Cologne has witnessed the best teams from across the world clash to win the Masters. With the competition at its final stages, few remain to become a victor. We now finally have our first pair of semi-finalists with Astralis facing NAVI today.

Team Astralis

Astralis has always been one of the most fierce teams in the Counter-Strike world. The pride of Denmark- Astralis has picked up multiple titles, the last notable one being the BLAST Pro Series: Global Final 2019. While 2018 and 2019 served as their prime years, Astralis is still a force to be reckoned with. They surely have proved so with their current run at IEM Cologne 2022.

Astralis Roster

  • Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander (IGL)
  • Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth
  • Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke
  • Benjamin “blameF” Bremer
  • Asger “farlig” Jensen
  • Martin “trace” Heldt

Astralis team overview |

Astralis’ Run at IEM Cologne 2022

Astralis was one of the 16 Play-In teams that made it thanks to their ESL World Ranking. Following a Bo3 format, the first opponents to face Astralis at the lower bracket were Complexity and BIG. Both Complexity and the winners of the 2022 Roobet Cup lost to the Danish squad. Placed in Group B, Astralis faced some big, big names of the Counter-Strike scene. In round 1 of the upper bracket, Astralis clean sweeped FURIA Esports. They went on to do the same to Cloud9 in round 2 of the upper bracket. Their first loss came against FaZe Clan in the following round. While FaZe directly proceeded to the semi-finals of the competition, Astralis faced MOUZ (formerly known as mousesports) in the quarter-finals.

Astralis vs MOUZ

MOUZ was not at all expected to make it this far at IEM Cologne 2022. But they did. They beat the likes of Heroic, Team Vitality and Ninjas in Pyjamas to name a few. With new recruits torzsi and JDC, MOUZ gave Astralis a run for their money. MOUZ started off strong winning their pick of Mirage 16-8. Astralis took Nuke as their first pick and they leveled the series 1-1 winning 16-9. Ancient was the decider and Astralis just clinched it 16-12 ending what can be considered as a dream run for MOUZ. While Astralis have done a good job at taking care of Mouz, their biggest challenge yet awaits- NAVI.

Natus Vincere

NAVI has proven many times in recent years that they will destroy anyone that comes their way. Before we look into what may be in store for us, here’s how NAVI is lining up this Major:

  • Denis “electroNic” Sharipov
  • Oleksandr “s1mple”Kostyliev
  • Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy
  • Valerii “b1t” Vakhovskyi
  • Viktor “sdy” Orudzhev

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Astralis vs. Natus Vincere will be taking place at 19:30 ALMT today. It will be streamed live on Twitch right from Cologne. Since 2020, the teams have faced each other a total of 11 times. Astralis has only won thrice out of those 11 matches. NAVI has a win rate of 70% in the last 30 days while Astralis has won 62% of their matches. So, the odds are heavily in favor of Natus Vincere.



In the world of esports, every now and then you come across a story so inspirational that it just moves you. Such has surely happened in the case of Moist Esports. Why is the of Moist Esports winning the RLCS Spring Major so moving you wonder? Just keep on reading to find out!

Formation of Moist Esports

The players of Moist Esports used to play together at Team Queso. The trio witnessed a reasonable amount of success while playing for the European team. They even won the 2021-22 Winter Split Major being second to G2 Esports. However, shortly after, Team Queso’s roster was transferred to Moist Esports.

The Roster

  • Joe “Joyo” Young
  • Axel “vatira” Touret
  • Finlay “rise.” Ferguson
  • Noah “noah” Hinder (Coach)

What’s insane about this roster is that the combined age of Joyo(16), vatira(17) and rise.(16) is only 49. This makes them the youngest roster ever to win an RLCS title.

The team went straight down to business being runners-up of their inaugural tournament, the Europe Regional Event of Dacia Spring Cup 2021-22. They continued to demonstrate their flair in regional events before Moist showed up at the Spring Split Major.

