Three weeks of Hearthstone Grandmasters are now in the books. Select players are taking hold of the league while others are struggling very heavily to find some wins. Some players are struggling much harder than many would expect from the Grandmasters league. Here is a closer look at what is happening in the Hearthstone Grandmasters 2019 Week 3 Standings.
Cho “Flurry” Hyun Soo got halted in his tracks this week. He went from an undefeated 4-0 to losing both series this week and is now 4-2. He brought a Shark Tempo Rogue which failed to gain traction against the Control decks in Holy Wrath Paladin and Bomb Warrior.
Dylan “FroStee” O’Mallon is showing why Holy Wrath Paladin is the new force to be reckoned with. He struggled to start off the season going 1-3 before this week, but beat both of his opponents in sweeps this week to improve to 3-3. He beat both a Midrange Hunter and the one of Token Druid.
There are no more undefeated players in the Asia-Pacific region. Along with Flurry, both Liu “Shaxy” Wei-Chieh and Jang “Dawn” Hyun Jae were dealt their first losses this week. They still top Division B at 5-1, but Kenta “glory” Sato and Tyler “Tyler” Hoang Nguyen tail right behind them at 4-2.
In a streak of unfortunate sets through the first three weeks, Pathra “Pathra” Cadness is the only player left seeking her first win in Grandmasters. She was able to force a game three against Wu “BloodTrail” Zong-Chang’s Holy Wrath Paladin, but couldn’t come away victorious. She was then swept in the Midrange Hunter mirror match against Tsao “SamuelTsao” Tsu Lin, who earned his first win of the season and sits at 1-5.
Raphael “Bunnyhoppor” Peltzer had a dominant performance this week, finding his groove with Midrange Hunter. He swept both of his opponents this week to improve to a 4-2 record in the season. He won in the mirror match and against a Shark Tempo Rogue.
Elias “Bozzzton” Sibelius was one of those who Bunnyhoppor defeated this week, and further compounds his woes this season. He was swept twice this week and sits on a 1-5 record to this point. He shares a 1-5 score with division mate Vladislav “SilverName” Sinotov, who was also swept in both matches this week.
Europe has two undefeated players, both in different divisions. Chris “Fenomeno” Tsakopoulos and Linh “Seiko” Nguyen are both 6-0, and two games ahead of second place. Feno’s Shark Rogue this week won in the mirror match and against Raiding Party Tempo Rogue. Seiko brought Shark Rogue this week as well and swept both of his opponents.
Jaromír “Jarla” Vyskočil has emerged as the clear number two in Division B. No one was really performing quite well behind Seiko, but Jarla won both of his matches this week to put him at 4-2. The whole division is competing for the third spot essentially, with four players at a 2-4 record.
Americas’ Division A is the most competitive of all the groups in Grandmasters. There are three players tied for first place at 4-2, and three players pulling up the rear from a very manageable 2-4.
On specific tiebreakers, Frank “Fr0zen” Zhang and Eddie “Eddie” Lui are still tied for first. Eddie beat Fr0zen heads up this week to move into first initially, but lost to Francisco “PNC” Leimontas to tie it up again.
In Division B, Jerome “Monsanto” Faucher sits undefeated in first place with David “Dog” Caero in second at 4-2. Currently Fei “ETC” Liang holds third place over Lucas “Rase” Guerra at 3-3 by way of tiebreaker.
Muzahidul “Muzzy” Islam broke out of his slump this week in a big way. He swept both of his opponents with Raiding Party Tempo Rogue to improve to 3-3. This puts him just one game out of first place after being in the cellar last week.
With another meta being ruled out, players have to go back to the drawing board to synthesize the best decks after the incoming buff patch. Many players have made some bold and interesting statements in their post game interviews this week, but most likely to throw off the other players in the league.
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