Hearthstone Trinity Series Season 2 Week 4 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 fourth week of the round robin as well as some overall stats from all the rounds played so far.

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

Week 4 direct links (there were some disconnect issues, so the games are spread over multiple VODs):

Teams and players

Complexity: Tyler, Crane, MrYagut

Tempo Storm: Trump, Eloise, JustSayian

Planet Odd: Xixo, Hoej, Surrender

G2 Esports: Rdu, Thijs, Neirea (Lothar played for G2 during weeks one and two before Neirea joined)

Misfits: StanCifka, Pokrovac, GeorgeC

Team Liquid: Dog, Sjow, Feno

Team Love U Lots: Chakki, Muzzy, Zalae

Virtus.pro: DrHippi, Naiman, Bunnyhoppor

Week 4 results

Planet Odd vs Team Liquid 5-6

Tempo Storm vs Virtus.pro 6-5

G2 Esports vs Misfits 2-6

Complexity vs Team Love U Lots 1-6

Standings after week 4:

Week 4 known archetypes and performance

The ban game keeps converging. Priest and Druid were both banned in every single match, and Hunter self-ban reached a new record of seven. There was still one team that wanted to play Hunter, Team Love U Lots, who self-banned Shaman instead – and targeted Murloc Paladin, one of the most successful decks over the past weeks, with their Hungry Crab, Knife Juggler, and Unleash the Hounds.

Most classes are one archetype shows at this stage on the competition. It’s Murloc Paladin (6-5 this week, 26-15 overall), Tempo Rogue (1-6 this week, 9-22 overall), Evolve Shaman (6-6 this week, 17-19 overall), and Midrange Hunter (3-0 this week, 6-9 overall). Druid and Priest have also only shown one archetype, but they have only seen a dozen games combined. Tempo Rogue bans do not seem to carry over to this multi-class format.

Mage is where things are happening. We’ve seen Exodia Mages, Control Mages, Freeze Mages, and Secret Mages, but this week was the return of Burn Mage. Lists similar to Ike’s Dreamhack-winning Burn Mage were all over the place, brought by four teams for a 2-4 record. Virtus.pro opted to go for a build that incorporates Arcane Giants, similar to Nalguidan’s deck at the Summer Championship, and went 1-1 with that. The typical Mage right now incorporates much of the Freeze Mage core but adds in Mana Wyrms, Firelands Portals, and Medivh. The Control Mage builds with Frost Lich Jaina and Polymorphs were nowhere to be seen. Mage archetypes have seen reasonable performance throughout, but nothing has been really stunning. It’s uncertain whether this new-found love for Burn Mage is going to last either.

The success of N’Zoth Control Warrior saw multiple teams bringing the archetype, but this week was abysmal for it. Four teams, four losses (0-4, 10-6 overall). Misfits remains the sole standard bearer for Fatigue Warrior, once again grabbing one win and one loss with the archetype that is able to snipe specific decks but also tends to get countered quickly. Pirate Warrior has gone AWOL and shows no signs of coming back so far.

Warlock deck choices remain fluid. We got to see the Warlock decks of all eight teams: 4 Zoolocks (4-4, 10-7 overall), 2 Control Warlocks (4-2, 12-12 overall), and 2 Handlocks (3-1, 4-2 overall). Each of them has potential depending on the overall meta. It was interesting that the more threat-heavy Handlock (Twilight Drake, Mountain Giant, Faceless Shambler) returned to the tournament in the hands of Misfits and Complexity. In the right meta, those Giants can bring the pain.

Overall, we got to see 12 different archetypes this week. Considering that we have seen more archetypes than that from individual teams over the course of these four weeks, that is not a lot. Despite this, Trinity Series still offers some interesting gameplay, as it has shown a Hearthstone environment without Druid and Priest, so there are lots of matchups being played that are rare to see on the ladder.

Unfortunately, the decks are not public, so we do not have the exact lists of the decks seen on stream.