Moist’s run at the Spring Major

Moist Esports qualified for the S-tier tournament thanks to their circuit ranking in the EU region. The European young guns started off strong winning their first series 3-0 against NA rivals, OpTic Gaming. Soon after, disaster struck as they lost 3-1 to Version1 being relegated to the lower brackets. In rounds 2 and 3 of the lower brackets, they picked up wins against Pioneers and Team Liquid. The competition was intense against Spacestation Gaming in the lower quarter-finals, narrowly beating them 4-3. But Moist Esports really put their game faces on in the lower semi-finals and finals. Karmine Corp and  Version1 fell prey to their ruthlessness with scorelines of 4-1 and 4-0 respectively.

The stage was now set for the grand finals between Moist Esports and representatives of a minor region, Team Falcons. The finals had everything a Rocket League fan could ask for. Losing their first match of the series, Moist won three straight matches tilting the odds in their favor. But the Falcons leveled the playing field as they went on to win the next two matches. Game seven took place at the Champions Field and Moist did the inevitable. They won game seven forcing a bracket reset. Another series means seven more matches to determine the winner but Moist was determined to not delay it any further. They won four straight rounds to seal the deal and pick up the championship title.


The team also picked up two individual awards with vatira winning the Defensive MVP and Joyo being crowned the Overall MVP of the Major.

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The top teams around the world are always on the lookout to strengthen their rosters. This isn’t true just for their male teams but for their female counterparts as well. Now that more and more teams are introducing their all-female lineups, we’re seeing the competition grow like never before. And to keep up with that competition, you need to make roster changes. That’s why TSM X recruited their fifth member, bungee.

About TSM X

TSM X is the all-female Valorant division of TSM FTX. In March 2021, TSM signed an entire all-female Valorant roster in order to compete at the VCT Game Changers. Their most notable achievement came last year when they won the GIRLGAMER Challenge North America. Their last match resulted in a loss against the Dart Monkeys at the Astral Clash 2022 – Virtual Qualifiers.

The squad should be looking to dominate together at the upcoming Champions Tour Game Changers Series II: North America. The series will commence at the end of this month, 30th June to be precise. With bungee as their latest recruit, the girls will set their eyes on Game Changers titles with new vigor.


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TSM X Lineup

Now that bungee is their last recruit, this is how the roster looks like:

  • Mirna “athxna” Noureldin
  • Catherine “cath” Leroux
  • Emily “mle” Peters
  • Karnthida “dodonut” Chaisrakeo
  • April “bungee” Haight

About bungee

No brownie points for guessing from her Twitter ID, April “bungee” Haight started off her esports journey with CSGO. She joined AviateGG in January, 2021 and represented them in Season 36 of
ESEA Main. However, she moved to Valorant soon after starting off with a brief spell at Wanderlust. She joined Moon Raccoons Black in June 2021 after a short stay at Little Bocks. She turned a lot of heads there but Moon Raccoons temporarily disbanded after that. So, she made a huge move to CLG Red and won two titles back to back at the start. After 8 months with the squad, bungee has now finally joined TSM X.

Staying true to her AWP-ing skills since the CSGO days, bungee mostly mains Chamber. She also has experience playing Jett and Raze.

Will bungee make her mark with the girls at TSM X? Guess only time will tell.

We’re less than 2 weeks away from RLCS Spring Major 2022 kicking off. The stage is set and the spotlight is on the 16 teams taking part this time. Of course here at Gamopo, our aim is to provide our audience with all of the information they need to make safe bets. So without further ado, here’s all you need to know about the upcoming RLCS Spring Major 2022!

Dates & Location of RLCS Spring Major 2022

The Spring Major is the last stop before we crown a victor at the World Championship. The event will kick off on 29th July and end on the 3rd of next month. Despite it being a pretty short event, the stakes are pretty high. The entire competition will take place in London, United Kingdom at the Copper Box Arena. With the event following a 3v3 format, let us now take a look at the teams that are participating.


