Hearthstone Trinity Series Season 2 Week 2 Recap

Hearthstone Trinity Series season 2 is a team league played in autumn 2017. The first stage of the tournament is a seven-week online round robin, after which the top four teams will compete in live finals. The prize pool of the tournament is $150,000.

In this post, I take a look at the second week of the round robin.

There is not a whole lot of data to work with, so this post is not as in-depth as most of my tournament posts, but I’ve gathered what there is for you to check out.

Format and schedule

There are eight invited teams in the tournament. Each team consists of three players, and the players pilot the decks together – discussion on each move is allowed and encouraged, and stream viewers get to listen in on the players at times.

Each match is played in best-of-11 Last Hero Standing format: teams submit a deck for each of the nine classes, and ban two of the opponent’s decks. The teams then self-ban one of their remaining seven decks, leaving them with six decks for the match. The first team to reach six wins takes the match.

The round robin started on September 27th 2017 and continues until November 16th 2017 with two matches played each Wednesday and Thursday. The live finals take place from December 8th to December 10th 2017.

Prizes:

  • 1st: $75,000
  • 2nd: $30,000
  • 3rd and 4th: $15,000
  • 5th and 6th: $4,500
  • 7th and 8th: $3,000

Official website: https://play.eslgaming.com/hearthstone/americas/major/trinity-season2

Stream and VODs: https://www.twitch.tv/esl_hearthstone

Teams and players

Complexity: Tyler, Crane, and MrYagut

Tempo Storm: Trump, Eloise, JustSayian

Planet Odd: Xixo, Hoej, Surrender

G2 Esports: Rdu, Thijs, Lothar

Misfits: StanCifka, Pokrovac, GeorgeC

Team Liquid: Dog, Sjow, Feno

Team Love U Lots: Chakki, Muzzy, Zalae

Virtus.pro: DrHippi, Naiman, Bunnyhoppor

Week 2 results

Team Liquid – Virtus.pro 3-6

Planet Odd – Tempo Storm 6-5

Complexity – Misfits 6-3

G2 Esports – Love U Lots 6-3

Standings after week 2:

Week 2 known archetypes and performance

Compared to week one, lineups had changed somewhat. Most classes remained one archetype shows, but Warrior and Mage still see experimentation.

Multiple teams hopped off the Fatigue Warrior train, either bringing N’Zoth Control Warrior or Pirate Warrior instead. Misfits remained loyal to the fatigue plan, with mediocre results at 1-1. Pirate Warriors were also mediocre at 2-2, but N’Zoth Control Warrior turned out to be the deck of the week, going 6-1 overall for a very strong appearance.

Exodia Mage had also lost some popularity. G2 Esports and Virtus.pro both switched from Exodia to the steadier and grindier Control Mage, which was the best-performing Mage archetype at 4-3. The lone Exodia Mage from Misfits still achieved the mediocre 1-1 performance. Freeze Mage and Secret Mage also made an appearace, but were not successful this week at 0-1 each.

Last week’s star-performer, Murloc Paladin, was the only Paladin variant we saw this week. Granted, Virtus.pro’s Paladin did not see play, so whether they still kept to their Control list is uncertain. Murloc Paladin remained one of the most successful decks on week two as well with a 6-4 record. We also got to see a pair of Hungry Crabs for the first time in a while as G2 Esports decided to bring a Murloc-sniping deck in their lineup.

Warlock lists saw some consolidation as Control Warlock replaced Zoo and Handlock and started its reign as the only Warlock archetype. The devil is in the details though, as the various Control Warlock lists included quite different tech choices. With a 4-4 record, it filled its spot in the lineups.

The staples were unable to impress. Jade Druid at 3-3 and Midrange Hunter at 2-2 were still able to get those counter-queue wins, but Tempo Rogue at 2-5 and Evolve Shaman at 4-7 suffered from being figured out and prepared for.

As for bans, Priest has now been universally recognized as the best deck in the post nerf meta, banned 8/8, great job m8. The second ban varied somewhat between Druid (5), Rogue (2), and Shaman (1). The same four classes ate all the bans on week one, with bans shifting from Druid and Shaman to Priest and Rogue for week two. As for self-bans, teams did not want to use their Hunter (4), Warrior (2), Mage (1), and Warlock (1). Hunter had become a more popular self-ban target in an environment slowly moving towards agreement on the strongest and weakest classes.

Archetype performance excluding mirror matches:

Paladin

  • 5 Murloc Paladins 6-4

Warrior

  • 2 N’Zoth Control Warrior 6-1
  • 2 Pirate Warriors 2-2
  • 1 Fatigue Warrior 1-1

Druid

  • 3 Jade Druids 3-3

Mage

  • 4 Control Mages 4-3
  • 1 Exodia Mage 1-1
  • 1 Freeze Mage 0-1
  • 1 Secret Mage 0-1

Rogue

  • 6 Tempo Rogues 2-5

Shaman

  • 6 Evolve Shamans 4-7

Hunter

  • 2 Midrange Hunter 2-2

Priest

  • Not played

Warlock

  • 6 Control Warlocks 4-4

Week 2 known decks

Decklists are not public, so we only have information on the decks that were seen on stream.

