In the weeks leading up to this edition of Frag-O-Matic I was mainly playing Grim Patron warrior and I was feeling pretty confident in my ability with this deck , so it was a pretty natural 1st choice for me. The deck has good matchups against druid and secret paladin , both of which I assumed most of the field would run , it also has an ok matchup against freeze mage , provided you get a good Armorsmith turn.
A few days before FoM Rondlez said I should look into replacing Frothing Berserker with Fierce Monkey as he didn’t feel he got a lot of value out of the Frothing Berserker , I tried it out and it was a nice option against Zoo , Hunter , Secret Pala.
The second deck I added to my line-up is a deck I played on and off since Beta , in every possible incarnation , Freeze Mage.
I added this because I felt most players would run a more aggro oriented line-up , which this deck shines against and freeze is a near auto win against Reno Jackson decks , as long as you bait out their healing .
I chose to run a Malygos variation , in hindsight this was probably not the best choice for one of the flex spots and a Pyroblast would have given me lethal instead against Darthmaul in the Quarterfinals , all in all , the card was just win more and that was a deckbuilding error of my part.
My third deck was a deck I couldn’t justify not running , just because it’s too strong.
Secret paladin , I guess there isn’t much to say about this choice other than that I felt like I needed a faster deck in my line-up and I absolutely detest Shaman
For my 4th pick I went into yet another SMorc counter , teched out control priest.
This deck was made to make Zoo warlocks , Hunters and Secret Paladins cry.
It has tons of boardclears and early game threats for these guys.
Notable card here is the Toshley, he gives fuel for the Wild Pyromancer and occasionally saves you from a Doomsayer through [Reversing Switch] , he also trades up with Loatheb , Shieldmaiden , Savannah Highmane among a few.
Those were my picks for the group stage , I needed one more for after groups and decided I needed something that could at least go toe to toe with control decks , as the priest can’t handle the constant stream of threats from Warrior and Reno Locks so I went with Reno Warlock myself , he was also an option in groups in case an opponent queued for example warrior and shaman together , because Shaman was the deck I banned on sights , ain’t nobody got time for that !
Groupstages and Brackets
After arriving and setting up at FoM , I decided after a few ladder games that I will only play my actual tournament games so my focus wouldn’t drop by a HS overdose. Socialized a bit with teammates and friends like Monkeloid , Darthmaul , Dentamme until the wait was over and brackets came online. Forgive me if my matches aren’t super-detailed but I’m personally against note-taking during games.
Groupstage game 1 : ONE.Thoraya vs Invoked Yakies (2-1)
If I’m not mistaken here he banned my Mage and I banned his Shaman
Round 1 I queued my Secret Paladin against his Reno Warlock and I curve out into a Mysterious Challenger for game on turn 6.
Round 2 I queued Priest into his Priest I believe and he won
Round 3 I queued my Patron into his Mage which turned out to be a Reno Jackson Mage and after playing around Duplicate on Reno I took this pretty easy.
Groupstage game 2 : ONE.Thoraya vs LLL Higa (2-0 FF)
It seemed my opponent was also participating in the League of Legends compo, and didn’t register hit battletag on the website. After 2 attempts of trying to find him at his seat I went to the compo desk to notify them that I was going to sleep and with the proposal that we could continue with the game the next day. After waking up, I noticed my opponent forfeited
After a bit of delay because of a tiebreaker game in one of the groups , brackets came online and I was paired against our very own Jackker. I knew this one was going to be tough , but anything is possible if you put your mind to it !
Round of 64 ONE.Thoraya vs One.Jackker (3-2)
I queued up my usual line-up and he took away my patrons.
He queued Warlock , Shaman , Paladin , Druid , to which I banned away his SMorc shaman.
He went up 2-0 with druid and warlock against my freeze mage iirc and when he had Secret paladin left I knew that with priest and freeze mage I was heavily favoured and I tied it up to 2/2 and then it came down to the Secret Paladin Mirror into which I curved out insanely nice and took it after a nail-biting series.
Round of 32 ONE.Thoraya vs LLL Galaxios (3-2)
Another very strong opponent , so far the matching system in the brackets weren’t being nice to me at all. This game was streamed so I will just put the link here. Some thoughts about this game. I am aware I misplayed a certain turn in the Priest vs Rogue but at that point pressure was very very high , that’s no excuse though and something I need to work on for next editions.