Participating Teams

16 of the top teams from around the world are representing 6 different regions this time. Along with the names of the teams, a short description should let you know about the looks and feels of their respective regions. Let’s take a look at the teams that will be fighting it out for the prizepool of $300,000:

North America

  • G2 Esports
  • FaZe Clan
  • Version1
  • SpaceStation Gaming
  • Team Envy

As expected, the North American lineup of teams is fierce yet again. However, the absence of NRG is sad to say the least. They had a rather disappointing Spring split and as a result, can’t make it into the competition this year. Team Envy wouldn’t mind that at all though. All four among G2, FaZe, Version 1, and SSG were present at the Winter Major last time and would look to give the rest a run for their money. But all eyes are on G2 as they would look to defend their Major title.


  • Team BDS
  • Moist Esports
  • Team Liquid
  • Karmine Corp
  • Endpoint Esports

The teams of Europe are strong in their own might. Like NRG, Dignitas will be on the sidelines at this Major too. They did, however, qualify for the World Championship. Team Liquid has been underperforming for quite some time now but will be looking to turn things around this time. In the case of Europe, Moist Esports (previously Team Queso) and Team BDS are the ones to look out for. Both the rosters have picked up multiple titles this year already and they will be looking to add more to their trophy shelf.


  • Kansas City Pioneers
  • PWR Esports

Oceania is home to some fierce competition thanks to Pioneers, PWR and Renegades. The Renegades will be sitting it out this time despite them being at the top of the rankings table for Oceania. That might change since the other two teams will be grabbing vital points from the Spring tournament. However, that’s based on the assumption that they will pick up a few wins against other teams. There’s no guarantee of that happening thanks to the level of competition this year.

South American Major

  • Furia Esports
  • Team Secret

Furia and Team Secret are deservingly coming back to this Major as well. Furia was the first South American team to reach tip six at the Winter Major. They were super close to reaching top four but lost to Moist. They will be looking to at least replicate their level of success at the last Major.

Asia Pacific

  • Gaimin Gladiators

The hopes and dreams of Asia lie on the shoulders of Gaimin Gladiators. Gaimin has tried multiple times before to make it to the Major but fell short to regional rivals. However, they persevered and this time they’re making their Major debut.

Middle East & Northern Africa

  • Team Falcons

Team Falcons are relieved to make it to the Spring Major and for a good reason. They were denied their visas at the Winter Major despite qualifying for the event. This led them to transfer organizations and to set things straight. Now they’re back with new vigor and will be looking to make a mark.

Opening Matches & Predictions

The opening matches barely come with good news for the debutant teams. Let’s look at the opening matches of the RLCS Spring Major 2022:


G2 vs Gladiators

Prediction: G2 win

Furia vs Karmine Corp

Prediction: Furia win

Version1 vs Endpoint

Prediction: Version1 win

Moist Esports vs. Envy 

Prediction: Moist win

Team BDS vs. Team Secret

Prediction: Team BDS win

SpaceStation vs Pioneers

Prediction: SpaceStation win

FaZe vs PWR

Prediction: FaZe win

Team Liquid vs. Falcons

Prediction: Falcons win

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However, don’t let the opening matches demotivate you. Majors are always there to keep you at the edge of your seat and this one should be no different. You can catch all the action live on the official YouTube and Twitch channels with each day beginning at 11 AM EDT.

MOBAs have a very simple base: team games on a map with three lanes. Although it is a bit more complex than that, the basic concepts of what is a game in any game of this genre are easy to understand and assimilate. Of course, mastering them is another story.

Dota 2 is one of the most successful eSports titles with millions of followers and players a like. Dota 2 is a free video game of the genre RTS (Real Time Action Strategy) also known as MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) distributed by Valve’s Steam platform.

