Welcome back to the United Hearthstone League Weekly Recap! This week we saw some players start to separate themselves from the pack, while others are still looking to find their footing. There was also a much wider diversity when it came to class selection. There is a lot to cover this week, so lets jump into the recap.
Our first match for the week saw @RidiculousHat of the @CoinConcede podcast taking on @Andrewisliving of the @thehappyhs podcast. Hat came in with a 1-0 record and looked to build on his momentum, while Andrew came in at 0-1 and looked to get his first victory of the season. Game 1 saw Murloc Paladin from Hat taking on Andrew's Aggro Hunter. In the end the Murlocs would prove to be too much as Hat took the 1-0 lead. In game 2 we saw our first Hunter mirror match of the season that would see Andrew coming out on top and tying the match at 1-1. From there, Hat would begin to lock down the rest of the match taking game 3 with his Mage against Andrew's Paladin. Game 4 saw also saw Hat come out on top o taking the game and the match with his Hunter over Andrew's Druid. The final score for this one would be in Hat's favor 3-1 as he improves to 2-0 on the season while Andrew falls to 0-2.
Match 2 of the week saw @Virsicagaming of the @HeroPower_Cast taking on @Rod_Johnston of the @Tier5Podacast. Both players entered the match looking to get their first win of the season. Needless to say tensions were high as both players gave it their all. In the first game Rod jumped out to an early lead taking the game with his Paladin against Virsica's Mage. Virsica would respond in game 2, tying things up at 1-1 winning with his Paladin against Rod's Shaman. From there, however, it would be all Rod as he took games 3 and 4 with his Shaman and Warlock against Virsica's Mage and Hunter respectively. Rod moves to 1-1 on the season, while Virsica drops to 0-2 and will have to wait another week to get his first win.
For our 3rd match of the week we had @BenRedington of the @DadLegendHS community taking on @Spyvrr of the @1600Dust Podcast. This one brought a new perspective on the casting scene as both players engaged in a live call while playing one another. It was awesome to see the players getting along and enjoying themselves while embracing the sense of community that the UHL offers. Jumping into the match, Ben would jump out to an early 1-0 lead taking the win with his Paladin over Spivey’s Warrior. From there, the rest of the match would be all Spivey. He would go on to win the next 3 games winning with his Druid, Warrior and Rogue classes against Ben’s Shaman and Warlock classes. Spivey continues his dominance early on going to 2-0 while Ben looks towards next week and getting back to his winning ways..
Our final match of the week showcased @cmplummer taking on the crowd favorite @Ziggysera in another @1600Dust clash. We thought we would see an appearance from Chris, however earlier that day we learned that Fist of Jaraxxus had kidnapped Chris and would be taking his spot in the match that night. Nonetheless, the match must go on! In the first game we saw Fist of Jaraxxus jump out to an early lead taking down Ziggy’s Warrior with his Rogue deck. Ziggy would bounce back however, and tie things up at 1-1 by beating Fist of Jaraxxus’ Mage deck with a Mage deck of her own. In the third game we saw Fist of Jaraxxus take down Ziggy’s Warrior once more, this time with his Priest deck. Game 4 would be an all out battle as both players hit fatigue, but Ziggy was able to pull out the win with her Warlock against Fist of Jaraxxus’ Mage deck. In the final game of the match it was a back and forth affairs, but in the end Fist of Jaraxxus would come out on top taking game 5 with his Mage deck against Ziggy’s Warrior.
Looking into some of the more interesting notes for the week we saw that the class selection was much more diverse this week. The players tried a slew of different combinations, but some of the themes still remained. Paladin and Rogue had a strong showing while Shaman and Warrior once again struggled. It will be interesting to see how the Shaman and Warrior classes develop in the coming weeks for when they are selected in the next cycle of matches.
That is all the time we have for this week! Feel free to send any feedback you may have to UnitedHearthstoneLeague@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter @UnitedHSLeague. Also, you can find the VODs and the sign up link for the Weekly Pick'em for week 3 below. Have a great week and we'll catch you next time.
Winner of the Weekly Pick’em for Week 2: @dawniedk
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