Sjow vs. Surrender - W1D1

Jung-Soo Kim, known as Surrender, is a relatively unknown player for those of us in North America and Europe. The Team Golden Coin member first appeared in the China vs. Korea Masters Season 1 and in only his second event claimed second at the World E-sport Championships in 2014. He's currently competing in the second season of OGN's Hearthstone Masters Korea and has already made it to the finals for that event. As such the hype around him has been growing rapidly and this match against Sjow is the first we've seen of him in a major Eastern tournament.

GosuGamers currently ranks him as the 16th best player in the world and he's already off to a 2-0 (4-1 overall) start. We can't wait for the group stage to be over and see how he'll fare against the likes of Strifecro and Kolento.

While there aren't any huge moments in this particular match, Surrender is someone you should familiarize yourself with as he's likely not going anywhere anytime soon.

Strifecro vs. Kibler - W1D3

Speaking of Strifecro, he's widely recognized as one of the best Hearthstone players in the world. While Kibler isn't even in the top 200, he's certainly no pushover and Strifecro just makes this look all too easy. I mean, just watch. Yes, there's a good amount of RNG and such but that Imp-losion on your own Haunted Creeper to activate even more knife juggles and secure his win was ingenious.

Trump vs. Orange - W1D3

We're going to keep this one spoiler free. But this is just an overall great series between Trump and Orange. There's one key moment that the entire series hinges on and it swings pretty strongly.

Standings

After one week of the Vulcun Deckmasters Gaara, Surrender, and Strifecro are the only undefeated players. We're actually yet to see Neirea play at all as most of his games take place in the last two weeks.

Group A

  1. Gaara (2-0)
  2. Trump (2-1)
  3. herudra (1-1)
  4. Hawkeye (0-1)
  5. Orange (0-2)

Group B

  1. Surrender (2-0)
  2. TidesofTime (1-0)
  3. Sjow (1-2)
  4. Llaw (0-1)
  5. Cipher (0-1)

Group C

  1. Kolento (1-0)
  2. Forsen (1-0)
  3. Kufdon (1-1)
  4. BunnyMuffins (0-1)
  5. Steelo (0-1)

Group D

  1. Strifecro (2-0)
  2. Theude (1-1)
  3. Neirea (0-0)
  4. Kibler (0-1)
  5. handsomeguy (0-1)
Note: There seem to be some changes in the groups as Lifecoach is now listed among a couple others. We've reached out to Vulcun for comment.