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Hoej    Natus Vincere
Hoej completed an incredible tournament run by defeating Kolento 3-0 in the grand finals as he was crowned champion of the European Spring Playoffs. With the finish, Hoej also clinched a spot at the Spring Championship in Shanghai.

RotoWire Analysis

The initial release of the final eight of the European Spring Playoffs did not even feature Hoej. After some recalculations of the complicated tie breaker process, Hoej snuck in the final eight as the #8 seed. Hoej brought an extremely aggressive lineup, featuring Aggro Murloc Paladin, Pirate Warrior, Aggro Druid and the surprising Secret Mage. After not even being included in the final eight, Hoej upset the #1 seed FebEli3 to clinch a spot in the Spring Championship. Hoej was not done there though as he defeated Neirea and Kolento in order to clinch the championship. This is great for Hoej as he emerges back on the competitive scene and also as he debuts for his new esports organization.
Kolento    Cloud9
Kolento finished a strong showing with a loss to Hoej in the grand finals as he finished as runner-up of the European Spring Playoffs. With the finish, Kolento also clinched a spot at the Spring Championship in Shanghai.

RotoWire Analysis

Everybody knows about the skill of Kolento, so a run into the final four to clinch himself a spot in the Spring Championship in Shanghai is no emergence. The competitive scene however just seems to be in a better place when Kolento is in the mix. This tournament, he showed his skill on control deck as he brought a slow lineup; Jade Druid, Taunt Warrior, Midrange Murloc Paladin and Quest Rogue. He navigated the matchups smoothly in a tough Quarterfinals matchup with Stancifka to officially book himself a spot in the championship. Kolento defeated Rdu before he lost to Hoej as his tournament run fell just short, but yet accomplished the goal he set out to achieve.
Neirea    Team Liquid
Neirea impressed as he finished in the final four of the European Spring Playoffs. With the finish, Neirea clinched a spot at the Spring Championship in Shanghai.

RotoWire Analysis

Neirea has been one of the hottest players in Europe lately as he seems to be at every major tournament. Appearances in the Winter Championship and Trinity Series have created a solid following for Neirea as he rightfully deserves the attention. This tournament saw Neirea keep the momentum going with a unique lineup; Taunt Warrior, Quest Warrior, Jade Druid and the unique Burn Mage. Neirea defeated INER handily to make the final four before he fell to eventual champion Hoej in the semifinals.
Rdu    G2 Esports
Rdu used aggro decks to rush his way to a final four finish in the European Spring Playoffs. With the finish, Rdu clinched a spot at the Spring Championship in Shanghai.

RotoWire Analysis

Continually referenced as one of the best young players, it has actually been a surprisingly long time since we have seen Rdu in a major tournament. We saw him flop as part of the G2 team in the Trinity Series but now he is solo and making his moves up the charts. His skill can never be doubted though, and Rdu reaffirmed that as he thrived with the ultra aggressive lineup. Rdu brought the pressure in every game he played with the insanely fast Aggro Shaman, Pirate Warrior, Face Hunter and Aggro Druid lineup. Rdu was able to beat Casie in the quarterfinals to clinch himself a spot in the Spring Championship before losing to Kolento in the semifinals. The goal was to make the final four, and Rdu accomplished that.
Shoop    Vicious Syndicate Gaming
Shoop surprised and impressed a lot of fans as he worked his way to defeat MrLego in 3-1 in the finals of the DreamHack Austin Grand Prix to be crowned champion. Shoop takes home $7,500 for the win.

RotoWire Analysis

With the Global Games being the only competitive event going on since the start of the new standard year, DreamHack Austin represented the first major tournament of the new season. The field was stacked with the biggest players and names of Hearthstone, with little known Shoop in the mix as well. Shoop is not very well known by fans because he does not travel for tournaments often, but the man can play. He took out names like Dog, Trump and Eloise on his way to the grand finals, where he met and defeated MrLego. Shoop was able to rely a lot on his heavy control decks in Paladin, Mage and Warrior to win each series. He seems to have a great handle on the current meta and seems to always perform well in whatever tournament he enters.
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.