DDaHyoNi
SangHyeon Baek 
South Korea
Cloud9
Played himself into an early exit
September 10, 2017
DDaHyoNi was a victim of his lineup as he fell in the swiss bracket of the Asia-Pacific Summer Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
When it comes to the high-level tournaments, sometimes a person needs to bring a unique lineup to set themselves apart. This was not one of those events as it seems like the top decks in the meta are just far and away better than the techs. DDaHyoNi brought a unique lineup, consisting of both Quest Mage and SIlence Priest. The decision was mainly to beat Druid decks, but Druid is just too strong to target with such niche decks. DDaHyoNi also brought Jade Druid and Murloc Paladin in his lineup, but they couldn't outweigh the weakness of the weaker two.
Fell just short of shocking the world
August 26, 2017
DDaHyoNi and South Korea were not able to advance any further as they lost 4-2 to Ukraine in the semifinals of the Hearthstone Global Games.
ANALYSIS
As the biggest underdog matched up against the star-studded Ukraine lineup, this would have been one of the biggest upsets of the tournament. DDaHyoNi broke up the Korean synergy by representing Cloud 9 but helped along the teamwork during play. South Korea was lucky in scheduling to have gotten to the final four, but luck could only take them so far. DDaHyoNi will mainly stick to streaming going forward.
Advances to top four of Hearthstone Global Games with South Korea
July 26, 2017
DdaHyoNi played great all tournament as South Korea clinched Top 4 spot in the Hearthstone Global Games. Semifinals of HGG are at Gamescom in Germany in August.
ANALYSIS
Through weeks and weeks of exhausting series through the night, all countries were tested to the max. South Korea came in as one of the heralded countries and played like it, representing the Asia-Pacific scene well. DdaHyoNi has an immense following overseas, and will do his best to bring back a title for them all.
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DDaHyoNi: Wins the Asia-Pacific Winter Championship on the back of his Torch Mage deck
March 27, 2016
DDaHyoNi completed the reverse sweep to defeat handsomeguy 3-2 in the Grand Finals of the Asia-Pacific Winter Championship.
ANALYSIS
DDaHyoNi went with his Torch Mage to open up the Grand Finals against handsomeguy's Zoo Warlock. This game was an absolute blitz by handsomeguy which is rare for this matchup, as the Mage is able to control the board early on. But in this game, the Zoo took off from the jump and was able to win by turn six. Game Two saw the players essentially switch decks, with DDaHyoNi using the Zoo deck and handsomeguy using the Freeze Mage. DDaHyoNi was able to push for a ton of damage early on in this game, but the Mage drew into the key freezes it needed to lock the Zoo out of the game and take a 2-0 lead in the series. DDaHyoNi went with his Zoo deck again, while handsomeguy was down to his Druid deck. Handsomeguy was able to ramp up early on in the game, but while he was playing one big minion per turn, DDaHyoNi was playing many minions every turn and used that board control to keep hope alive in this series. For Game Four, both players played their Druid decks, with DDaHyoNi having the slight lead from the start. That lead ended up getting DDaHyoNi the win after he got a taunt from a Piloted Shredder to protect him from the Force of Nature/Savage Roar combo waiting in handsomeguy's hand. For the final game, DDaHyoNi was left with his Torch Mage to face the Druid of handsomeguy. DDaHyoNi was able use this match to show exactly what makes this new version of the Freeze Mage archetype so dangerous. He drew into all of his burn damage and was able to essentially kill handsomeguy solely with spells from his hand. Handsomeguy had no way to stop the amount of damage that came in, and DDaHyoNi took the game and the series. DDaHyoNi will bring home $25,000 for winning the tournament, but more importantly, he received a guaranteed spot at Blizzcon to try and earn his stake of the $1 million prize pool this fall.
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DDaHyoNi: Advances to Grand Finals with win over Pinpingho
March 27, 2016
DDaHyoNi defeats Pinpingho in a 3-1 series in the first semifinal match of the Asia-Pacific Winter Championship.
ANALYSIS
DDaHyoNi found his way into a great matchup in the opening game of the semifinals, as he chose his Druid against the Murloc Paladin of Pinpingho. This type of Paladin typically isn't able to do much against the ramp and board presence the Druid brings. DDaHyoNi didn't have the best opening hand, though, which did give Pinpingho a small window to turn the tables. Despite the poor start, DDaHyoNi began to draw into the cards he needed as the game drew on and was able to pull off the Force of Nature/Savage Roar combo to take the first game. Game Two saw DDaHyoNi bring his Zoo Warlock against the Murloc Paladin from Pinpingho. While Pinpingho did his best to keep up with the Zoo deck here, the Doomguards and Dark Peddlers from DDaHyoNi were enough to give him a fairly easy 2-0 lead in this series. DDaHyoNi was now down to his Control Warrior deck to yet again face the Murloc Paladin of Pinpingho. He wasn't able to armor up as much as he would have liked, which is normally the key to victory in this matchup. Due to this, he was forced to go with an all-in play where he used an enraged Grommash Hellscream to do a ton of damage to the face of Pinpingho to try and push for damage and the win. It ended up not paying off, though, as Pinpingho used his Anyfin Can Happen combos to take the victory. For Game Four, DDaHyoNi went with his Control Warrior against the Demon Warlock of Pinpingho. While things ended up being pretty close in this game, DDaHyoNi was able to take the win fairly easily to advance to the Grand Finals.
