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The Americas region Summer Preliminary takes place over the weekend of August 20-21. This time around, cards from the first wing of One Night in Karazhan will be legal in the format.

Around 150 players will compete for 8 slots in the Americas Summer Championship, and it will be interesting to see which cards from Karazhan are used. In the recent Europe Spring Preliminary, Karazhan cards were not legal. That meta was split between players using the "big four" lineup of Dragon Warrior, Yogg Druid, Zoo, and Aggro Shaman, and players using lineups to counter those decks.

With Karazhan in the mix, we will see whether the balance of power stays with the big four, or whether other decks spring to the fore. As with the Europe Preliminary, it seems that the community is split. One deck that is starting to be seen more and more is the C'Thun Warrior hybrid deck that Xixo played in the Europe Preliminary. The deck, which has its roots in Korea, was popularised recently in the West by Kolento. Firebat's list is shown below. Firebat is also playing Silverware Golem in his Zoo.

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When formats change, there are some players that are always worth keeping an eye on. One such player is Chakki, now of team Luminosity. His lineup includes new card Firelands Portal. He is also playing Chessdude's Questing Adventurer Rogue deck.

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Note that again, there are very few new cards being used. This might just be a function of the fact that there has been very little time to test them out. 

Overall the meta seems to have changed less than expected. Secret Hunter using Cloaked Huntress was a deck that many were hoping to see emerge but, at least for now, it seems like very few players are comfortable with it.

The event can be watched on Twitch at 19:00 CEST on Saturday 20 August and Sunday 21 August.

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I feel pity for the pro players as they have to test The Karazhan Opera 24/3, basically. Wouldn't be surprised if we only get to see The Parlor cards appearing, as well as a bunch of very tired players.

Commanding Shout C'thun looks like a good twist on a format staple. I'd like to see it in action but sadly ban dynamics it most tourneys are towards Warrior. The deck might not be unsneathed even once. 

Rogue looks promising, but current high-pressure format may be not friendly to riding Questing Adventurers to victory. Keep an eye on it, though.

Where are the rest of deck lists? I'd like to check out all of them ;)

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5 minutes ago, Paracel said:

I feel pity for the pro players as they have to test The Karazhan Opera 24/3, basically. Wouldn't be surprised if we only get to see The Parlor cards appearing, as well as a bunch of very tired players.

Commanding Shout C'thun looks like a good twist on a format staple. I'd like to see it in action but sadly ban dynamics it most tourneys are towards Warrior. The deck might not be unsneathed even once. 

Rogue looks promising, but current high-pressure format may be not friendly to riding Questing Adventurers to victory. Keep an eye on it, though.

Where are the rest of deck lists? I'd like to check out all of them ;)

I believe decks had to be submitted by August 16th, so only the first wing could make an appearance.

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Just now, PaasHaaS said:

I believe decks had to be submitted by August 16th, so only the first wing could make an appearance.

Thanks for the clarify. Now it makes slightly more sense.

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On 19-8-2016 at 1:51 PM, Paracel said:

Thanks for the clarify. Now it makes slightly more sense.

Aye, and if you want more info on decklists:

https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/4yarke/all_800_decklists_from_the_na_prelims_and_tavern/

http://www.hearthpwn.com/news/1665-120-notable-player-decks-from-the-americas-summer

Edited by PaasHaaS

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