Southeast Asia declares its first ever Hearthstone champion
Competitive Card Game, Hearthstone is still in its beta stage, but already, we're seeing some big leaps in tactics, build strategies and high-profile competitive match-ups. Following the Innkeeper's Invitational at Blizzcon and the MLG North America and Europe Tournaments in November, slowly, but surely, Hearthstone's elite are starting to show themselves.
This week saw Southeast Asia's finest clash for the first time to declare their first ever Hearthstone Southeast Asia champion. Hearthstone Alley hosted the event, titling its HAT Singapore, and provided streamed telecasting, a weekend-long tournament and a bunch of giveaways for competitors and spectators alike, including cash prizes for the top 3 combatants.
The tournament took place amidst the hustle and bustle of GE3; one of Asia's predominant mmo LAN events and eSports exhibitions. From MOBA's like DotA 2, to RPG battlers like Pokemon, all corners of the eSports community were represented, but the highlight was certainly Hearthstone, where the face-to-face, offline tournament put Southeast Asia's players to the test, live, for the first time ever.
The 24 player, double-elimination bracket whittled its way down, over 3 days to place Bjorn "Zeys" Ong, Alvin "Unistar Yap and Samuel "Kero" Soh on the winners' podium.
HAT Singapore's winner was Singapore's own, Bjorn "Zeys" Ong, who is coincidentally Singapore's only Legendary tiered player, who'd gone in expecting to win, and rightfully earned his crown.
Inspired by the success of the tournament, Hearthstone Alley have already announced their follow-up event online, currently with no entry limit and no registration fee, to decide the best of the rest. For more information, visit the Hearthstone Alley official site for details.