Hearthstone Championships could be more exciting with different scheduling

Blizzard has been working on improving the Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT) each year, and things are finally starting to be in place in the 2017 season.

However, I am slightly concerned that what Blizzard is aiming for is not the ideal format for a collectible card game, and while they may be reaching their goals, those goals are not the best possible goals for the game.

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Hearthstone Copa América 2017 Summer Group Stage decks, results, and analysis

Hearthstone Copa América 2017 Summer is a multi-stage major Hearthstone tournament played in summer 2017. The tournament started with four online qualifiers of up to 1024 players each, one for global participants and three for Latin American residents only. These were followed by a 16-player group stage from which eight players qualified to the single-elimination playoffs. The prize pool of the tournament is $10,000.

In this post, I take a look at the decks and results of the group stage that was played on the 15th and 16th July, including class distribution, archetypes, and archetype performance.

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Dreamhack Valencia 2017 Hearthstone Grand Prix decks, results, and analysis

Dreamhack Valencia 2017 Hearthstone Grand Prix was played from 13th to 15th July in Valencia, Spain. Almost 300 players participated in this major tournament with a $25,000 prize pool.

In this post, I take a look at the decks and results of the top 16, including class distribution, archetypes, and archetype performance.

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Titanar Hearthstone Open International 2017 decks, results, and analysis

Titanar Hearthstone Open International LAN finals were played from 12th to 13th July in China. Sixteen players had qualified for this major tournament with a $30,000 prize pool: there were two qualifier tournaments, a 256-player qualifier in China (top-8 to the tournament), and a 128-player international qualifier (top-8 to the tournament).

As the first tournament after the Quest Rogue nerf, this was an interesting tournament to observe.

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

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Hearthstone HCT Spring Championship 2017 decks, results, and analysis

Hearthstone Championship Tour’s (HCT) Spring Championship 2017 was played from 7th to 9th July in Shanghai, China. Sixteen players from four regional playoffs had qualified for this major tournament with a $250,000 prize pool.

In this post, I take a look at the decks and results, including class distribution, archetypes, archetype performance, and ban decisions.

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Hearthstone Finnish Championships 2017 Event #2 decks, results, and analysis

The Hearthstone Finnish Championships in 2017 is a multi-stage event. The first event, which determined one of the two players for the Grand Final, was played on 9 and 10 June, and the second event, which determined the second finalist, was played on 30 June and 1 July. The Grand Final itself – yes, just a single match – will take place at Assembly Summer LAN in the beginning of August.

In this post, I take a look at the decks and results of the second event, including class distribution, archetypes, archetype performance, and ban decisions.

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SeatStory Cup VII Hearthstone tournament decks, results, and analysis

SeatStory Cup VII Hearthstone tournament was played from 22 to 25 June 2017. It was a major LAN invitational tournament with 32 players, who played two group stages (32 players and 16 players in groups of four players) followed by top-8 single-elimination playoffs. The group stages were played in best-of-five Last Hero Standing with one ban format, and the playoffs were played in best-of-seven Last Hero Standing with one ban format. The tournament featured a $20,000 prize pool.

In this post, I will take a look at the decks and results of the playoff stage (top 8), including class distribution, archetypes, and tech choices.

The analysis here is shorter than usual, as SeatStory Cup was extraordinarily difficult to analyze: decks were not public and much of the casting was focused on memes over gameplay, so viewers were not told about bans, for example, and in some cases it was not even possible to find out what classes players had brought to the tournament. I believe there is nonetheless something of value in this brief overview.

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Dreamhack Summer 2017 Hearthstone Grand Prix top 16 decks, results, and analysis

Dreamhack Summer 2017 Hearthstone Grand Prix was played from 17 to 19 June 2017. It was a major LAN tournament with a 200-player Swiss (9 rounds) followed by top-16 single-elimination playoffs, all played in a best-of-five Last Hero Standing with one ban format. The tournament featured a $25,000 prize pool.

In this post, I will take a look at the decks and results of the playoff stage (top 16), including class distribution, archetypes, and tech choices.

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StarLadder Hearthstone StarSeries Season 3 (2017) Finals decks, results, and analysis

StarLadder Hearthstone StarSeries Season 3 Finals were played this weekend to determine the winner of this global major series with a $30,000 prize pool.

In this post, I will take a look at the decks and results of the LAN finals (top 8), including class distribution, archetypes, and archetype performance.

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Hearthstone Asia-Pacific Spring Playoffs 2017 Top 8 decks, results, and analysis

Hearthstone Asia-Pacific (APAC) Spring Playoffs 2017 were played this weekend to determine the final four participants for the upcoming Spring Championships.

In this post, I will take a look at the decks and results of the single-elimination playoffs stage (top 8), including class distribution, archetypes, archetype performance, and ban decisions.

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