Sup guys long time no see
Anyway i signed for a local e-sports organisation here and last weekend i played my 1st offline event , i wrote a report for our website , so i light share it here aswell.
ONE.Thoraya's 5th place @FoM , a tale of anti-SMOrc
Preparation and deciding on a line-up
In the weeks leading up to this edition of FoM i was mainly playing [Grim Patron] warrior and I was feeling pretty confident in my ability with this deck , so it was a pretty natural 1st choice to me , the deck has good matchups against druid and secret paladin , both of which I assumed most of the field would run , it also has an ok matchup against freeze mage , provided you get a good armoursmith turn.
A few days before FoM Rondelz said i should look into replacing [Frothing Berserker] with [Fierce Monkey] as he didn't feel he got alot of value out of the [Frothing Berserker] , I tried it out and it was a nice option against Zoo , Hunter , Secret Pala.
The second deck i added to my line-up is a deck I played on and off since Beta , in every possible incarnation , Freeze Mage
I added this because i felt most players would run a more aggro oriented line-up , which this deck shines against and freeze is a near auto win against [Reno Jackson] decks , aslong as you bait out their healing .
I chose to run a [Malygos] variation , in hindsight this was probably not the best choice for one of the flex spots and a Pyroblast would have given me lethal instead against Darthmaul in the Quarterfinals , all in all , the card was just win more and that was a deckbuilding error of my part.
My third deck was a deck i couldn,'t justify not running , just because it's too strong
Secret paladin , i guess there isn't much to say about this choice other then that i felt like i needed a faster deck in my line-up and i absolutely detest Shaman
For my 4th pick i went into yet another SMorc counter , teched out control priest.
This deck was made to make Zoo warlocks , Hunters and Secret Paladins cry.
It has tons of boardclears and early game treaths for these guys.
Notabe card here is the [Toshley], he gives fuel for the [Wild Pyromancer] and ocassionaly saves you from a [Doomsayer] through [Reversing Switch] , he also trades up with [Loatheb] , [Shieldmaiden] , [Savannah Highmane] among a few.
Those were my picks for groupstage , i needed one more for after groups and decided i needed something that could atleast go toe to toe with control decks , as the priest can't handle the constant stream of treaths from Warrior and Reno Locks so i went with Reno Warlock myself , he was also an option in groups in case an opponent queud for example warrior and shaman together , because Shaman was the deck i banned on sights , ain't nobody got time for that !
With this line-up I felt pretty confident in what i thought most common played decks would be , being Combo Druid , Patron Warrior , Secret Paladin and Zoo/Reno Warlock.
Groupstages and Brackets
After arriving and setting up at FoM , i decided after a few ladder games that i will only play my actual tournament games so my focus wouldn't drop by a HS overdose.
Socialized a bit with teammates and friends like Monkeloid , Darthmaul , Dentamme untill the wait was over and brackets came online.
Forgive me if my matches aren't super-detailed but i'm personally against note-taking during games ;-)
Groupstage game 1 : ONE.Thoraya vs Invoked Yakies (2-1)
If i'm not mistaken here he banned my Mage and i banned his Shaman
Round 1 i queue my Secret Paladin against his Reno Warlock and I curve out into a [Mysterious Challenger] for game on turn 6.
Round 2 i Queud Priest into his Priest I believe and he won
Round 3 i Queued my Patron into his Mage which turned out to be a [Reno Jackson] Mage and after playing around [Duplicate] on Reno i took this pretty easy.
Groupstage game 2 : ONE.Thoraya vs LLL Higa (2-0 FF)
No show , he was in the League compo also appearantly
After waking up stond er 2-0 FF victory.
After a bit of delay because of a tiebreaker game in one of the groups , brackets came online and i was paired against our very own Jackker , i knew this one was going to be tough , but where there's a will there's a way
Round of 64 ONE.Thoraya vs One.Jackker (3-2)
I queued up my usual line-up and he took away my patrons.
He queued Warlock , Shaman , Paladin , Druid , to which I banned away his SMorc shaman.
He goes up 2-0 with druid against freeze and warlock against freeze iirc and then he has Secret paladin left i knew that with priest and freeze i'm heavily favoured and i tie it up to 2/2 and then it comes down to the Secretdin Mirror into which i curve out insanely nice and take it after a nailbiting series.
Round of 32 ONE.Thoraya vs LLL Galaxios (3-2)
Another very strong opponent , so far brackets aren't being nice to me at all ;(
This game was streamed so I will just put the link here.