History of Dota 2 Junglers

The origin of Dota 2 goes back to StarCraft, specifically Aeon of Strife (AoS), a custom map and the first MOBA of all. Subsequently, with the release of Warcraft III and as a modification of it, “Defense of the Ancients” (DOTA) was created by the users of the game. Among them IceFrog, while his partner Guinsoo decided to take another path with the successful game League of Legends.

Mechanics of Dota 2 Jungling

Dota 2 is rated amongst the hardest games in the world. Since no individual or team can master it. The Valve title has host millions of players. The game has attracted the attention of some big organizers that have hosted the competitions with prize pools in millions.

The gameplay of Dota 2 consists of so many mechanics that can’t be mastered by any single player. It makes the game quite challenging and engaging at the same time.

What is Jungling in Dota 2?

One of the practices in Dota 2 that has been almost completely removed by Valve is Jungling. The very concept of Dota 2 Jungling is to farm gold from the creep camps that are distributed across the map. Usually, the practice of farming gold is to go into the lane and get as many last hits on the creeps as possible. But Jungling is an alternative way to get hold and experience by simply killing of the creeps.

Dota 2 Jungling Meta

Dota 2 Jungling Meta

Jungling was one of the best choices for the new players to simply farm passively. However, it had its benefits and flaws. Let’s have a look at the benefits:

Having a jungler ensures a large amount of farm and the ability to make a gank by surprise to help in the other lanes, and accommodating more gold and experience. Jungling was one of the easiest and most used mechanics in lower-tier games. One can simply lose the lane but get the farm and experience while jungling.

Old Jungling Days

Back in the old days, you could buy Iron Talon and Poor Man’s Shield which can simply get so much done for you in such a small time. However, Jungling had its fair share of flaws:

The jungler usually first picks heroes like Legion Commander, Nature’s Prophet etc which put your allies to a disadvantage since the enemy knows the offlaner will be alone and they apply the trilane tactic. In lower tier games the jungler usually remains in the games for 15 minutes and farms blindly without having no awareness whatsoever of what going on in the other lanes. The Jungling practice ruins the true essence of taking last hits on creeps and many players criticized Valve for presenting The Iron Talon.

Heroes lost their credibility after Jungle was nerfed. Back in the Dota 2 jungling days some heroes were quite popular and had an impressive pick rate.

Attacking Beast

Ursa was an excellent hero to do jungle with his “Fury Swipes” that increase the amount of damage that is inflicted with consecutive attacks. Lifestealer was another solid option, as it can heal itself with “Feast” to stay in the jungle much longer than other heroes.

Army of Creeps

On the other hand, Enigma and Nature’s Prophet were very good alternatives for jungling because of their ability to summon allied creatures. Enchantress and Chen can turn neutral creeps into allies. Compared to other jungles, these heroes can do the medium and large camps before, as long as they prioritize buying objects that grant mana regeneration.

Mighty Rogues

Axe and Sven were very simple heroes who do not need excessive farm to be useful in the first stages of the game and can also be considered good for the jungle. Both had the skills that gave them armor and damage in the area to perform this task.

The Call of the Berserker and the Spiral Counterattack helix of Axe, and Great Cleave of Sven helped to be some of the most impressive heroes of the game. Although they require more regeneration objects at the beginning.

But almost all of these heroes lost their credibility when Valve nerfed Dota 2 jungling. Sven, Chen, and Lifestealer had their pick rate completely declined and to date have not recovered to date. The Jungle Legion Commander is nowhere to be seen. While Ursa, Axe, and Enigma after a decline rate have somewhat made their way back to the current meta.


Iron Talon & Poor Man’s Shield

The practice to go jungle has been completely discouraged by Valve with time. Back in the day, Dota 2 had items that could make your life easier for jungling like the Iron Talon and Poor Man’s Shield.

The Iron Talon did so much for you in such a short time. Usually, in Dota 2 there are only a handful of Heroes that can usually play the jungle role. However, with the Iron Talon, you can simply buy the item on any hero and blindly farm the jungle.