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DDaHyoNi: Makes his way to the semifinals of the Asia-Pacific Winter Championship
March 26, 2016
DDaHyoNi won a very close 3-2 match over UCCU in the final match of Group A in the Asia-Pacific Winter Championship.
ANALYSIS
DDaHyoNi started this elimination series off with his Zoo Warlock to face-off against the Aggro Shaman of UCCU. DDaHyoNi was able to control the game from the start, as he drew into all the early game minions he needed to keep ahead on the board. He played minion after minion and UCCU was never really able to get any tempo of his own, nor was he able to use the Shaman's spells to chip away at his opponent's health. The pressure was just too much and DDaHyoNi took an early 1-0 lead. Game Two saw him bring out his Druid deck against the Tempo Mage of UCCU. The Mage player was able to use the deck the way it was intended by controlling the tempo and taking the easy win. With things all tied up, DDaHyoNi went with his Torch Mage to battle the Druid of UCCU. The Torch Mage is simply a Freeze Mage that plays Forgotten Torch, adding a ton of burst to the Mage's arsenal. This variant of the deck helped DDaHyoNi flip the tables in what is normally a pretty hard matchup for the Mage to take a 2-1 lead. Game Four saw the two players both bring out their Druids for a good old fashioned Druid mirror. The game progressed about how one would expect it to, with the game turning almost solely on which player drew Wild Growth early on to ramp into the later turns and win things easily. Unfortunately for DDaHyoNi, that player was UCCU in this game, and he was able to push this series to a decisive Game Five. For the final game, DDaHyoNi was left with his Druid again to face the Aggro Shaman of UCCU. DDaHyoNi was able to overwhelm the board early on in this game, which once again forced UCCU to use his burst damage to deal with minions instead of directing that damage towards the face. Without a way to actually get control of the game, UCCU couldn't do anything against the superior board presence of DDaHyoNi. With the win this series, DDaHyoNi will now move on to the semifinals to face Pinpingho.
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DDaHyoNi: Now on his last life with a loss to handsomeguy in the winner's match of Group A
March 25, 2016
DDaHyoNi fell to handsomeguy in a 3-1 matchup in the winner's bracket of Group A in the Asia-Pacific Winter Championship.
ANALYSIS
DDaHyoNi came out the gate flat in this series against handsomeguy. In the first Game, both players went with their Zoo Warlock decks. DDaHyoNi was behind from the start, though, as his opening hand left much to be desired. He had no early game cards and was never really able to gain any traction. He was simply overrun and lost this one by Turn 6. DDaHyoNi's favor turned around in Game Two, as he was the one in the position of power for the first half of the game. He was able to put on enough pressure to get handsomeguy down to 13 health by Turn 6. It was at that point where his luck began to turn, however, when he lost his control on both the board and the game. Handsomeguy kept putting pressure on DDaHyoNi and was eventually able to take the game with a Force of Nature/Savage Roar combo on Turn 9. With his back against the wall, DDaHyoNi brought his Druid deck to face-off against the Freeze Mage from handsomeguy. The Mage was able to keep things pretty close throughout, even getting DDaHyoNi within lethal range. DDaHyoNi was able to use Ancient of Lore to heal up, though, and pick up the win a couple turns later. Game Four saw the third mirror match of the series, with both players bringing a Freeze Mage. The game progressed as a pretty close affair, with both players trading blows the entire way. DDaHyoNi ended up being a turn behind in trading Ice Blocks, though, and wasn't able to prolong the series any longer. He now falls into the loser's bracket and will face the winner of the match between Staz and UCCU on Saturday.
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DDaYyoNi: Headed to the Asia-Pacific Winter Championship
March 22, 2016
DDaYyoNi will be competing in the Asia-Pacific Winter Championship taking place March 24-26.
ANALYSIS
DDaYyoNi earned his spot in this tournament by winning the Korea Winter Preliminary. He made waves in the tournament by winning both the semifinals and finals with massive topdecks. He and his topdecks will be trying hard to take home the win in this tournament to claim a spot at BlizzCon for the Hearthstone World Championships.