StriveWire and GamerSensei agree to continue partnership!

StriveWire is proud to announce the continued partnership with GamerSensei, your premium on-demand eSports coaching platform! GamerSensei will sponsor tournament prizes in excess of USD 1,500 per month!

Tournaments sponsored by GamerSensei will span Hearthstone and League of Legends for starters – both for users in Europe and the Americas! Most tournaments sponsored by GamerSensei will be password-protected. You can easily obtain the password by creating an account on http://www.gamersensei.com/ – that’s it! Just make sure to complete your user profile on the GamerSensei-website and select your preferred games in order to receive the respective StriveWire tournament passwords. GamerSensei will send out emails to registered users with the tournament passwords 48 hours before a tournaments start and also immediately before the tournaments start so that last-minute-registrations are possible as well! 🙂

Make sure to register on the GamerSensei-website asap so that you will receive any tournament passwords in due time. Once again, a big shoutout to our partner GamerSensei for this generous sponsoring!

We are looking forward to some awesome tournament action!

 

Your StriveWire Team

New General Terms and Conditions on StriveWire

Just yesterday we updated our General Terms and Conditions. We primarily did this in the light of the new features we will release soon. Amongst others, you will be able to join entry fee tournaments and 1vs1 challenges for cash prizes going forward on StriveWire. We will of course keep you posted on the exact release dates of these and other features.


In order to join events that involve an entry fee component, you will have to assure that you have attained the age of majority in your respective jurisdiction and indicate your date of birth in the user settings. Furthermore, StriveWire will take additional measures to verify your identify when you request a payout of your tournament winnings.


The new General Terms and Conditions will help to further ensure a trusted and safe tournament environment for those who have made StriveWire what it is today – you! Without your continuous support and trust you have put in us from the very beginning, all this wouldn’t have been possible! THANK YOU and let’s continue to build something awesome together! 🙂


Your StriveWire Team

StriveWire App now available in Google Play Store

We are happy to announce that StriveWire has just released its first iPhone App which is available for download in the App Store from now on! Do you want to join, check-in and even play entire tournaments on your iPhone? Then you should download the StriveWire iOS App asap! 🙂

Together with our first Android App, StriveWire is now bringing its thrilling tournament experience to your mobile device. Get notifications when your match starts, take screenshots and directly puload them using the App, chat with tournament admins and other users – just as you are used to when playing a tournament on StriveWire.

We hope you enjoy our first iPhone and Android Apps! In case you have any suggestions how to improve the Apps, new features you want to see etc., just email us via support@strivewire.com or directly contact an admin in one of the tournament chats. We are constantly working on improving the Apps, and your feedback is warmly welcome.

We are looking forward to seening you guys soon in one of our tournaments again – maybe you will be using the StriveWire App next time?! 😉

Your StriveWire Team

StriveWire App now available in Google Play Store

We are super happy to announce that we have just published our first Alpha version of the StriveWire App via the Google Play Store. Do you want to check your current and past tournaments or even play an entire StriveWire tournament on your mobile? Then you should definitly download the StriveWire App for Android devices now!

We will regularly push updates for the App to provide you guys with an even more thrilling mobile tournament experience! Make sure to stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter or Facebook in order not to miss any App updates or other awesome features we have in the pipeline! 🙂

Your StriveWire Team

Nightning Takes Adrianhero’s Weekly Challenge #18

                                                                           

 

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Nightning winner of Adrianhero’s Weely Challenge #18. Feature in this weeks tournament spotlight interview!

We had a chance to interview this past Sunday’s winner of “Adrianhero’s Weekly Challenge #18” Nightning. With close to 900 sign ups and around 550 checked in players the tournament had a very large turnout this past Sunday thus making it harder than usual.

We sat down with Nightning and talked a bit about the tournament, his hearthstone career, recent success, and his choices as far as decks and tech cards for the tournament. So without further ado let us dive right into the interview!

If you are interested in joining these open tournaments and for your chance for some coveted HCT Points click HERE for a complete list of tournaments. 

StriveWire: Nightning thanks for joining us for this interview and congrats on your tournament win this past Sunday. Can you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your hearthstone path at the moment?

Nightning: Hey Guys, my name is Paul, in game known as Nightning. I am 22 years old and currently studying. I started to play Hearthstone in closed beta and have been hooked ever since. Reaching (High) Legend on a regular basis and trying to compete at the top of the game. At the moment I am trying together with my teammates to play as much tournaments as possible to participate at spring preliminaries.

StriveWire: Great to hear you are hooked so let’s get into the meat of the interview and talk about your recent tournament win on Sunday. The tournament was quite large with 512 players checked in and over 900 sign ups. Did you feel confident going into the tournament? Did you prepare in any specific way for it?