In our opinion, we believe that these items were removed to bring back the offlaners in the game. The Iron Talon made an exceptional difference to the offlane heroes, especially the likes of Legion Commander, Tidehunter and Faceless Void.

In those days, it was seen countless times, that if your offlaner gets beaten, he/she can simply invest 500 gold in Dota 2 Junglers and farm the camps. The item had both passive and active use. Passively it increased your damage output.

While When it’s active removed 40% health of the non-hero unit. Statistically, this is not such an impressive item, but when the offlane is pushed towards the enemy tower then with the Iron Talon one can simply go to the jungle and get the much-needed experience.

While the defensive capabilities of Poor Man’s shield proved much powerful for the laning. The Melee carries like Anti Mage were unable to be harassed in the lane and continue to farm since the damage dealt to the hero was a lot less. The item not only discouraged supports and offlaners but also like Iron Talon made farm easy for all the carries.

Do we Need Dota 2 Jungle Meta Back?

The answer is simple, No. We do not need this meta and it is highly unlikely that Valve will bring it back. For the former argument, the game is quite interesting since there is no passive way to farm in the game anymore. The players have to improve their style of play to get the farm by the old and reliable last hitting technique.

We can still farm in the jungle at the later stages, but it is when the game is focused a lot on team fights, and not many care about kills the jungle creeps. The toxicity level of the game has somewhat reduced with the end of Jungle Legion Commander and Nature’s Prophet. No one really needs the jungle style of play and it is great to see Valve seeing this way.

Looking at the later argument that Valve will not bring it back is a valid argument, the signs of which can be seen in the recent 7.20 update. In the update, they removed Ring of Aquila which was very much like the Iron Talon and Poor’s Man Shield. It was being made on every hero to ease the laning phase.

The Ring was also useful in the mid-game, however, seeing its popularity and its passive benefits, Valve deleted the item. So, removing the Ring along with the Talon and the Shield was a wise choice when it comes to bringing balance to the game. They have even reworked heroes like Sven to be played as more of supporting role rather than a passively farming carry and have even turned Chen into a lane Support.

Before the patch was yet to arrive Dota 2 community assumed that it is time for Valve to go back to focus on the jungle. However, when the patch hit Valve made sure that they remove the slightest idea of returning the early Dota 2 jungle meta.

Seeing iceFrog deleting these items should alarm the community that the developer can even remove heroes from the game.

We might see the meta return in the coming years since one way or the other because Valve will continue to change the game and there will come a time when we will see the early game jungle returning to its former glory.

Dota 2 best junglers 2021

Of course, there are some heroes that performing better than others. We have sum them up in a top 10 list as you can see below.

  1. Bloodseeker
  2. Lone Druid
  3. Tiny
  4. Lycan
  5. Meepo
  6. Axe
  7. Shadow Fiend
  8. Slark
  9. Anti-Mage
  10. Wraith King

Provides Bloodseeker with:

  • Outgoing Damage Amplification: 12%/18%/24%/30%
  • Incoming Damage Amplification: 10%/14%/18%/22%
  • Maximum Health as Heal: 13%/17%/21%/25%

Provides Lone Druid with:

  • 15/30/45/60 bonus attack speed.
  • 20%/35%/50%/65% shared lifesteal.

Provides Tiny with:

  • Attack Range: 350
  • Unit Attack Damage Bonus: 10%/20%/30%/40%
  • Building Attack Damage Bonus: 20%/50%/80%/110%
  • Attack Damage as Area Damage: 30%/40%/50%/60%

Provides Lycan with:

  • Attack Damage Reduction: 25%/30%/35%/40%
  • Armor Reduction: 5/6/7/8
  • Attack Damage Bonus: 14%/26%/38%/50%
  • Health Regeneration Bonus: 1/3/5/7



What is Esports?

