Stephen Stewart



With what can only be summarized as a dominating and forceful style of play, the very first Hearthstone World Champion was crowned in James “Firebat” Kostesich. Touted as the newest member of Amaz’s brand-new team, Archon, this Detroit, Michigan native came into BlizzCon as one of the higher ranked hopefuls to win the whole thing. He was previously known mostly for his dominating ladder play, but one can only assume that the tournament invitations will be quite forthcoming from here on out. Below you’ll find the official Blizzard announcement. Congratulations, Firebat! Tell your parents it’s definitely not a scam and if they still don’t believe you, show ’em the VOD! Congratulations to Firebat on winning the Hearthstone World Championship at BlizzCon 2014! Many capable card-slingers set out with the goal of making it to the Hearthstone World Championship at BlizzCon. After months of dueling, qualifiers across the Americas, Europe, China, Korea

Updated 8:45 p.m. EDT – Added Blizzard’s official release to the bottom of this article. Congratulations are in order for the final four qualifiers heading into the Round of 16 for the World Championship set to take place ultimately at BlizzCon 2014. Your Americas region qualifiers are Firebat, Strifecro, DTwo, and Tarei! For a full breakdown of the brackets and how these results were arrived at, check out Liquipedia’s bracket coverage here. We here at BlizzPro would like to give a special shout-out to DTwo, as he represented Don’t Kick My Robot (DKMR), our partner here on the site whose articles you have probably been reading week in and week out. It’s clear that the teamwork and knowledge stemming from DKMR helped propel DTwo to his top finish and we look forward to cheering him on in the coming games! We will continue to provide you with coverage from the

Following in the wake of one hell of a regional qualifier over in Europe, the Americas region is now poised to take center stage this coming weekend on October 5th. The event will be live at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, where hosts Dan “Frodan” Chou, Ryan “Realz” Masterson, and Erik “DoA” Loonquist will be running down all of the top plays as they occur. For those of you that can’t travel, fear not. The games will be streamed live as well. For info on that, and more, I direct you to the official posting located below: To arms, friends! The second phase of the Americas Qualifier Tournament begins this weekend, bringing 16 of the most skilled card-slingers in the region together for a high stakes duel. To the victors go the spoils—in this case, four spots at BlizzCon 2014, where they’ll compete against 12 other players for a share

The pirates have all gone home, drunk and tired from the party that was Ranked Play Season Six. As the weather turns to crisper temperatures, the ghouls are beginning to make their chilling presence known. No, we’ve already felt the cold touch of the Icecrown a few seasons ago. Season Seven is being commemorated with the Hallow’s End cardback! This beautiful purple and orange decoration can be yours through the standard fare of getting to Rank 20 during the month of October in Ranked Play. Read on below for the official announcement from Community Manager Zeriyah: The seventh official Hearthstone Ranked Play Season is now live—and we’re unveiling a new card back you can add to your collection! Beware! Wisps, wraiths, and ghastly ghosts alike can float up the Ranked Play ladder to earn the hauntingly beautiful Hallow’s End* card back! You can only earn this card back by playing Hearthstone during

China is quickly becoming thedestination for big money tournaments. If you recall, we just recently saw Tidesoftime dominate the competition at the World E-Sport Championship (WEC), which was also hosted in China and boasted the largest prize pool for a Hearthstone tournament at that present date – $62,000 USD. Well, hold on to your card collections because this next tournament is about to make that one look like a lap around the kiddie pool. The World Cyber Arena is being held over the course of October 2nd to October 5th in China and has a fully functioning Hearthstone tournament as part of its esports offerings. Manning quite a bit of the promotion for this major outing, Octavian “Kripparrian” Morosan is our main caster and host, with the live stream of the event happening on his stream ( and according to the following schedule provided by Kripp: The schedule is approximately as follows: Oct

This public service announcement is brought to you by the good folks at Blizzard Entertainment and BlizzPro. If you have yet to hop into Hearthstone and try out some of the Curse of Naxxramas content, the clock is ticking on how long you have to get a taste of it for the price of free. Yes, as of September 30th, 11:59 PDT, the Arachnid Quarter will officially cost just as much as any of the other wings to unlock. If you were thinking about start a free-to-play account in another region, for instance, I would get started on that today in order to take advantage of saving 700 gold. Read on below for the official announcement from Blizzard: The Curse of Naxxramas launch event is ending soon! This means you have until September 30 at 11:59 p.m. PDT to log in to Hearthstone and unlock the Arachnid Quarter for free. If you haven’t

We’ve touted him on previous podcasts and articles as one of the best things to happen to Hearthstone commentating. I’m of course talking about Admirable, one of the mainstays in casting at many of our highest level tournaments. Not only is he a great caster, but the man backs it up with formidable skill, as he is a top competitor in his own right and also a sought after coach. Lest we fill his head with anymore well-deserved praise, read on for Blizzard’s official highlight of Admirable as a streamer. This is one guy you want to click that follow button for: If you’re interested in sharpening your Hearthstone skills, plenty of people out there are making entertaining and informative videos. Among these luminaries you’ll find pro players and skilled amateurs who all share a common goal—to entertain viewers by sharing their knowledge of the game mixed up with memorable

Congratulations to Kaor, Numberguy, Greensheep, and Kolento for making it through this weekend’s gauntlet of games and securing their tickets to BlizzCon in November to vie for their chance to be crowned the first World Champion in Hearthstone! Over the course of several days, as part of Dreamhack Stockholm, the Europe Regional Qualifiers for the World Championship took place. The hosts of the event were Frodan, Artosis, and Savjz, with many famous and well-known players from the EU scene taking their shot at casting their teammates’ and friends’ games. Some nights went long into wee hours of the morning, testing not only the players’ ability to consistently choose flawless plays, but also pushing their endurance and mental strength to the limit. There were an incredible amount of awesome moments over the course of the games and VODs continue to be uploaded to the Internet as the hours from the last

While we were busy criticizing Blizzard for their lack of forthcoming and timely information regarding this whole BlizzCon World Championship affair, they were busy getting on it before they even knew of our complaints. So, kudos! A certain void felt like it was opening up between the closed doors of the tournament purveyors and both spectator and player alike. Today, though, we have this excellent write up to steer the ship back on course and deliver information on the exciting European Qualifiers taking place in conjunction with Dreamhack Stockholm this weekend. Read on to learn more below: The 2014 European Hearthstone Qualifier Tournament takes place at DreamHack Stockholm later this month, and sixteen of the world’s best players are preparing to do battle. The top four card-slingers from the tournament will go on to represent Europe at BlizzCon in the Hearthstone World Championship, where they’ll compete for a share of


No one usually remembers a patch by its official name (numbers be damned), so I decided to give this one the moniker you see in the title. After all, these are major changes to two widely used cards. Are you celebrating or mourning? Let us know in the comments. See below for the official notes: In this Hearthstone patch, we’re addressing some bugs as well as making balance changes to Leeroy Jenkins and Starving Buzzard. To view our in-depth explanation on the Leeroy Jenkins and Starving Buzzard changes, please visit our forum thread here. The full patch notes are below! Card Changes Leeroy Jenkins (Neutral) now costs 5 (up from 4) Leeroy Jenkins created a strategy that revolved around trying to defeat your opponent in one turn without requiring any cards on the board. We like having a variety of deck types but taking 20+ damage in one turn is not

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