After three days including twelve rounds of Swiss, a double elimination group stage and a single elimination top four, Hearthstone has crowned its first Masters Tours champion: David "dog" Caero. The team Liquid player took the title in dominating fashion with his Mage list. With the win dog sees $100,000 added to his bank account.
The event, held in Las Vegas, was the biggest official Hearthstone event to date. Out of the over 300 qualified players, 287 travelled down to Nevade to take a shot at the $500,000 prize pool. When the twelfth round of Swiss closed, 6 known players and 2 relatively unknowns were still standing. Among them 2017 World Champion tom60229 and part-time Grandmasters caster Gallon. Both performed well, but it was Gallon who swept through to the grand finals. Staring dog in the eyes in an all-American finals Gallon's performance got a bit shaky, which led to a quick deficit. He managed to pull it back with one game, but couldn't fend off dog's pressure in the end.
Battlefy's spanner in the works
What should have been a huge celebration of competitive Hearthstone was stained by the tournament platform brackets were hosted on: Battlefy, criticized often by Hearthstone pros. A leak in the site's API caused information about submitted decks to be accessible before the deck-submission deadline was reached.
When this leak became public knowledge, many players in Las Vegas understandably went to revisit their submitted deck. Battlefy at first denied this was happening, but later the platform took back the tweeted words and admitted its shortcomings. Blizzard has not yet made an official statement regarding the tournament's integrity.
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