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North American Fall Finals Recap

NORTH AMERICAN BRACKET

Clash Royale’s Fall Season all comes down to this final tournament!  The top 6 players were ranked with the top 2 seeds receiving a first-round bye.


KING’S SUMMARY – FINALS

  • North America was not filled with a huge amount of upsets – the Top 3 seeds ended up finishing in the top 3 (though not the same order).  B-Rad dropping from top seed to 3rd is a heartbreaker for the Canadian, who has fought so hard to make it this far.  
  • Lava Hound was the highest-win rate deck during the Round Robin phase but was shockingly not played a single time all day.  Miner was exceptionally popular, while Golem / Three Musketeers were rare due to Elixir Collector bans.
  • Elixir Collector was the most common ban by far – only being allowed in 2 matches.  Players expressed they felt it was the most impactful card on matchups and opted to block it to allow more interactive gameplay.


2 – 1

BANS

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Trainer Luis predicted Wings would play Giant Beatdown and brought a three-Spell Furnace deck to counter Wings’ favored list.  Showing right away that matchups don’t matter at this level, Wings outmuscled a bespoke counter deck and took game 1.

In game 2, he played Giant again while Luis switched to his personal favorite – Spell Bait.  It was Luis’ turn to flex his mastery muscles, as he tied the matchup with excellent Princess play and timely Logs.

In game 3, Trainer Luis brought PEKKA-Balloon against Wings’ Hog-Rocket list.  Luis took an early lead looking to take a 2 crown victory, but after Wings’ lost an early tower he kicked it into next gear.  Wings took the next two Towers while Luis failed to finish off Wings’ low health tower, granting the victory to Wings.


2 – 1

BANS

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AhCraaaap clearly did his homework, banning MusicMaster’s best deck and bringing a deck from the Latin America region.  Mega Knight – Hog Rider kept up the pressure on MusicMaster’s Miner deck and lead AhCraaaap to victory.

MusicMaster later told Backstab that he had been practicing that MK-Hog deck and decided to play it himself.  In two consecutive games, MusicMaster’s MK-Hog deck defeated AC’s Hog Rider deck and the mirror match.  MusicMaster completed the comeback to move into the upper bracket finals.


2 -1

BANS

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This match pit two known specialists against each other – B-Rad playing nearly exclusively Miner or Hog Rider while Wings rarely deviated from Giant Beatdown or Three Musketeers.  Wings countered B-Rad in game 1, when B-Rad predictably brought Miner after the Hog Rider ban Wings’ Furnace-Graveyard deck kept up the pressure until Wings took the game.

Game 2 B-rad brought X-Bow against Wings’ Spell Bait.  Forcing Wings to Rocket every X-Bow put the Spell Bait deck on the back foot, and B-Rad eventually locked on for huge damage, tying up the match 1-1.

In game 3, an anti-climatic finish ended the match in B-Rad’s favor.  Wings dropped an early Hog Rider… forgetting that he had banned Hog Rider.  The players both realized it at the same time and Wings accepted his loss with grace, exiting the stage quickly and advancing B-Rad to the next round.


2 – 0

BANS

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Opting to stick with Mega Knight / Hog Rider until he lost with it, MusicMaster perplexed CMcHugh’s decks.  First defeating McHugh’s Cannon Cart / Hog Rider creation in assertive fashion, MusicMaster then crushed game 2 against the same deck – improving his play after learning the decklist in game 1.  A 2-0 sweep of the #2 seed vaulted MusicMaster into the upper bracket finals and one match away from Worlds!


2 – 1

BANS

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Bans seemed at the match outset to hurt Wings, knocking out two of his best decks.  He brought X-Bow to game 1 against AhCraaaap’s Hog-Rocket.  They played 5:30 of stalemate before a last-minute X-Bow locked on and delivered the victory for Wings.  Game 2 was similar, playing to a long draw that did not award a win to either player.

In game 3, Wings brought X-Bow for the third game in a row, while AhCraaaap brought Mega Knight.  Possessing a strong counter, AC navigate to a comfortable victory tying up the series 1-1-1.  This match would go to a rare game 4!  A mirror-match of identical Hog-Rocket decks got off to a quick start with Wings connecting an early Hog Rider.  Once he had a damage lead, it was just a matter of matching pushes to keep the lead until he sealed up the match.