Another reverse sweep and at this point I was practically praying for a slightly easier opponent in the round of 16 , even though there weren’t any weak players left at that point.
Round of 16 ONE.Thoraya vs 666Gamers Schoot (3-1)
I had no idea who he was , but one of our team members lost to him in groups so I knew he was playing exactly the same line-up as Jackker. For this game I don’t remember exactly what happened but I believe he banned Paladin and I shot Shaman on sight. My line-up did what it did against that line-up but I don’t recall any games unfortunately.
Round of 8 ONE.Thoraya vs Venko Darthmaul (0-3)
So apparently it was allowed to send in 9 decks , including multiples of the same class , to which I didn’t know about until this match happened. my intel told me he was running zoo and to my surprise he played a reno list.
This game was also streamed :
Game 1 was probably the best game I had all LAN.
Games 2 and 3 were simply unwinnable for me due to the nature of my Priest deck.
On I went to the loser brackets, but I was still feeling confident !
Loser Brackets 6 ONE.Thoraya vs Invoked Evil (2-1)
Same old Druid , Pala , Shaman , Warlock line , instaban Shaman. Not sure what his ban was but I believe he banned Mage because he wasn’t sure what Mage I ran. I beat his Druid with Patron shenanigans , lost with Secret Pala against his druid and then I queued Priest into his Pala , which was pretty straight forward. With this win I already finished top 8 which was better than I anticipated. It could only get better from this point on.
Loser brackets 7 ONE.Thoraya vs LLL Liveon (2-1)
I believe I banned Warrior and left him with pala (?) , warlock and mage , he banned my Priest , which hinted me that he was running Zoo.
Patron vs Mage , I originally thought he was playing freeze mage since I didn’t see any early drops , but he dropped a turn 3 Flamewaker , which I cleared with Fiery War Axe and Cruel Taskmaster , I curved out nicely with Fierce Monkey and Piloted Shredder , the game ended when I put him on 16health with a Death's Bite with one charge left and Grommash Hellscream + Inner Rage in hand. He had Dr. Boom on field with me at a safe health level , his only out was a Sludge Belcher , which he didn’t get. After clearing [Boom Bot] with my weapon whirlwind I dropped the Orc and enraged him for lethal.
Freeze Mage vs zoo (?) all I remember is losing this game with my freeze mage.
I decided to coin flip for it and queue the secretpaladin , the game went back and forth , I used Consecration on turn 4 to get the board back and the game finished when he played Doomguard with Brann Bronzebeard on field straight into Repentance , by that time my board was established and I only just played the secret , leading him to think it was a Competitive Spirit , as soon as it procced he conceded.
I was Top 6 at this point and I had to await the outcome of Rondlez vs Stijn to know who I had to face and unfortunately I had to face my team member.
Loser Bracket 8 ONE.Thoraya vs ONE Rondlez (1-2)
I’m not sure what Rondlez banned but I remember that I had to give him Shaman over Hunter , because I wasn’t sure if he ran Flare , considering Flare destroys 2 of my decks completely I couldn’t give him that chance.
Reno vs Shaman , coin flip game , he curved out well with Tunnel Trogg and friends , I didn’t find any healing and the game was over on turn 5.
Reno vs Patrons , I had every possible answer for his patrons and Dr. Boom like Reno should.
Patron vs Patron , I chose this because I couldn’t queue my freeze mage or paladin into it since both had bad matchups against Patron. I chose to keep Grim Patron in my opener , considering I had [The Coin] , unfortunately I didn’t find any activators at all and mirror matches are all about who spams Patrons first , he got off a 6 Patron turn at 6 and at that point the game was already over.
So I finished shared 5th place with Darthmaul , which I would’ve signed for in advance but still so close to the money is always a shame to go out.
First things first I believe FoM made a huge-error with allowing multiple decks by the same hero , and I hope they will look into this for the next event. just follow standard rules 😉 Second I believe my Line-Up was a very solid pick for this edition , the meta I predicted was spot on and every deck performed like it should have. I would also like to thank everyone at Sector One , Monkeloid , GwG and others for the support I received while playing.
I look forward to the next event I will play while wearing the Sector One Jersey.