Hearthstone Dreamhack Tours HCT Tour Stop May 2018 decks, results, and analysis

Hearthstone Dreamhack Tours HCT Tour Stop was played from 19th May to 21st May 2018 in Tours, France. It was an open Hearthstone Championship Tour Stop, where 232 players competed for a $15,000 USD prize pool and HCT points.

In this post, I take a look at the decks and results of the tournament, including class distribution, archetypes, and lineups.

Dreamhack Tours was the last tournament of the pre-nerf Witchwood meta – the meta changed literally the following day – so in-depth analysis will not benefit future tournament preparation all that much. On the other hand, it was the only major Last Hero Standing tournament in the meta, which makes it a bit more interesting.

Results

The event was played in a best-of-five Last Hero Standing format with one ban. It started with 9 rounds of Swiss followed by a top-16 cut into single-elimination playoffs.

The tournament was broadcasted on Twitch:

Tournament brackets: https://smash.gg/tournament/dreamhack-hct-grand-prix-tours-2018/events/dreamhack-hct-hearthstone-grand-prix-tours-2018/brackets/239288

Top-16 bracket:

Final results:

1st Maverick $5,000 + 15 HCT points
2nd Scruffy $3,000 + 12 HCT points
3rd – 4th Savvat

xBlyzes

$1,500 + 10 HCT points
5th – 8th Nights

Jarla

Pilou

Chinoize

$1,000 + 8 HCT points
9th – 16th Tomas

Dib

Dogmeat

Fenomeno

Casie

Vinz

AlivZ

Zhym

6 HCT points
17th – 32nd MiBuDArK

Tyler

Orange

Vardu

Janetzky

YoGG

Creapz

Lucken

Zyrios

Kolmari

Scarface

Gaby59

Esteban

Felkeine

ChaboDennis

4 HCT points

Class distribution

The decklists are available on Google Drive – https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17w8nrkA2tbzStLyzQNBYw4g0aZ-OOIIQ

Visualizations of deck lists are available here – http://www.multiball.net/hct-decklists/

Classes from the most popular to the least popular:

  • Paladin: 221
  • Warlock: 207
  • Rogue: 142
  • Druid: 132
  • Mage: 85
  • Priest: 75
  • Shaman: 24
  • Warrior: 20
  • Hunter: 8

The popularity of Rogue kept going up throughout the Witchwood meta. At Tours, it surpassed Druid and became the third-most popular class.

Archetypes

Tours was mostly business as usual. However, we did see some variety in the ranks of Paladin and Druid, with other archetypes than Even Paladin and Spiteful Druid finding representation, and Warrior was once again home to multiple different approaches to control – including Fatigue Warrior, which had not seen tournament-level play in a while.

Paladin solidified its lead. 211 Even Paladins and 10 Murloc Paladins entered the tournament, and everyone in the top-16 brought Paladin: 15 Even Paladins and one Murloc Paladin.

Warlock remained split between Cubelock (144) and Control Warlock (63). Control Warlock lineups did well at Tours with 54% win rates in Swiss compared to the 50% of Cubelock lineups – but the prevalence of Cubelock meant that it was part of very diverse strategies. There were 9 Cubelocks and 6 Control Warlocks in the top-16.

Rogue became more popular than ever with 115 Quest Rogue in the tournament – half of the players brought the archetype – alongside 34 Odd Rogues and 3 Miracle Rogues. 9 Quest Rogues reached the top-16 alongside 2 Odd Rogues.

Druid was once again dominated by Spiteful Druid (116) followed by small contingents of Taunt Druid (12) and Token Druid (4). 6 Spiteful Druids and 1 Token Druid reached the top-16 with Token Druid lineups being the overall best-performing lineups in the tournament: the 4 players who brought it had a combined 22-12 match win-loss record in Swiss.

Mage was mostly Tempo Mage (75) with a few Big Spell Mages (10) sprinkled in for good measure. Neither archetype saw a lot of general success, but 8 Tempo Mages reached the top-16, so some Tempo Mage lineups worked very well. Four players reached the top-16 with Even Paladin-Cubelock-Tempo Mage-Quest Rogue, but overall the lineup, brought by 20 players, did not perform very well.

Priest was all Mind Blast Priest (75). While the archetype enjoyed decent performance overall, it lacked peaks, with only 4 players reaching the top-16 with it, each one with the trio of Even Paladin-Control Warlock-Mind Blast Priest in their lineups, with the final deck either Quest Rogue, Spiteful Druid, or Baku Control Warrior.

Year of Even Shaman did not arrive in Last Hero Standing, where 1 of the 21 Even Shamans reached the top-16. None of the 3 Shudderwock Shamans made it, although their combined 14-11 match win-loss record in Swiss was not bad.

Warrior was the biggest surprise of the tournament. It was split between various control approaches again: 9 Baku Control Warriors, 5 Fatigue Warriors, 3 Taunt Warriors, and 3 Baku Taunt Warriors. Everyone else generally did poorly except for Fatigue Warrior, which boasted a solid combined match win-loss record of 26-17 in Swiss – mostly carried by Maverick though, who had a 16-2 game record with his deck. Top-16 was reached by 1 Fatigue Warrior and 1 Baku Control Warrior.

Hunter was unable to find any success. 8 Spell Hunters, none of them made it to the top-16.

Performance of lineups that included a specific archetype in Swiss (including mirrors, I had no good way to filter them out from the data I had):

Archetypes in the top-16:

All archetypes by class:

Warlock

  • 144 Cubelocks
  • 63 Control Warlocks

Rogue

  • 115 Quest Rogues
  • 34 Odd Rogues
  • 3 Miracle Rogues

Paladin

  • 211 Even Paladins
  • 10 Murloc Paladins

Druid

  • 116 Spiteful Druids
  • 12 Taunt Druids
  • 4 Token Druids

Mage

  • 75 Tempo Mages
  • 10 Big Spell Mage

Priest

  • 75 Mind Blast Priests

Hunter

  • 8 Spell Hunters

Warrior

  • 9 Baku Control Warriors
  • 5 Fatigue Warriors
  • 3 Taunt Warriors
  • 3 Baku Taunt Warriors

Shaman

  • 21 Even Shamans
  • 3 Shudderwock Shamans

Lineups

Lineups in the top-16:

Vinz Even Paladin Cubelock Spiteful Druid Quest Rogue
Maverick Even Paladin Control Warlock Fatigue Warrior Quest Rogue
Casie Even Paladin Cubelock Spiteful Druid Tempo Mage
Savvat Even Paladin Control Warlock Token Druid Even Shaman
Dib Even Paladin Cubelock Tempo Mage Quest Rogue
Dogmeat Even Paladin Cubelock Tempo Mage Quest Rogue
Fenomeno Even Paladin Cubelock Spiteful Druid Tempo Mage
Chinoize Even Paladin Control Warlock Mind Blast Priest Baku Control Warrior
Jarla Even Paladin Control Warlock Mind Blast Priest Quest Rogue
Pilou Even Paladin Cubelock Spiteful Druid Odd Rogue
xBlyzes Even Paladin Cubelock Tempo Mage Quest Rogue
Nights Even Paladin Control Warlock Spiteful Druid Mind Blast Priest
Alivz Even Paladin Cubelock Tempo Mage Quest Rogue
Scruffy Even Paladin Control Warlock Mind Blast Priest Quest Rogue
Tomas Murloc Paladin Tempo Mage Spiteful Druid Quest Rogue
Zhym Even Paladin Cubelock Tempo Mage Odd Rogue

 

Performance of lineups at the Swiss tournament (brought by more than one player):

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