The HCT Winter Championship will be broadcast live from Blizzard Arena Los Angeles. The competitors will be competing for their share of $250,000 and 251 Hearthstone Competitive Points for the next period. The event will be broadcast Feb. 28 through Mar. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. PT daily (17:30 p.m. CET – 5:30 p.m. CET / 11:30 a.m. ET – 11:30 p.m. ET). Today we take a look at who made it through the playoffs to represent the Asia-Pacific region.
Tansoku is a content creator and contender from Japan. Tansoku is most known in the APAC region for his activity on YouTube, where Tansoku creates Hearthstone highlight videos for his Japanese audience of currently over 20,000 subscribers. Tansoku has had some performances at previous HCT Playoffs events for the APAC Region. Back in 2018 Tansoku managed to reach the top 4 of the APAC Playoffs and finish in the top 16 of the HCT Summer Championship.
Tyler is a competitor who lived in the Netherlands for most of his life. He is most known for his time streaming on Twitch and competing in tournaments all over the world under the Complexity Gaming banner. Recently Tyler has moved back to his country of origin, Vietnam, for the lower cost of living and to be closer to his family, while continuing his career as a professional Hearthstone player and content creator on Twitch.
Definition is a player that has surprised everyone at the event. As far as we can find, Definition has not competed (under this name) at any previous Hearthstone tournament. Bringing a lineup of decks nobody else had and some unique tech cards together brought Definition the victory. Definition managed to go 6-1 in the Swiss stage, using his Control Paladin, Midrange Hunter, Quest Rogue, and Cloning Gallery Priest. We are looking forward to seeing this rookie surprise everyone once again later this month at the Winter Championships.
Here is generally where we find some interesting facts about the players and say some things that are unique about them. With Roger, however, something else has to be said. Roger and his teammates at the Hearthstone Global Games last year were found to be cheating. They looked at the broadcast (which was on a small delay) to gain an advantage over the other community-voted teams and were disqualified from the Hearthstone Global Games that year, but they were never punished any further. On top of not being punished, they were invited to the All-Stars event later in the year. This caused an uproar in the community and has left a large negative mark on the Hearthstone competitive year of 2018. We, among many members of the community, believe Roger and his teammates deserve to be punished further for cheating. Until Blizzard takes action, we will keep reminding them we are not okay with this behavior going unpunished in our community.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for the fourth part of our Player Profiles Series, where we take a look at which players qualified from China. Also take a look at the player profiles for America and Europe if you missed those!
I’m Arend Zijdenbos, from the Netherlands. Gamer for as long as I can remember. My current focus is further improving at esports journalism. Currently, I write for Daily Esports and PCInvasion. For more of me, find me on twitter @Azijdenbos.