|Season One Invitational||Not Yet Debuted|
|Season Two Invitational||Not Yet Debuted|
|Season Three Invitational||Champion|
|Midseason Major||Top 6|
|Season Four Invitational||Finalist|
|Season Five Invitational||Top 4|
|Season Six Invitational||Did Not Attend|
ETS Results: Twice Top 4
Big Combrei was on the rise in the second half of Season 3, after the release of Find the Way, with Vara’s Journey, and a recent round of Stonescar nerfs. A new player, Joachim “AngryChicken” Mueller, showed up on March 4th and stormed his way to the Top 4 and never looked back. Over the last 4 weeklies of Season 3, AngryChicken honed the deck that would eventually be called the “Cluck 90”, the de facto tournament Big Combrei list. Many would copy that list, but no one would find quite as much success with the deck as “The Clucker” himself.
While AngryChicken hadn’t won a weekly, he was sporting a 76% winrate in his rookie season heading into the Invitational. He was the odds on favorite to win, being a unanimous pick in the RNGEternal staff picks to make Top 8. And he proved himself, making an undefeated run through two other Worlds competitors, Sarius and LoveUP.
After the Season 3 Invitational, he revealed one of his secrets for the Big Combrei mirror, a common match that season – he would sideboard out Harsh Rule. Because of the threat of the card being in his 90, AngryChicken would get the benefit of his opponent playing around it. So, Chicken would have a higher threat density, could rebuild better after Harsh Rules, but his opponents would be afraid to play out their high value threats.
As much as HiThar is the conservative Big Combrei player, AngryChicken is the aggressive Big Combrei player. Watching his play in S3 was incredible – setting up lines of lethal that weren’t obvious to the spectators, 2-3 turns in advance. To some extent, the mystery of AngryChicken’s lines and sudden, game-ending turnarounds was because his Internet wasn’t good enough for our initial method of broadcasting. We were as surprised as AngryChicken’s opponents when he would silence a couple titans, vanquish a flyer out of the way, and suddenly swing for lethal in the air. And often as not, it seems like Chicken is able to flip the script against decks like Burn Queen in post-board matches, slamming a mix of Awakened Students and Sirafs to make himself the beatdown.
While Chicken almost exclusively plays Big Combrei in ETS, if you catch him on the ladder, you’ll find him hovering high on the ladder and playing a wide variety of decks. One of his more common laddering decks is Feln Control, which he has piloted for his team, OND Feather, in Season 1 of the ETS Team League. However, I think everyone would be shocked if he wasn’t back on the deck that’s taken him to Top 4 or better in 3 Invitationals and Top 6 in the Midseason Major.
Chicken’s success has earned him a healthy lead in the race for Player of the Year (the player with the most Series Points after Worlds), but Unearthly is nipping at his heels, so Chicken isn’t just fighting for the $1000 prize for first, he’s fighting to prove that he truly is the best Eternal player.
Written by rekenner