Hearthstone misplays are a beautiful thing because they reveal the real distance between us proletariats and pro players. If I watch a game of high-level League of Legends I’ll be overwhelmed by the control, speed, and skill-shot accuracy which I could just never muster. When I watch a game of Hearthstone, I see people trying to play the right cards in the right order. That isn’t so abstract! We can all play perfect games of Hearthstone. It’s the same reason we see a handful of amateurs at World Series of Poker final tables every year.
And like us, pro players are also capable of some tremendously stupid things. When we watch Hearthstone misplays, we remember that they too can forget basic things, miss obvious lethal, and screw up crucial sequencing. For a moment they’re crumpled in front of their computer questioning how smart they really are—just like the rest of us.
We’ve combed through Hearthstone’s short history to find the very best of the worst misplays. This list isn’t a condemnation, it’s a celebration for how punishing this little card game can be.
Ekop misses lethal, then loses the game
In Hearthstone there’s something called fatigue damage. When your opponent is out of cards they’ll take exponential damage each time they reach to draw a card.
Here, Jan “Ekop” Palys has Alexander “Kolento” Malsh at 7 health. Ekop has two fireballs in his hand, but because of Loatheb he can only cast one. Doesn’t matter though, because once he clicks “End Turn” Kolento will take one point of fatigue damage. All he has to do is cast his fireball to face, and GG.
Then the turn timer starts to tick down. Is he BMing? That Ekop! Always rubbing his opponent’s face in it.
Oh God, no, I don’t think he sees it.
Ekop Alexstraza’s his face, clicks “End Turn,” sees that fatigue damage, and facepalms until the world disappears.
That other Ekop misplay that’s actually worse
I still don’t know the story behind this. Did he missclick? Did he think he had more health and was BMing with Frostbolt? Who knows. The end result was a pro player inexplicably killing himself in the middle of a giant tournament much to the enjoyment and befuddlement of everyone watching.