After much fighting, we now have a winner in the Clash Royale Crown Championship Global Series Spring tournament. Oxalate, from Pennsylvania, came out top after going 7 – 0, being undefeated the whole day. He won the first 3 matches in the final BO5 against CMcHugh.
Here is how it panned out:
This match-up was heavily in Oxalate’s favour from the start as his Pekka destroys CMcHugh’s Giant where tanks are concerned.
A counter push consisting of the Battle Ram and Pekka saw the Battle Ram connect successfully with the tower, bringing it down to 1084 HP just past the 2min mark. CMcHugh’s left tower was down at the 1-minute mark. He never got his push going due to Oxalate’s counters, while Oxalate’s decision not to use the Elixir Collector early on in the match shut off any openings that he might have to go in and punish.
CMcHugh has the better matchup this round, due to his deck ability to cycle faster to complement Graveyard’s gameplay. Oxalate included the Giant Skeleton in prediction that he will be facing a heavy beatdown deck, which placed him at an disadvantage as the Giant Skeleton does not perform well on defense against fast cycle decks.
In mirror matchups such as Graveyard vs Graveyard, it’s a test of patience to use Graveyard repeatedly, and having precise placement of troops on defense that allows you to win the game.
Both players were very cautious during normal time, and neither one had any major HP advantage after multiple Tank + Graveyard + Poison combo. Oxalate’s Giant Skeleton caught CMcHugh by surprise in Overtime, and though the bomb did not exploded onto the tower, it tanked long enough for the combo to deal significant damage. The turning point came when CMcHugh deployed his Archers on the left, which left him vulnerable on defense to Oxlate’s combo.
Oxalate opted to use back his Pekka-Ram deck, and CMcHugh chose his trusty Miner Poison deck, which can outcycle and out-maneuver if played to full strength.
After successfully defending against the 1st Battle Ram by Oxalate and even managing to trick him into defending his Elixir Collector wrongly using Miner + Poison combo. Things were looking good for CMcHugh; however, a wasted Ice Spirit to defend against the Night Witch’s death spawn Bats proved to be a costly mistake.
Oxalate used the Baby Dragon + Battle Ram + Poison combo. Because CMcHugh only managed to cycle back to his Ice Spirit at the last second, a tick from the Poison and an attack from the Baby Dragon killed it off. Oxalate’s Battle Ram connected with the tower, leaving it at 788 HP!
CMcHugh managed to hold on, applying pressure on Oxalate’s subsequent Elixir Collector and even defend nicely against the Pekka by having his Inferno Tower in his deck. It proved too much for him to defend against Battle Ram + Baby Dragon + Bandit + Poison combo, and as his last ditch effort to use the Knight to defend and distract the Barbarians. Oxalate’s 2 attackssplashed onto the tower through the Knight, giving him the victory!
Oxalate won the finals in convincing fashion and is the reigning North American champion while also taking home $15,000! Both Oxalate and CMcHugh will go straight into Fall Round Robin phase; we’re excited to see what they can bring to the table soon!
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