Hearthstone World Champion 2017 crowned
The Tournament ended with a decisive victory.
Chen ‘tom60229’ Wei-Lin from the Asia Pacific region has been crowned the 2017 Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT) World Champion. From 18 to 21 January, sixteen of the best Hearthstone professional players in the world gathered at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam to compete for the title and prize money but it was Chen Wei-Lin who walked away victorious.
With a share of $1 million USD up for grabs, the tournament was rife with the best Hearthstone players in the world, with the most competitive and exciting matches of the year being broadcast live on Twitch. The top sixteen fought it out over three gruelling days, delivering match after match of intense and cerebral action, drawing in over 1,500 fans to the live audience and much more watching online
After three days, it was Chen who rose above the rest, taking out Frank ‘Fr0zen’ Zhang in the Finals. Chen managed to take the match in a reverse sweep after Frank took an early lead. Despite Frank putting Chen on the ropes, Chen was able to pull together and claw back from a 0 - 2 deficit.
“It’s been an honour to play against some of the best Hearthstone players in the world,” said tom60229. “All the hard work I put in this year paid off – I feel I really deserved this win.”
Chen initially qualified for the Hearthstone World Championship through the HTC Asia-Pacific Last Call and made his way through the Group A bracket to reach the Quarter Finals. He went on to beat Samuel ‘SamuelTsao’ Tsao and Kim ‘Surrender’ Jung Soo, moving through the Quarter Finals and the Semi-Finals to face off against Frank ‘Fr0zen’ Zhang in the Finals.
While Chen will be taking away the biggest chunk of the prize money, the other participants will not be going home empty handed.
|Place||Player(s)||Prize Money (USD)|
|3rd - 4th||$100,000|
|5th - 8th||$50,000|
|8th - 16th||$25,000|
The HCT will continue in 2018, with the first tour stop in Sydney next month. A new Challengers Program and seasonal championship events will run throughout the year, leading up to the World Championship in early 2019. To learn more head over to the Hearthstone blog, or for more on Hearthstone as an esport head over to our esports hub.
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