Electronic sports, or Esports games, are those games which are played through electronic mediums and consoles. Competitive Video Games are often referred to as Esports. According to recent reports, over one billion players participate in esports related matches in one way or another. In Parallel, Esports Betting is exploding.

Esports games are massively popular among the youth of this era. Competitive esports leagues are the future of digital gaming, and more and more gamblers and players are finding their new thirst in betting on them. Our latest esports league news keeps our viewers and the audience up-to-date on the latest developments in the esports industry. 

How Do Esports Leagues Work?

Well, Esports games are divided into different genres based on their offered stories and gameplays. From high speed racing to Multiplayer Online Battle Arena action, these games cover almost everything a player can even dream of. With the modern advancement in the field of technology, the gaming consoles are offering more and more cross-platform tournaments and options.

Once you have purchased and installed a game on your gaming console or computer, you can participate in either offline solo games, or go online and play solo, duo or squad matches with other players. Your achievements will be tracked in the form of player stats, and you can slowly begin to earn ranks as you start showing pro abilities.

There are basically two types of video gamers; casual gamers and professional gamers. Casual gamers are those, who just wish to unwind at the end of a long and a tiring day with a round of an action packed game.

Professional gamers dedicate big chunks of their lives to video games and mastering the art of getting to the top. They spend years in training, and showcase their unparalleled capabilities against other players in pro leagues and tournaments. Essentially, they are hired by professional teams, and they get paid big amounts to defeat other players in international tournaments. They also win millions of dollars in prize pools and gaming events.

Where Can You Watch Esports Leagues on TV?

First of all, let’s get one thing clear, the term TV can now be associated with various forms of live streaming. Back in the day, TV meant the big rectangle television sitting in your living room. Nowadays, TV also includes live streaming channels on the internet such as Youtube or Twitch.

Established esports leagues are most commonly presented and hosted on ESPN’s official channel, but esports news and analysis can also be accessed via online blogs, vlogs, official social media channels, and other live streaming websites similar to Gamopo. Professionals are slowly graduating from the traditional mediums, and entering into a phase of online and a virtual world.

Typically our esports news cover all aspects of league play, yet there are some popular games which are featured more than others. For example League of Legends, DOTA 2, Rocket League, CS:GO, and Overwatch are always highlighted in our weekly esports league updates more than most other games.

All of these games are more popular because of their pro league tournaments, esports betting options, and millions of fans who always want to know the latest updates regarding their favourite esports games.

There are several channels and mediums, where you can enjoy your favorite esports leagues every day. If you are an avid television watcher, then turn to ESPN News, and you can enjoy live commentary, recaps, discussions, and predictions about Lol, DOTA 2, and newer leagues like Overwatch. The professional present these games just like traditional sports, and they invite professional Esports games writers to join them in supportive and helpful discussions.

If you are more of a modern TV watcher, and you enjoy watching news on your laptop, then turn to Twitch, YouTube, ESPN News Website, MLG.TV, or TBS.

You can not only enjoy live streaming on Twitch and YouTube, but you can also view live commentary, breakdown, stats recap, updates, and other news on these websites and their affiliated TV services.

ESPN News website and TBS News website offer a live version of their traditional news. These online news pieces are actually more detailed, and exclusive regarding the latest updates for esports leagues.

What are Some of the Most Popular Esports Leagues?

Popular games have started to establish their own esports leagues, local LAN tournaments, online multiplayer challenges and other action packed events for the audience to enjoy. These leagues vary hugely, and every league attracts a different number and type of audience. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular esports leagues in 2019;

Invitationals: These events are just help to promote the game, and raise awareness. Professionals, as well as newbies are invited from all over the globe, and they participate as individual gamers. There are prize pools, rewards and cash prizes for the winners. These events are also streamed live and audience indulges in Esports betting on these Esports games.

