By Timothy Cyr (PumbaasBFF)
Before we get to what this article is mainly about, I would like to briefly talk about my first season here in THL. If you don’t want to read about any of that, then please feel free to skip down a few paragraphs.
I was a newcomer in Season 3 and I have to say, it was amazing. I have never enjoyed Hearthstone as much as I was able to while playing in THL. This league is a really cool way to play in a competitive format without having to dedicate your life to the game or becoming a pro.
Coming into the league, I spoke with many captains and messaged many others trying to find a team who could fit a player with my PR. I was very open with them all in explaining that my PR was probably not accurate as my highest finish was rank 5 and I had only done that a couple of times, both with Combo Druid. My knowledge of the game was not very diverse, and the decks I knew very well were being rotated out when the season started.
As you can probably guess, nobody seemed that interested. I probably would not have ended up on Team Avatar had it not been for Leumer’s idiotic idea (still love you Leumer) of starting with such a low PR value that we could stay together for multiple seasons even if our team PR went up.
We came in as the lowest PR team and potentially the least likely to do well, so it was cool to go through the season and surprise everyone time and time again. In my mind, when we picked up Zabger just over halfway through the season, we were one of the best teams in the league. It was a really fun season for us and it is going to stink when Adam leaves but I am happy that at least 4 of us will get to stay together for season 4.
This post has a point I promise, and here it is: THL in my mind is not a place where the highest PR rated team is the best, or where the team that got Thijs to play for them is the best, or a place where you have to be great at every deck. THL is a place where anyone can join, and they can compete to earn points for their team just like Thijs could. This idea of “every seed matters” is preached almost weekly on our twitch talk shows, and I do not think anyone would disagree.
So here is the problem: if we accept that someone who’s highest finish on ladder was rank 15, and accept that they are playing in the 5 seed, how then can we expect them to play like a 1 seed? I see this time and time and time again; where a 5 (or really any) seed will play on stream, and then they get completely flamed for weird deck builds and misplays. If I were a 5 seed, what is my incentive to play on stream after being exposed to that? My call to action would be this:
This has been a really fun season and I am happy to have been a part of it. I think as time goes on, THL is only going to improve. Congrats again to Soupreme for winning the season. I hope everyone has a good offseason and I will see you guys around for Season 4 (hopefully disco/party themed?)!
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