The penultimate week has been and gone: that’s right, my fine compadres, it is time for the Week 6 Weekly Recap! And what a week it was, with yours truly even getting a chance to cast on some rather spectacular games, alongside the UHL Rundowns’ Redwaller55. Let’s just say, Shudderwocks aplenty. With that said, let’s get straight onto the good stuff.
The relative newcomer Pear kicked off the week with her match against the young hopeful, Redknight.Game 1 featured Red Knight’s Spiteful Priest against Pear’s Spell Hunter, with a few extra Deathrattle twists from Red Knight, alongside Shadowreaper Anduin. Red Knight’s beefy minions alongside the ping of his hero power proved too much for Pear, who finally succumbed after never really getting herself on the board. The Spell Hunter went up against RedKnight’s Odd Taunt Warrior next, in a gruelling duel of Hero Powers: Red Knight’s Tank Up looked to have stabilised him at one point, but swapping Tank Up for Die, Insect! and losing that vital health gain allowed Pear an out from a topdecked Kill Command into Arcane Shot. Of course, without the offensive hero power, there was no way Red Knight could have feasibly won the game, so… Game 3! Odd Taunt Warrior remained for RedKnight, while Pear’s Rogue was the Baku variety as well. The limited damage output of the Odd Rogue couldn’t handle constant Tanking Up, Ranking Up, and RedKnight quite simply ground Pear out of the game to take a 2-1 lead. Pear elected to bring her own, regular-brand Taunt Warrior in game 4 against RedKnight’s Token Druid in a wonderful matchup for her, with the match going pretty much according to plan; the Warrior simply grinding the Druid into fatigue. However, Token Druid vs. Odd Rogue is a matchup some may describe as abysmal, and certainly not one you would wish to be seeing in game 5 of such a match. Pear simply could not get anything to stick on the board, and eventually Red Knight simply Savage Roared Pear to oblivion. RedKnight marches on.
From the more competitive end of the UHL to the sillier end, it was time for Virsica, always a favourite of mine, vs. Spivey. A Paladin mirror started things off, with Virsica’s Midrange Paladin of sorts being opposed by Spivey’s Quest Paladin. Double Galvadons ultimately decided this one, Spivey showing exactly why Zola the Gorgon has a place in such a deck. The next game was no less unusual, Spivey’s Odd Shudderwock Shaman meeting in the middle with Virsica’s Elemental Dragon Hand Mage. (Yes.) Despite a turn 3 Mountain Giant from Virsica, this one went for an eternity, Spivey weathering the storm in particular thanks to a pretty fortunate evolution into a Voidlord, amongst a whole plethora of other shenanigans, not limited to: Frozen Champion giving the Mage a Shudderwock, Azalina Soulthief stealing the Shudderwock, Spyvyr playing Emeriss to get Shudderwock up to 12/12, and… a maindecked Lorewalker Cho. As it transpired, the deciding factor was Virsica’s Shudderwock’s Alexstraza battlecry setting his health to 15, while Spivey had 20 power on board. Spivey’s next creation was a Dragon Soul Combo Mind Blast Priest, against a pretty funky Recruit Hunter from Virsica. The Dragon Soul was the deciding factor this time around, Virsica being dealt a whole lot more damage from Dragons than he ever took from damage spells, sealing up the sweep for Spyvyr.
Eve followed up the preceding memefest with her match against Mike Lowe, queueing a Token Druid into Mike’s Odd Taunt Warrior. Eve’s Living Mana was answered by consecutive Tar Lords from Mike, forcing Eve to answer fairly with no Savage Roar in hand, while Darius Crowley managed to grow to an offensive size. Eventually, however, Mike elected to not Brawl a wide board from Eve, allowing Eve to deal a solid 40 burst damage from Wisps and Treants. Mike managed to swing the game back with a well-timed Whirlwind + Reckless Flurry combo against the second Wisps + Soul of the Forest combo, eventually Eve committing honourable Seppuku, using Ultimate Infestation to take 7 factorial fatigue damage. While game 1 was a grindy affair, game 2 was over before it started, Even amassing 32 burst damage from Wisps on turn 6, against Mike’s Heal/Control Paladin. Mike stood by the Paladin for game 3, Eve’s Paladin being a more straightforward Odd Paladin. Mike’s Lich King(s) ran rampant, his combination of Equality + Consecrate appearing in hand twice allowing him to push so much damage to face that Eve, despite a Bloodlust in hand the entire game, could not find a way through. Mike returned to his old favourite, the Dino Hunter, when on match point, while Eve remained on the Odd Paladin. This was another quick affair, as games often are when Alarm-o-Bot pulls Deathwing from hand on turn 6. 3-1 to Mike.
