Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft is reaching its Spring Championship season, and before the “Worlds” participants can be decided, there must first be championships for the Americas, Asia Pacific region, and Europe. These matches start as early as this coming Saturday and will be going on every weekend until the 26th of June.
The competitive scene has changed drastically over the course of the past two months with the Standard Format taking the stage, eliminating cards from Naxraamas and the Goblins vs Gnomes expansions. This means some of the most prominent cards, such as Dr. Boom, Haunted Creeper, and Piloted Shredder are no longer eligible for competitive play. This could influence the championships in a major way.
Along with this of course were some of the key nerfs to classes like Druid. The Force of Nature + Savage Roar combo being practically removed from the game eliminates a lot of the late game burst damage that the druid would be capable of.
With the Whispers Of The Old Gods expansion, we’ve seen a massive increase in Divine Shield Paladin decks. This has to do with a lot of minions giving other minions divine shield through battlecries and deathrattles. This was possible before, but never as prominent.
Handlock is a deck only effected in minor ways by the shift, so it may be one that we see a lot of in the coming matches. Hunter has also become a much more effective class thanks to cards like Infest, which gives Deathrattle: Add a random beast to your hand, or Call of the Wild, which summons all three beast companions.
To see the likes of Kranich, Kolento, SilentStorm, and many more, you’ll have to tune in to these tournaments. For more on the official rules and current standings, head here!