Complexity:

Week 1 Week 2
Jade Druid Jade Druid
Midrange Hunter Hunter
Control Mage Control Mage
Murloc Paladin Murloc Paladin
Priest Priest
Rogue Rogue
Shaman Evolve Shaman
Handlock Warlock
Warrior Warrior

Tempo Storm:

Week 1 Week 2
Druid Druid
Midrange Hunter Midrange Hunter
Exodia Mage Mage
Murloc Paladin Paladin
Priest Priest
Tempo Rogue Tempo Rogue (Elementals)
Shaman Evolve Shaman
Zoolock Control Warlock
Fatigue Warrior N’Zoth Control Warrior

Planet Odd:

Week 1 Week 2
Druid Jade Druid (Dirty Rat, Mind Control Tech)
Hunter Hunter
Secret Mage Secret Mage
Murloc Paladin Murloc Paladin
Kazakus Priest Priest
Tempo Rogue Rogue
Shaman Evolve Shaman
Control Warlock Control Warlock (Prince Valanar)
Fatigue Warrior Pirate Warrior

G2 Esports:

Week 1 Week 2
Druid Druid
Midrange Hunter Hunter
Exodia Mage Control Mage
Murloc Paladin Paladin
Priest Priest
Tempo Rogue Tempo Rogue
Evolve Shaman Evolve Shaman
Control Warlock Control Warlock
Warrior Warrior

Misfits:

Week 1 Week 2
Druid Druid
Midrange Hunter Hunter
Mage Exodia Mage
Murloc Paladin Murloc Paladin
Priest Priest
Rogue Tempo Rogue
Shaman Evolve Shaman
Warlock Control Warlock (Dirty Rat, Gnomeferatu, Lich King)
Fatigue Warrior Fatigue Warrior

Team Liquid:

Week 1 Week 2
Druid Druid
Midrange Hunter Midrange Hunter
Mage Freeze Mage
Murloc Paladin Murloc Paladin
Priest Priest
Tempo Rogue Tempo Rogue
Shaman Shaman
Control Warlock Control Warlock
Warrior Warrior

Team Love U Lots:

Week 1 Week 2
Druid Jade Druid
Hunter Hunter
Control Mage Control Mage
Aggro Paladin Murloc Paladin
Priest Priest
Tempo Rogue Tempo Rogue (Elementals)
Evolve Shaman Shaman
Control Warlock Control Warlock
Pirate Warrior Pirate Warrior

Virtus.pro:

Week 1 Week 2
Druid Druid
Midrange Hunter Hunter
Exodia Mage Control Mage
Control Paladin Paladin
Priest Priest
Tempo Rogue Tempo Rogue
Evolve Shaman Evolve Shaman (Corpsetaker)
Warlock Warlock
Warrior N’Zoth Control Warrior

Week 2 matches

Team Liquid vs Virtus.pro

Bans: Team Liquid banned Priest and Druid and Virtus.pro banned Priest and Druid.

Self-bans: Team Liquid chose to not use Warrior and Virtus.pro chose to not use Warlock.

Games:

Tempo Rogue wins against Tempo Rogue

Tempo Rogue loses to Control Mage

Midrange Hunter wins against Control Mage

Midrange Hunter loses to Evolve Shaman

Control Warlock wins against Evolve Shaman

Control Warlock loses to N’Zoth Control Warrior

Murloc Paladin loses to N’Zoth Control Warrior

Evolve Shaman loses to N’Zoth Control Warrior

Freeze Mage loses to N’Zoth Control Warrior

Team Liquid 3 – Virtus.pro 6.

Planet Odd vs Tempo Storm

Bans: Planet Odd banned Priest and Druid and Tempo Storm banned Priest and Rogue.

Self-bans: Planet Odd chose to not use Hunter and Tempo Storm chose to not use Mage.

Games:

Control Warlock wins against Control Warlock

Control Warlock loses to Midrange Hunter

Pirate Warrior wins against Midrange Hunter

Pirate Warrior wins against Tempo Rogue

Pirate Warrior loses to Evolve Shaman

Jade Druid wins against Evolve Shaman

Jade Druid loses to Murloc Paladin

Evolve Shaman wins against Murloc Paladin

Evolve Shaman loses to N’Zoth Control Warrior

Secret Mage loses to N’Zoth Control Warrior

Murloc Paladin wins against N’Zoth Control Warrior

Planet Odd 6 – Tempo Storm 5.

Complexity vs Misfits

Bans: Complexity banned Priest and Druid and Misfits banned Rogue and Priest.

Self-bans: Complexity chose to not use Hunter and Misfits chose to not use Hunter.

Games:

Evolve Shaman wins against Murloc Paladin

Evolve Shaman loses to Control Warlock

Jade Druid wins against Control Warlock

Jade Druid loses to Exodia Mage

Control Mage wins against Exodia Mage

Control Mage loses to Fatigue Warrior

Murloc Paladin wins against Fatigue Warrior

Murloc Paladin wins against Evolve Shaman

Murloc Paladin wins against Tempo Rogue

Complexity 6 – Misfits 3.

G2 Esports vs Love U Lots

Bans: G2 Esports banned Priest and Shaman and Love U Lots banned Priest and Druid.

Self-bans: G2 Esports chose to not use Warrior and Love U Lots chose to not use Hunter.

Games:

Evolve Shaman loses to Jade Druid

Tempo Rogue wins against Jade Druid

Tempo Rogue wins against Control Warlock

Tempo Rogue loses to Control Mage

Control Mage wins against Control Mage

Control Mage wins against Pirate Warrior

Control Mage loses to Murloc Paladin

Control Warlock wins against Murloc Paladin

Control Warlock wins against Tempo Rogue

G2 Esports 6 – Love U Lots 3.

 

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