Week 2 was a sadly eventful week for us, with Toast the Badger tragically passing away, so any recap article was shelved in order to focus on this article celebrating her life and achievements. Toast will be missed, but in UHL her legacy will continue with a rotating stream of #BadassWomenofHearthstone, a different one playing out her match each week. Additionally, Breezy and UHL have elected to part ways; watch this space for announcements regarding the open space coming soon! Week 3 was back to regular operations, and the weekly recap is no exception. Buckle down, to read about what happened this week in the United Hearthstone League
To kick off the week, we had a good old-fashioned podcast-off. RidiculousHat of Coin Concede taking on Chris Plummer of 1600 Dust, Mage, Priest and Warlock against Druid Paladin and Warlock. Game 1 took a very familiar tone, with the Control Priest of the Ridiculous Hatter taking on the Murloc Paladin of the Plummer. The Priest’s plethora of removal did what it usually does, controlling those pesky fish men all the way until the Mind Blasts closed out the game for the Hat. Game 2 saw a Control Warlock over the Cube variety from Hat, against Plummer’s Spiteful Druid; however, Hat was able to simply grind out the game with those extra Twisting Nethers, taking the series to 2-0. Hat’s Control Mage told a similar tale, continually grinding down the Spiteful Druid’s resources until Frost Lich Jaina and Baron Geddon’s beautiful duet sealed Chris Plummer to a 3-0 sweep at the hands of the Hatter.
Stormraige of the Blizzlet podcast took on Dad Legend, Redknight in game 2 of Week 3, RedKnight’s Control Priest outhealing and outgunning Stormraige’s Tempo Mage into game 1. Stormraige stuck with the Mage for game 2, and was duly rewarded by queueing into Red Knight’s Cubelock, swiftly sending a whole heap of damage to face to tie up the series. Red Knight’s Cubelock stuck with him for round 2 against Stormraige’s Control Warlock, a relatively early Azari before any Doomguards saw play spelling the end for Red Knight despite a valiant effort. To complete the sweep, however, Stormraige needed to win with his Even Shaman, with the first deck he was up against being the aforementioned Cubelock. Getting an Anti-Magic Shell off Lich King made all the difference, however, a Spellstoned lying dormant in Red Knight’s hand, allowing a 10 attack Sea Giant to hit face alongside Al’Akir and round off the clean sweep for Blizzlet, and the second sweep of the week.
Jordan Lingo, the Daring Reporter played against Andrew of the Happy Hearthstone later on Wednesday for our third match of the week, Jordan kicked things off with some kind of Hemet, JUngle Hunter Priest, against a good old… Dragon Control Warlock? Spicy. Despite Archbishop Benedictus being played to steal Andrew’s deck, Bloodreaver Gul’Dan was already in hand, and that hero power was just far too much to handle. Up next, Jordan’s Spiteful Summoner Elemental Shaman against Andrew’s Odd Warrior. Things got real weird, with Yseras being cubed, Hagatha going crazy, and a whole heap of Armour being gained. Multiple Yseras in a deck with no Hexes were just too much for the Shaman to handle however, and Andrew eventually ground the Shaman out of threats and resources for a 2-0 lead. The third game in a truly unconventional series saw Andrew bring out a Quest Priest of all things, against a Recruit Warrior for Jordan Lingo. Shadowreaper Anduin vs. Scourgelord Garrosh was what the game came down to, and in the end the more offensive hero power was what won out the game, sealing out yet another 3-0 sweep, this time for Andrew.
Wild man Nate Wolfe squared off against the Loremaster herself, Eve of Velen’s Chosen four Week 3’s next game. Would this be yet another sweep, or would we get some closer games? Nate’s Odd Quest Warrior faced off against a slightly more conventional Control Priest, typically a fairly one sided encounter towards the Warrior with the Priest’s finite removal and damage output, against a near infinite Tank up into Sulfuras. So it was to be, a 5/15 Ozruk really taking the cake, in the end the Quest never ever being completed before Eve simply ran out of cards. Game 2 was a different story, Eve’s Tempo Mage getting such an explosive start Nate’s Odd Rogue was simply dead on turn 8. Nothing to see here, folks. Eve’s Control Priest got it’s favourite matchup in Nate’s Cubelock, and the machine gun nature of Shadowreaper Anduin was to be Nate’s undoing, as it so often is in this particular matchup. Eve was on match point with her Tempo Warrior, with Nate once again sticking to the Cubelock; this time, the power level of Nate’s cards simply overwhelming Eve’s off-meta deck, Voidlords completely shutting out huge Frothing Berserkers and leaving them null and void. Now, however, Tempo Warrior got its ideal matchup in another aggressive deck, quickly preying on Nate’s Odd Rogue to take an early win through an unanswered Grommash; the #BAWOH soldier on in UHL!
