An exciting weekend of Shadowverse concluded last weekend, as “Mister Mist” won a well-played Grand Finals versus Panda Global’s very own - “Zerofyne”
The Shadowverse World Circuit - Singapore has come to a close after some phenomenal play by the game’s strongest players. Grand Finals came down to Mister Mist (Taiwan), and Panda Global’s - Zerofyne (Greece). At the end, it was the Taiwanese player, Mister Mist, who closed out the final series 3-1 over PG Zerofyne, and won the tournament.
In the final game that was played, we saw Mist’s Aggro-Forestcraft deck seal a win over Zerofyne’s Puppet-Portalcraft deck; Mist was able to apply an overwhelming amount of offensive pressure (while maintaining resources) with Wood of Brambles and the rest of Forestcraft’s kit. It’s hard to tell how Zerofyne could’ve played the final game better, considering that he was ill-met by some poor drawing, missing both his turn 1-drop, and his turn 2-drop. Despite his opponent’s early-game misfortune, Mist continued to play the game very safely and rationally, securing his win.
Game 1 was an Aggro-Forestcraft mirror, that Zerofyne was able to take. It was much more of a grind than you usually see with Aggro-Forest; but after a lot of back and forth swinging, and skillful positioning, Zerofyne was able to make a big play with Fairy Driver and earn the win. It’s interesting to note that Mist didn’t opt to bring back his Forestcraft deck until their game 5, the final game he needed to win Grand Finals.
This event has very much centralized around Puppet-Portalcraft, Aggro-Forestcraft, and both tempo and control variants of Tenko-Havencraft decks. These decks all share the ability to deal with established boards that other decks slap onto the field, OR make very large plays that generate an advantageous state that’s hard to deal with. Other decks have made an appearance today such as Abyss Summoner Runecraft and Spellboost Runecraft that have a strong anti-metagame presence, but these decks require a skilled pilot who can make the right counter-picking calls.
You can expect players to analyze Singapore’s lists closely and make the appropriate accommodations for Dreamhack Montreal. Many of the dominant decks that we’ve touched on aren’t subject to as much counterplay as dominant decks in previous formats were, so Shadowverse’s best will have to get creative, or pilot these decks better than their rival competitors.
This tournament has been the first taste of offline-competition for many of its players; so not only will players have to make accommodations that suit the metagame, but they will also have to pay close attention to different gestures and physical cues that they might not have had to deal with before - another interesting layer to highlight going into this next premier event.
Dreamhack Montreal is going to be stocked full of Shadowverse action. There will be competent players from all over the world that are competing for that insane 10,000 USD prize pot. Be sure to tune in and watch it live - September 8th and 9th!
Keep it PG!
- Alessandro Poehlman