The Viagame House Cup #2 was a $30,000 prize pool tournament that ran from March 27-29. It hosted seven invited streamers and nine qualifiers. It was a Bo5 double elimination bracket with four different groups and the playoffs were Bo7. The players had to bring decks for all 9 classes and there was a pick and ban phase before every match. The tournament ran in a house in California and this made for a very casual setting where different players took turns casting the games. Other than the hilarious commentary that spawned from different stream personalities clashing on the casting couch, the story of the weekend was Face Hunter.
Face Hunter is the most aggressive version of a hunter deck in a class whose hero power already leans towards aggressive play. The deck essentially starts the game by putting the opponent on a 5-6 turn clock and they must immediately go into damage control mode. Many competitive players have strong opinions on Face Hunter because there is very little decision making, essentially if you can hit the hero portrait you do. This led to a lot of “saltiness” from the many pros that simply could not stabilize against the deck and were thus eliminated.
After 3 days of play the tournament was eventually won by Denmark’s Hoej piloting Face Hunter against Taiwan’s Roger who also brought Face Hunter to the tournament. Both players had qualified through the open bracket and both of them won their most games with the Face Hunter deck, in many cases sweeping entire series with it. Does this spell the death of intelligent play required by control decks or will more early answers to the board be a must include? Right now it is hard to say but Face Hunter put $10,000 in Hoej’s pocket and $5,000 in Roger’s so at the very least it will be seeing more play.