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ShtanUdachi    HellRaisers
ShtanUdachi was crowned champion as he defeated fr0zen in the finals of the Hearthstone Winter Championship. ShtanUdachi also clinched himself a spot at the World Championship with his top four finish.

RotoWire Analysis

Showing off his mastery of the game with lightning fast play, ShtanUdachi was the most dominant player of the field. It was not until his semifinal matchup with SamuelTsao that he even faced an elimination game. After advancing to the championship, ShtanUdachi said he wanted to go against fr0zen because of how nervous he was earlier in the tournament, and he got the matchup he wanted. fr0zen was not nervous in this matchup as it turned into a thrilling seven-game series. ShtanUdachi was able to edge out a close victory in Game 7 through some wild combos to earn his championship. ShtanUdachi received $60,000 and a spot at the World Championships with the win and holds the crown of first ever global seasonal championship winner.
fr0zen    Luminosity Gaming
fr0zen finished as runner-up as he lost to ShtanUdachi in the finals of the Hearthstone Winter Championship. fr0zen also clinched himself a spot at the World Championship with his top four finish.

RotoWire Analysis

The tournament got off to an extremely rocky start for the American hopeful as it was clear he was nervous. We saw multiple obvious mistakes made as he need to pull of a miracle comeback from a 3-1 deficit to find his first win. fr0zen was able to calm down and put together the play we expected from him, advancing himself all the way to the championship, clinching his spot at the Wold Championships along the way. Facing the only person who defeated him so far in ShtanUdachi, fr0zen put a much better performance as the two combined for a thrilling seven game series. fr0zen still ultimately fell just short as it was clear that ShtanUdachi was the best player in the competition. fr0zen was still able to accomplish his ultimate goal of clinching his spot at the World Championships.
Docpwn   
DocPwn put together an impressive performance as he ultimately fell to Fr0zen in the semifinals of the Hearthstone Winter Championship. DocPwn also clinched himself a spot at the World Championship next January.

RotoWire Analysis

Coming in as the oldest in the field at 32, nobody really saw DocPwn as being on the level of the rest of the competition. Not only did he prove himself by eliminating the defending world champion Pavel, he ended up clinching himself a spot at the World Championships with a semifinal finish. DocPwn was swept quickly by Fr0zen in the semifinals, but DocPwn still should see his performance as a huge success. He represented the Americas region very well.
SamuelTsao   
SamuelTsao had an amazing run as he lost to ShtanUdachi in the semifinals of the Hearthstone Winter Championship. SamuelTsao also clinched himself a spot at the World Championships.

RotoWire Analysis

Coming out of nowhere from Taiwan, SamuelTsao was quoted as just hoping that he did not get 4-0'd by everybody. Not only did he not get 4-0'd, but he was the one punishing his opponents all the way to a semifinal finish. Most notably grabbing a spot at Blizzcon with the surprising finish. SamuelTsao ultimately fell to eventual champion ShtanUdachi, but should be extremely proud of his run. He also showed great creativity as he had huge success on a Menagerie Rogue deck.
B787   
B787 won the Asia-Pacific Winter Playoffs, while also clinching his spot as one of four Asia-Pacific representatives to play in the HCT Winter Championships.

RotoWire Analysis

B787 had to fight his way through a stacked swiss bracket just to make his way to the single-elimination bracket. He then defeated Lojom to clinch his spot in the Winter Championship in Bahamas. He did not stop rolling though as he defeated Yulsic and Palmblad on his way to winning the championship. While he certainly accomplished the top goal of qualifying for the Winter Championship, he now has bragging rights as the best player from the Asia-Pacific region.
Palmblad    All Killers
Palmblad made it to the finals of the Asia-Pacific Winter Playoffs, clinching his spot as one of four Asia-Pacific representatives to compete in the HCT Winter Championships.

RotoWire Analysis

Palmblad's road to the Winter Championship was filled with a hellish trudge through the swiss bracket of some of the top players in the Asia-Pacific region. Once in the single-elimination bracket, he defeated Tom60229 to clinch his spot in the Winter Championship in Bahamas. While he did make it all the way to the championship only to lose to B787, he will still be making a trip to the Tropics for the Winter Championship.
Yulsic   
Yulsic made it to the semifinals of the Asia-Pacific Winter Playoffs, clinching his spot as one of four Asia-Pacific representatives to play in the HCT Winter Championships.

RotoWire Analysis

Yulsic had to fight his way through an extremely tough swiss bracket of all the top HCT point recipients in the Asia-Pacific region just to qualify for the single-elimination bracket. He defeated Sweep to clinch his spot in the Winter Championship in Bahamas. He then lost to B787 in the semifinals, but still successfully accomplished the ultimate goal of moving onto the Winter Championship.
SamuelTsao   
SamuelTsao made it to the semifinals of the Asia-Pacific Winter Playoffs, clinching his spot as one of four Asia-Pacific representatives to play in the HCT Winter Championships.

