While Hearthstone’s official new format may still be a little way, a number of tournament organizers are delighting fans with new and unconventional tournaments.
This weekend the Curse Trials and G2 Class Legends tournaments presented unique tournaments with never-before-tried formats. Both tournaments resulted in some great moments, and received acclaim from players and fans.
The Curse Trials attempted to implement the new “Standard” format, banning the Curse of Naxxramas and Goblins vs Gnomes expansions. Though it was not a true representation of the new format, as Blizzard will be making a number of changes to cards remaining in the Standard set, it did produce some unpredictable and enthralling moments.
In the final game of the event, Janne “Savjz” Mikkonen and Thijs Molendijk engaged in a dragon-filled control battle—perhaps denting the prediction of some that aggressive decks would dominate in the format.
The G2 tournament meanwhile forced players to pick just one class and bring two decks. Priest expert Dawid “Zetalot” Skalski and Patron Warrior master Simon “Crane” Raunholst were among those able to show their class-specific strength—though it was the Druid of Adrian “Lifecoach” Koy that took the win.
Playing a more standard Patron build as his first deck, Raunholst brought an unconventional Worgen Patron variant as his second choice leading to this excellent moment:
Coupled with the success of the Red Bull Team Brawl “sealed” draft event a couple of weeks ago, the success and popularity of these events prove that there is unquestionably an audience for these unconventional tournaments.
When you combine this type of unusual event with all the official Blizzard events on the calendar, 2016 is starting to look like a very exciting year for Hearthstone tournaments.
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