Welcome everyone to the first weekly recap of the United Hearthstone League! This recap will bring you scores from the previous week's matches along with trends and a look forward to next week's matches. It's important to us that you have a way to follow the action during the season and we feel this quick weekly article is the perfect fit. Without further ado, lets jump into the recap.
The first match the week saw @BenRedington taking on @Rod_Johnston. Ben decided on Rogue, Mage and Druid for his class selections with Rod bringing Rogue, Druid and Warrior. It would be the first time we saw Warrior in the UHL format, which is arguably one of the weaker classes at the moment. Lo and behold Rod would jump out to an early 1-0 lead by defeating Ben's Druid with his Warrior. Game 2 saw a Druid mirror match in which Ben bounced back to tie the series at 1-1. During game 3, Rod attempted to secure the win with Druid once more, but was denied by Ben's Rogue bringing the score to 2-1 in favor of Ben. With Ben looking to close it out, it was up to his Mage against Rod's Rogue. Rod was able to steal a win with his Rogue bringing the score to 2-2 and taking us to a decisive game 5. The final game of the night saw Ben on Mage and Rod on Druid. In the end Ben was able to securer the win and take the first win in UHL history while moving to 1-0 overall for the early season.
For our second match of the week we had @RidiculousHat facing off against @VirsicGaming. With Virsica claiming to bring the unexpected, we weren't sure what we would get and he certainly did not disappoint. Vrisica jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with his Druid which included a Daring Reporting and Priest, taking down Hat's Warrior and Shaman respectively. Things were looking grim for Hat heading into game 3 which features Hat on Warrior and Virsica looking to close it out with his Shaman. Hat was able to bounce back taking game 3 and game 4, winning game 4 with his Rogue. The final game came down to a Shaman mirror. Yes, you read that correctly. In the end, Hat was able to complete the reverse sweep taking game 5 and moving to 1-0 overall on the season.
Next up we had the first ever 1600Dust Bowl between @cmplummer and @spyvrr. This one was sure to go down as a match up of epic proportions as the smack talk started the week prior on their last episode. The match started with Spivey bringing his Paladin against Chris's known for class of Hunter. Spivey would end up taking the game and jumping out to an early 1-0 lead. Game 2 offered us the 2nd Shaman mirror game of the week with Chirs taking a decisive victory and tying things up a 1-1. In game 3 we had Spivey back on Shaman taking on Chris and his Warrior. Spivey would take the game in the end and look to close things out in game 4. To take the victory, Spivey would need to win with his Mage. Chris opted to go with Warrior once more and unfortunately had the same result. Spivey took the match 3-1 and a 1-0 overall record to start the season.
The final match of the week featured @Ziggysera taking on @Andrewisliving. We knew going into this match that we were in for a show, but what we didn’t know is that it would be an instant classic. Ziggy came out of the gate strong taking game 1 with her Priest against Andrew’s Rogue. Andrew would answer back quickly, however, taking game 2 using his Rogue against Ziggy's Shaman. From there, game 3 saw Ziggy on Hunter and Andrew on Mage. Ziggy would take game 3 and look to close things out in game 4 with her Shaman. Andrew though, had different ideas. He decided to queue up once more with Mage in which he would ultimately win and force a game 5 and yet another Shaman mirror match to determine a week 1 winner. If you haven't seen the VOD for this one, you should probably stop reading and go check it out because it was insanity to say the least. You have been warned. After a close back and forth all the way through, it came down to a few incredibly unstable evolutions and Ziggy would take the win and move to 1-0 on the early season.
Taking a look at some of the trends we saw this week there were a couple things that stood out. Shaman was the overwhelming favorite being brought by 75% of the players, while Warlock was not brought at all. This should make things interesting moving forward, for all, with some of the better classes in the current meta still left to be chosen. Another interesting note is that of Druid. The class struggled in the matches it was brought seeing a 33% win percentage across 6 games (1 including a mirror match) as the class is still trying to find it's footing. The last thing to note is the variety of Warrior archetypes we saw this week. Everything from pirate/aggro to C'thun/taunt/control really gave an interesting look at the class and shows that strategy sure does play a role in deciding what class to bring with the given format.
Moving on, there has been some talk requesting having a way to pick your winners for the matches in a given week. We heard you and we are proud to introduce the Weekly Pick'em Game! Through this weekly game you can pick who you think will when each match during the week with a chance to win 2 free packs! Check out the rules on the Weekly Pick'em page and follow the link to make your picks for the upcoming week of matches.
Lastly, I wanted to take a minute to give a shout out to the community backing the league and the players involved. It has been an incredibly humbling experience so far and I cannot wait to show you what else we have in store throughout the season. We're always looking for ways to get better and improve and your feedback is something we thrive on, so keep it up! Here is to an awesome rest of the season!!
VODs to this week's matches can be found here.
Link to submit your picks for the Weekly Pick'em can be found here.