reno Druid, Reno Mage, Reno Shaman, Reno Warlock

TidesofTime: Control Shaman (listed below), Freeze Mage, Dragon Warrior, Zoo Warlock

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Of all the new decks, I thought I'd highlight this one because the Yogg-Saron, Hope's End seems to make a lot sense. In general I'm not a fan of this card, but in a control deck it makes a lot more sense. The usual function of it is to clear the board and draw some cards. The rest of the deck is unusual, but Tides is a standout deck builder, and it will be interesting to see how he gets on.

VLPS: Control Warrior, Aggro Shaman, Freeze Mage, Zoo Warlock

Wtybill: Anyfin Paladin, Reno Warlock, Freeze Mage, Miracle Rogue

Zalae: N'Zoth Paladin, Aggro Shaman, Reno Warlock, Control Warrior

Overall, it seems that players are favouring lineups that have four decks that do similar things. This enabled players to target an opposing deck and try to win by defeating that deck three times.

The English stream will be on PlayHearthstone's Twitch channel.  The event will be covered from 10am PDT (7pm CEST) on May 21st and May 22nd. Sottle, from Icy Veins, is one of the members of the casting team.

 

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