RidiculousHat, the League’s frontunner and resident bully, came up against dear old Nate on his quest to reach a second consecutive title. Game 1 was a quick one, Hat’s Miracle Rogue pulling off a variety of miracles, alongside a whole number of spiders, to bully Nate’s Dino Druid into a quick submission. Game 2 was more of the same, Hat’s Combo Priest seizing board incredibly early against Nate’s Dino Hunter, getting lethal on board before turn 8. Game 3 went on for a little while longer, Hat’s Howlfiend Warlock discarding Nate’s Dino Paladin’s entire time, before succing him to death with hero powers. Another week, another Hat sweep. What a time to be alive.
#TeamToast’s Edelweiss brought the thunder against the Stormy boi himself, Stormraige. Stormraige queued into his single worst matchup, Taunt Druid against Edelweiss’ Shudderwock Shaman, and was unable to exert any amount of pressure, ultimately being consumed by the jaws that bite, the claws that catch. Game 2 was a demonstration of just how hard Quest Rogue was hit by the nerfs, Edelweiss unable to get through what was a hugely favourable matchup for the Rogue against the Taunt Druid; the inability to value trade with so many Druid minions caused the Rogue to eventually just run out of gas. Stormraige queued up the Quest Warrior next against the Rogue; traditionally this has been another very Rogue favoured matchup. However, a relatively slow quest completion for Edelweiss, with a relatively quick quest completion for Stormraige, coupled with a Lich King surviving on board to deal face damage, resulted in Stormraige dealing lethal damage from 20 Health on turn 9. Control Priest was Stormraige’s final deck to take on the Quest Rogue, however he was unable to set up a lethal position with all the burn damage in hand before Edelweiss found lethal. Game 5 saw Edelweiss’ final deck be an Exodia Mage, which is typically a deck that preys on slower control decks… like Stormraige’s Priest. Edelweiss actually was able to amass her full combo on 53 health, in a very, very convincing game 5 victory, sealing the series once more for #TeamToast.
Andrew and Aleirri amazed us all with some awe-inspiring alliteration in the next game of the week, starting off Saturday morning nice and early. Andrew opened with a Combo Priest, creating a 18/18 Unpowered Steambot which became very much powered, and Aleirri was unable to draw a Hex to answer it with her Shudderwock Shaman, leading to a very quick opening lead for Andrew. Recruit Hunter up next against Even Warlock for Andrew, and again Andrew just overpowered Aleirri, with another pre-turn 10 lethal. Andrew’s Taunt Warrior matched up against Aleirri’s Elemental Tempo Mage for game 3, eventually running out of steam against threat after threat from Aleirri. An incredibly tense game between the Taunt Warrior and Even Warlock was to follow, Aleirri correctly identifying that she could hero power down Andrew after he had played Sulfuras and she Gul’Dan over multiple turns, with Andrew's Armour gain all having been played. With the series on match point for both players, Andrew had his Quest Warrior remaining, and had to make it through a tough matchup in the Shudderwock Shaman for Aleirri. As it turned out, Aleirri’s Lifedrinkers both remained in the bottom 7 cards of her deck, until it was too late, and Andrew was able to have sent several hero powers to her face to close out both the game and the series.
Our final game to bring you in the recap was Rod Johnston against Jordan Lingo; what spectacular memes would Jordan have brought this time? Well, Dinomancy Hunter for one. Against Rod’s Shudderwock Shaman, it came oh so close, but Rod was able to amass the full combo in fatigue, and eventually the full OTK got the better of dear Jordan. Game 2 saw Jordan’s aggro Priest take on Rod’s Togwaggle Druid, with Jordan once again coming incredibly close, but just not quite able to finish Rod off before his deck was well and truly stolen. Rod needed to win with his Quest Paladin to round off the sweep, against Jordan’s Fatigue Warrior. An incredibly fortunate Brawl dealt with Galvadon while Lynessa was swiftly executed, and Uther, Lightbringer was right at the bottom of Rod’s deck. Game, Jordan. Game 2, Jordan’s Dinomancy Hunter actually exerted a considerable amount of pressure throughout the midgame, and was actually able to close out the game on turn 9 with a timely Kill Command, just after ya boy Tirion made an appearance to block out any further board damage. Finally, the aggro Priest… would the Bittertide Hydra carry? Short answer, yes, as Power Word: Shield pulled a Spellbreaker right off the top for Jordan directly after Rod played his Spikeridged Steed to try and stave him off. The reverse sweep went to the Daring Reporter, and Rod’s playoff dreams took a huge hit in the face. Wow.
You may be thinking to yourself ‘but rebobson, there are only 7 matches here!’ and, dear reader, you would be correct. Chris Plummer and Ziggysera’s match unfortunately was not streamed, and lacking clairvoyance, I cannot recap it to you all without having seen it! I can simply relay what I have been told, that after Chris’ Warlock and Priest defeated Ziggy’s Rogue, she almost took the reverse sweep with her Rogue and Priest against Chris’ Hunter, before the Hunter finally got the win in game 5 against Ziggy’s Warrior. With that, that is all the UHL Hearthstone I have to bring you for this week, tune in next week to hear what took place in the final week of the regular season! I’ve been rebobson, peace out.
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