We covered the Hearthstone Masters Tournament a while back, and you can find it here. Recently, the winner for the first installment, the Ironforge tournament has been crowned! Huang “KZGXiaobai” Dehui demolished the competition and won the last end of the bracket with 3-0 finish, becoming the first winner of the 2021 tournament. He came away with the Masters trophy and a whopping twenty five thousand dollars, outplaying the other 389 members in his division. Check out the entire battle recording here!
After going 8-1 in Swiss Rounds, Xiaobai secured his spot in the Top 8 by defeating Hearthstone Grandmaster Wesley “lambyseries” Seek 3-2. He was able to continue that momentum in the 3-2 quarterfinal win over Kenta “Okasinnsuke” Sekiguchi. His victories continued on and he was able to dominate Marco “Turna” Castiglioni 3-1 in the semifinal leg of the tournament. Xiaobai’s decks that were used to name him the ultimate champion were Zoo Warlock, Whirlkick Rogue, and Libram Paladin. The decks were able to easily net him the 3-0 victory over his opponent despite Maverick's initially solid finishes in other parts of the bracket. In a stunning display of skill and talent, Xiaobai utilized his versatile lineup to claim the championship, despite predictions from both Darroch “Darroch” Brown and Jia “Jia” Dee that the match would go the full five rounds rather than just the 3.
Despite new card sets in the game, Libram Paladin and Zoo Warlock still remain as incredibly solid decks that have adjusted over time, each one being able to step up and survive against some of the other harsh decks. If you want to know the makeup of the winning decks, you can find them here along with his Enrage Warrior, which wasn't used in the final showdown. The first games of the Grandmasters Tournament are starting on April 9th, so be sure to check those out and see who'll come out as the Grandmaster!