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Crown Championship World Finals Recap

KING’S SUMMARY – WORLD FINALS

  • The elite Clash Royale players from each region seemed evenly matched.  No one region dominated and the top 4 was split between USA / China / Mexico / Vietnam
  • The community expected at least one new deck to appear on the scene, and USA’s MusicMaster delivered!  He brought a double Spawner (Furnace and Goblin Hut) deck out during multiple rounds and it served him well, being one of the highest win rate decks all day
  • The game looked as balanced as ever – over a dozen different decks were played on the day, and no one archetype looked unbeatable.  Elixir Collector was the most banned card yet we still saw archetypes like Three Musketeers or Golem played without it.


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The opening match was highly anticipated as newcomer MusicMaster, fresh off a North American championship, squared off against the veteran YaoYao In game 1, MusicMaster played Mega Knight – Balloon against YaoYao’s Golem.  With Elixir Collector banned, YaoYao was not able to pump up significant amounts of Elixir.  Punishing with Balloon over and over, MusicMaster took game 1.

In game 2, he made the fatal error of playing the same deck twice.  Mega Knight ran head first into YaoYao’s PEKKA-Goblin Hut list, and the hard counter tied up the match for the Taiwanese representative.  In game 3, MusicMaster brought out a brand new deck – a Goblin Hut and Furnace centric deck that overwhelmed the opponent with harassing Troops.  YaoYao’s Golem struggled to get through the endless waves of buildings while his opponent lane slowly bled Health.  MusicMaster sealed the match and moved onto the next round.


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The Latin American champion squared off against Korea’s Invitational finalist.  Adrian was among the day’s top picks to be champion, and he displayed that domination in two quick games.

Game 1 pit Adrian’s Graveyard cycle against Geltube’s Mega Knight – Balloon, Adrian pulled off nimble defenses to keep Balloon off his tower and slowly worked his way to victory while keeping his towers healthy.  Game 2 was a duel of control decks as Geltube brought Miner-Poison against Adrian Piedra’s Spell Bait.  Piedra put on perfect Princess play, defending against a Miner and ending up a shocking 6 Elixir ahead of his opponent.  Using that lead to keep up the pressure, he worked his way to a match lead, letting out his excitement on the stage.


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Game 1, Winds used a heavy-duty PEKKA-Graveyard deck, backed up by powerful support Troops Electro Wizard and Executioner.  This overpowered Colton’s lightweight Miner-Rocket cycle deck, putting Winds up a game.  In game 2, Colton stuck to his deck and found a better matchup against Winds’ Spell Bait.  Splitting his damage across both Towers, Colton needed a last second Ice Wizard to push the game into Overtime.  Once it came down to a Spell cycling race, the early damage lead led him trade Rockets for victory.

Game 3 it was a return of the PEKKA-Graveyard deck against Colton’s sleeker Graveyard cycle.  The Executioner proved to be a monster in the matchup, taking care of Archers while being a Spell-proof Graveyard card.  Winds was able to counter attack for lethal damage and take the match.


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Fuchi flew all the way to London as Japan’s champion while European #2 seed Berin had a longer cab ride to the hotel than his flight from nearby Germany.  Berin played Spell Bait in game 1, getting an excellent matchup against Fuchi’s Lava Hound deck.  With Inferno Tower to counter the big tank, Berin controlled the arena and earned a game 1 win.

Game 2 Fuchi flexed his Spell Bait muscles against Berin’s Mega Knight / Balloon list.  Insane defense kept the Balloons off his tower while he methodically worked down Berin’s left side to tie the match.

The final battle between Germany and Japan placed Hog Rider / Tornado control of Berin against Fuchi’s Giant Beatdown list.  The Executioner and Tornado were crucial to keeping the variety of fliers in check, keeping both of Berin’s towers above 1000 health as he cruised to victory.


1 – 2 – 0

The longest match of the opening round pushed this tournament format to its limits!  Games 1 and 2 went the full six minutes, resulting in back-to-back draws.  First with Graveyard against Three Musketeers, then X-Bow against Three Musketeers these two players just could not break through.

That made game 3 winner-take-all as X-Bow Master’s X-Bow took on Sergio’s Giant Beatdown.  Just two minutes into the game, Sergio took the tower and held on defensively to take the match and advance to the quarterfinals.


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This matchup between the European Champion and the #2 seed from China was as close as any match of Clash Royale you’ll see.  Game 1 between Loupanji’s PEKKA / Hog Rider and Quiet’s X-Bow was in Loupanji’s favor during the entire early game.  Wittling Quiet’s tower down to under 100 Health before an unfortunate X-Bow lock shredded Loupanji’s tower to give Quiet the win.

