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North American CCGS Week 4 Recap

Clash Royale’s Fall CCGS Season is underway, check out the weekly update from the North American region:


KING’S SUMMARY – WEEK 4

  • CMcHugh and MusicMaster are on fire!  Defending champion Oxalate held onto his top spot, but another solid week from McHugh and MusicMaster has the top spots in a neck and neck race.
  • Bowler is the belle of the ball this week in North America.  Largely unseen in other regions outside of niche play, Bowler has seen a massive surge this week.  Paired with Hog Rider or in the traditional SplashYard deck, Bowler crushed Executioner all day and delivered several wins.
  • Every single player who lost their first match in Round Robin got revenge in the rematch.  Who will be the first North American player to 2-0 another one?

2 – 0

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Game 1 opened in offensive fashion, with Trainer Luis’ Mega Knight/Hog Rider running down Wings’ Balloon cycle.  With predictive Fireballs to clear out defensive Minions, Luis sealed up game 1.  In game 2 Luis switched to Hog-Lightning against Wings’ Spell Bait.  With Lightning to crush Inferno Tower, Luis took the tower and swept Wings.


2 – 0

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The first game was a Spell Bait showdown as both brought modified versions of the popular deck.  AhCraaaap’s dual small Spells (Log and Tornado) kept Colton’s offense at bay as he took game 1.  The next game AhCraaaap switched to Three Musketeers (predicted when he banned Fireball at the match start) while Colton stayed on Spell Bait.  Rocket was not enough to handle both Three Musketeers and Elixir Collector, and AC’s split pushes knocked down the right tower for the win.


2 – 1

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Expecting MusicMaster to play Siege as he had in every match last week, CMcHugh brought Royal Giant to game 1!  Sadly for him, MusicMaster switched to a customized Hog Rider, Baby Dragon, and Bowler list that was pretty immune to Lightning.  MusicMaster controlled the tempo all game and took the game comfortably.  McHugh struck back in game 2 with X-Bow, grinding out a close one against MusicMaster’s Hog Lightning.

In the first game 3 of the day, MusicMaster reverted to the Hog-Dragon-Bowler list he ran in game 1 against McHugh’s Miner-Poison.  Without any good Poison targets, the Miners weren’t getting great value and MusicMaster eventually pushed a counterattack past stalwart defense to win the match.


2 – 0

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This matchup pit the top seed on the leaderboard against the bottom seed, setting the stage for quite the upset.  Oxalate ran a modified Spell Bait deck in both games featuring Miner and Goblin Barrel along with Dart Goblin.  BernsteinCat’s PEKKA-Miner played it close in game 1 but Oxalate learned the matchup and dominated the rematch.  This kept Oxalate tied with MusicMaster at the top of leaderboard and effectively ended BernsteinCat’s chances of making Fall Finals.  BernsteinCat will need to rattle off an impressive streak of wins to recover from a 1-8 Round Robin.


2 – 1

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Bowler has seen a rise in popularity this week, as Trainer Luis paired him with Hog Rider and took down game 1.  B-Rad’s X-Bow wasn’t able to stop Luis in the first game, but a rematch in game two went favorably for B-Rad, tying up the series at 1-1.

Game 3 both players changed decks – Luis to Spell Bait and B-Rad to Golem Beatdown.  B-Rad held the matchup advantage and played it well – get down a Golem and Lightning the Inferno Tower.  Pushing through to take the winning Tower, B-Rad pumped his fist into the camera.


2 – 0

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The final match of the 1st Round Robin series featured two players in the blue who were looking to hold onto their spot.  Wings brought out a new contraption, a Giant-Hog Rider deck that harkened back to the Jason deck of old.  With PEKKA banned, Jmonte reverted to Inferno Dragon to defend, but Zap and Electro Wizard stifled that plan.  Wings pushed strongly through Jmonte’s defenses two games in a row to take the sweep.


2 – 1

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The first ‘rematch’ of the Fall Season is the fifth match between these two North American superstars.  Oxalate chose Giant Beatdown against McHugh’s Spell Bait – a matchup that comes down to the Inferno Tower.  Oxalate focused on getting Minions and Bats in front of the Giant until he succeeded in taking down the Tower and taking game 1.

