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By reading this title, you probably think this is just another round in the eternal "Can video games be considered sports" debate. To an extent it is, but unlike the eSport detractors, my arguments have nothing to do with the merits of video games being a legitimate competition. I believe that sitting in front of a computer can be as much of a sport as chasing a ball down a field. My main point of contention is on how the professional scene is developing....

I’ve put together what legendary should I craft for both vanilla Hearthstone and Goblin vs. Gnomes now and I like to think that my lists have been pretty decent in foretelling what the good legendary cards will be when you get to the point that you want to craft one. My only exception was placing Vol’Jin ahead of Dr. Boom, but I should have known better than to rank a class card ahead of a neutral one. If you’re looking to craft a legendary always ask yourself if this will fit into one deck or many decks and then go from there. The Grand Tournament looks to be a little more exciting than Goblins vs. Gnomes in the legendary game as there are several possible game changers and a few cards that can make potential ridiculous combos. I mean, let’s be fair, Goblins Vs. Gnomes seemed to really have only ...

Introduction Fade2Karma is a new professional eSports Hearthstone team that was formed recently. It consists of top players like Hawkeye and Dethelor. (Gosugamers announcement here, F2K’s Twitter and LiquidHearth‘s announcement here.) The F2K Meta Report focuses on the class/deck representation in the European Legend Ladder on a biweekly basis. Hundreds of ladder games played by our players allow us to determine which are the most popular decks on ladder and which decks have fallen out of favor by most. With the meta going to be completely new now that The Grand Tournament is released, we felt it was necessary to take a snap shot of where the meta was in the final week leading up to The Grand Tournament. It’s always good to know where we’ve been so we can learn from it and see where we’re going. Finally, the Fade2Karma players put together their own predictions on what class is going to be the most powerful in The Grand Tournament. The ...

 

The Grand Tournament Lives!

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It’s here! The Grand Tournament is now live and playable. EVERYONE GET IN HERE and open some card packs! We will be live streaming tonight at http://twitch.tv/blizzpro with The Grand Tournament pack opening and playing some games. First up will be @TwizzBP and Studder during the FINAL episode of Extra Life Powerhour which will begin a 9 PM CST. After ELPH the Well Met Podcast co-hosts @lackofrealism,  @Kickedtripod, and @Eldorian will be opening all of their packs on stream. Make sure you join us this evening for our Grand Tournament party!...

Sponsors – GamersGearEU  |  twitter – @Fade2Karma | Facebook – Fade2Karma | www.Fade2Karma.com Written by @F2K_Dethelor Every week the pros from team Fade2Karma break down the “Deck of the Week” . These decks are seeing a lot of play either in constructed ladder or tournaments. Team F2K explain the deck lists and how to play them. View past Deck Lists of the Week. Zoo, originally known as Board Control Warlock, is a deck that has its roots back in the closed beta.  Abusing a plethora of overpowered and sticky minions (most of which are now nerfed) and the infamous old Blood Imp (used to give +1 hearth to every minion in the way Stormwind Knight does), the Warlock deck was the deck to beat. In February 2014 Reynad (TempoStorm) popularized a new version of the deck, including cards like Shieldbearers and Scarlet Crusaders. Zoo became even stronger after the first wing of Naxxramas: by ...

The Archon Team League Championships has just finished its first phase! As we near to its Live Finale from the Team Archon Gaming House, I want to discuss the tremendous success of this event, and attempt to break down the key factors that lead to this tournament being one of the most watched in recent memory. Knowing your Audience Perhaps one of the biggest reasons that ATLC has found so much success is that their content is tailored specifically to the Hearthstone Audience. The bulk of the Hearthstone viewers are pretty casual, and I’m betting they care more about the personalities of the players, how they react to unlucky situations, and even about the team’s social dynamics. I remember RDU mentioning on his stream that on weeks were he didn’t do so well, people asked him how it felt to be carried by Lifecoach. But when RDU did well and ...

Well Met! John, J. R., and Kevin each week discuss all things Hearthstone. Listen in as they talk strategies, competitive play, card and deck analysis and more! This podcast is produced in order to help other players up their game in Hearthstone while also having fun discussions about what is happening in the tournament scene and also in the game. Join us each week as we record every Sunday evening and release our audio podcast the following Monday! The Grand Tournament arrives sometime today! As for the time we don’t know yet. We went over the patch that dropped this last week and talked a bit about some of the changes that weren’t documented, like instant concede. The Fireside Gathering Championship happened and a huge shoutout to our friend CapnCrunch who competed in the top 4!  The Archon Team League is finishing up it’s round robin portion before phase 2 begins. ...

Amaz defeats fellow Team Archon Player Zalae, and takes the $2000 Prize for the Geico Brawl #2. Learn more about the rules of this very interesting deck building tournament....

Every week we bring you the Deck of the Week, but sometimes we just cannot wait that long to show you something cool. This is Bonus Deck, where we try to surprise you with cool decks that might just change the way you perceive this game. If you played a lot of Druid, you know that having your opponent at 14 or below is huge. Indeed, the combination of Force of Nature and Savage Roar inspires fear into the hearts of the players who fight against druids, and many times people will play heavily around this two card combo. Usually, Druid relies on drawing Wild Growth and Innervate to get ahead on the game and reach the point where his opponent fears the combo. But what if we built our deck to consistently work our opponents down to a point where our famed combo is Lethal? Can we pump up ...

 

The Meta Season 17: Keeping Focus

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sponsor – waypointmedia | @teamGGN | www.girlsgamingnetwork.com | Youtube youtube.com/GirlsGamingNetworkGGN GGN is running an amazing giveaway that you should check out. It’s simple to enter – just head over to this tweet and retweet it for a chance to win a FREE Razer Chroma Black Widow Keyboard. Every week @GGN_Cooterz brings you the meta report. She is a rank 5 Hearthstone player and has been playing for the past 5 seasons. The purpose of this report is to help you understand the current state of the meta in the higher ranks (ranks 19-5). She will walk you through what decks she is playing and how effective they are as well as let you know what to expect in this part of the Meta. Each week she will give you a list of the decks she has been playing as well! So sit back, pull up a chair and enjoy The Meta with Cooterz! You can catch ...

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