RotoWire Analysis

SamuelTsao had to fight his way through a grueling swiss bracket of all the top HCT point recipients in the Asia-Pacific region just to qualify for the single-elimination bracket. He then defeated GundamFlame to clinch his spot in the Winter Championship in Bahamas. While he lost to Palmblad in the semifinals, he successfully accomplished the ultimate mission of moving onto the Winter Championship.
DrJikininki shocked the world as he defeated DocPwn 3-0 in the Americas Winter Championship to finish as Americas Winter Champion. DrJikininki also clinched his spot as one of four North American representatives to play in the HCT Winter Championship.

RotoWire Analysis

As a completely unknown player, DrJikininki was on a mission to surprise everyone on his way to qualifying for HCT Winter Chanpionship. As the Swiss tourney continued, DrJ kept putting together amazing play in each series, defeating players like VLPS, Amnesiac and Zalae. In the championship series against DocPwn, DrJ was the beneficiary of terrible draws from DocPwn's Pirate Warrior as DrJ closed the series 3-0 against the deck. DrJ's goal was to qualify for the HCT Winter Championship in the Bahamas, but went ahead and won the whole tournament too.
Docpwn   
DocPwn dominated throughout the tournament but lost to DrJikininki 3-0 in the Americas Winter Championship to finish as runner-up. DocPwn clinched his spot as one of four North American representatives to play in the HCT Winter Championship.

RotoWire Analysis

The unknown DocPwn was the most dominant player in the field as he held a miraculous 9-0 record into the championship series. He defeated professional players like TerranceM, Nostam and Silentstorm to get there, rightfully earning his spot. In the championship series, DocPwn continually was a victim of his poor draws on his Pirate Warrior deck as he dropped three straight games. Although he would have loved to leave as champion, DocPwn accomplished his ultimate goal of qualifying to play in the HCT Winter Championship in the Bahamas.
Tarei   
Tarei made it to the semifinals of the Americas Winter Playoffs, clinching his spot as one of four North American representatives to play in the HCT Winter Championships.

RotoWire Analysis

Tarei fought through a crowded swiss bracket of all the top HCT point recipients in the Americas just to qualify for the single-elimination bracket. He then defeated Lucas to clinch his spot in the Winter Championships in Bahamas. He then lost to DrJikininki in the semifinals but successfully accomplished the ultimate mission of moving onto the Winter Championships. The last time we saw Tarei in a seasonal championship, he finished second in the Americas Summer Championship.
fr0zen    Luminosity Gaming
Fr0zen made it to the semifinals of the Americas Winter Playoffs, clinching his spot as one of four North American representatives to play in the HCT Winter Championships.

RotoWire Analysis

As one of the most well-known players in the field, Fr0zen had to fight his way through a grueling Swiss bracket of all the top HCT point recipients in the Americas just to qualify for the single-elimination bracket. He then emerged victorious from the most anticipated matchup of the quarterfinals with Amnesiac to clinch his spot in the Winter Championships in Bahamas. He proceeded to lose to DocPwn in the semifinals but successfully accomplished the ultimate mission of moving onto the Winter Championships.
Pavel    Millenium
Pavel continues his dominance of competitive Hearthstone as he defeated Greensheep 3-0 in the finals of the Europe Winter Championship to be crowned champion. Pavel also secures his spot as one of the four European representatives at the Hearthstone Winter Championship.

RotoWire Analysis

Last time Pavel was seen in a Hearthstone Championship Tour event, he was holding the World Championship trophy over his head. With the 2017 season underway, he is out to accomplish the unthinkable task of repeating as champion. He has been disrespected as champion, saying his victory was very much based on luck, but he is quickly working to silence those critics. Not only did he clinch his spot at the Winter World Championship, he went on to become the European Winter Champion after making quick work of Greensheep and his super aggressive lineup. Pavel came out on the right side of all his intense five games sets, but slammed the door shut to win the championship. Pavel is showing that his World Championship was not a fluke and that he can do it again.
Greensheep    Team Dignitas
Greensheep had his incredible tournament run fall just short as he lost to Pavel 3-0 in the finals of the Europe Winter Championship. Greensheep did secure his spot as one of the four European representatives at the Hearthstone Winter Championship.

RotoWire Analysis

As a lesser known player in the crowded Europe scene, Greensheep shocked a lot of more popular players to get to the finals. Greensheep put together the ultra-aggressive lineup, a rare scene in the field, and was being rewarded for the decision. After clinching his spot at the HCT Winter Championship, Greensheep found himself matched up against the reigning world championship Pavel for the crown of Europe WInter Champion. Greensheep's aggressive lineup was silence emphatically by the beautiful play of Pavel. Three quick games later, Greensheep lost the series 3-0 and Pavel earned the crown. Greensheep should feel very proud of this result as it was definitely a surprise. Additionally, it gained him solid recognition at a good time as player voting for the Global Games is underway.
ShtanUdachi    HellRaisers
ShtanUdachi made it to the semifinals of the European Winter Playoffs, clinching his spot as one of four Europeans to play in the HCT Winter Championships.

