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Europe Spring Playoffs Results and Deck Archetypes

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The Europe Spring Playoffs and Championship took place over the weekend of May 20-21, which decided not only the new Europe Champion, but also the four players who would represent Europe at the Global Spring Championship in Shanghai next month.

After seven rounds of Swiss, the top eight players cut to a knockout phase. The results of which were as follows:

  Hoej beat   FibEli3

  Neirea beat   INER

  Rdu beat   Casie

  Kolento beat   StanCifka

This means that Hoej, Neirea, Rdu, and Kolento will represent Europe in the Global Championship. The top eight being so strong is a sign that the metagame is in a healthy place. All of the players were already known to be among the best in Europe, and despite their lineups differing substantially, they were still able to make it through.

Hoej went on to take the title, beating Kolento 3-0 in the final. Hoej has been touted as one of the best players in Europe for some time, but traditionally has brought Control decks to major events. This time around, he brought a very aggressive lineup, and was rewarded for his willingness to adapt his style to the meta.

The deck archetypes that each player brought to the event are listed below:

Hoej: Aggro Druid, Secret Mage, Murloc Paladin, Pirate Warrior

Kolento: Jade Druid, Midrange Paladin, Quest Rogue, Quest Warrior

Neirea: Jade Druid, Discover Mage, Quest Rogue, Quest Warrior

Rdu: Aggro Druid, Face Hunter, Aggro Shaman, Pirate Warrior

The next four players to qualify for the Global Championship will be decided next week, with the Americas Spring Championships.

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1 hour ago, L0rinda said:

Hoej went on to take the title, beating Kolento 3-0 in the final. Hoej has been touted as one of the best players in Europe for some time, but traditionally has brought Control decks to major events. This time around, he brought a very aggressive lineup, and was rewarded for his willingness to adapt his style to the meta.

This shows how screwed up the game is right now. I've been watching Hoej for some time now. He is really good at most decks, and mostly precise with his decisions, doesn't make many misplays. But to be successful, he needs a bunch of aggro decks which can end the game in 6-8 turns.

This is why I think Kolento is basically a genius, not a single aggro deck (Midrange Pala, Jade Druid, Taunt Warrior and Cancer... , I mean Quest Rogue), he still took out Rdu and his aggro lineup, with his Taunt Warrior banned.

Then, there was this CN vs EU thing, where two players with fastest decks made to finals. 

There were times when control decks were more dominant in tournament, now it is similar to meta. In MSoG, I've played several open tournaments, with non-aggro lineup, and one of them I even reached to QF. All of them included Jade Druid, Dragon Priest, Miracle Rogue, Mid Shaman and Renolock.

I wanted to give it another try recently, with a midrange oriented lineup. First round, lost to a lineup of Aggro Paladin, a really faat Mid Hunter, Quest Rogue and and perhaps pirate warrior (I banned warrior)

We always say that this meta is slower than MSoG meta, and maybe it is correct. Though there is a problem, control decks are worse right now. Freeze Mage and Control Mage made a breakthrough at the beginning, then they lost their place to a tempo oriented Secret Mage. Taunt Warrior seems like the best control deck, though it sees much less play than pirate warrior. Jade Druid didn't lose much with the standard rotation, while Aggro Druid gained so much, 80% of druid I've seen are outright aggro. Midrange Paladin was overall the best deck, though recent lists are faster. Midrange Hunter is basically a face deck with a bunch of 6-drops, I remember how it was in Old Gods meta.

Now, I am not saying every deck should beat every deck, long live control decks, aggro decks is one of the 7 deadly sins. 

What I am saying is, game is becoming more and more unbalanced (archetype-wise), and it seems like things will stay the same for a long time.

Also, Hoej looks like a really cool guy. 

 

 

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