The dust has finally settled at the O2 Arena, in Prague, the venue of the 2015 edition of the European Championship, hosted by Blizzard and ESL. The finest players in Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone in the entire continent duked it out for glory, big cash prizes and highly-coveted spots at BlizzCon, which will play host to the World Championship.
Starting off with our Heroes of the Storm team, thinks looked bleak at first for the squad following a 0-2 defeat against Virtus.pro in the opening round. But our team showed incredible fighting spirit and twice rescued victory from the jaws of defeat – against fnatic and Virtus.pro – to advance to the semi-finals.
With a spot at Worlds on the line, our team sadly came up short against Natus Vincere in a match that could easy have taken a different course had we won the second map. Qualifying for BlizzCon was the team’s goal, but the players can certainly find some comfort in the fact that they lost to the current best team in Europe, who would go on to win the tournament.
Meanwhile, Adrian “Lifecoach” Koy and Thijs “ThijsNL” Molendijk fought for their lives in the Hearthstone tournament. As expected, this was a highly-contested competition from start to finish, but in the end both of our players managed to secure spots at the World Championship. ThijsNL went into the event as the No 1 player in the world according to GosuGamers’ ranking and he lived up to that tag, securing the title after beating Neirea 3-1 in the final. The fact that the Dutchman never dropped more than one game per match just proves that he is without a doubt the strongest player in Europe at the moment.
Lifecoach also confirmed that he has a sure place in the cream of the crop. Despite a slow start to life in the tournament, with a 1-3 defeat to Neirea, Koy kept his composure and beat Gera89 and Pavel to reach the last-four stage, in which he would be defeated by his teammate, ThijsNL. With a top-four finish and $2,500 in the bag, Lifecoach will also attend the World Championship, in Anaheim, United States, next month.
We would like to thank our amazing fans for the incredible support throughout the weekend. We promised big things and we’re proud to see that our hard work is paying off! Rest assured that we will not stop here and that more successes are headed our way!
All photos courtesy of ESL