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The Americas Summer Championship begins later today, September 17. The winner of the event will go to BlizzCon to take part in the World Championship later in the year.

The eight players who qualified from the Summer Preliminary will battle it out for a place at BlizzCon. The format is best of seven, single elimination, Conquest with a ban. I have listed the players and their deck archetypes below.

Abar: Druid, Tempo Mage, Mid Shaman, Discard Zoo, Deathwing Dragon Warrior

dude7597: Druid, Hunter, Freeze Mage, Aggro Shaman, Dragon Warrior

HotMEOWTH: Druid, Hunter, Aggro Shaman, Demonfire Zoo, Yogg Control Warrior

Monsanto: Druid, Freeze Mage, Murloc Paladin, Aggro Shaman, Worgen OTK Warrior

Rooftrellen: Wisps Druid, Tempo Mage, N'zoth Paladin, Wall Shaman, Onyxia Dragon Warrior

Tarei: Druid, Huntress Hunter, Mid Shaman, Traditional Zoo (No discard), C'Thun Warrior

Topopablo11: Druid, Aggro Hunter, Tempo Mage, Aggro Shaman, Dragon Warrior

As you can see, every player has brought Druid, Shaman, and Warrior. The other class considered one of the "Big Four" however is Warlock, and players in this event have continued the trend in recent days of not trusting it as much as the other three main classes. Worthy of note is the lack of Rogue in the lineups. Rogue has slowly been drifting out of favour, and these lineups emphasise just how far Rogue has fallen.

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I have included three of the more interesting decks above. They are Tarei's Hunter, HotMEOWTH's Zoo, and Abar's Druid.

For general archetype advice, don't forget to check out Sottle's guides, here at Icy Veins. Sottle is also one of the casters at the event.

The event starts at 1800 CEST today (Saturday 17 September) and concludes tomorrow. It will be broadcast live on the official PlayHearthstone Twitch channel.

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"Huntress Hunter" made me chuckle. Nice name.

Demonfire Zoo looks like a really bold choice. Just right now it gave a good example of how cool it is, when Monsanto punted in the game 4 playing OTK Worgen and not killing t1 Malchezar's Imp, but sadly having a 3/5 on t2 was not enough to punish the Warrior.

UPD : For those who are interested but did not get to watch the event, HotMEOWTH was able to advance in the end, being put up against the wall with The Demonfire Zoo after a 3-0 sweep, having to face Monsanto's nightmarish OTK Warrior, Murloc Paladin, Freeze Mage and the last boss Druid, which he promptly managed to win his as only expected favorable matchup in there. It looked shaky but any sort of Zoo in the lineup would be a weak link when you face so much control.

Abar played a similar Warlock, I believe maybe even exactly the same deck, but was knocked out ultimately, not as much to the fault of Demonfires, but rather disappointing Tempo Mage performance.l

 

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Day One went fine overall, IMO. There were a lot of interesting games, some misplays, Yogg action and absolutely not enough Sottle commentary. I don't regret watching it instead of actually playing instead.

Highlights

Demonfire Zoo isn't bad, but isn't great either. It's a debatable choice in the current meta, as compared to Prelims where it was a clear player, but that is true for any variant of Zoo, IMO.

We now have evidence that Shatter off your Cabalist's Tomes is not a 100% brick. 

I rooted for Rooftrellen (no pun intended) since Prelims but that guy pulled absolutely disgusting thing that somebody can find interesting, like pulling Fandral Staghelm + double Wisps of the Old Gods plus discovering Eater of Secrets vs Freeze Mage all in the same game, and then doing Far Sight into t5 Ragnaros the Firelord against the same Freeze Mage. Rag ate double Doomsayer which was not completely win-on-spot but it eventually gave him the win in series. Such things happening in competitive Hearthstone make me question the word "competitive" in this sentence.

Especially since he also made a biggest unpunished punt ever, thinking Ice Barrier is Ice Block, missing lethal and still winning the game. #esports

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When someone lists NA players, I always feel like as if someone is telling me about their foreign football team. I just know nothing about other region's players. Need to check them out properly!

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