DOTA 2 World Championship: This can easily be referred to as the biggest Esports tournament. It has been around since the release of the game in 2011. The last tournament had a prize pool of $24,787,916. This surpasses any of the other Esports leagues.

International World Championships: Based on the DOTA 2, all the other major titles hold world level championships. The prize pools vary from 1 Million USD to 10 Million USD. Nevertheless, these championships attract a large number of audiences, and the gambling industry has a field day during the international championships. Records are broken. Records are made. Champions are defeated. Champions are born.

ESL Pro Leagues: Electronic Sports League offers Pro leagues every year, which are based around the major titles. The world class professionals are invited to play among one another. Although the major focus is currently on DOTA 2 and CS: GO, but that might change the rise in popularity for Esports games of Battle Royale genre.

The Intel Extreme Masters: ESL is behind this as well. They hold a vast variety of leagues for different types of games, gamers, and gameplays. It originally began as a platform to raise awareness regarding Esports games in the traditional sports audience. Over the years, it has solidified itself as a major component of the Esports games industry.

Other Leagues: There are several other major and minor titles in the Esports industry. These include, but are not limited to:

  • NBA 2K League
  • Overwatch League
  • Capcom Pro Tour/Capcom Cup
  • Call of Duty Championship/World League
  • Evolution Championship Series
  • Major League Gaming
  • FIFA Interactive World Cup
  • ESWC
  • Smite World Championship
  • World Cyber Games
  • StarCraft II World Championship Series
  • Halo World Championships
  • World Championships
  • WESG – World Electronic Sports Games


Well, now we all know what Esports are. We know how big they are becoming. The Esports games are attracting large bodies of greedy gamblers from all over the globe. If one tournament spawns a prize pool of 10 Million USD, imagine what hundreds of tournaments will do every year.

Esports games are definitely getting bigger, more complex and more real with every passing day. It’s time for everyone to benefit from the outcome of this industry.

In order to understand this industry from a betting perspective, learn as much as you can about each game, and watch leagues on all the available mediums. Esports betting is gaining a cult like following, and soon, it will thrive amongst esports enthusiasts looking to add some extra excitment by placing bets. The time is now.

Two weeks ago, Blizzard announced the latest Balance Update for the game Hearthstone. For those that are unfamiliar with the term, a balance update is when Blizzard either strengthens or weakens cards in the game to make the current “meta” more balanced. The December Balance Update nerfed (weakened) cards of the most powerful decks. This included key cards of Shaman, Druid, and Paladin Decks. The previous Balance Update made changes to Warlock, Warrior, and Wizard deck types. And it seemed like the more recent update targeted everyone else. Well… almost everyone.

When the dust cleared and all the nerfs were implemented the only deck that was spared from the update was the Hunter archetype. The Hunter Decks were boosted by the latest expansion of Rastakhan, and the new build of Deathrattle Egg Hunter was very potent. It was doing okay against the previous meta, but this updated made them formidable. Earlier, Druids and Shamans could wait it out, but now that those decks were nerfed, Hunters had a better chance.

How the Balance Update Unleashed the Hunters of Hearthstone

Being spared from any nerfs also meant that all the builds from the Hunter Type retained its strengths. So builds such as the Secret Hunter and the Spell Hunter were still viable options. While neither decks were Tier 1 decks, they still had enough firepower to bring down the Druids and Shamans now that they were weakened. The beauty of the Hunter deck is that it can be used in almost all the tiers. There are also several builds that even the most noob of players can run a half decent Aggro Hunter Deck and win.

The Balance update did a lot in maintaining the balance of the Meta, but it unleashed all the Hunters of Hearthstone. Hunters from the previous meta overplayed their Hunter decks, while players that had their decks nerfed switched to their own Hunter decks. What this meant was that you were going to be seeing a lot of Hunters on your daily grinds. And I mean A LOT. Several players have already complained about how all they seem to face are Hunters all day. Until the next update, or until a new build is discovered, Hunters will rule the realm of Hearthstone.