Sep 29 2016 - 12:32 pm

Alliance enter Hearthstone for the first time, sign Orange

Legendary Swedish esports organization Alliance has opened a Hearthstone division for the first time, signing one of last year's breakout players
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.

Legendary Swedish esports organization Alliance has opened a Hearthstone division for the first time, signing one of last year's breakout players.

Jon "Orange" Westberg has joined Alliance as its sole Hearthstone player following his departure from Jason "Amaz" Chan's Archon team in June.

The deal, which has been in the works for a number of months, will see Orange compete and stream under the Alliance banner after being teamless throughout the summer.

Orange burst onto the Hearthstone scene in 2015, winning major titles at IEM Katowice and Seat Story Cup III and joining Archon in March of that year after entertaining offers from some of the game's biggest organizations. He also placed highly in a number of DreamHack events, winning DreamHack Leipzig towards the end of the year. He recently qualified for the finals of WESG.

Archon, Orange's former team, moved away from competitive esports earlier in the year towards a streaming focus. The team then folded last month, with Amaz joining NRG eSports.

The team was once considered one of the most formidable rosters in the world, with 2014 world champion James "Firebat" Kostesich, Sebastian "Xixo" Bentert and 2016 Winter Americas champion William "Amnesiac" Barton headlining a star-studded roster. 

Jan 19 2017 - 8:01 pm

G2 start Trinity Series with 6-0 Murloc sweep

It was a one-sided start to the hotly-anticipated league.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Blizzard Entertainment

G2 Esports got their ESL Trinity Series campaign off to a flying start yesterday, beating Alliance in assertive fashion.

Hearthstone's number one team dominated the Swedish Alliance lineup en route to a 6-0 sweep in the opening clash of the team league.

Adrian "Lifecoach" Koy and Dima "Rdu" Radu were able to simply sit back and make enthusiastic murloc noises, as two-time European champion Thijs Molendijk piloted his Anyfin Paladin deck to six straight game wins.

Alliance's all-Swedish lineup of 2015 world champion Sebastian "Ostkaka" Engwall, three-time major winner Jon "Orange" Westberg, and Harald "Powder" Gimre was expected to be a big player in this team league. But the initial loss will be a setback to their title aspirations.

As we know from experience, however, initial losses are no indicator of eventual success. The G2 trio, then known as Nihilum, finished fifth in the regular season of the Archon Team League Championships before going on to win the playoffs.

In the other game of the day, underdogs Tempo Storm emerged victorious against Virtus Pro 6-3. Three game wins with Rogue by David "JustSaiyan" Shan provided an insurmountable advantage for Tempo Storm.

Today's match day will see the other four teams make their debut, as Luminosity Gaming takes on Team Liquid and Cloud9 faces compLexity Gaming.

Jan 13 2017 - 4:48 pm

Orange, Xixo, and Neirea headed to WESG playoffs

The first big tournament of the year is almost over.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via DreamHack/Flickr

The first major Hearthstone tournament of 2017 is drawing to a close, with three European favorites leading the way.

Despite being placed in what was called the "group of death," favorites Eugene "Neirea" Shumilin and Jon "Orange" Westberg emerged from Group A with four wins and just one loss.

Neirea stumbled just once, against third place finisher Fran "PNC" Leimontas, but bested Orange in the deciding game, beating up on Orange's Priest deck with a favored lineup to finish top of the group on head-to-head records.

Orange had to overcome an anxiety attack on day one of the tournament, with Neirea postponing their match until today in a show of sportsmanship.

Josh "Impact" Graham, North America's best hope for the tournament, finished fourth.

In Group C Sebastian "Xixo" Bentert, who was one of the most consistent performers of 2016, finished top of his group to claim a top seed in the top eight. Like his fellow Europeans, Xixo finished 4-1 in the round robin stage, dropping just one match against Korea's Renekuroi. Shy of Hong Kong claimed the second qualification spot.

Xixo is representing Counter Logic Gaming for the first time, having been picked up last week by the North American organization.

Virtus Pro's Raphael "BunnyHoppor" Peltzer is the fourth European to reach the quarterfinals after finishing second in Group D behind China's "CLHuang".

In Group B Mikhail "Korvus" Portyansky and former HCT Winter APAC finalist Euneil "Staz" Javinas claimed the top spots.

The WESG Hearthstone competition concludes on Sunday, with a total prize pool of $300,000.