Archetype performance excluding mirror matches on week 4 and overall in Trinity Series:

Paladin 6-5 (31-18 overall)

  • 6 Murloc Paladins 6-5 (26-15 overall)
  • 0 Control Paladins (3-1 overall)
  • 0 Midrange Paladins (2-1 overall)
  • 0 Aggro Paladins (0-1 overall)

Warrior 4-6 (21-20 overall)

  • 4 N’Zoth Control Warrior 0-4 (10-6 overall)
  • 2 Taunt Warriors 3-1 (4-5 overall)
  • 1 Fatigue Warrior 1-1 (3-6 overall)
  • 0 Pirate Warriors (4-3 overall)

Druid

  • 0 Jade Druids (5-5 overall)

Mage 3-5 (19-21 overall)

  • 4 Burn Mages 2-4 (2-4 overall)
  • 1 Giants Mage 1-1 (1-1 overall)
  • 0 Control Mages (9-6 overall)
  • 0 Exodia Mages (6-4 overall)
  • 0 Freeze Mages (0-2 overall)
  • 0 Secret Mages (1-4 overall)

Rogue

  • 6 Tempo Rogues 1-6 (9-22 overall)

Shaman

  • 7 Evolve Shamans 6-6 (17-19 overall)

Hunter

  • 1 Midrange Hunter 3-0 (6-9 overall)

Priest

  • 0 Kazakus Priests (1-1 overall)

Warlock 11-7 (26-21 overall)

  • 4 Zoolocks 4-4 (10-7 overall)
  • 2 Control Warlocks 4-2 (12-12 overall)
  • 2 Handlocks 3-1 (4-2 overall)

Week 4 known decks

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

Complexity:

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Jade Druid Jade Druid Druid Druid
Midrange Hunter Hunter Hunter Hunter
Control Mage Control Mage Mage Burn Mage
Murloc Paladin Murloc Paladin Paladin Murloc Paladin
Priest Priest Priest Priest
Rogue Rogue Tempo Rogue Tempo Rogue
Shaman Evolve Shaman Evolve Shaman Evolve Shaman
Handlock Warlock Warlock Handlock
Warrior Warrior Warrior N’Zoth Warrior

Tempo Storm:

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Druid Druid Druid Druid
Midrange Hunter Midrange Hunter Hunter Hunter
Exodia Mage Mage Mage Burn Mage
Murloc Paladin Paladin Paladin Murloc Paladin
Priest Priest Priest Priest
Tempo Rogue Tempo Rogue (Elementals) Rogue Tempo Rogue
Shaman Evolve Shaman Shaman Evolve Shaman
Zoolock Control Warlock Warlock Zoolock
Fatigue Warrior N’Zoth Control Warrior Warrior N’Zoth Warrior

Planet Odd:

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Druid Jade Druid Druid Druid
Hunter Hunter Hunter Hunter
Secret Mage Secret Mage Secret Mage Burn Mage
Murloc Paladin Murloc Paladin Paladin Murloc Paladin
Kazakus Priest Priest Priest Priest
Tempo Rogue Rogue Tempo Rogue Tempo Rogue
Shaman Evolve Shaman Evolve Shaman Evolve Shaman
Control Warlock Control Warlock Zoolock Zoolock
Fatigue Warrior Pirate Warrior Taunt Warrior Taunt Warrior

G2 Esports:

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Druid Druid Druid Druid
Midrange Hunter Hunter Hunter Hunter
Exodia Mage Control Mage Control Mage Burn Mage
Murloc Paladin Paladin Murloc Paladin Murloc Paladin
Priest Priest Priest Priest
Tempo Rogue Tempo Rogue Tempo Rogue Tempo Rogue
Evolve Shaman Evolve Shaman Shaman Evolve Shaman
Control Warlock Control Warlock Control Warlock Control Warlock
Warrior Warrior Warrior N’Zoth Warrior

Misfits:

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Druid Druid Jade Druid Druid
Midrange Hunter Hunter Hunter Hunter
Mage Exodia Mage Control Mage Mage
Murloc Paladin Murloc Paladin Murloc Paladin Paladin
Priest Priest Priest Priest
Rogue Tempo Rogue Rogue Rogue
Shaman Evolve Shaman Evolve Shaman Evolve Shaman
Warlock Control Warlock Control Warlock Handlock
Fatigue Warrior Fatigue Warrior Fatigue Warrior Fatigue Warrior

