The 4 weeks of the Hearthstone Legendary Series are over and 4 finalists have already been decided. The shots keep coming this weekend with 4 action-packed days of card-slinging action in the Redemption Tournament. As our competitors shuffle their decks and prepare themselves for the battle ahead, check out the groups below along with our picks to watch out for!
Throughout the series we've already seen plenty of diversity thanks to the Blackrock Mountain adventure and plenty of fierce competition from our open bracket players, it's all too possible we could see some dark horses in the Season LAN final. The 4 day redemption tournament begins this Thursday from 1pm PDT so be sure to tune in each day on Twitch.tv/ESL_Hearthstone.
We've already seen plenty of diversity throughout the series thanks to the Blackrock Mountain Adventure and plenty of fierce competition from our open bracket players. It's all too possible we could see some dark horses in the Season LAN final. The 4 day Redemption Tournament begins Thursday at 1pm PDT, so be sure to tune in at Twitch.tv/ESL_Hearthstone.
The Redemption Tournament is a chance for players who qualified for the Legendary Series this season but did not win their week to win a spot in the LAN finals in Burbank, California on June 5th-7th. Be it bad luck, an off day or just having picked the wrong decks, these proven players will have their chance at redemption this weekend.
The Redemption Tournament will consist of four distinct brackets playing in a Single Elimination, Best of 5 Conquest format.
The players who came second in their respective weeks they have been rewarded with a bye to the Semi-Finals of their respective brackets.
From Group A, we have everyone's crowd favourites Trump and Savjz headlining. Let there be no doubt that these two will provide significant hurdles to the other players in their group. However, we saw Trump demonstrate some inconsistent play in week 2, dominating the competition in Saturday's double-elimination group, but falling flat on Sunday when he faced Roger. Savjz and Ignite both performed excellently during Week 3, both only being eliminated by the seemingly unstoppable Kabi. TooWet is going to be someone to watch out for in this group though, as he is one of only two people to qualify twice, and he was the only competitor on Sunday in Week 3 who was able to take a single game against Kabi.
Group B will pick up the action on Friday after the remnants of Group A are swept away. With headlining pros like Chakki and StrifeCro up against strong competitors such as gcttirth and Leadpaint, we could see some intense matches here.
Taking a look at the group, Leadpaint is the only contestant besides TooWet who qualified twice. This makes him look favourable in the group as he has proven he can run over the open competition before. Chakki and Strifecro always make a good show and display exactly why they are at the top of the scene. But, these two have been known to suffer upsets. gcttirth is a name anyone who watched Season 1 of the Legendary Series will be familiar with as he consistently showed up in the open brackets and made an impressive showing in Week 1 of this season. This group could easily be anyone's game, but we think Chakki stands the best chance here as long as the bracket unfolds favourably.
Group C doesn't have any of the headlining acts we're used to seeing in other tournaments, but that doesn't mean the field is lacking at all. Koroneko and Azuzu both had an amazing showing in Week 1, topping their respective groups on Saturday. Roger eliminated Trump in Week 2 and is the only player other than Luffy to take more than a single game against Kolento. We may be playing favourites, but our pick to take this group is SilentStorm. Other than having the history to prove he can do it, we'd just love to see the reigning champion defending his title in the LAN finals.
Group D is where things get a bit complicated. Two players who already played in Group A and B respectively, TooWet and Lemurian, could play in Group D if neither of them wins their first Group. If one of them does take their Group, their Sunday opponent will simply receive a bye. These players get two chances at redemption because they made it through the Open Cups twice each.
Liimujx could have his chance to show us what he's got in this group. He had the unfortunate problem in Week 1 of being first out of the gate against gcttirth, who placed 2nd in that bracket, and then being eliminated by Lifecoach, the Week 1 winner. But we believe Amaz has the strongest chance of coming out of this group, although it’s certainly possible that Leadpaint or TooWet cause an upset.
Be sure to tune in and watch all 4 days of tavern-rumbling action, live on Twitch.tv/ESL_Hearthstone at 1pm PDT on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday as more places are secured for the Season 2 LAN Final to be played live from our Studio in Burbank, California on June 5th-7th.
See you at the Inn!