Hyped wins WePlay! Artifact Mighty Triad: Strength tournament

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In the first major Artifact tournament following the game’s full release, Team Liquid pro George “Hyped” Maganzini defeated some of the best minds in the CCG community to claim the lion’s share of the $10,000 prize pool.

Organisers WePlay! invited 32 players from across the card game universe to compete in their opening Artifact tournament, including some of the most well-known names from Hearthstone, Magic the Gathering and Gwent, to name a few.

Stars of the genre such as Reynad, Lifecoach, Dog, DrHippi, Hoej and Lothar battled through a double-elimination group stage, with the top two making it to the best-of-three Playoffs. As one of the pre-tournament favourites, Hyped was expected to go far.

He breezed through his group, taking down both MissQingQing886 and Lothar 2-0 for a perfect record. He then took down DrHippi in the Round of 16 in a 2-1 comeback win, before a much-anticipated duel with Lifecoach in the Quarterfinals.

He sealed his spot in the Grand Final with a 2-0 win over LuckBox (formerly known as StanCifka) that wasn’t all plain sailing — the first game was a close affair, while a disconnect almost derailed the second.

His opponent in the final was Frederik “Hoej” Nielsen, who had been on for an unbeaten tournament before coming up against Hyped. 2-0 Group Stage wins against Rdu and Myragut were followed by 2-0 knockout wins over Naiman, Xixo and MieGod — a late replacement for Hearthstone player Cydonia. The second game was notable for being the fastest of the entire tournament, over in just five rounds of play.

As the name suggests, this is not a solitary tournament. Hyped and the rest of the top 16 players now qualify for the next stage, Agility, which features an increased $15,000 prize pool. This will take place in January.

A third event to round out the Triad, Intelligence, will offer $25,000 up to competitors. Both events will feature an open qualifier.

What do you make of competitive Artifact so far?

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