Rounding off Week 3 was a Saturday triple header, with Tier 5 hotshot Rod Johnston first taking on Ephyra, our first #BAWOH to take on Toast’s mantle. Rod kicked it off with a Recruit Hunter, against Ephyra’s much more commonplace Odd Rogue. Ephyra looked to have the game in the bag, but Rod had one of the most obscene swing turns I’ve ever seen, through some immense Army of the Dead into Play Dead shenanigans coming into turn 8/9; Dinosaurs ruled the roost. Game 2 saw that classic matchup, the Spiteful Druid mirror, and although Rod got the first Spiteful Summoner down, Ephyra’s aggressive lines meant that Rod was forced to trade with his Tyrantus, allowing Ephyra to keep pushing face and eventually close out the game with offensive Malfurion Hero Powers. Ephyra continued bullying Rod’s Spiteful Druid in game 3, this time obliterating it with an obscenely powerful Odd Rogue series of turns, eventually ending the game with a 13/3 Argent Squire on board. Game 4’s Even Paladin mirror was a little bit closer, Rod eventually stealing the equalising game with a cheeky Avenging Wrath lethal. Spiteful Druid had proved to be Rod’s bogey deck, and faced a pretty unfavoured matchup in Ephyra’s Even Paladin, and once again, the matchup went the way of the stats, Equality just proving too much for any of Rod’s big minions. Girl power soldiers on in UHL once more, once again through a juicy 3-2 scoreline.
Virsica, the Hero Power tinkerer, took on Mike Lowe of The Clock in Saturday’s next game, in a match full on intrigue. Starting things off, we had Even Paladin against Mike’s Odd Quest Warrior, though in true Virsica style the Even Paladin was chock full of interesting inclusions; an 11 attack Mana Addict after several Sound the Bells was a particular highlight. Eventually, after many turns of Mike in topdeck mode at sub-10 health, Virsica drew an Avenging Wrath with a Mana Addict on board to finally close out the game and take the series lead. Virsica’s latest concoction to face off against Mike’s Warrior was something I can only describe as Hand Elemental Dragon Giants Mage, and boy was it glorious. The sheer power of so many midrange minions against a deck with relatively sparse removal proved to be too much, with Virsica’s incredibly interesting decks taking a 2-0 lead over Mike Lowe. Virsica’s third deck was a Pick Pocked Rogue with a whole plethora of unusual cards that I have honestly never even seen played outside of Arena before, though it couldn’t complete the sweep against Mike’s Midrange Elemental Shaman, replete with Hagatha the Witch. Was the comeback on? Game 2, Mike brought out his own third deck, a Spiteful Tempo Priest quickly overhwelming the Rogue deck once again, and tying out the series at 2-2. It’s got to said though, Keleseth on turn 1 always helps out. Virsica went all the way deep into fatigue against Mike’s Warrior, with a huge amount of help coming from the interesting interaction that Tess Greymane after Scourgelord Garrosh will actually play all of your Rogue card. However, even this help wasn’t quite enough, as Mike’s Tank Up simply brought him out of range of the Rogue’s damage output, and Mike was able to complete the reverse sweep over the Pick Pocket Rogue, in what was a fantastic series.
1600 Dust had its own little faceoff to round off the week, Ziggysera and Spivey heading off in another battle of the hosts. Ziggy opened with an Even Paladin, while Spivey ran a Spell Hunter, which did manage to control the early game well enough for the Emerald Spellstone to simply overwhelm Ziggy, taking an early lead. Ziggy stuck with her Even Paladin in what transpired as a mirror, Spivey picking up the crucial Call to Arms into Consecration 1 2 punch, while Ziggy… did not. A very quick 2-0 to Spivey. Ziggy bounced back in emphatic style in game 3, quickly overwhelming Spivey’s Control Priest and making the most of an absence of either Wild Pyromancer or Duskbreaker in Spivey’s hand, picking up the lethal by turn 6. Ziggy actually opted for the week’s first Spiteful Priest as her Priest deck to take out the Control Priest; however, this time there was no Spiteful Summoner to be seen, and Spivey was free to take the game at a leisurely pace, eventually closing out the game with a good old Mind Blast, wrapping up the series at 3-1, in Ziggy’s first defeat of the season.
You may only be counting 7 games, and you would be correct in doing so, unfortunately, scheduling concerns led to the game between Aleirri and Breezy not taking place this week. So there you have it folks, a week with as many clean sweeps as it had hard fought 5 game series, we would expect nothing less from the fine folks plying their trade in UHL I’m sure. I’ve been rebobson, and tune in next Monday for another weekly recap of Week 4’s UHL action!
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