9:36 PM EDT: Updated post now that tournament has concluded.
Prismata Cup 2
The Prismata Cup 2 has concluded! If you missed the tournament and would like to watch, we've embedded the VoD from Twitch below. It's important to note that the usage of Leeroy Jenkins and Starving Buzzard was banned for this tournament. Deck lists for the top 12 participants can be found below the video.
Congratulations to Kolento for winning the tournament and $1,000!
Player Deck Lists
Below are the deck lists of the top 12 players. Each player had three decks. Not a soul played Hunter.
On today's episode of Deck Talk, TheChiv was joined by one of the Deck Architects here on HearthPwn, Sparkaz! The two discussed Spark's updated Tempo Rogue deck for Naxxramas, Legendeath! The deck now features more elements of control and stronger drops which Spark feels works incredibly well right now due to players prioritizing value of their plays over finish burst.
The deck clocks in at just under nine thousand arcane dust, so it is not for the faint of heart! Check out the Deck Talk episode below where TheChiv and Spark discuss the deck in detail, and then proceed to do a coaching session on playing the deck. Spark also has a full deck guide available to learn about the deck.
Prismata has sponsored a second Hearthstone tournament and games will be airing this weekend! Sixty-four of the world's top Hearthstone players have been invited to compete for for a top prize of $1000. The final stretch of the tournament will be broadcast on the LunarchStudios Twitch channel starting at 1pm EST on Sunday Sept. 21, and games will be cast by Frodan and Reynad (or Gnmish is Reynad is still in the tournament).
Some of the players competing in this event include: Trump, Zrusher, Chakki, Kolento, Xixo, Kibler, Prodigy, RDU, Gaara, ek0p, Thijsnl, Reynad, Sjow, and Savjz.
Leeroy Jenkins and Starving Buzzard have been banned from play in this event, so it should be interesting to see what the players bring to compete. We'll be posting decklists for the tournament here on HearthPwn on Sunday, and also include an embed of the stream for all your Hearthstone consumption needs.
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Zeriyah posted an article on the official Hearthstone blog today detailing the distribution of players on the Hearthstone ladder; You're better than you think. If you've gotten yourself to Rank 15 or above, you're within the top 25% of Hearthstone players. See below for the important part of the post with the breakdown, and a fancy picture of player distribution. You can read the full blog post here.
The top 25% of Hearthstone players sit somewhere between Rank 15 and Legend. Climbing the ladder takes a certain amount of skill and dedication, and these players are constantly honing their skills and learning how to combat all of the different types of decks and strategies that are out there. There’s a lot of growth, learning, trial and error that happens between Rank 15 and Rank 1.
Rank 10 through Legend holds the top 7.5% of Hearthstone players. The competition heats up the closer players get to Rank 5, and win streaks become less and less common. Players here are fine tuning their decks and predicting their opponent’s plays, ready to answer with their own onslaught of spells and minions!
Ranks 5 through Legend are home to the top 2% of Hearthstone players. Here’s where things get really interesting! Win streaks stop at Rank 5, so each win becomes more and more important. In order to hit Legend, you’ll have to press on and win more games than you lose.
Legend rank is home to less than the top .5% of Hearthstone players. Out of the millions of players playing Hearthstone, these Legends make up an incredibly small part of the Hearthstone player base.
World Cyber Arena Group Picks
Announced back in August, the World Cyber Arena 2014 that is being held on October 2 in Yinchuan, China has drawn and announced the group stages for the ~$190,000 USD event. There are eight groups in total filled with 36 of some of the best Hearthstone players in the world! Check out the Group of death in Group G!
Versus Series: Jonpii vs Blackout
Jotto's back with another episode of Versus Series. Today, Ace Breaker's Jonpii takes on Dignitas' Blackout in a best of three, play all three games, deck elimination format. Check out the matches below, along with their decklists (decklists will spoil the results)!
Starving Buzzard mana cost is now 5, up from 2. Attack is now 3, up from 2. Health is now 2, up from 1.
New Card Backs
The previously announced Plundering Pirates card back is in, and it has two friends- The Dalaran Flame card back, and a "Coming Soon" card back. Although no images of the Coming Soon card back was found in the client, there are references to them.
The Dalaran Flame card back is the previously seen "TeSPA" card back, and it is rewarded from a licensedetected trigger. A license trigger activates when your Battle.net account activates a game/purchase code/key. This trigger was also used in BlizzCon 2013's Elite Tauren Chieftain and the Diablo III Reaper of Souls game license "Reaper of Packs" card pack to grant those rewards. It is possible this card back will tie into a TeSPA promotion, or will be a reward to TeSPA chapters; but this is pure speculation.
The "Coming Soon" card back doesn't have any data associated with it, but it too is triggered by licensedetected. Perhaps it is for the Warlords of Draenor card back, but there is no way to know for sure right now.
Hearthstone World Championships: Top 16 NA & EU Players
After the BlizzCon qualifier qualifiers this past weekend, we've now got a top 16 list for both the Americas and Europe! The competitors below will be playing for those final 8 BlizzCon spots at events in both New York City and Stockholm Sweden coming real soon! Four players from each region will be moving on to fight it out at BlizzCon.
The European Event in Sweden will be held on September 26th & 27th at the Ericson Globe, and the American event at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on October 5th & 6th. Both events will be streamed live on Twitch! More information on the qualifier schedule can be found here.
Who are you looking forward to seeing in the upcoming BlizzCon Qualifiers?
Jeoparino 2: Kripparrian, Noxious, and TidesOfTime
The second episode of Hearthstone Jeoparino from Liquid'Amaz aired this morning, and the video is now available for your consumption. Kripparrian, the previous champion, was joined by fan favourites Noxious and TidesOfTime to put their Hearthstone knowledge to the test. If you aren't familiar with Jeoparino, the show is modelled off the popular TV quiz show, Jeopardy!, but is filled with Hearthstone flavour turned up to 11.
This Week in Tournaments
If you're looking for something to do this weekend, why not play some competitive Hearthstone?