Team Liquid:

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Druid Druid Druid Druid
Midrange Hunter Midrange Hunter Hunter Hunter
Mage Freeze Mage Mage Burn Mage
Murloc Paladin Murloc Paladin Paladin Murloc Paladin
Priest Priest Priest Priest
Tempo Rogue Tempo Rogue Rogue Tempo Rogue
Shaman Shaman Shaman Evolve Shaman
Control Warlock Control Warlock Warlock Zoolock
Warrior Warrior Warrior Taunt Warrior

Team Love U Lots:

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Druid Jade Druid Druid Druid
Hunter Hunter Hunter Midrange Hunter
Control Mage Control Mage Secret Mage Mage
Aggro Paladin Murloc Paladin Midrange Paladin Paladin
Priest Priest Priest Priest
Tempo Rogue Tempo Rogue (Elementals) Tempo Rogue Rogue
Evolve Shaman Shaman Shaman Shaman
Control Warlock Control Warlock Zoolock Control Warlock
Pirate Warrior Pirate Warrior Taunt Warrior Warrior

Virtus.pro:

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Druid Druid Druid Druid
Midrange Hunter Hunter Hunter Hunter
Exodia Mage Control Mage Freeze Mage Giants Mage
Control Paladin Paladin Control Paladin Murloc Paladin
Priest Priest Priest Priest
Tempo Rogue Tempo Rogue Tempo Rogue Tempo Rogue
Evolve Shaman Evolve Shaman Evolve Shaman Evolve Shaman
Warlock Warlock Zoolock Zoolock
Warrior N’Zoth Control Warrior Taunt Warrior N’Zoth Warrior

Overall team statistics

Complexity:

  • Murloc Paladin 7-2
  • Evolve Shaman 5-2
  • Control Mage 3-1
  • Tempo Rogue 2-2
  • Handlock 1-2
  • Jade Druid 1-2
  • Midrange Hunter 0-1
  • N’Zoth Control Warrior 0-1
  • Burn Mage 0-1

Tempo Storm:

  • Evolve Shaman 3-2
  • N’Zoth Control Warrior 2-1
  • Exodia Mage 1-1
  • Zoolock 2-2
  • Murloc Paladin 3-4
  • Control Warlock 1-2
  • Fatigue Warrior 0-1
  • Taunt Warrior 0-1
  • N’Zoth Control Warrior 0-1
  • Burn Mage 0-1
  • Tempo Rogue 2-4
  • Midrange Hunter 1-3

Planet Odd:

  • Taunt Warrior 4-2
  • Pirate Warrior 2-1
  • Murloc Paladin 3-3
  • Zoolock 2-2
  • Control Warlock 2-2
  • Kazakus Priest 1-1
  • Jade Druid 1-1
  • Fatigue Warrior 0-1
  • Burn Mage 0-1
  • Tempo Rogue 1-3
  • Evolve Shaman 1-3
  • Secret Mage 1-3

G2 Esports:

  • Murloc Paladin 6-2
  • Exodia Mage 3-1
  • Control Warlock 4-3
  • Control Mage 2-2
  • Midrange Hunter 0-1
  • N’Zoth Control Warrior 0-1
  • Burn Mage 0-1
  • Tempo Rogue 2-4
  • Evolve Shaman 1-3

Misfits:

  • Murloc Paladin 5-2
  • Handlock 3-0
  • Jade Druid 2-1
  • Control Mage 2-1
  • Exodia Mage 1-1
  • Fatigue Warrior 3-4
  • Evolve Shaman 2-3
  • Control Warlock 1-2
  • Midrange Hunter 0-1
  • Tempo Rogue 0-1

Team Liquid:

  • N’Zoth Control Warrior 4-1
  • Zoolock 3-1
  • Control Warlock 2-1
  • Murloc Paladin 3-3
  • Evolve Shaman 2-2
  • Burn Mage 1-1
  • Taunt Warrior 1-1
  • Tempo Rogue 3-4
  • Midrange Hunter 1-2
  • Freeze Mage 0-1

