The Checkpoint - Major Hearthstone Changes, Gaara on Why Shaman Will Continue to Dominate

by Kevin Knocke

Today on The Checkpoint the daily esports show on that airs each weekday at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT:

  • League of Legends LCK had more matches this morning as SK Telecom T1 took back over first place in the league by taking out Samsung Galaxy 2-0, mostly by straight outplaying them in bot lane. MVP also took out ROX Tigers 2-0 to keep their solid season rolling.
  • At DreamHack Masters Las Vegas CS:GO event, day one matches were a bit of a surprise. In group A, No. 1 Astralis in the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings easily took out compLexity Gaming 16-5, while No. 9 OpTic Gaming sporting a new lineup with Hiko and Peacemaker as coach upset No. 6 North 16-11.

    Group B proved to be closer than most expected, as No. 3 narrowly won against a surprisingly strong Misfits team. No. 14 Fnatic, expected by many to continue their resurgence this tournament, fell to No. 11 Gambit Gaming 16-11.

    In Group C, No. 2 SK Gaming destroyed TyLoo 16-5. In a close match that maybe shouldn't have been, No. 8 Cloud9 finished an upset of No. 5 Ninjas in Pyjamas as NiP continues to struggle.

    Finally, Group D features a couple of teams that are switching players, so maybe all bets are off here. No. 4 FaZe Clan only narrowly defeated No. 22 Renegades 16-14, and No. 18 mousesports upset No. 7 Natus Vincere 16-12. Na'Vi needed to show everyone that they were back on top of their game, and this performance certainly doesn't do that.
  • In the Hearthstone ESL Trinity Series, Team Liquid defeated G2 Esports 6-5, while Tempo Storm took out compLexity Gaming 6-3. Tempo Storm's player Gaara joined the show today to talk about the current Hearthstone meta and changes.
  • Speaking of the Hearthstone meta, several changes to the game were announced, including a new 3 expansion per year cadence at 130 cards each and several cards rotating out of standard from the Classic cards.