It was a busy week in esports with Hearthstone hosting its final major LAN event prior to this year’s World Championships and the Capcom Pro Tour beginning to lock in some of the names and faces that we will see at this year’s Capcom Cup.
Hearthstone had its final major LAN event leading up to this year’s World Championship, with the Fall Championship Final inviting 16 of the top players from around the world to the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles to compete for their share of a $250 000 prize pool and a shot at one of the four guaranteed trips to the Global Games in November.
Four competitors each qualified from the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific and China to make this a truly incredible representation of international talent. The players were divided into four groups with one player representing each region present in every groups and the top two advancing to the final knockout portion.
The America’s had plenty to cheer about in this initial stage of the competition with three of the four representatives advancing and two of the players doing so in first place in their groups. China on the other hand struggled more in this initial stage, losing three out of their four competitors immediately.
In the single bracket elimination it was LanguageHackr, the lone Canadian in the tournament, who would prove unbeatable. Quickly dispensing of RENMEN 3-1 in the quarters and then sweeping Justsaiyan in the semi finals quickly placed LangaugeHackr into the finals where he encountered Bloodyface.
After losing the initial Warlock versus Druid Matchup, LanguageHackr was able to respond with a Druid victory over Bloodyface’s Rogue. LanguageHackr proved to be too much for the Rogue deck however, dismantling it with both Shaman and Hunter to win the tournament. It was an epic final match but if you missed any of the action live you can watch the VoD on the official Hearthstone esports Youtube Channel. For a full list of the competitors, their final standings and the both the points and prize breakdown check out the official Hearthstone Championship Tour site.
The best competitors in Asia and South America were busy this past weekend with respective Regional Final and Premiere stops as this year’s pro Tour draws closer to its conclusion.
South American competitors gathered at BATS in Buenos Aires and ultimately it was HKDASH who masterfully commanded Bison to victory dispatching Pr3da in the finals. As a premier Tournament HKDash was awarded with 150 pro points but ultimately he still is too far away from the top 32 to qualify for the Capcom Cup via points. Instead both Dash and Pr3da will be names to watch in the upcoming South American Regional Final, where the victor will be guaranteed a trip to the final tournament of the year.
Across the world in Singapore the Asian-Pacific Regionals finals have now concluded and some of the top ranked players in the world were in attendance. This event was quite unique in the fact that there was a premier open tournament held right before the regional final and all in the same venue.
Echo Fox’s Tokido, the number one ranked player via points in the world, was able to make it to the finals of both the open tournament and regional final but was ultimately taken down both times by two different opponents. In the open tournament he fell to Big Bird in the finals (Rank 14) while he fell short against Gachikun (Rank 15) in the regional final event. Interestingly both Big Bird and Gachikun used Rashid to great effect in the tournament. As the only two people two use Rashid consistently and reach the top 16, their styles have exposed a hole in Tokido’s otherwise airtight game.
Gachikun now automatically qualifies for the Capcom Cup with the regional victory although his point total already ensured he would be competing. Big Bird and Tokido at this point are also ensured places at this year’s final major tournament meaning all three of them will once again have a chance to battle it out – but next time it will be for the title of best in the world
For full match replays from either of these events or any previous events this season check out the official Capcom Pro Tour Videos page. For updated standings, upcoming event schedules and more check out the official Pro Tour website.