Team Love U Lots:

  • Zoolock 3-0
  • Midrange Hunter 3-0
  • Midrange Paladin 2-1
  • Control Warlock 3-3
  • Control Mage 2-2
  • Pirate Warrior 2-2
  • Jade Druid 1-1
  • Murloc Paladin 1-1
  • Taunt Warrior 0-1
  • Secret Mage 0-1
  • Evolve Shaman 0-1
  • Aggro Paladin 0-1
  • Tempo Rogue 1-3

Virtus.pro:

  • N’Zoth Control Warrior 4-0
  • Control Paladin 3-1
  • Evolve Shaman 5-4
  • Midrange Hunter 1-1
  • Exodia Mage 1-1
  • Control Mage 1-1
  • Giants Mage 1-1
  • Murloc Paladin 1-1
  • Zoolock 0-2
  • Freeze Mage 0-1
  • Taunt Warrior 0-1
  • N’Zoth Control Warrior 0-1
  • Tempo Rogue 1-4

Week 4 matches

Planet Odd vs Team Liquid

Bans: Planet Odd banned Priest and Druid and Team Liquid banned Priest and Druid.

Self-bans: Planet Odd chose to not use Hunter and Team Liquid chose to not use Hunter.

Games:

Evolve Shaman loses to Zoolock

Burn Mage loses to Zoolock

Tempo Rogue loses to Zoolock

Taunt Warrior wins against Zoolock

Taunt Warrior wins against Murloc Paladin

Taunt Warrior wins against Tempo Rogue

Taunt Warrior loses to Taunt Warrior

Murloc Paladin wins against Taunt Warrior

Murloc Paladin wins against Evolve Shaman

Murloc Paladin loses to Burn Mage

Zoolock loses to Burn Mage

Planet Odd 5 – Team Liquid 6.

Tempo Storm vs Virtus.pro

Bans: Tempo Storm banned Priest and Druid and Virtus.pro banned Priest and Druid.

Self-bans: Tempo Storm chose to not use Hunter and Virtus.pro chose to not use Hunter.

Games:

Tempo Rogue wins against Zoolock

Tempo Rogue loses to Evolve Shaman

N’Zoth Control Warrior loses to Evolve Shaman

Burn Mage loses to Evolve Shaman

Zoolock wins against Evolve Shaman

Zoolock loses to Giants Mage

Murloc Paladin wins against Giants Mage

Murloc Paladin wins against Tempo Rogue

Murloc Paladin loses to Murloc Paladin

Evolve Shaman wins against Murloc Paladin

Evolve Shaman wins against N’Zoth Control Warrior

Tempo Storm 6 – Virtus.pro 5.

G2 Esports vs Misfits

Bans: G2 Esports banned Priest and Druid and Misfits banned Priest and Druid.

Self-bans: G2 Esports chose to not use Hunter and Misfits chose to not use Hunter.

Games:

Tempo Rogue loses to Fatigue Warrior

Murloc Paladin wins against Fatigue Warrior

Murloc Paladin loses to Evolve Shaman

N’Zoth Control Warrior loses to Evolve Shaman

Control Warlock wins against Evolve Shaman

Control Warlock loses to Handlock

Burn Mage loses to Handlock

Evolve Shaman loses to Handlock

G2 Esports 2 – Misfits 6.

Complexity vs Team Love U Lots

Bans: Complexity banned Priest and Druid and Team Love U Lots banned Priest and Druid.

Self-bans: Complexity chose to not use Hunter and Team Love U Lots chose to not use Shaman.

Games:

N’Zoth Control Warrior loses to Control Warlock

Handlock loses to Control Warlock

Burn Mage loses to Control Warlock

Murloc Paladin wins against Control Warlock

Murloc Paladin loses to Midrange Hunter

Evolve Shaman loses to Midrange Hunter

Tempo Rogue loses to Midrange Hunter

Complexity 1 – Team Love U Lots 6.

 

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