RotoWire Analysis

ShtanUdachi had to fight his way through a grueling swiss bracket of all the top HCT point recipients in Europe just to qualify for the single-elimination bracket. He then defeated Anatkh to clinch his spot in the Winter Championships in Bahamas. He then lost to Greensheep in the semifinals, but successfully accomplished the ultimate mission of moving onto the Winter Championships.
Neirea    Team Liquid
Neirea made it to the semifinals of the European Winter Playoffs, clinching his spot as one of four Europeans to play in the HCT Winter Championships.

RotoWire Analysis

Neirea had to fight his way through a grueling Swiss bracket of all the top HCT point recipients in Europe just to qualify for the single-elimination bracket. He then defeated his fellow teammate Sjow to clinch his spot in the Winter Championships in Bahamas. He then lost to eventual champion Pavel in the semifinals, but successfully accomplished the ultimate mission of moving onto the Winter Championships.
Staz   
Staz put together an amazing series to defeat Orange 4-3 in the grand finals of the WESG Hearthstone championship. Staz was crowned champions and took home $150,000.

RotoWire Analysis

Not quite as much of the household name as Orange, Staz still put amazing skill on display to earn himself a spot in the finals. He came in with the typical lineup, bringing Rogue, Warrior, Warlock and Mage (with his Shaman being banned) to face Orange's lineup that was the same except for a Jade Druid. Staz was able to punish the Jade Druid deck, grabbing his first three wins off of the deck. Jade Druid cannot handle aggression, and Staz abused that weakness to take a 3-2 series lead. After Orange finally won with the Druid, a Reno Mage mirror match was set to decide the championship. The intelligence and skill that Staz was able to show throughout the marathon match was incredible. Both players were forced to get every bit of value from every card, and Staz was able to do a better job of that. The little known player from the Philippines came into the game as an underdog, when realistically he should have been given more respect. Staz has qualified for multiple HCT tournaments, but has been prevented from coming by Visa issues. This can be seen as his breakout into the competitive scene now that the meta has settled. The victory earns him an astounding $150,000 as well.
Orange    Alliance
Orange's dominant tournament run fall just short as he lost 4-3 to Staz in the grand finals of the WESG Hearthstone championship. Orange's second place finish still earned him $70,000.

RotoWire Analysis

As the only player in the final four with a Druid deck, Orange has been rewarded for his slightly different lineup choices. The Jade Druid deck definitely did not reap any reward in this series as Orange's first three losses of the series all came from the deck. Luckily, Orange was able to win on the first try with his Dragon/Pirate Warrior and Miracle Rogue decks to keep the series close. After finally winning with his Jade Druid against a Reno Mage in impressive fashion, a Reno Mage mirror match decided the series. The marathon game saw incredible, next-level plays from each side, but ultimately the slight tech choices made the difference as Orange drew deeper into fatigue first. This was not the first time that Orange has been seen this deep in a major tournament since the expansion as he seems to be one of the best players in the world right now. Expect to continue seeing him in more championship matches.
SuperJJ    compLexity Gaming
SuperJJ continued his dominance of the new meta against RDU with a 3-1 victory in the grand finals of the Zagreb Gaming Arena. SuperJJ won 4,000 euros along with the title.

RotoWire Analysis

Now in his second grand final matchup of a large tournament since the expansion changed the game, SuperJJ has made it very clear that he is ahead of the crowd when it comes to grasping the new meta. SuperJJ, who has been known for his determined work ethic and collaboration with LifeCoach, has consistently been know as one of the world's best players, and proved why again today. Luckily, RNG and history was on his side, as SuperJJ held a 12-0 match record against RDU coming into the day. Little did SuperJJ know, but RDU's card draws did not give him any chance of taking either of the first two matches, as SuperJJ found win with his Dragon Priest and Pirate Warrior decks. After dropping Game 3, SuperJJ won the Miracle Rogue mirror matchup to seal the series 3-1 and become champion. Another series, another great performance from SuperJJ, as all the extensive hours he puts into Hearthstone continue to pay off. Since the Mean Streets were released a month ago, you cannot find a hotter player on the planet than SuperJJ.
Rdu    G2 Esports
RDU was once again defeated by his rival SuperJJ 3-1 in the grand finals of the Zagreb Gaming Arena. RDU finished in 2nd place and took home 2,000 euros.

RotoWire Analysis

Coming into the matchup, RDU confidence had to have been low, as he has a disastrous 0-12 record against SuperJJ in competitive matches. The record speaks to the skill of SuperJJ, but RDU was done no favors by his decks in this matchup. Game 1 set the tone as RDU had atrocious card draws with his Pirate Warrior as it lost to SuperJJ's Dragon Priest. After getting beat down with his Jade Druid deck, RDU found a win on his Pirate Warrior deck in the heavily favored matchup against a Miracle Rogue. RDU dropped the Miracle Rogue mirror match to lose the series as SuperJJ's dominance over him continued. RDU made a couple of bold moves, especially on his Rogue deck, but nothing that would be considered a misplay. He played with a sense of desperation after falling into an early hole, but it did not pay off. Thankfully RDU is not leaving completely empty handed, and we know we will see him in grand finals more often.