BlizzCon approaches fast; and with it arrives a punch of excitement, anticipation and non-stop dosage of fun. Hearthstone, a recently released game when compared with its rapidly spreading popularity, is all set to embrace its first ever world champion this weekend in California. Half of the groups have already been played, and what’s left will be wrapped up on the first day of BlizzCon, 7th November. Here is a recap on the action this week during the initial group stages of the Hearthstone World Championship 2014:
The groups look smashing yet deadly after just 8 matches. With TiddlerCelestial, Kaor, Kranich and StrifeCro safe and secure in their seed into the quarterfinals, the groups are in a do or die situation for the 2nd and 3rd places. The 4th places have been safely ruled out, with Tom60229, Reniehour, greensheep and FrozenIce leaving for home after shattered hopes. What it boils down to is this, who will win the tiebreaker and take a spot in the quarterfinals among those left? Take a look at the full Schedule for all upcoming matches of the Hearthstone World Championship
With DTwo, NumberGuy, Tarai, Nicolas, Firebat, Qirou, Kolento and RunAndGun deciding their faith on Saturday, let’s take a look on the group breakdown.
Hearthstone World Championship 2014 Facts:
- Date: 11/02/2014 – 11/08/2014
- Opening Weekend (11/02/2014 – 11/03/2014) (finished)
- Main Event during Blizzcon 2014 (11/07/2014 – 11/08/2014)
- Total Prize Money: $ 250,000
- 16 Players
- Bets and odds available
- Players qualified for Quarter-Finals:
- TiddlerCelestial, Kaor, Kranich and StrifeCro
- Players Knocked out:
- Tom60229, Reniehour, greensheep and FrozenIce
- view tournament overview for full facts
Opening Weekend Group A
|1.||Tiddler Celestial (China)
In Wourld Championship Group A, Tiddler takes the lead with 2 wins and 0 losses, while 2nd and 3rd places are tied by Dtwo and Numberguy at 2 wins and 1 loss. The same is true for the rest 3 of the groups, the difference being that qualifier (of quarterfinals) is in the first place (mentioned in 2nd paragraph) and the yet to play the tiebreakers in the 2nd and 3rd position (look above).
The games in group A were intense, with many twists and turns but Dtwo managed to send Tom to the loser bracket in a 3 – 1 win and held on to his place. On the other hand, Number guy fell to Tiddler 3 – 1 as well and but managed to hold on to third place, after defeating tom by 3 -1. Meanwhile, Dtwo lost 2 – 3 in a close battle with Tiddler, finishing 2nd. Dtwo and Numberguy look all set to play their quarterfinal qualifying match tomorrow, with both feasting an eye on the seed.
Opening Weekend Group B
In group B, Kaor took the lead right off by defeating Tarai 3 -1, while Nicolas defeated Renie 3 – 1 as well. Later on, Kaor once again managed to win, against Nicolas this time with a 3 – 2 match score. Tarai and Renie battled it out for the 3rd place and Tarai went 3 – 0, just enough to secure him that 3rd spot and send Renie home. Nicolas is looking forward to taking down Tarai tomorrow; to get his name on the quarterfinal seed, with Tarai bent on taking himself to the quarters as well. The match promises to be a good one, for both the players are equally matched.
Opening Weekend Group C
Meanwhile, in WCS group C, Kranich takes the lead with an easy win on greensheep, going 3 – 0 while also defeating Firebat in a much closer competition by 3 – 2. Firebat wins from Qiruo 3 – 0, which secures him his second place while the third place is battled out between Qiruo and greensheep, which Qiruo managed to win by 3 – 1. The tiebreaker is going to be between Firebat and Qiruo, and with the knockout stages one win away, you can bet both these players are flexing their fingers for each other.
Opening Weekend Group D
In group D, we have Strifeco in the lead with a 3 – 1 and 3 – 2 win against RunAndGun and Kolento. Kolento holds second place, with a narrow win against FrozenIce at 3 – 2 while RunAndGun finishes 3rd, relegating FrozenIce with a hard fought 3 – 2 win. The competition is tough in this one, with 3 matches already going to 5 turns, and it looks like the tiebreaker will be no different. Kolento and RunAndGun are equally matched, and it’s hard to anticipate who will come out on top. Guess we will have to wait till the Main Event at Blizzcon…
With the Hearthstone World Championship all but marching forward with speed, fans around the globe are going wild with excitement. Not only the upcoming BlizzCon event decides the champion of Hearthstone, but the Metallica performance in the closing ceremony is also a source of heated discussion to the fans. Whoever comes out on top, one thing is for certain, this weekend is going to be a heck of a fun.
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