Eternal 2021 World Championship CompetitorsJanuary 5, 2022
16 players from across the globe will do battle February 12-13 to crown the 2021 Eternal® World Champion. It’s been been a long road to reach the top tables, and today we’re looking ahead to Worlds by looking back at how the qualifying players earned their seats!
With three separate formats (Throne, Expedition, and Draft) all feeding into the World Championship and a whole host of competitive strategies taking top prizes throughout the season, players need to master a variety of skills if they want a shot at the title.
The 2021 organized play season saw events taken down by blistering aggro decks, tempo-focused midrange, wild combos, and punishing control strategies. And their pilots range from regular fixtures at the final tables to new players looking to make a splash in their first organized play season!
It’s a wide-open field filled with some of the best players in Eternal…but only one can emerge as the Champion. Let’s take a look at who’s competing for the Eternal World Championship, and how they got there:
From: Wisconsin, USA
Where to find them: YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and in the Dire Wolf Gaming Discord!
Defending World Champion LightsOutAce took down the field at the 2020 Eternal World Championship with a brutal Fire-Justice-Primal control deck that tapped into the power of Garden of Omens, sweepers, and card draw to turn out the lights on their opponents.
With recent balance changes to the deck’s signature site, will a new flavor of control become the scourge of a new field of World Championship hopefuls?
2020 Eternal World Championship Finals – LightsOutAce vs. nico_aba
Interview with 2020 Eternal World Champion LightsOutAce
Name: August Peterson
From: Minnesota, USA
Where to find them: Twitter
Tournament mainstay TheBoxer has been on an absolute tear through the 2021 organized play season, following up a Top 8 appearance at the 2020 World Championship with taking down not one, but two open events in both Throne and Draft formats. In the very first event of the season, the Stormbreak $5k Throne Open, TheBoxer punched their ticket to Worlds with a perfectly balanced Evenhanded Feln list.
Has the Golem’s reign of terror finally come to an end? Will TheBoxer square off for the World Championship with a new card advantage engine in their corner?
Stormbreak $5k Throne Open Finals – TheBoxer vs. NetscapeNavigator
Interview with Stormbreak $5K Throne Open Winner TheBoxer
Name: Jonathan Sukenik
From: New Jersey, USA, Now Pennsylvania, USA
Where to find them: Twitter and Twitch
Watchwolf92 blew away the Stormbreak $5k Expedition Open with one of the most explosive “all-in” combo decks in the history of Eternal. Relying on the new Amplify mechanic to fuel an Overloader and provide the power necessary for a game-ending Pyrotech Explosion, Watchwolf92’s diabolic machine realigned the Expedition metagame.
Stormbreak $5k Expedition Open Finals – Watchwolf92 vs. mgallop
Interview with Stormbreak $5K Expedition Open Winner Watchwolf92
From: Michigan, USA
Where to find them: Twitch
No stranger to the Eternal World Championship, Collecter is looking to improve on their Top 4 finish from a year ago, and a victory at the Empire of Glass $5k Draft Open added another impressive victory to the trophy case. Drafting a grindy Stonescar list packed with removal and recursion allowed Collecter to pick up another chance at the World Championship.
Empire of Glass $5k Draft Open Finals – Collecter vs. Killerking
Interview with Empire of Glass $5K Draft Open Winner Collecter
Name: Marc Colaco
Where to find them: The Misplay Discord
As hard as it is to take down an event filled with Eternal‘s top players, consistently placing at the top of the bracket may be even harder. Hot off of a Top 16 appearance at the 2020 World Championship, Colacoma came into the 2021 season on a mission to make it back to the big dance, qualifying with a two-step pair of Top 4 finishes in a span of only five weeks.
Earning their first Top 4 finish during the Stormbreak $5k Throne Open with a an Even Reanimator deck that sent opponents spiraling into the void, Colacoma is a seasoned veteran and championship threat in any format.
Interview with 2021 Worlds Championship Qualifier Colacoma
Where to find them: On the ladder
There was a clear best deck at the Revelations $5k Throne Open, which found a Hooru Kira mira match at the top table between ddddd and Phoenix. Full of aggressive units and cheap spells to protect them, Hooru Kira ascended the rankings and earned ddddd a seat at the World Championship.
Revelations $5k Throne Open – ddddd vs. Phoenix
From: Athens, Greece
Where to find them: Twitch, and in the Dire Wolf Gaming and Team We Stream Games Discords
One of the new twists of the 2021 organized play season has been the ability to qualify for the Eternal World Championship through the Tuesday Night Eternal event series organized by Telemokos.
