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The Europe Spring Championship takes place this weekend, 11-12 June. The winner will go to the World Championship later in the year, and take home $25,000 for their trouble.

The eight players who qualified from the Europe Preliminary will play a single elimination, best of  seven Conquest event, with a ban to determine the Europe Spring Champion. The winner will join  AmnesiacNaiman, DDaHyoNi, and Breath in the World Championship in November. Let's take a look at the competitors.

  Loyan has been a Shaman specialist for a long time, previously using the name 11point5ft. He came into his own with Standard by using his Shaman skills to take #1 Legend on EU in April. Since then, he has been signed by compLexity, and showed in the Preliminary that he is capable of playing more than one class to a very high standard.

Decks: Mid Hunter, N'Zoth Paladin, Mid Shaman, Reno Warlock, N'Zoth Warrior

  AKAWonder has risen from virtually nowhere in the last twelve months. His first major result was a top four finish at DreamHack Summer in June 2015, and since then has put together a string of impressive results. He brought an unusual lineup to the Preliminary, including three C'Thun decks. This drew criticism from some quarters, but he has yet again brought three C'Thun decks to this event, so he is clearly comfortable with those choices.

Decks: C'Thun Druid, Mid Hunter, Mid Shaman, C'Thun/Reno Warlock, C'Thun Warrior

  Crane333 has been touted as one of the lesser known players to keep an eye on for some time now. In the last few months though, he has started streaming, joined compLexity, and generally raised his profile. There should be no doubt at all in anybody's mind now how good Crane is, and he will be a huge threat in this tournament. Of note is that he was known to be one of the best players of the old Patron Warrior deck. He has chosen to bring the new version of that deck to the Championship.

Decks: Mid Hunter, Freeze Mage, Aggro Shaman, Zoo Warlock, Patron Warrior

  ThijsNL is without doubt one of the best players in the world at this time. His talent and work ethic led to him being regarded as one of the favourites to win the World Championship last year, and he must be in that conversation again this time around. Last year he won the Europe Championship before losing a close match to eventual winner, Ostkaka, in the World Championship semi-final.

Decks: Mid Hunter, Miracle Rogue, Aggro Shaman, Reno Warlock, Tempo Warrior

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Thijs wins the European Championship in 2015

  Georgec is only 15 years old, but showed great maturity in both his play and his interview at the Spring Preliminary. His play is already well respected in the UK, and he has finished in the top twenty Legends on the Europe server in eight of the last ten months.

Decks: Freeze Mage, Murloc Paladin, Mid Shaman, Zoo Warlock, Control Warrior

  Casie is a lower profile player, but don't let that deceive you. He is a regular visitor to the top 100 on ladder, and a practice partner for several pro players. He is known around the scene and is definitely not out of place in this event.

Decks: Mid Hunter, Miracle Rogue, Aggro Shaman, Reno Warlock, Control Warrior

  Iner is another low profile player. He is, however, yet another very capable sleeper. He finished fifth on ladder in March, but his real strength is in open events. He plays in a huge number of open events, and is ranked 80th on the whole of StriveWire.

Decks:  Freeze Mage, Miracle Rogue, Aggro Shaman, Zoo Warlock, Tempo Warrior

  Turna is the least known of the players in the event. He is very active on the Open Tournament scene. Even so, he still accumulated 14 HCT points, which is not a feat to be taken lightly.

Decks: Mid Hunter, N'Zoth Paladin, Aggro Shaman, Zoo Warlock, Tempo Warrior

 

The full decklist for every deck in the event can be found here.

Day one of the tournament will be broadcast live on PlayHearthstone's Twitch channel from 6pm CEST on June 11, and concludes on June 12. Icy Veins guide writer, Sottle, will be one of the casters for the event.

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