Week 4 hit us like a ton of metaphysical bricks, as the competition is really starting to take shape. New addition to the UHL roster Pear officially joined the league and undertook her own first UHL match after replacing Breezy, and this week we had the prodigious Cora, aka Songbird_HS taking on the mantle of #TeamToast, before jetting off to cast Dreamhack Tours, no biggie. Read on, read on, read all about it.
Aleirri of the Innkeeper’s Podcast took on Songbird_HS in a start of the week suitable chock-full of #BadassWomenofHearthstone. Cora kicked things off as she meant to go on, bringing out a Quest Paladin (!) against Aleirri’s Odd Paladin; while Songbird did her best to keep the army of lil’ dudes at bay, in the end it was just too much, an Ironbeak Owl making quick work of a Spikeridged Steed to push lethal damage. Cora stuck with her Quest Paladin for game 2, with Aleirri playing a Mind Blast Priest. Cora was somehow able to maass enough board pressure that Aleirri did not send enough pings face, and a DOUBLE Galvadon, courtesy of Zola the Gorgon, turned out to be just enough for Aleirri to concede. Aleirri stood fast with the Priest for game 3, while Cora brought out a Recruit Warrior, which was able to amass a considerable amount of Legendaries from a turn 5 recruited Rotface. The game was over on turn 7, the final bit of burst being provided by a Rotface recruited Al’Akir, of all things. Aleirri switched up to a Spiteful Druid against Cora’s Taunt Druid, in that classically sad matchup for the Taunt Druid. Aleirri was able to amass a huge amount of early pressure, which Songbird tried ever so valiantly to withold, but just couldn’t draw a naturalize to kill off her own Hadronox, and in the end Aleirri proved just why Spiteful Druid is quite so favoured in this matchup. Speaking of unfavourable matchups… Mind Blast Priest vs. Taunt Druid is not a matchup you want to find yourself in to decide a close series. As it turned out, the Armour gain route wasn’t even needed for Songbird, a Frostmourne courtesy of Lich King just allowing her to lay the smackdown on Aleirri, sealing a 3-2 victory for #TeamToast!
Up next, we had ‘some guy’ Stormraige off of Blizzlet vs. the Daring Reporter himself, Jordan Lingo. For reasons unbeknownst to us lesser beings, these 2 elected to restrict themselves to strictly Basic and Classic set cards, starting off with a good old fashioned Shaman mirror. Stormraige got the early board, and against basic Shaman which has no good board clears, this was enough to win Stormraige a very quick game 1. Up next was Hunter against a Malygos Rogue of all things for Jordan, Jordan actually amassing enough damage on board for lethal with a humongous Questing Adventurer, only to be undone by a good old fashioned Freezing Trap. Ah, the good old days. Speaking of the good old days, Stormraige ran a modern twist on old-school Freeze Mage for game 3, while Jordan unfortunately brought a deck which famously had nightmares about Freeze Mage: Handlock. This game went just as you’d expect it to, with a lot of burn to face quickly securing a 3-0 sweep for the Blizzlet boy.
Pear kicked off her UHL career in style with a matchup against Andrew of the Happy Hearthstone podcast, with Pear’s Control Mage against Andrew’s Fishman Paladin. Pear looked to have stabilised with a relatively safe Frost Lich Jaina, but Andrew was able to apply enough pressure to eventually close out the game, though in a lot less dominant fashion than the early game had suggested. Pear’s Spiteful Priest had the edge against Andrew’s Cubelock for much of the game, but a very timely Gul’Dan topdeck indeed switched the entire pace of the game and allowed Andrew to mount a counter-offensive, taking the score to 2-0 Happy. Pear brought some kind of fatigue Druid as the final deck choice, with Andrew’s Quest Rogue once again lining up very nicely; unfortunately, the writing was on the wall for Pear, with no way of dealing with all of those 5/5s, Andrew sealed the sweep in emphatic style.
Tier 5’s Rod Johnston faced off against his adopted son, the Son of Dad Legend Redknight in our next match. Game 1 was something we in the biz know as a ‘Clown Fiesta’, Red Knight’s Shudderwock Shaman failing to bounce any Shudderwock’s to hand, but still somehow pulling out a win in fatigue on board presence alone, Shudderwock gaining Windfury from a Bewitch spell to seal the game against Rod’ Odd Warrior. Another game, another day, another terrible matchup for Rod’s Odd Warrior, this time a Quest Rogue. Rod fought admirably long against Red Knight’s 5/5s, but in the end it was simply not meant to be. Red Knight’s Spell Hunter went off against Rod’s Control Mage in round 3, going all the way to fatigue for both players. A timely Mukla Zombeast ultimately causing Rod to discard his final board clear through bananas, and thus be unable to clear off the final Spellstone from Red Knight, allowing enough incremental Wolf damage for Red Knight to seal another 3-0 sweep.