Nightning: Yes I was quite confident since it was a best of 5 conquest with ban format which is in my opinion the best format to hOld a tournament, because you can prepare more specific decks for it and you have more options to go with. Also it forces you to develop strategies against your opponent such as predicting his classes, using a specific class to bait his ban etc. All those factors are way more important than in the (sadly) more common best of 3 format. I prepared the decks i felt the most comfortable with on ladder and with my teammates. The results and the end were really satisfying so i felt well prepared for the tournament at Sunday.

Here are the Decks Nightning used for Sunday’s Tournament:

druid mage paladin zoo

 

StriveWire: That’s good to hear, you do need a good level of consistency for a large open tournament like this we saw many „pros“ fall in the early rounds of the tournament. Now speaking about your deck choices can you tell us a little bit about them? There were also a keep interesting tech cards I noticed for example the black knight in the Druid can you explain the thought behind this?

Nightning: Yes that’s definitely true, even the well established „pros“ can struggle in such tournaments because they are the kind of tournament in which you have to put the most preparation and effort in. Many of them are just getting invited and there is no need for them to play such things even it is the best practice you can get. Regarding to my decks I just chose the ones which worked well on ladder and other tourneys. The most standard one should be the Druid which is a safe pick no matter what since it’s almost safe that you can take at least one game with it, plus it often if not close to always gets banned by your opponent. My next Deck is the Zoo which is picked by kind of the same reasoning as the Druid. In my opinion Zoo is at the moment the most strongest deck in the game which makes it a safe pick and you can rely on it without regrets since there is no real counter to it. Freeze Mage for example is a good choice against zoo but it is weak against almost every other deck in the tournament meta which makes it a dangerous pick. The third one I choose is the Secret Paladin which is an overall pretty standard pick in ladder as well at tournaments. You can curve out pretty nicely and with double challenger, Boom, Tirion and Rag you have a really strong late game. I try to avoid Mirror Matches since there is not much „Skill“ left just the question who can curve out better. The last Deck of my choice is a tempo Mage with three Secrets in it to give the Mad Scientist a pretty high value. Also there are Water Elementals in it to tech against Warrior which went pretty well in the tournament. If you can manage it to get your Water Elementals duplicated it puts you really ahead and I as the Warrior would be tilted already.

Tech Cards like The Black Knight were a specific Tech choice against the other Druids since I let them all open and choose to ban something else instead. So I had no problem to play the Druid Mirror Match since i teched against them very well and was prepared in this matchup. Other techs for example Harrison was my winning condition against Patron Warriors or Midrange Paladin, because it just swings the game completely in your favor and Harrison in Druid is considered by some „Pros“ as a bad card so  most of the opponents won’t expect it to happen!

StriveWire: I agree there is little motivation for most established „pros“ to play these opens there are some that are an exception though for example SK Powder is often grinding opens on NA and EU. The analysis behind your lineup and deck/tech choices is very solid and well thought out I’m glad to see all the preparation paid off. I think you are spot on that Black Knight is a very solid choice for the Druid mirror as we have seen a lot more versions of Druid play with the ancients of wars, black knight can also come in handy in other matchups as well. So you earned 3 points on Sunday, how is your road to the spring prelims looking so far?

Nightning: Yes of course there are some exceptions also Thijs is playing a lot of open cups probably he knows that this is really valuable practice-wise.  The road to the spring prelims is looking pretty ok i guess, currently being on 10 points and it should be sealed with another top100 finish and/or tournament success. Yesterday I managed to get #1 on the EU Servers so maybe it’s not that unrealistic to get a good finish in the April Season. I am in contact with a lot of people who participated in the Winter Split and getting to the prelims is just the first step of many more.

StriveWire: Open cups is most certainly one of the strongest ways to practice. That’s right I noticed you hit #1 Legend on EU yesterday so hopefully you can secure a top 100 spot at the end of this month and we see you at the EU Spring prelims! Is there anything you would like to add or anyone you would like to thank for your recent success?

Nightning: That’s right! Thanks for hosting and organizing the tournament and I am looking forward to participating in the next one alongside with my Team. Currently we are looking for an organistion to play for so if someone is interested to get in touch with us you can contact me via Twitter , Twitch or via email ZepiHS@web.de! Furthermore I want to thank Blurryface (who won the previous Cup one Sunday before) and Baumgott for all the support they give me! Certainly they are a huge part of my recent success!

StriveWire: Okay Nightning great! Thank you so much for giving up the time to do this interview and we look forward to seeing you in future cups!

StriveWire Forms Tournament Sponsorship Partnership With Coaching Platform Gamer Sensei

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StriveWire proudly announces to enter into a tournament sponsorship partnership with Gamer Sensei. Gamer Sensei – the world’s first pan-game, on-demand e-sports coaching platform – will provide cash prizes in excess of 1,000 $ per month. Gamer Sensei specializes in Hearthstone, and the site’s Pros have extensive tournament experience. Gamer Sensei lessons not only cover Hearthstone mechanics and strategy but also tournament line-up construction and advanced ban strategies.

