Pavel
Pavel Beltukov 
Russia
Millenium
Continues to make noise in the year of Pavel
July 6, 2017
Pavel placed high again in another crowded tournament field in LifeCoach's Summer Mansion. Pavel's lineup consisted of Mage, Paladin, Rogue, Shaman and Warrior.
ANALYSIS
Still basking in the glory of his World Championship, Pavel has been one of the most frequently seen faces in 2017 Hearthstone tournaments. Unlike earlier in the year, Pavel is not winning each event, but his strong finishes show that he is still one of the top players in the world. His performance in the unique LifeCoach's Summer Mansion was another solid performance as he continues to rack up the prize winnings. What is great about what Pavel is doing is that he is still referenced as the worst World Champion ever due to his immense luck on his run, but the top showings continually prove his haters wrong. Pavel lost to eventual champion ElMachico in the semifinals.
Stays hot as he adds Europe Winter Champion to his resume
February 12, 2017
Pavel continues his dominance of competitive Hearthstone as he defeated Greensheep 3-0 in the finals of the Europe Winter Championship to be crowned champion. Pavel also secures his spot as one of the four European representatives at the Hearthstone Winter Championship.
ANALYSIS
Last time Pavel was seen in a Hearthstone Championship Tour event, he was holding the World Championship trophy over his head. With the 2017 season underway, he is out to accomplish the unthinkable task of repeating as champion. He has been disrespected as champion, saying his victory was very much based on luck, but he is quickly working to silence those critics. Not only did he clinch his spot at the Winter World Championship, he went on to become the European Winter Champion after making quick work of Greensheep and his super aggressive lineup. Pavel came out on the right side of all his intense five games sets, but slammed the door shut to win the championship. Pavel is showing that his World Championship was not a fluke and that he can do it again.
Free Agent
Shuts down Druids again to win Hearthstone World Championship
November 5, 2016
Pavel wonderfully navigated any matchup against Druids to win the 2016 Hearthstone World Championship in a 4-2 series at BlizzCon.
ANALYSIS
Pavel got off to a bit of a slow start in the Game 1 Warrior mirror, as his late game-focused C'Thun Warrior could not overcome the Dragon Warrior of DrHippi. He almost faltered again in Game 2, but he held on to his Flamestrike until the right moment to completely clear DrHippi's Zoo board and turn momentum in his favor. He then navigated the always dreaded Druid mirror to take a 2-1 lead. He went back to his Warrior for Game 4 and once again took down a Druid with a late game C'Thun play at the perfect time. He wasn't able to take down the Zoo from DrHippi in Game 5, but then closed out the series with a big 10/10 Edwin Van Cleef to win the 2016 BlizzCon World Championship. Pavel not only takes home bragging rights for the next year, but he's now $250,000 richer.
Free Agent
Punches ticket to BlizzCon grand final
November 5, 2016
Pavel used some more game-changing RNG to take his semifinal series 4-2 against Jasonzhou to move on to the grand finals of BlizzCon.
ANALYSIS
Pavel went to his Malygos Rogue first off and wasn't able to take down the Zoo Warlock from Jasonzhou. The Chinese player pulled a top-decked Doomguard out of his hat to take the first game and put Pavel down 0-1. Pavel bounced back in Game 2 with his Malygos Druid. He got a great early game curve that allowed him to scale perfectly into his late game threats and tie things up. Jasonzhou came back again with another win in Game 3, but from there on, Pavel would take over. He won with his Tempo Mage in Game 4 with a Leeroy Jenkins from a Firelance Portal and then took the Rogue mirror in Game 5 after Jasonzohu made a back-breaking early game misplay. He cleaned things up in Game 6 with his C'Thun Warrior to send himself to the grand finals.
Free Agent
EU reigns supreme in big matchup
November 5, 2016
Pavel managed to stay calm long enough to mount a huge comeback in his semifinals series against Amnesiac at BlizzCon 2016, completing the reverse sweep to win 4-3.
ANALYSIS
The series couldn't have gotten off to a worse start for the European pro. He lost Game 1 on a 33 percent Ragnaros shot and then got steamrolled in Games 2 and 3 by Tempo Mage and Zoo Warlock. Over the course of the rest of the series, though, Pavel clearly put his faith in RNGesus, who carried Pavel to victory. From the Babbling Book giving him the only card (Polymorph) he could have gotten to save the game to him pulling the Sap off a desperate card draw play with Gadgetzan Auctioneer, Pavel could do no wrong in Games 4 through 7. With a little bit of luck and some nice mirco-decisions, Pavel is now through to the semifinals where he will take on Jasonzhou.
Free Agent
Qualifies for Blizzcon
October 19, 2016
Pavel put together a dominant series to defeat Rdu 4-1 in the finals of the Europe Last Call Invitational. With the win, Pavel earned himself a spot at Blizzcon.
ANALYSIS
Pavel has always been a strong player in the competitive Hearthstone scene, but he just seemed to have absolutely everything working in his favor to clinch his Blizzcon spot. Rdu is a great player himself, but seemed to be outmatched in every game. Pavel was able to take the first three games in very speedy fashion as he even managed to get a win with a turn 3, 12/12 Edwin VanCleef. Rdu was able to aggro his way to a win on his Midrange Hunter deck, but Pavel then closed the series with a 12/12 C'thun. Pavel will go onto Blizzcon as a well known player, but an underdog compared to the dominant performances put on by other players in their seasonal championships.