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Archon Team League Week 1 Deck Spotlight
2015/07/07 at 2:51 PM
Most Hearthstone tournaments focus on the players themselves and how well they play their decks. Team Archon's Amaz has conjured up a new type of competition that allows for teams of three to do battle against each other in a breathtaking Best of 11 series.
Each team sports six decks meaning all of its players have two a piece to earn their Conquest wins off of. Since each deck must win for a team to claim victory, there's a ton of strategy as far as deciding who gets thrown into the gauntlet next.
There's also a special rule that states if a player loses two matches in a row they're benched and can't be played again until someone else from the team earns a win. This way you can't just keep throwing the same deck at the wall to see if it sticks unless they're on their last legs.
Team Archon came within one game of sealing up its series against Nihilum but couldn't manage to get Zalae his second win. In particular, his Druid kept costing the team game after game. Of course that's not so say it's his fault, Archon didn't play around the Druid's weaknesses and as a result simply had to hope it stole a win away.
Let's check out some of Nihilum's winning decks.
You'll notice that Lifecoach included both of the demons and the giants which is relatively rare these days. Though the two archetypes have grown closer together, you still see a pretty good divide between the two.
RDU's Aggro Paladin was probably one of the more interesting decks at the tournament simply because of how radically different it is from a typical Paladin deck.
While Trump's Value Town team is nothing to be laughed at, it pales in comparison to that of the Cloud9 lineup, at least on paper. However, Ekop ended up being the one to show up, going undefeated while Kolento was held winless.
Let's take a look at a few of the Value Town decklists.
Trump's long been a Handlock player and decided to bring version 4.6 with him to Archon. Surprisingly he decided to use a , a card he's been relatively hesitant to run over the last few weeks.
And we really can't talk about Kibler enough, he's one of the few players who routinely brings Shaman and manages to win with it. Every single time he plays , everyone holds their breath as he's punished for it, but it's never enough to keep him from winning.
Action picks up again on Wednesday and Thursday on Amaz's
channel. The remainder of the
can be found on the Archon website. (Or if you're lazy, there are some extra ones in my
) For now though, here are the standings after one week.
(Team Name, Match Record, Game Record, Plus/Minus)
Value Town (1-0) / (6-3)
Team Liquid (1-0) / (6-3)
Forsen Boys (1-0) / (6-4)
Nihilum (1-0) / (6-5)
Team Archon (0-1) / (5-6)
Tempo Storm (0-1) / (4-6)
Team Celestial (0-1) / (3-6)
Cloud9 (0-1) / (3-6)
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