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What's the Move #16 - To Tap, or Not To Tap?

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In game 5 of the World Championship semifinals, Fr0zen finds himself in dire straits against JasonZhou's Aggro Druid. He ends up making a subtle, risky, and brilliant decision on turn six which ultimately wins him the game. Would you have done the same?

After taking a brief break from my series on the January World Championships, I've gone back to the HCT well for the latest episode of "What's the Move?". This play comes from game 5 of the semifinal matchup between Fr0zen and JasonZhou, where Fr0zen finds himself in rough spot against JasonZhou's Aggro Druid. He ends up making a subtle, risky, and brilliant decision on turn six which ultimately wins him the game. Would you have done the same?

Though this play might not have been as flashy as some of the others made throughout the tournament, I thought it was an excellent example of the attention to detail which is required to play Hearthstone at a professional level. Little moves like these tend to go unnoticed over the course of a tournament weekend, yet they are frequently the kinds of plays which end up deciding entire matches (such as in this semifinal).

Before letting you guys go, I'd like to send out a my biggest, most sincere thanks to my viewers for all of the submissions I've been receiving of late! I've really enjoyed chatting with you guys here on Icy Veins, on reddit, and over on twitter. I look forward to incorporating as many of these submissions as I can into future episodes!

- Aleco

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i really like those episodes on these small yet important decisions. looking forward to the next one :)

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Nice vid. Definitely the right move I’d say. He currently has no answer to living mana which is twice as likely than the second roar. Though as it turns out he’d have won without the tap anyway (commented this on YT before the article was up). On the next turn he topdecks the mistress he played to heal up, the following turn he topdecks the defile for the living mana clear. Only difference is he doesn’t end that turn with the golakka crawler on board, but seems to me he still stabilises anyway.

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