At the first qualifying event, the TNE Spring Invitational, imestr8 cleared the table with a totally fair Eccentric Officer Combo deck that looks to cheat out the Grand Champion and draw approximately one million cards before roasting their opponent with a First (and likely also final) Flame.
Tuesday Night Eternal Spring Invitational – EarthsOverseer vs. Imestr8
Interview with Tuesday Night Eternal Spring Invitational Winner Imestr8
Name: Morgan Crann
From: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Where to find them: The Team Invoke Lethal Discord
Aggro can’t play three factions? Hold my Manacles.
Karnage tore through the field of the Hour of Glass $5K Expedition Open with a pile of some of the most efficient aggressive units Eternal has ever seen. With a steady stream of threats starting on turn one, it was a short hop to victory as Karnage overwhelmed their opponents.
Hour of Glass $5k Expedition Open Finals – Karnage vs. Pay2Win
Interview with Hour of Glass $5K Expedition Open Winner Karnage
theovermaster burned the competition at the Revelations $5K Draft Open to a crisp with a piping-hot Rakano list that came in fast and low and curved into game-ending threats like Azrog and Steelbound Dragon.
Revelations $5K Draft Open Finals – theovermaster vs. Frafa
Interview with Hour of Glass $5K Expedition Open Winner Theovermaster
Where to find them: The Dire Wolf Gaming & Friends of Eternal Discords
Hour of Glass $5k Throne Open Finals – iron_man vs. Almost
There’s no reason to wait to make an impact: Eternal rookie JNL only picked up the game this summer, and they’re already headed to Worlds!
The second player to qualify through a community event, JNL took down the Tuesday Night Eternal Summer Invitational FOR THE SKYCRAG!, charging through the field with a hyper-aggressive list that tops out at only three power and proves, once again, that math is for blockers when you’re living the A-Space dream.
Tuesday Night Eternal Summer Invitational – JNL vs. derrick_davis
Interview with Tuesday Night Eternal Summer Invitational Winner JNL
Name: Adam Schulman
From: Virginia, USA
Where to find them: Twitter
The Cold Hunt $5k Expedition Open saw lawwarrior emerge victorious with a Praxis Tempo list that leveraged synergies between Autotread, Kanya, and Málaga Amphitheatre to power out a steady stream of big ol' problems.
Cold Hunt $5K Expedition Open Finals – lawwarrior vs. ThufirHawat
Interview with Cold Hunt $5K Expedition Open Winner lawwarrior
It’s a pretty good feeling to sit down for the Finals and know that you’re both going to Worlds…and that’s exactly what happened at the Cold Hunt $5K Draft Open. Squaring off at the top table was TheBoxer (who had previously qualified) and Galeth88 who, win-or-lose, would receive the invite from the event.
Galeth’s FJS list didn’t quite get there against TheBoxer’s Stonescar brew, but the strong showing against the field was enough to catapult Galeth to a seat at the World Championship.
Will we see a Galeth/Boxer rematch at Worlds?
Cold Hunt $5K Draft Open Finals – Galeth88 vs. TheBoxer
Name: Koen Van De Velde
From: Antwerp, Belgium
Where to find them: The Team Invoke Lethal Discord
Rising from the ashes of their second-place finish at the Revelations $5k Throne Open, Phoenix grabbed a seat at Worlds by racking up a second Top 4 finish during the Cold Hunt $5K Draft Open with an aggressive Praxis list that went big in the long game.
Interview with 2021 Eternal World Championship Qualifier Phoenix
Name: Robin Russell
From: Washington State, USA
Where to find them: as RoninX on most Eternal-associated sites, and on Twitter
RoninX blasted their way through enemy defenses and into the World Championship with an explosive Rakano Aggro deck in the last open-entry tournament of the season, the Cold Hunt Expedition LCQ.
Cold Hunt Expedition LCQ Finals – TheBergund vs. RoninX
There’s one seat remaining for the Eternal World Championship…and it’s up for grabs on Saturday, January 22nd!
Players who have reached the Top 16 of more than one event in the 2021 season have one last chance to earn their seat at the big game: the Invitation Only Top Competitors Throne LCQ has one final slot for the winner!
Players will compete in five Swiss rounds with best-of-three matches using the Throne format. There will then be a cut to a single elimination top 8 bracket for the finals.
Here’s who has qualified for the final event before the World Championship:
That’s quite a field!
Join the team at Tuesday Night Eternal on Saturday, January 22nd for the broadcast and to find out who’s taking the last seat at Worlds!
Next stop: Worlds!
The tables are set, the roster is (almost!) locked. 16 of the top players in Eternal are ready to square off for the right to be called the Champion. We’ll see you Saturday, February 12th and Sunday, February 13th for the Eternal World Championship!