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tom60229 defeats Fr0zen, 3-2, to win $250,000 first prize
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:
|1st||Chen "tom60229" Wei-Lin (ASIA PACIFIC)||$250,000|
|2nd||Frank "Fr0zen" Zhang (AMERICAS)||$150,000|
|3rd – 4th||Kim "Surrender" Jung Soo (ASIA PACIFIC)|
Jason "JasonZhou" Zhou (CHINA)
|5th – 8th||Thomas "Sintolol" Zimmer (EUROPE)|
Samuel "SamuelTsao" Tsao (ASIA PACIFIC)
Julien "DocPwn" Bachand-Fleurent (AMERICAS)
Aleksei "ShtanUdachi" Barsukov (EUROPE)
|8th – 16th||Frederik "Hoej" Høj Nielsen (EUROPE)|
Oleksandr "Kolento" Malsh (EUROPE)
Yevhenii "Neirea" Shumilin (EUROPE)
Anthony "Ant" Trevino (AMERICAS)
Zheng "OmegaZero" Lin (CHINA)
Jon "Orange" Westburg (EUROPE)
Ryan "Purple" Murphy-Root (AMERICAS)
Muzahidul "Muzzy" Islam (AMERICAS)
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. To learn more, please visit: https://playhearthstone.com/en-gb/blog/
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