One of the biggest Hearthstone competitions this year, Hearthstone Global Games, is currently being played. The tournament started more than a month ago with the matches in the group stage. Now, finally, we know have first teams that secured their place in the next round.
So far, several favorites have not lived up to their names. Some of them are even very close to the elimination from the competition. Some other, lesser teams, have impressed at the tournament instead. So far, we are seeing a reasonable number of surprises.
Teams Headed To The Next Round
So far, only four teams have secured their spots in the next stage of the competition. The USA squad is one of the teams that make this list. Before the start of the tournament, they were among the biggest favorites for winning the title. The group stage saw the USA team march to some easy wins. Americans have easily lived up to the expectations.
The second country that secured the next round is Italy. Coming into the tournament, Italy were not among the favorites. However, their performances in the group stage have made them one of the strongest contenders for the title. It will be interesting to see how they will cope with the second round matches where any mistake will be costly. Otherwise, they will be out of the competition.
As expected, the Canadian team has also been performing well. Canada’s team started Hearthstone Global Games with one of the strongest lineups. So far, it seems that only the Russian lineup can match up their potential. Throughout the group stage, Canada proved their strength in each game. With such performances, it is easy to understand their status as favorites.
The last team that secured their place in the next stage was Ukraine. Similarly to Canada, Ukraine is displaying some of their best games ever. Their final match in the group was against Czech Republic, and since both teams were undefeated before that game, it meant that the winner of that match would secure the first place in their group. In a very entertaining match that could have gone to either side, Ukraine proved to be a better team, and they won their fourth match of the group stage.
With this win, Ukraine became the most successful team at this year’s Global Games as they managed to win in 12 maps while they were defeated in only four. Besides the teams that secured the next stage, we also got the first team that is eliminated from the competition and is Kazakhstan. However, they will not be the only ones as Germany who was one of the leading contenders for the title before the tournament, is practically eliminated from the competition.
We are witnessing to one very interesting Hearthstone tournament, and it can be said that rarely any competition recently has offered more excitement and drama like the Hearthstone Global Games. With the early exits of some big favorites, dark horses of the competition will have the opportunity to prove their worth.