In game 2, Quiet’s Hog Rider / Cannon Cart deck clashed with Loupanji’s own Cannon Cart version of Spell Bait.  The game was insanely close, both players trading damage at time ticked down to 0.  In a photo finish, Quiet destroyed Loupanji’s tower with a mere FIVE Health remaining on his tower.  Quiet moves onto the quarterfinals!


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BBXH’s pre-show for most exciting match was a showdown between tournament veteran CMcHugh, the #2 seed from North America, and up-and-coming content creator Electr1fy from Israel, the invitee from Rest-of-World region.

CMcHugh began pumping up early in the 1st battle, building up an advantage to play his Golems.  Electr1fy held his ground, pressuring with his Giant deck for early damage.  When an undefended Miner took down two of CMcHugh’s Collectors, the advantage evaporated and Electr1fy rolled the final bit of damage to take the first game.

In the 2nd and final battle, Electr1fy’s speedy Miner-Poison deck, backed up by Cannon Cart, kept the pressure on McHugh’s Flying Machine / Furnace variant of Miner-Poison.  With few options to stop the Cart, McHugh bled damage on his left side tower until a Poison / Log finished it off.  A huge upset and a big win for the Rest-of-World region in their first global event.


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The final first round match was Southeast Asia’s champion Tali against #2 Japan seed Amaterasu.  Amaterasu played his trademark Lava Hound, Skeleton Barrel, and Clone deck – an oddity that tries to drop multiple swarms on you for the win.  Tali’s Mega Knight / Hog Rider deck held strong and used the heavy ground push to take the first battle.

Completing the sweep was a battle of more traditional decks – Tali’s Executioner-Tornado control deck with Hog Rider against Amaterasu’s Golem / Night Witch Beatdown.  Tali, “The Scientist” lived up to his name, playing precise defense to prevent his tower from taking damage while slipping Hog Riders by for the win.


— QUARTER FINALS —

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The commentary had no problem hyping up this match – Latin American champion against the North American champion, a dream matchup.  Game 1’s duel between Adrian’s Hog Rider / Cannon Cart and MusicMaster’s Hog Rider / Mega Knight clashed to a stand-off during the single elixir time frame.  In overtime a race of the final 1000 damage went in MusicMaster’s favor as an Inferno Dragon locked onto the tower to secure the win.

Game 2 was a return of the Double Spawner deck for MusicMaster, trying his luck against the same Hog Rider / Cannon Cart deck from Adrian.  The 2nd game was a bit more dominant for MusicMaster, holding a significant damage lead early on that was furthered in double Elixir time as spawners began to build up.  A race of Poisons won it for MusicMaster, leveraging that early damage lead to a controlled landing.  Great play by MusicMaster silenced the crowd as he knocked out the LatAm champion and moved on to the semi-finals.


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This matchup between two players from across the globe kicked off with two very different decks – Winds’ Golem Beatdown against Berin’s fast paced Mini Pekka / Hog Rider cycle.  Each player felled a tower early on

Winds completed the sweep with Spell Bait against Berin’s Mega Knight / Hog Rider.  Tornado was used to keep Hog Rider in check over and over again, while bits of damage from Goblin Barrel, Princess, and Logs slowly but surely delivered Winds the victory.


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While both players were underdogs in their first round matchups, many people expected Electr1fy to be the favorite in this matchup, but Sergioramos proved he was no fluke.  Game 1 Sergioramos brought Mega Knight / Bandit against Electr1fy’s trademark Miner / Spell Bait hybrid deck that he used in the ROW Finals.  Using Electro Wizard and Mega Knight to squish pushes and start counterattacks, Sergio went up one game in the series.

The next battle pit Sergio’s SplashYard list against Electr1fy’s Hog Rider / Cannon Cart.  Despite falling to within a Poison from death, Sergio held strong and his Graveyard ticked down the tower with less than a minute left in Overtime.  Sweeping the ROW invitee, the #2 seed from Latin America moved into the Top 4.


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A duel between juggernauts from the far East, game 1 was an unfortunate matchup for Tali as his Mega Knight squared off against Quiet’s PEKKA list.  Timing his pushes well to avoid a direct conflict between the tanks, Tali was able to sneak game 1 away from the bad matchup.