If you’d like an edge in an upcoming Hearthstone tournament, give Gamer Sensei a try by signing up today at www.gamersensei.com !

Your StriveWire Team

Sintolol Takes No Mustache Cup #14

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Sintolol Takes No Mustache Cup #14

Sintolol has been on a hot streak as of recent taking back to back 1st place tournament finishes in hotly contested open tournaments for HWCT Points. We caught up with Sinto and asked him some questions and gained some insight to what he attributes his recent success to and how he goes about preparing for these large open tournaments.

Here is what top 4 looked like for No Mustache Cup #14.

Semifinals
Lirico 3 vs 1 mrbagel
Sintolol 3 vs 2 Kyabet

Bronze Match
Kyabet 3 vs 1 mrbagel

Finals
Sintolol 3 vs 2 Lirico
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Can you introduce yourself Sintolol and how you’re feeling after just winning No Mustache Cup #14?

Hey guys, my name is Thomas, or known as Sintolol in game, 20 years old and from Germany, I love card games for a long time now, played a lot of yu-gi-oh and pokemon before, just not competitive. I am playing Hearthstone for about 2 years now and I really like the competitive part of it, it is just a lot of fun to play tournament and ladder and see that you are able to reach the goals you set yourself. After this long and exhausting tournament victory I am feeling great, also because it is the second win of this series in a row! I am really glad that my deck choices worked out great, especially the warrior otk list, that makes it worth staying up to 9AM.

Speaking about the deck choices let’s give our readers a chance to take a look at the lineup you played throughout the tournament. Which included some very interesting choices.

sintolol deck2 sintolol deck 4  sintolol deck 3  sintolol deck1

 

That’s right! The tournament was a North American one, but you live in Germany so it must have been very exhausting. Speaking about your lineup can you tell us a bit why you decided to bring each deck starting with the very interesting OTK Worgen warrior deck? Did you gather any inspiration from Crane who has been bringing this deck to the competitive scene as of recent?

I myself just like aggro and fast decks so the games go faster, that’s why I usually bring a pretty aggressive or fast lineup, also it is just super effective in the current meta. The Otk warrior is actually completely build by myself and no one inspired me, I love the deck and its idea behind it, the surprise momentum it has gives you so much wins because a lot of players expect patron or control in the first place, that’s why it gets banned most of the time.

Agreed it most certainly gives you leeway with your lineup when opponents may think it is patron or control. You say you prefer faster/aggressive lineups which shows in your lineup for the tournament. Speaking about the tournament what do you think is the best advice for players who have a hard time in open tournaments like this making at least top 4?

So Hearthstone is still Hearthstone after all, people are getting rewarded for playing bad and all that kind of stuff, it just happens, it happens to everyone, don’t let that take you down. You will see, if you play a lot of tournaments, get the experience and are pretty good at Hearthstone in general, you will make progress and reach Top 4 or more at some point. Get yourself a training group to try different lineups and discuss tactics. Another point I think is that a lot of people are playing the current top meta decks, but are not familiar with them. You have to play a lot of games to see how you have to play the specific deck in the specific match up. Don’t queue up Combo druid just because it is overpowered. Improve with every class to always be at top of the game and you will get results.

Yup there is always a certain luck/rng factor, but playing optimally constantly helps a lot especially in large opens like this. You mentioned you built the OTK warrior yourself, how exactly do you do your deck building and card choices when building decks or preparing for a tournament?

So I only play decks I am having fun with, that’s why I chose OTK Warrior, after building a list I took it to ladder and tried a lot with it, challenged some friends to see where the weakness and the strength of it is. After a lot of messing around I am happy with it, but there is always the possibility of changes, you just have to fit and counter the meta.

When making a tournament lineup it is pretty obvious to have every deck in the game countered by at least one of yours, it is also important to take your time in the banning phase that you are able to get those good match ups you need.

You mentioned testing with a group or with friends something that can help a lot in preparing for a tournament. Do you have anyone in specific that your practice with?

I actually don’t and have to do it all by myself but I would love to have something or someone like that.

Yes a practice group is definitely something a lot of established players use so I’am sure it would be great to have. Sintolol Thank for your time lastly do you have any last thoughts or any shout outs to make?

Hearthstone is Rng my friends, don’t get too tilted. If you like leave a follow @Sintolol! Thanks for having me and have a great day

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If you want a chance to be interviewed, featured, and win points don’t miss the chance to play in these open tournaments at strivewire here are the dates for the following No Mustache cups.

No Mustache Cup #15: Thursday, March 10th 7 PM EST
No Mustache Cup #16: Thursday, March 17th 7 PM EST
No Mustache Cup #17: Thursday, March 24th 7 PM EST
No :Mustache Cup #18 Thursday, March 31st 7 PM EST