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Roger Victorious at 2018 Hearthstone Winter Championship

The 2018 Hearthstone Winter Championship ended with a bang. After a long and nerve-wracking battle between the best, Luo “Roger” Shengyuan managed to outperform Raphael “Bunnyhoppor” Peltzer and won the Championship.

During the Grand Finals, Roger won the Game 1 Hunter mirror, encouraging himself to push. Bunnyhoppor tried to retaliate with his own Hunter take in the second game, but to no avail.

2018 Hearthstone Winter Championship

Roger anticipated it and fired Preparation with the completed quest. His competitor was overrun by a group of 4/4 minions.

In the Game 3, Bunnyhoppor hoped to catch his opponent off-guard by changing the strategy. He pulled a 8/8 Edwin Van Cleef. Roger answered with Shadow Essence but was not really sure what to do next. After thinking for a minute, he realized that his only minions left are Prophet Velen and Malygos. It all ended with a Mind Blast pulled by Roger, finishing off Bunnyhoppor and concluding the game.

Brian “bloodyface” Eason and Bunnyhoppor already had a reserved place in the Hearthstone World Championship. This meant that three players had to play a tie-breaker game. So, a game was held for Mark “Ike” Eichner, Xu “LFYueying” Kai, and Jiyong “Definition” Yoon to see who will grab the last remaining places. They would play in a special three-person bracket for this event, in which Definition lost due to his HCT Point Total.

Forward a bit, we saw Yueying defeat Ike and take a gamble against Definition using Shadowreaper Anduin. It paid off and he received a spot in the World Championship.

The only two players left at this point to compete for the final spot are Ike and Definition. They both pushed themselves to the very limit, trying to clinch the last place. In the third game, the odds looked pretty good for Definition, as the Wall Priest vs. Odd Paladin matchup favored him a lot. This made the third round that much more heartbreaking, however, as Ike managed to manipulate his way into repressing his opponent and drew a perfectly-timed Leeroy Jenkins to rack the score to 2-1.

Definition’s response was Even Warlock, with Nerubian Unraveler guarding his board against Ike. Ike successfully cleared his board, however, but with two remaining Health, it was unlikely he was going to win. Almost miraculously, Ike drew a Holy Smite that enabled him to blast with a Coin + Zerek’s Cloning Gallery. This meant the end of 2018 Hearthstone Winter Championship, as Definition could only watch these cards sweeping him off the list for advancing further.

In the end, the players that got their spots on Worlds this weekend are Yueying, Mark “Ike” Eichner, Roger and Guan “SNJing” Zhendong.

Here’s the list of players who got their spots during the HCT Summer and Fall Championships:

  • Brian “bloodyface” Eason
  • David “JustSaiyan” Shan
  • Wu “Bloodtrail” Zong-Chang
  • Kacper “A83650” Kwiecinski
  • Raphael “Bunnyhoppor” Peltzer
  • David “Killinallday” Acosta
  • Torben “Viper” Wahl
  • Mihai “languagehacker” Dragalin

After this Event, Roger got his $50,000 share out of the $250,000 prize pool.

The big event, Hearthstone World Championship, is set to happen from April 25 to April 28 in Taipei.

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