LAKELAND, FL – The Florida Southern College eSports Hearthstone team lost 3-1 to Principia College Monday night, putting its playoff hopes in jeopardy. The Moccasins (6-7) started the match by losing two straight games and were not able to recover as the Panthers (8-5) sealed the match with a Game Four win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Moccasins brought Silver Hand Paladin, Secret Mage, Spiteful Priest, and Control Warlock decks, of which the Panthers banned Warlock. The Panthers brought Spell Hunter, Murloc Paladin, Cube Warlock, and Spiteful Priest decks, of which the Mocs banned Warlock.
- For the first game, the Mocs chose to play their Secret Mage deck against the Panthers' Spell Hunter deck. Principia played Barnes turn four, swinging the game's tempo its way. Florida Southern could not recover, giving the Panthers Game One.
- Game Two saw a Secret Mage versus Murloc Paladin matchup. Principia and Florida Southern traded board control in the early game. The Moccasins had exhausted their resources by the time the Panthers played Murloc Warleader on a board full of minions, giving them Game Two.
- Game Three's Silver Hand Paladin versus Spiteful Priest matchup gave the Moccasins the edge. Despite the advantage, the Mocs struggled to create a meaningful board presence. The match was swung in Florida Southern's favor after a top deck draw helped create an Equality-Consecration combo that cleared Principia's board and gave the Moccasins Game Four.
- The Moccasins had the chance to mount a comeback with a Game Four Spiteful Priest mirror matchup, but the luck of the game fell to the Panthers. A Grand Archivist used Mind Control at the end of the Panthers' turn to steal their Gruul. This 25% probability move swung the game to Principia, giving them Game Four and the match.
The Mocs will face St. Louis College of Pharmacy in their season finale on Tuesday night. Fans can tune in to the official Florida Southern College Twitch channel at 9 p.m.
(Mocs) Secret Mage vs. Spell Hunter (Panthers)
(Mocs) Secret Mage vs. Murloc Paladin (Panthers)
(Mocs) Silver Hand Paladin vs. Spiteful Priest (Panthers)
(Mocs) Spiteful Priest vs. Spiteful Priest (Panthers)