|Chen “tom60229” Wei-Lin from Asia-Pacific is the 2017 Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT) World Champion!
From Jan. 18 to Jan. 21, sixteen of the best Hearthstone professional players in the world gathered at the iconic Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, Netherlands for the 2017 HCT World Championship.
With the title of World Champion and the lion’s share of the tournament’s $1 million prize pool up for grabs, the tournament was set up to showcase the most competitive and exciting Hearthstone matches of the year. The World Championship’s competitors – the winners of each seasonal championship, and the Last Call qualifiers from every region – did not disappoint, delivering match after match of intense and cerebral action which drew more than 1,500 fans to attend live-in-person – and many more watching online – on the edge of their seats.
|In the end though, it was tom60229 who emerged victorious, taking out Frank “Fr0zen” Zhang in the Finals, 3-2, in a climatic reverse sweep. Despite being put on the ropes early, tom60229’s remarkable composure – and a massive 10/10 Edwin VanCleef, allowed him to claw back from a 0-2 deficit.
“It’s been an honor 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.”
Tom60229 qualified for the World Championship through the HCT Asia-Pacific Last Call and made his way to the Quarter Finals through Group A, 2-1. He went 3-1 against Samuel “SamuelTsao” Tsao in the Quarter Finals, as well as Kim “Surrender” Jung Soo in the Semi-Finals, to earn a showdown with Fr0zen in the Finals.
Tom60229 will take home the grand prize of $250,000. The rest of the prize pool distribution is as follows:
The HCT will continue in 2018 with online and offline Tour Stops in major cities around the world, a new Challengers Program and seasonal championship events culminating in a World Championship in early 2019. T