Some thoughts about this game ; I am aware i misplayed a certain turn in the Priest vs Rogue but at that point pressure was very very high , that's no excuse though and something I need to work on for next editions.
Another reverse sweep and at this point I was practically praying for a slighly easier opponent in round of 16 , even though there aren't any weak players left at that point.
Round of 16 ONE.Thoraya vs 666Gamers Schoot (3-1)
I had no idea who he was , but one of our teammembers lost to him in groups so I knew he was playing exactly the same line-up as Jackker.
For this game i don't remember exactly what happened but I believe he banned Paladin and I shot Shaman on sight.
My line-up did what it did against that line-up but i don't recall any games unfortunately.
Round of 8 ONE.Thoraya vs Venko Darthmaul (0-3)
So appearantly it was allowed to send in 9 decks , including multiples of the same class , to which i didn't know about untill this match happened. my intell told me he was running zoo and to my suprise he played a reno list.
This game was also streamed :
Game 1 was probably the best game i had all LAN.
Games 2 and 3 were simply unwinnable for me due to the nature of my Priest deck
Onto the loser brackets it is , we can still do this ;)
Loser Brackets 6 ONE.Thoraya vs Invoked Evil (2-1)
Same old Druid , Pala , Shaman , Warlock line , instaban Shaman.
Not sure what his ban was but I believe he banned Mage because he wasn't sure what Mage I ran.
I beat his Druid with Patron shenanigans , lose with Secret Pala against his druid and then I queued Priest into his Pala , which was pretty straightforwarded.
with this win I already finished top 8 which was better then I anticipated. It can only get better.
Loser brackets 7 ONE.Thoraya vs LLL Liveon (2-1)
I believe i banned Warrior and left him with pala (?) , warlock and mage , he banned my Priest , which hinted me that he was running Zoo.
Game 1 Patron vs Mage , i originally thought he was playign freeze mage since i didn't see any early drops , but he drops a turn 3 [Flamewalker] , which I clear with [Fiery War Axe] and [Cruel Taskmaster] , i curve out nice with [Fierce Monkey] and [Piloted Shredder] , the game ends when i put him on 16 with a [Death's Bite] with one charge left and [Grommash Hellscream] + [Inner Rage] in hand. He has [Dr.Boom] on field with me at a safe health level , his only out is a [Sludge Belcher] , which he doesn't get. After clearing [Boom Bot] with my weapon whirlwind I drop the Orc and enrage him for lethal.
Game 2 Freeze Mage vs zoo (?) all i remember is losing this game with my freeze.
For the 3d game i decide to coinflip for it and queu the secretpaladin , the game goes back and forth , I [Consecration] on 4 to get board and the game finished when he plays [Doomguard] with [Brann Bronzebeard] on field straight into [Repetance] , by that time my board was established and i only just played the secret , leading him to think it was a [Competitive Spirit] , as soon as it procced he conceded.
Top 6 it is at this point and i had to await the outcome of Rondelz vs Stijn to know who I had to face and unfortunately i had to face my teammember.
Loser Bracket 8 ONE.Thoraya vs ONE Rondels (1-2)
not sure what Rondels banned but I remember that i had to give him Shaman over Hunter , because i wasn't sure if he ran Flare , considering Flare destroys 2 of my decks completely i couldn't give him that chance.
Game 1 Reno vs Shaman , coinflip game , he curves out well with [Tunnel Trogg] and friends , I don't find healing , over on turn 5.
Game 2 Reno vs Patrons , i have every possible answer for his patrons and [Dr.Boom] like Reno should do
Game 3 Patron vs Patron , i chose this because i can't queu my freeze or paladin into it since both have bad matchups against Patron. I chose to keep [Grim Patron] in my opener , considering i had [The Coin] , nfortunately i don't find any activators at all and mirror match is all about who spams Patrons first , he gets off a 6 Patron turn 6 and at that point it's already over.
so I finished shared 5th place with Darthmaul , which i would've signed for in advance but still so close to the money is always a shame to go out.
First things first I believe FoM made a huge-error with allowing multiple decks by the same hero , and I hope they will look into this for the next event. just follow standard rules ;-)
Second I believe my Line-Up was a very solid pick for this edition , the meta I predicted was spot on and every deck performed like it should have.
I would also like to thank everyone at Sector One , Monkeloid , GwG and others for the support I received while playing.
I look forward to the next event I will play while wearing the Sector One Jersey.
format is shitty since i copied it from my Word , if u wqnt decklists just ask , they aren't that special