Tarei
Jeffrey Liu 
United States
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Just missed on making into top 8
September 18, 2017
Tarei was just a win short of making it out of the swiss stage of the Hearthstone Americas Summer Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Known for his appearance at the 2014 World Championship, Tarei has stayed relevant and competitive in the scene since. On a quest to get back to Worlds, Tarei needed to make top eight here for his first step. He finished one game from advancing in a series of close calls. Tarei brought the conventional lineup with Druid, Mage, Priest, and Rogue, which resulted in a lot of thrilling mirror matches. Tarei won the majority of those close games but ending up falling just short of his goal.
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Qualifies for Winter Championship as one of four American representatives
February 21, 2017
Tarei made it to the semifinals of the Americas Winter Playoffs, clinching his spot as one of four North American representatives to play in the HCT Winter Championships.
ANALYSIS
Tarei fought through a crowded swiss bracket of all the top HCT point recipients in the Americas just to qualify for the single-elimination bracket. He then defeated Lucas to clinch his spot in the Winter Championships in Bahamas. He then lost to DrJikininki in the semifinals but successfully accomplished the ultimate mission of moving onto the Winter Championships. The last time we saw Tarei in a seasonal championship, he finished second in the Americas Summer Championship.
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Finished as runner up in Summer Championship
September 18, 2016
Tarei's strong tournament run finished just short as he loses 4-3 to HotMEOWTH in the championship of the Americas Summer Championship.
ANALYSIS
Tarei came in to the series looking to become just the third player ever to have multiple appearances as the Hearthstone Blizzcon Championship with the inexperienced HotMEOWTH in his way. His chances looked even better as Tarei took a quick 2-0 series lead thanks to his Zoo Warlock deck and then lots of juggles from his Knife Juggler in his Midrange Hunter deck. Tarei switched to his rarely seen C'Thun Warrior deck and proceeded to drop two straight as he struggled to handle HotMEOWTH's aggression. Finally, Tarei choked out a Zoo Warlock deck for a win and was left with only his MalyYogg Druid. Yogg-Saron could not help Tarei as he proceeded to lose two straight games to allow HotMEOWTH to close the series and took the championship. Tarei had a great tournament showing and only further established himself as one of the top Hearthstone players in the world. We will continue to see him in tournament finals for some time to come.
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Earns the hard fought win to advance to finals
September 18, 2016
Tarei strings together some great play to defeat Rooftrellen 4-2 in the semifinals of the Americas Summer Championship and advance to the finals.
ANALYSIS
This was the premier matchup as each player has displayed some great play leading up to the day. Tarei's unique decks have given him an advantage and continued to do so today. In Game 1, his Midrange Hunter was able to blow out Rooftrellen's Yogg Druid in thanks to a massive Knife Juggler/Unleash the Hounds combo that is reminiscent of the old Aggro Hunter days. Tarei closed Game 1 on turn seven, but then dropped the next game to Rooftrellen's signature N'Zoth Paladin deck. After Sea Giants got his Zoo Warlock deck a win and Malygos got his MalyYogg Druid deck a win, Tarei was on match point with just his rarely seen C'Thun Warrior left. Rooftrellen was able to put together an amazing board with his Yogg Druid to grab a game off of the C'Thun Warrior, but lost with his Dragon Warrior to give Tarei the win. Tarei is into the finals and looks to have a great chance with how well he has been playing of late.
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Puts on a dominating performance to advance
September 18, 2016
Tarei made quick work of the series and defeated Abar 4-1 to advance to the Semifinals of the Americas Summer Championship.
ANALYSIS
This matchup was the lone blowout of the day as Tarei was in complete control. After both Tarei and Abar grabbed their first wins, Tarei decided to take over the series completely and eliminate Abar. Tarei won three straight game to close out the series, lining up his Midrange Shaman, Midrange Hunter and Malygos Druid decks. Tarei exploited Abar's Zoo Warlock deck for two of the wins as the deck continues to struggle as the professionals are still looking for the optimal deck build. Tarei is bring a unique set of decks to the semifinals, but it is difficult to tell if that will put him at an advantage or disadvantage.
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Earns top eight spot after dramatic finish
August 24, 2016
Tarei took the most dramatic series of the day against yoitsflo 3-2 to clinch his spot in the Americas Hearthstone Summer Championship Top 8.
ANALYSIS
Tarei jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in this series as he was able to control the board completely through each game. His second win in particular was impressive, as it came on his Hybrid Hunter deck, which was swept 3-0 in his previous series. With only his Yogg Druid remaining, Tarei started to stumble as yoitsflo was able to claw his way back into the series. After some impressive Fireland Portals in Game 4 from yoitsflo's Tempo Mage deck, a decisive Yogg Druid mirror matchup was set up. Tarei was able to take the ramp advantage between the two Druids, throwing out early and massive threats like Ancient of War onto the board. yoitsflo fought it in strong fashion, but his Ragnaros aim was a little off as Tarei found lethal and will move on the Top 8.