Chakki's way to victory at DreamHack Austin
DreamHack Austin concluded this weekend and crowned a new Hearthstone champion. This time it was Keaton "Chakki" Gil of Team Dignitas, that managed to overcome the hard competition and take the trophy home.
Hard work surely pays off, as Chakki has been chasing a gold medal for over a year now and he has finally made it. The Dignitas' player has shown a great potential for more than a year with high finishes in many events, managing to finish mostly as a runner-up or a top 4 in almost all of them, including but not limited to: ESL Hearthstone Legendary Series - Season 1, Kinguin For Charity - Easter Edition 2015, DreamHack Summer 2015, eSports Arena Invitational. He also had a great run at the 2016 HCT - Americas Winter Championship, finishing in the top 8.
This time though, it was his turn to finally shine on top. After a harsh swiss round, he managed to advance to the playoffs after beating names like the world champion Sebastian "Ostkaka" Engwall, Europe's champion Ole "Naiman" Batyrbekov and Drew "TidesOfTime" Biessener, among others. The deck that shined the most was Chakki's N'Zoth Paladin that went 6-1 in the playoffs. Chakki also used a Zoolock, a Control Warrior and another Control Priest featuring N'Zoth, the Corruptor once again. Chakki shared the decklists on his twitter account, which you can see below.
The notorious Paladin was based on N'Zoth, the Corruptor and aimed in going into late game. With cards such as Doomsayer and combos of Consecration/Wild Pyromancer and Equality, the possibilities to contorl the board seemed quite increasing. Acolyte of Pain and Solemn Vigil helped with card draw and N'Zoth had cards like Cairne Bloodhoof, Sylvanas Windrunner and Tirion Fordring in his arsenal for ressurection. Another card that's rarely seen and was used by Chakki was Eadric the Pure, which definitely was there to help maintain board control. Both Ragnaros, Lightlord and Ragnaros the Firelord made it to the deck, in order to get both damage and survivability. Chakki's Priest also featured N'Zoth as a win condition but also featured Elise Starseeker. Once again, this deck aimed in going into the late part of the game, with two Entombs, two Excavated Evils and a Justicar Trueheart to ensure that the board will not be overwhelmed.
The Warlock Chakki brought with his line-up was a common Zoolock featuring Leeroy Jenkins which could combo with Power Overwhelming for some serious burst damage, a Sea Giant to combo with his Forbidden Rituals and the nowadays common addition of Gormok The Impaler. This deck was the only offensive deck in Chakki's line-up and took him out of a difficult position a few times. Last but not least, his Warrior, just like his Priest, featured an Elise Starseeker and aimed into playing for quite a few turns. Double Brawl was there to ensure that the board won't get too populated and Justicar Trueheart offered some great armor value. A kind of unique addition were the two Doomsayers which is something you do not get to see often in Control Warriors. Finally, Grommash Hellscream was there for a valuable burst damage possibility, and Gorehowl for both board control as well as a chance to go face.
This win, awarded chakki with 15 HCT points, which lock him for the NA Summer Preliminaries, and a respectable amount of $8,000, raising his total earnings to over $28,000.