Quiet wasn’t going away easily though, this time borrowing from NA champion MusicMaster by playing a double spawner deck of his own.  Leveraging yet another PEKKA / Mega Knight interaction, Quiet was able to tie up the matchup deep in overtime with a PEKKA push that took Tali’s tower with only 98 Health left on his own!

Game 3 had literally tens of thousands of dollars on the line between Quiet’s double spawner deck again, this time against Tali’s Graveyard deck.  Learning from game 2, Tali kept the Poison flowing to grind down Quiet’s left side tower.  Using Cannon Cart and Musketeer to keep the spawners at bay, the Poisons delivered Tali the victory and moved him into the semi-finals.


— SEMI-FINALS —

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The North American champion continued to prove he was a force to be reckoned with.  Winds had picked him as the Player to Watch, and he watched the winds of game 1 blow in MusicMaster’s favor.  MusicMaster’s favored X-Bow deck paired up well against Winds’ slower PEKKA / Graveyard deck, and once he cracked through the tanky defender and locked onto Winds’ tower, the game was over.

Game 2 Winds decided to bring a heavy Giant / Bowler / Graveyard deck to block any pesky X-Bow, and paired up against MusicMaster’s Graveyard cycle.  The spell-proof Bowler and uncounterable Poison provided a lot of defense to MusicMaster’s attacks, while Tesla tower was not enough to hold off the Giant / Bowler attacks.  Winds tied up the match at one battle each.

In game 3, MusicMaster took advantage of an early Bowler drop by Winds to punish the left lane with Hog Rider.  After taking the damage advantage, the game ground to a defensive stand-off.  Winds’ Bowler and Tornado shut down Hog Rider while MusicMaster’s Goblins, Bats, and Poison kept Graveyard at bay.  The early lead paid off deep into overtime as MusicMaster snuck a few Hog swings past a Bowler to seal the victory.


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Defeating Japanese and Chinese representatives in the first two rounds, this would be the Scientist’s first match against someone from a Western region.  Tali’s X-Bow struggled to contain the PEKKA / Miner / Bandit deck early, but he was able to lock on an X-Bow near the end of regulation to take the damage lead.  Keeping up the tempo, a second X-Bow dropped Sergio’s tower into Fireball range and Tali locked up the game.

The second battle, Sergio fought back with a speedy Graveyard list against Tali’s Mini PEKKA / Hog Rider offense.  Using Tornado to manage the Hog Riders, Sergio was able to keep up.  Tali went for an aggressive Rocket and Sergio went all-in with Graveyard in the other lane.  Using Zap to clear the Bats, Tali was caught flat-footed and lost the game, holding enough Elixir in hand for the second and final Rocket.

The final duel, with a trip to the Finals on the line, came down to a face-off of Mega Knight decks.  Nearly identical lists with Electro Wizard and Inferno Dragon came down to which player could protect their support Troops best.  With less than 10 seconds on the clock, Sergio managed an elite defense that set up “the whole family” counterattack – MK backed by the Wizard, Dragon, and Bandit.  All together they crushed Tali’s tower and moved the young Mexican to the brink of the championship.


— FINALS —

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The finals came down to two prodigies – young adults who just qualified for Crown Championship play this past Fall season.  USA vs. Mexico for the first ever Crown Championship!  This would be a best-of-5 match, instead of the usual best-of-3.

MusicMaster brought out his double spawner deck in game 1, overwhelming the lighter Miner / Poison deck of Sergioramos.  He controlled the tempo of the game and used Mega Knight / Flying Machine to drop the tower low enough to finish off.  Sergioramos was unphased, fighting back against the spawner deck in game 2 with a Golem list of his own.  Without Elixir Collector, Sergio used the Golem as a response to Spawners to keep them off the tower.  Using excellent Poisons to clear out defenders, Sergio tied up the match.

MusicMaster switched to a fast-cycling Miner / Mortar deck as Sergio brought out PEKKA / Miner.  The big PEKKA countered so many attacks, leading to one of the most dominant wins of the day, as Sergio 3-crowned his opponent to put himself just one win from the championship.

The final game was a rematch of Miner / Mortar against PEKKA.  The dominance was on display as Sergio held a massive damage lead on both towers.  While MusicMaster tried to keep it close, Sergio was simply on fire and took the match 3-1, taking the Golden Crown in assertive fashion.



That wraps up the 2017 Season of the Crown Championship Global Series!  Sergioramos from Mexico is your first-ever Clash Royale World Champion!  Defeating players from Korea, Israel, Vietnam, and the United States – a world tour of epic proportions – Sergio takes home the $150,000 grand prize.