CMcHugh tied up the series by switching to Hog-Lightning with Executioner-Tornado defense against Ox’s Golem Beatdown.  Despite his best efforts, Oxalate couldn’t kill Executioner before the Tornado swept up his whole offense, so we went to a game 3.

In the deciding game, Oxalate walked into a terrible matchup.  Playing a heavily air Lava Hound deck, he lacked tanks to block CMcHugh’s X-Bow.  Ox held off early on, but McHugh’s expertise with X-Bow shone through as he won the rematch and pulled their lifetime series ever closer.


2 – 0

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With Oxalate taking a loss, MusicMaster needed a win to take sole possession of 1st place on the leaderboard.  It was not to be as AhCraaap played a modified Miner-Poison deck utilizing Bowler against MusicMaster’s Miner-Poison and Mortar lists.  Playing the same deck twice, AhCraaaap completed the sweep as Bowler blocked Mortar from his own towers.


2 – 1

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This match got off to a slow start as both players waiting until double Elixir time before revealing their decks.  Once the cards started coming down, it was evident that Colton’s Golem was going to out-muscle Wings’ Giant deck.  The bigger tank won in overtime, putting Colton up a game.

In game 2, Wings tied it up with the rarely seen LavaLoon over Colton’s modified Spell Bait deck.  The final game pit Colton’s Golem against Wings’ Miner-Poison with Executioner-Tornado defense.  Despite pulling Golem back over and over, Wings wasn’t able to stop Colton’s beatdown push and a Lightning sealed up the match.


2 – 1

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Jmonte took a risky decision to not ban Miner and test his luck against the World’s Best Miner Player.  B-Rad brought a hybrid Miner-Poison deck with Spell Bait offense like Princess and Goblin Barrel.  The relentless pressure felled Jmonte’s SplashYard deck, as he was never able to get a proper push going.  

The second game B-Rad played a more traditional Miner-Poison deck and put on a clinic against JMonte’s Mega Knight – Hog Rider deck.  Holding off massive pushes and pulling off a nailbiter win, B-Rad got revenge on his week 1 loss to Jmonte and moved further up the leaderboard.


2 – 0

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At this point the commentary started to notice a pattern – everyone who lost in the first Round Robin were getting revenge and tying up the series.   BernsteinCat wanted a piece of that action, and when Luis premptively put his Executioner in one lane, Balloon went all-in in the other lane to take game 1.  

In game 2, Trainer Luis played his customized Golem deck featuring Dark Prince.  The ground based assault was hard countered by BernsteinCat’s Spell Bait deck.  Inferno Tower was the trump card in this game, and got BernsteinCat a desperately needed win.


2 – 0

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With Inferno Tower and Elixir Collector banned, these control players would have to play without some of the most crucial cards to their favorite decks.  AhCraaaap’s Mega Knight-Balloon deck struggled to threaten CMcHugh’s Spell Bait deck as Inferno Tower reigned supreme.  In game 2, CMcHugh switched to Hog Rider with a surprise Rocket, one he used to crush AhCraaap’s Night Witch early on.  From there, he raced to chip down AhCraaap’s tower before he could build a Giant push.  McHugh’s legendary defense was on display in this game, as he was able to finish off AhCraaaap while taking relatively little damage from AC’s threatening assaults.


2 – 1

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The final match of the day started off with B-Rad X-Bow against Colton’s Hog Rider – Bowler deck (a new addition to the meta? Lots of Bowler today!).  Colton smartly banned Miner against B-Rad but could not stop the X-Bow from locking on to take game 1.

The next game Colton tied up the series with SplashYard against B-Rad’s X-Bow again.  This time Colton arguably had the worse matchup but he played it exceptionally well, using Poison to grind out the tower/X-Bow.  Getting a crucial Graveyard in overtime to pull out the win, we’d be going to a third game.

In the final game of the day, B-Rad stayed on X-Bow against Colton’s Golem.  While Colton should have a favorable matchup, Golem was the 8th card in cycle and an early X-Bow took down the tower.  Just needing to play defense from there out, B-Rad held on until time expired to win the match and cap off a 3-0 day.

 


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