How I finished 1st at Dreamhack by Chinoize
Hey everyone my name is Chinoize and I just won my first major event “Dreamhack France” going 7-0 during the Swiss rounds and 8-0 in the brackets resulting in a 15-0 in total! In this article I will discuss how I went about preparing for this tournament and the decks I’ve selected.
Before going in detail and discussing my lineup, I want to thank everyone for the support. Looking back at the VoD and seeing twitch chat spam “つ ◕_◕ ༽つ GIVE CHINOIZE ENERGY ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ” warmed my heart. Dreamhack France was one of the best experiences, if not the best experience I had during my Hearthstone career. Thank you :)!
In my opinion one of the strongest decks in the current Meta. The win rate with this deck was extremely high peaking at rank 20 legend last season beating a lot of the more aggressive decks but also performing solid versus slower decks such as Reno Warlock and Priest due to the ability of being able to spam constant threats. In my opinion the worst matchup is Rogue, the addition of Kor'kron Elite makes the matchup much better but is still very hard to beat, so this deck just seemed like an auto pick for me. Also thank you Mitsuhide for telling me to add Harrison Jones to the list, this piece of advice certainly helped me out in a lot of matchups!
A comfort pick, I really enjoy playing the deck and I’ve always had good results playing slower warlock deck archetypes (Handlock / Renolock). It is one of my “go-to” decks on ladder that I can just keep playing for hours, resulting in some decent ladder results: hitting rank 3 legend several times. The performance of my Reno Warlock throughout the tournament was great, overall I had a score of 14-2 which is an 88%+ winrate. The deck brings 2 huge threats to the table: either winning with the Leeroy Jenkins + Power Overwhelming + Faceless Manipulator combination or using N'Zoth, the Corruptor to instantly flood the board.
A great pick in the current Meta. It does well versus everything that’s being played in a tournament setting especially versus most of the players that bring Paladin. I had a lot of practice with this deck before going to Dreamhack because I was somewhat new to rogue. My thanks to my my rogue senpais “Guukboii” and “Sytrax” teaching me how to navigate the matchups!
It just seemed silly not to bring Shaman, the class is ridiculous strong and I felt more comfortable going for Aggro Shaman because I’ve played the deck a lot before the release of Standard. I prefer Face Shaman over Midrange Shaman because Rogue is extremely popular right now and Face Shaman tends to smash Rogue. If the format was Last Hero Standing, I would have picked Midrange Shaman.
During the testing phase, I spent a lot of time trying to master Rogue. At first I was very uncomfortable with the deck but after tons of practice and some coaching from experienced Rogue players, I was ready to bring the deck to a tournament setting!
A matchup I practiced a ton was Reno Warlock versus Tempo Warrior. This matchup is tough matchup to navigate from either side. I practiced as both Renolock and Tempo Warrior and ended discovering a few things that are key to the matchup:
- keeping Battle Rage as the Tempo Warrior is usually right versus Reno Warlock
- Stampeding Kodo with [The Coin] as Reno Warlock can give you a great tempo swing( instantly killing an Acolyte of Pain or a Bloodhoof Brave).
I had tons of practice versus teammates and friends. A big shoutout to: Guukboii, Arneej, Mitsuhide and Sytrax who helped me test every single matchups and refine decks. It wasn’t until 15 minutes before deck submission that I was certain about my line-up and decklists, so a lot of preparation and hard work went into this line up.
Whenever my opponent had Shaman I would ban it, if they didn’t have shaman I would ban their Mage.
Shaman is good versus Reno Warlock and Rogue, furthermore if my opponent brings Midrange Shaman he would be favored versus my Aggro Shaman. it’s also just a strong class currently that can cheese out a win quite quickly.
In a tournament setting at high level, most of the players are bringing Freeze Mage which is good versus 2 of my decks: Miracle Rogue and Reno Warlock.
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