In the last couple of weeks, the Hearthstone eSports scene has been featuring the matches of the Hearthstone Global Games, one of the most interesting Hearthstone tournaments this season. While some of the biggest favorites are justifying those titles with their wins in the group stage, some others are struggling a lot, considering that some of the favorites are close to elimination. Besides that, many teams that were considered as underdogs before the start of the tournament have proven that they are no longer underdogs and they should be considered seriously when it comes to the possible winners of the Hearthstone Global Games 2017.
Out of those big favorites, the team that is struggling the most is Germany. For the Hearthstone Global Games, Germany was placed in Group H together with Czech Republic, Ukraine, and the Philippines. Even though many have described this group as the group of death, it was still expected that Germany would be the number one in that group while the remaining three teams would be fighting hard for the second place. However, that is not the case, and Germany has disappointed many who considered them to be their favorites. However, even before the start of the tournament, Germany was in serious problems because one of their members, Mats ‘P4wnyhof’ Kathage was disqualified. His replacement was no other than the former Major champion, Jan ‘SuperJJ’ Janssen and everyone thought that Germany would be doing much better at the tournament with the new addition. However, that was not the case.
After the first two rounds of the Hearthstone Global Games on Group H, Germany lost both matches. In their first match against Ukraine, who many consider to be the second best team in this group, Germany did not play that bad, but they were eventually defeated. Germany had their opportunities in the first match, but for some reason, their players were not able to convert those opportunities into an advantage that would lead them to win the match. Once Germany did not use their opportunities it was all about Ukraine and their destruction of Germany’s team.
However, their second match in the group proved to be even more problematic. In that match, they faced the Philippines that previously proved to be a force to reckon with. The Filipino squad came to this tournament with the lineup that shouted experience. With former three-time champion of the GosuCup, Dustin ‘WaningMoon’ Mangulabnan, the Philippines were one of the underdogs before the start of this tournament. In their match against Germany, they proved to be much more than just an underdog as WaningMoon brought the initial advantage to his team. After that, Jan ‘Chalk’ Zalvidat and his Quest Warrior managed to double the advantage as he was able to stop Adrian ‘Lifecoach’ Koy and his pirates from creating any significant damage.
After two rounds in the Group H, Germany is still without a single win. Because of that, their final match against the Czech Republic will not be an easy one. The Czech Republic is one of the underdogs in this group but they have shown strong performance so far, and it should not be that big of a surprise if Germany loses their third match as well. However, that will mean that Germany would be eliminated after the group stage and that is not what they had planned. We suppose they will be doing their best to avoid being defeated in that match in order to grab the second place in the Group H of the Hearthstone Global Games.