2 – 0

BANS

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After a loss to MusicMaster, McHugh needed to win out in order to clinch his spot at Worlds.  Trainer Luis opened with a Cannon Cart / Miner deck, but CMcHugh’s Miner / Poison Control was too strong.  Keeping the Cannon Cart from connecting with well-timed Logs, McHugh took game 1.

In game 2, McHugh brought Giant-Graveyard – a surprise from a player who normally plays controlling meta decks.  Luis reverted to his favored Spell Bait list but caught off-guard by an early Graveyard, McHugh completed a rare sweep to knock Luis out of the event.



2 – 1

BANS

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Keeping with Mega Knight – Hog Rider, MusicMaster continued to perplex the field as B-Rad, with his famed Miner-Poison deck, was no use.  B-Rad is no one-trick Miner pony though, as he switched to a very different Cannon Cart / Dart Goblin variant of Miner-Poison.  In game 2, B-Rad was able to put a stop to MusicMaster’s win streak madness, as MusicMaster switched to Graveyard.

In game 3, MusicMaster switched back to Mega Knight – Hog Rider (if it’s not broke, after all) against B-Rad’s unique Miner / Poison list.  Despite Inferno Dragon being banned, he replaced it with Electro Wizard and ran the same list with barely any hiccup in playstyle.  At this point, MusicMaster was an eye-popping 6-0 with the deck.


2 – 0

BANS

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After a game 1 tie, Wings (X-Bow) and CMcHugh (Hog Rocket) switched decks.  McHugh’s mastery of the matchup shined through, as he was able to set up multiple X-Bows to lock onto Wings’ tower.  Unable to keep up with the Rockets, Wings dropped game 2 of the matchup.

In the deciding game, Wings ran Hog Rocket against CMcHugh’s Balloon Cycle.  With Rocket being a negative Elixir trade, McHugh slowly but surely built up an Elixir lead, culminating in a huge lethal push to seal up the match.  CMcHugh had won 4 games in a row since dropping to MusicMaster, only one match from making the finals.


2 – 1

BANS

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In a shocking development, B-Rad banned Miner himself – denying the best deck of both players.  CMcHugh’s ban of Hog Rider put B-Rad in a corner, as he normally relied on it when Miner was out.  Game 1 pit McHugh’s Graveyard-Cycle against B-Rad’s Golem, a deck enabled because Elixir Collector wasn’t banned.  The high pressure Graveyards punished B-Rad’s investments and pushed CMcHugh to victory.

B-Rad switched to Mega Knight / Balloon and comfortably tied up the match against McHugh’s Giant-Graveyard, as B-Rad had tons of tools to counter the Graveyard skeletons.  In the final game of the match, Graveyard-Cycle by CMcHugh slowly grinded down B-Rad’s X-Bow.  Using Knight and Ice Golem to block while Poisoning the Tower and X-Bow, McHugh played the role of Control deck to perfection.  As he eliminated the #1 seed and his former teammate, he cemented his spot at Worlds with a 6-1 run back to the finals.


FALL FINALS

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BANS

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In the finals match, MusicMaster won the first game with Golem / Three Musketeers.  With Elixir Collector being allow, he went big against CMcHugh’s Hog Rider – Rocket deck.  With PEKKA Control, X-Bow, then Miner-Poison, CMcHugh pulled off the comeback to win 3 straight games and take the first match.

3 – 1

As it was a double elimination bracket, they would play another match to determine the champion.  Since being swept by MusicMaster in the first round, McHugh was on the warpath with a 9-2 record.

3 – 0

In a shocking turn of fortune, MusicMaster turned on the turbo-jets.  Showing off his deck diversity with X-Bow Siege, PEKKA-Hog Control, and then Giant Beatdown, MusicMaster pulled off a startling sweep of CMcHugh.


MusicMaster takes home the $15,000 prize and title of Clash Royale North American Champion!  He’ll be representing North America, along with CMcHugh, at the World Finals in London.



Tune in December 3rd for the Clash Royale World Finals!  Both MusicMaster and CMcHugh are invited.  Tickets for the London live show are still on sale, pick yours up before they run out!