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Chinoize Interview: DreamHack France Champion

Read about how Chinoize took DreamHack France without dropping a single set in 15 rounds.
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To participate in the eSports scene at a competitive level is quite a feat. To be successful is even more difficult, but winning a major tournament without dropping a single set, now that is an accomplishment. DreamHack France took place last weekend and with it, Hearthstone action took place as usual, only this time it was all shaped around one man. SectorOne’s Chinoize tore through the tournament with a 15-0 record, going 7-0 in the swiss format preliminaries and 8-0 in bracket play with astonishing win rates on a couple of his decks, found below. I got the chance to ask him a few questions regarding some of the choices he made in terms of decklists, as well as how he felt about the overall experience

Q: First off, congratulations on your amazing 15-0 performance. How does it feel to go through a tournament without dropping a single set?

A: Amazing! I was really really happy with this victory!

Q: What do you think is the most important concept to understand when trying to play Hearthstone competitively?

A: I think you have to play what you are comfortable with.

Q: What do you think is the most important concept to understand when trying to play Hearthstone competitively?

A: Probably Tempo Warrior and Midrange Shaman.

Q: Where do you see the metagame going from here? Do you think it will gravitate towards a more aggressive play style or towards a more control style? Why?

A: I cannot say, but I hope control. It is too early to know.

Q: There were a couple interesting tech choices that you made in your decklists, in particular Harrison Jones in Tempo Warrior and Elemental Destruction in Aggro Shaman. What was the thought process behind the inclusion of these two cards?

A: Harrison was Mitsuhide’s idea. We really expected a lot of Paladin, Rogue and Warrior (also Shaman but I would ban it anyways). Elemental Destruction is a reset button for the board, and with three unlockers in my deck list, it was very strong.

Q: Your Reno Warlock deck was 14-2 in the tournament, boasting an 88% winrate. What do you attribute this astonishing win rate to? Does the deck function as an answer to other popular decks in the meta?

A: I play RenoLock a lot and I really love the deck. It is probably a combination of a lot of practice and it being strong in this meta.

Q: DreamHack France afforded you the ability to ban a deck of your opponents. What was your thought process behind bans? Why were the decks you sent your ban towards worse to play against than others?

A: I always banned Shaman, because it can take an easy win in Conquest.

Q: Last question, just for fun, what is your favorite card in the game and why?

A: RENOOOOO JACKSONNNNNNN! You guys know why right? :)

I would like to thank Chinoize for taking the time to talk to me about some of the choices he made and how he was able to go on that amazing 15-0 run.


What did you think about DreamHack France and Chinoize’s play? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting us @GAMURScom.

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