Game 5 may as well have been called podcast superstars, with 1600 Dust’s Spivey and RidiculousHat from Coin Concede playing a match very, very, fast. Hat’s Even Shaman queued into its best matchup in Spivey’s Tempo Mage, Sea Giant being preeetty good against a Tempo deck. 1-0 to the silly headwear. Tempo Mage mirror up next, and RidiculousHat applied enough early pressure to countenance the fact that Spivey drew Aluneth, he did not. Deck of Wonders was not enough to save Spivey from his Tempo Mage going quickly 2-0 down. Spivey’s Tempo Mage got the brutal start it had been waiting for against Hat’s Taunt Druid, completely obliterating it with a 6 attack Mana Wyrm on turn 6, with Hat with absolutely nothing to do. Zoo was the next deck which needed a win against the Taunt Druid, and as it transpired: a lot of taunt minions and removal against a lot of fairly small minions, will get you places. Hat did reach fatigue, but in the end that was no big deal, able to Cube Hadronox at least once to completely shut out Spivey before some good old burst lethal. 3-1 to the Hat.
Heading things up next was the dapper gentleman vs. the silver fox, Mike Lowe of The Clock against Into the Wild’s Nate Wolfe. Both players had Warlock available to them this week, so both elected to start things off with that classic match, the Cubelock mirror. Despite both players playing an early Skull, Mike was unable to clear Nate’s Spiritsinger Umbra, and we all know what happens when that doesn’t die: Doomguards. Lots, and lots, of Doomguards. Mike Lowe queued Spiteful Priest into Nate’s Control Mage, and against all odds acquired a Frost Lich Jaina from a Curious Glimmerroot. Mike’s Elementals would carry him all the way to the end, his Shadowreaper Anduin dealing comfortably with Dragoncaller Alanna later on, with the 2 damage hero power eventually sealing the game for Mike. Nate’s Quest Rogue made easy work of Mike’s Cubelock, as despite drawing the Skull early on, no minions ever materialised in hand, and all those pesky Stonetusk Boars hit Mike in the face plenty. Mike needed to win with both the Cubelock and his Tempo Mage against Nate’s Control Mage, and opted for the more favoured Tempo Mage to start things off; however, Nate was able to stabilise board very early on, and prevent that early chip damage from taking hold. 3-1 to the silver fox.
Virsica of the Hero Power has quickly risen to my personal favourite competitor to write about each week, as there is always something spicy going on in his decks. The recipient of the spice this week was none other than Chris Plummer of 1600 Dust. Game 1, Plummer’s Spiteful Druid had played 2 Spiteful Summoners by turn 8, and though Virsica was able to Hex both 10 drops with his Dollmaster Dorian + Unstable Evolution Shaman and appear to stabilise, Chris’ Lich King was able to go the distance and close out the game. Game 2 was a pretty lopsided matchup between Plummer’s Tempo Mage and Virsica’s Kingsbane Rogue, with all that sweet sweet burn going direct to face, and stopping Virsica from doing anything too fancy. Another game, another cool deck for Virsica, another Plummer beatdown, and so the trend would continue, Plummer’s
Girl power was the name of the game in the week’s final showdown, Eve from Velen’s Chosen against 1600 Dust’s Ziggysera; one #BAWOH would have to take the plunge, who would it be? Starting things off was a match which was accidentally not broadcast, Ziggy’s Tempo Mage taking the win over Eve’s Spell Hunter. Game 2, Eve stuck with the Spell Hunter, managing to grind a Cubelock who unfortunately for Ziggy did not draw Gul’Dan in time, and if you don’t draw Gul’Dan as a Warlock, sometimes the damage just adds up. Ziggy’s Recruit Hunter was up next, against a Baku Rogue from Loremaster Eve. Recruiting a Witchwood Grizzly turned out to be too much taunt for the aggressive deck to deal with, putting Ziggysera on match point. Eve stuck with her Rogue, so we unfortunately didn’t get to see what Warrior had been chosen, while Ziggy had her Cubelock once more, manoeuvring into a pretty spectacular counter-lethal position by Faceless Manipulator hitting Eve’s own Leeroy.
The badass women of UHL march on, we saw some new faces, and most importantly, we saw some spicy, spicy memes. Truly, this week was what the United Hearthstone League is all about; and it’s been a pleasure to keep tabs on it all for you, and watch some fantastic games of Hearthstone. I hope you will be watching along too this week, but if you do miss anything, remember to tune back next Monday for another Weekly Recap of everything that’s happening in UHL!