HCT Winter Championship Europe – What to Expect?

HCT Winter Championship Europe – What to Expect?

HCT Winter Championship (Hearthstone Championship Tour) is a Hearthstone event that will take place in Blizzard Arena Los Angeles.

The Championship

The event will be broadcast live, from February 28th through March 3rd. It will be starting at 8:30 AM and ending at 8:30 PM  (17:30 p.m. CET – 5:30 p.m. CET, or 11:30 a.m. ET – 11:30 p.m. ET).

The competitors will be fiercely fighting for a share of $250,000, and 251 Hearthstone Competitive Points for the upcoming period.

These HCT points are won by participating in approved events, along with Standard ranked play. They qualify players for seasonal tournaments, which grant spots at the Hearthstone World Championship.


The Players

Here are the players that managed to make it through the playoffs, representing the European region.

Raphael “Bunnyhoppor” Peltzer

Bunnyhoppor is a representative from Germany. He is undoubtedly one of the most successful players Hearthstone has seen. He currently plays for Samsung Morning Stars, along with Francesco “Meliador” Leoni and Simone “Leta” Liguori. Last year, he won the Summer championship, which added to more than $120,000 he has earned throughout the years. He is also a highly educated man, having a doctorate in compositional chemistry from the Oslo University.

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Torben “Viper” Wahl

Over the past few years, Viper has achieved fantastic results around the world. Currently, he is one of the best known German players in the Hearthstone scene. This time, while qualifying for HCT Winter Championship, he created a deck of cards that was never seen in Hearthstone to date – Peanut Shaman, a control-oriented Shaman deck. One of his other great achievements is winning top four placement in HCT Summer Championship.

Fatih “ThunderUP” Akduman

This player comes from Turkey. Although not much is known about ThunderUP, he managed to qualify for the HCT Winter Championship. Some of the most memorable of his decklists are when he used two inclusions of Skulking Geist. This is a card that not many players use, or bring to the event. It is mainly used to counter only certain builds of Druid.

Oldřich “Faeli” Mahdal

Faeli is a Czech player and a more familiar name than ThunderUP. If you followed competitive Hearthstone over the past year, you have probably noticed him. Faeli achieved two second places, two top fours, and two top sixteen placements throughout 2018. Aside from that, he achieved top 8 in the 2018 Wild Open. Being a relatively new player in the scene, this was quite a surprise.

We are eager to see which one of the masters will triumph in HCT Winter Championship 2019!

Written by:Filip Gereg

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