Zalae
Paul Nemeth 
USA
Luminosity Gaming
Couldn't make it through group stages
July 31, 2017
Zalae struggled early and often as he failed to make it out of group stages at the Hearthstone Grand Prix at DreamHack Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
As one of the most popular faces in American Hearthstone, Zalae had pressure to perform at the local tournament. Whether it was the pressure getting to him or the matchups not going his way, failing to make it out of group stages is unacceptable for a person of his caliber. He can chalk this one up as a bad weekend and bounce back.
Targeted control decks, captured his first Major championship
June 12, 2017
Zalae capped off a very impressive tournament run in style as he defeated Rdu 4-2 in the finals of StarLadder Season 3 to be crowned champion. Zalae also won $11,000 with the victory.
ANALYSIS
There was a variety of strategies coming into the star studded tournament. Some designed their lineup to target aggro, some just brought the best decks, and then there was Zalae who targeted control. The choice did not look smart to begin with as he was quickly swept in his first series of the tournament, but it all worked out just as he planned in the end. In a meta where control decks are strongest, Zalae used his unique lineup of Jade Druid, Burn Mage, Murloc Paladin, Quest Rogue and Jade Shaman to counter them. This was a huge win for Zalae as it is his first ever victory in a major tournament. He has always been known as one of the world's best players, so we do not expect this to be his last win.