Habugabu is the winner of the Hearthstone Masters Summer Championship! Here’s how he reached the very top!

After a weekend of intense games, Habugabu won the Hearthstone Masters Summer Championship! He earned the lion’s share of the $50,000 prize pool plus an invitation to the 2022 Hearthstone World Championship event.

Under the best-of-five and conquest with a ban format, the top 16 point earners from the previous three Masters Tour events duke it out against each other. The event began with four dual elimination group brackets. This was followed by the top eight players fighting in a single-elimination final bracket. Next, the top four players were determined, and each of them were granted a place in the 2022 Hearthstone World Championship. 

Top 4 players of the Hearthstone Masters Summer Championship 2022
Top 4 players of the Hearthstone Masters Summer Championship. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.

How Habugabu reached the top 

Prior to facing DeadDraw in the finals, Habugabu went up against players such as Judgement and levik. Meanwhile, DeadDraw faced competitors such as UchihaSaske and posesi. 

In his semifinal match against levik, Habugabu scored 3-1 using Thief Rogue, Fel Demon Hunter, and Bless Priest. As for DeadDraw, he went 3-0 thanks to Naga Mage, Charge Warrior, and Tempo Rogue. 

Double Ice Barrier Trouble

When it came down to the final, game one involved Habugabu’s Fel Demon Hunter against DeadDraw’s Naga Mage. Habugabu pushed damage to face in the early game, weaving in his hero power while clearing his opponent’s board using Fel Barrage. 

Meanwhile, DeadDraw played Ice Barrier to stop the bleeding and drew more Naga minions and spells as resources. This proved useful as he was able to cast another Ice Barrier for extra armor against Habugabu’s Fel Demon Hunter. DeadDraw continued to take advantage of the Naga minion and spell synergy in the late game. Unable to clear the board and do enough damage since he became too far behind, Habugabu bowed out. 

DeadDraw versus Habugabu. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.
DeadDraw versus Habugabu. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.

In game two, Habugabu stuck to his guns with Fel Demon Hunter while DeadDraw chose Boar Priest. Habugabu started off strong, forcing his opponent to clear and silence his minions. In addition to using his hero power, Habugabu continued to push damage to face with the minion that stuck on his side of the board. Although Habugabu kept chipping away at his opponent’s health total, DeadDraw healed up and quickly cycled through his deck. DeadDraw soon earned another point in the Hearthstone Masters Summer Championship finals. 

Habugabu Achieves a Reverse Sweep

However, Habugabu didn’t give up as he selected Naga Mage to go up against Tempo Rogue next. DeadDraw controlled the board in the early game, but Habugabu used the Naga minion and spell synergy to create a full board of minions and freeze his opponent’s remaining stealthed ones. When DeadDraw didn’t find an out, Habugabu went face with spells and minions for lethal. 

DeadDraw versus Habugabu. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.
DeadDraw versus Habugabu. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.

After preventing the clean sweep, Habugabu played Thief Rogue against Tempo Rogue in game four. Both players fought for board control in the early game, and this continued into the midgame with trades and spells. While DeadDraw was ahead in terms of tempo, he was behind with his health total. Habugabu’s draw into Crabatoa then helped push further damage to face while clearing the board. DeadDraw dredged into Sunken Vessel for more stealthed minions, then damaged one of his own minions to dig for an answer. Unable to find one, he bowed out and Habugabu tied the score 2-2.

The final game between the players involved Habugabu’s Fel Demon Hunter versus DeadDraw’s Tempo Rogue. Although DeadDraw put a 4/5 on the board, Habugabu took it down with the aid of his hero power, card draw, and Dreadprison Glaive. DeadDraw dug for answers and faced the decision of whether or not to play Filletfighter for the chance to clear his opponent’s Fossil Fanatic.

Habugabu is the winner of the Hearthstone Masters Summer Championship! Here's how he reached the very top!
Habugabu wins the Hearthstone Masters Summer Championship. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.

Meanwhile, Habugabu did not relent as he cast Chaos Strike to buff his weapon and go face before playing Fel Barrage for more damage. Although DeadDraw dropped down a taunt to stop the bleeding, it was to no avail as Habugabu soon achieved lethal with the help of Lady S’theno, Fel Barrage, two Predation spells, and increased hero power damage to the face.

With a score of 3-2, Habugabu won the Hearthstone Masters Summer Championship!

Habugabu’s Winning Interview

“Besides the first Masters Tour — or the very first Masters Tour of the year, I had some other stuff I had to take care of right on that weekend, so I couldn’t really practice for that one,” Habugabu said in a post-match interview during the live broadcast. “And it really showed as well because I went 0-3 in the first one, right? And of course, after that start, I didn’t really expect anything. I didn’t expect to qualify for the seasonal with such a bad start, but somehow I just got top eight twice in a row, and now [I’ve] won this entire thing.”

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