Hearthstone Global Games have finally started, and even though the quality of the matches might not have been that great, we are happy that we can finally see that Global Games are under way. The first matches, five to be precise, were played yesterday and in those matches, Russia and Sweden displayed the most, and after day one these two countries are in the lead. There were many speculations about the favourites and the players who will be participating in the Hearthstone Global Games but what we could see from the day one of the competition is that both Russia and Sweden have started this competition strong and with the intent of winning the title at this year’s installment of Hearthstone Global Games.
SWEDEN VS CHINA
The biggest derby of the first day of the Hearthstone Global Games was the match between Sweden and China which Sweden eventually managed to win with the score 3-2. However, this match did not start well at all for Sweden. After the first two rounds, they were down 0-2 because Rogue and Hunter were defeated easily in their matches. Since the format of this competition is best-of-five series, Sweden did not have much room to navigate in that match. Additionally, losing another round would mean that they would start the Global Games with a defeat and they just could not allow that. However, then came the match in which Jon ‘Orange’ Westberg played for Sweden and as it was expected he managed to win the third round and that gave positive push to the team from Sweden to actually comeback and to win the match against China in Group A. Orange as well as former Hearthstone World Champion Sebastian ‘Ostkaka’ Engwall managed to turn the tables in this match and Sweden eventually won and it was a much tougher win than they and anyone else might have expected.
RUSSIA VS SPAIN AND MORE
On the other hand, Russia had a much easier job in their opening match of the Hearthstone Global Games. In their first match they were facing Spain and despite Spain having good players they were no match for the Russian team that might even be the favourite number one for the title at this tournament. The game started very well for Russia with INER using to his benefit all the mistakes that Feelink did, and soon INER was able to close the first round with the win. Russia defeated Spain with the score 3-0 which meant that SilverName, one of the best Hearthstone players in the world did not even have to step in into the battle arena.
In other matches, South Korea which is one of the possible surprises of this tournament managed to win against Greece with the score 3-1. However, this group, Group D also featured the biggest surprise of the Day One of the Hearthstone Global Games and that surprise was the match between Philippines and Czech Republic in which the Philippines lost. In Group G, Taiwan managed to defeat Poland even though their Tom60229 made a lot of mistakes that are hard to explain.
The First Day of the Hearthstone Global Games featured several good games, and the favourites managed to defend their status. The other matches will be played soon, and we will be there to cover them.