The biggest and best Hearthstone streamers on Twitch
Hearthstone has been one of the most popular games on Twitch ever since it's beta release. While tens of thousands watch at any given time, the game can regularly crack hundreds of thousands of viewers. It barely ever leaves the top three games, and is usually only beaten out by titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends .
That popularity has been driven, arguably, more by the personalities of the streamers than the game itself. No matter what time of day you are online, you can find an entertaining and educational streamer who you know and love broadcasting to thousands.
Here six of the biggest names who've made Hearthstone the streaming juggernaut it is today.
Octavian "Kripparrian" Morosan is the king of the Hearthstone streaming. A veteran of Blizzard games for many years, Kripp switched to Hearthstone almost as soon as the game was released.
Though he does dip into Constructed, Kripp is primarily an Arena streamer. And it turns out he's really good at it—when the first ever Arena leaderboards were released in January, Kripp was the top player in North America.
Kripp tells it like it is. He's not afraid to give his opinion on the state of the game, particularly speaking up for changes to Arena. His straight-talking persona, strong Arena gameplay, and commitment to streaming have led him to the top of the mountain as far as Hearthstone streamers are concerned.
If you want to watch high level pro play, David "Dog" Caero's stream should be one of the first places you go.
The Team Liquid player has a host of top tournament finishes to his name—but he still spends a lot of time on his stream. He'll be testing decks for tournaments and figuring out the meta, all while maintaining a high standard of play. Dog particularly excels at the Rogue class, and often his tweaked decks end up dominating the ladder. Where that class is concerned, he's always been one of the very best players in the world.
If you want to consistently see what the climb to high legend is like with educational, low-key commentary, then check Dog out.
James "Firebat" Kostesich is unfairly talented. He was the first Hearthstone world champion. He is one of the most popular commentators in the scene. And he's also a great streamer.
Firebat's stream is a great balance of entertainment and high-level play. He does take the game seriously, but Firebat also likes to have fun. To that end, you can often find him streaming some pretty wacky decks—but somehow they often end up winning. His Deck Doctor series, where viewers can suggest dock concepts for him to try and make work, is one of the most unique and compelling gimmicks in Hearthstone streaming.
When Firebat is streaming, crazy games are almost always a given.
Thijs Molendijk has enjoyed a recent rise to prominence, and is now one of the most watched Hearthstone streamers out there.
Much like Dog, Thijs is one of the very best players in the world. He has two European championships to his name as well as other major tournament wins, and his stream reflects that level of play.
He's also a super nice guy. It's impossible to dislike Thijs. He almost always seems happy, and even when he isn't he's incredibly likable as he showed in this honest and emotional stream about his group stage exit from the 2016 World Championship.
Andrey "Reynad" Yanyuk is, in many ways, the anti-Thijs.
That's not to say Reynad isn't a good player. He definitely is. He has innovated many of the decks which went on to dominate the game, and has won nearly $20,000 in his competitive career.
But he is also the saltiest big Hearthstone streamer you'll ever see. If you've visited the Hearthstone subreddit, you'll have seen clips of him getting annoyed with himself, the game, or his opponents. And it's why people love to watch him. It's always entertaining, and his chat love to torment him. It's all in good fun really.
Brian Kibler is a card game legend. A Magic: the Gathering hall of famer, Kibler has now carved out a great career for himself in Hearthstone. After beginning to stream and compete in 2014, his insightful commentary and deckbuilding acumen soon saw him accrue a substantial following.
Known for his love of dragons, Kibler is an all-around great streamer. Entertaining, but guaranteed to teach you something. Kibler has also become one of the most popular casters in Hearthstone too, bringing his insight and charm to the Hearthstone Championship Tour.