Aug 4 2016 - 4:14 pm

Luminosity add Chakki, Muzzy, and Fr0zen to Hearthstone division

Three of the hottest Hearthstone free agents in North America have found a home, replenishing a depleted Luminosity Gaming roster
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.

Three of the hottest Hearthstone free agents in North America have found a home, replenishing a depleted Luminosity Gaming roster.

Keaton "Chakki" Gill, Frank "Fr0zen" Zhang, and Muzahidul "Muzzy" Islam have all signed with the Canadian organization. The trio join the last remaining member of the previous roster, Christopher "PHONETAP" Huynh.

Chakki is one of the most decorated players in North America, and a veteran of the scene. Starting out on ESGN's Fight Night with ManaGrind in 2014, Chakki was later a part of Clarity Gaming and Team Coast before finding a home on Team Dignitas.

While on Dignitas, Chakki took his first major title at DreamHack Austin in May of this year. He also reached the HCT Spring Americas Championship, and finished in the top four of DreamHack Summer 2015 and the eSports Arena Invitational.

Fr0zen, who was previously on Team Hearthlytics before its closure, reached the final of DreamHack Summer 2016 where he lost to Dima "Rdu" Radu. While his competitive achievements may be limited, he is considered a top prospect in the North American scene.

Rounding out the trio, Muzzy is primarily a ladder player. He is currently top of the HCT Americas points standings, and finished in the top eight of the ill-fated Hearthstone Pro League.

Luminosity had previously been home to a number of leading European Hearthstone players including Stanislav Cifka and Nuno "Ignite" Pinho. 

Jan 15 2017 - 10:59 pm

Staz bests Orange in WESG Hearthstone final

It's the first major win for an SEA player.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Screengrab via Starladder_HS_en/Twitch

At the first major Hearthstone event of 2017, Euneil “Staz” Javinaz bested European star Jon "Orange" Westberg to win his first title—and the first for his region.

Staz and Orange went the full seven games in the stunning final set, trading games back and forth before Staz eventually came out on top 4-3. The final game was a grinding affair, a Reno Mage mirror that played over close to an hour.

Representing the South East Asia region, Staz is the first player from that region to win a major title.

Staz reached the final after beating out a pair of Europeans—Orange's countryman Elliot "Fluffy" Karlsson and the impressive Raphael "BunnyHoppor" Peltzer—arguably having the toughest road through the bracket stage.

Orange's run was no easy feat either as he had to take out Sebastian "Xixo" Bentert, one of the most successful players of 2016 playing in his first tournament since joining Counter Logic Gaming.

The loss meant that Orange was unable to string together back to back major victories, after winning his second Seat Story Cup title in December.

For his victory Staz takes home a whopping $150,000, one of the largest prizes ever awarded in Hearthstone. For second place Orange will have to make do with $70,000.

Jan 14 2017 - 6:23 pm

Hearthstone devs detail potential ranked revamp

Ranked play could be set for some drastic changes.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Hearthstone's ranked play ladder could see some significant changes in the near future, according to the game's development team.

In a Developer Insights Q&A yesterday, game director Ben Brode and designer Dean Ayala admitted that the ladder can be feel like a grind at times, and discussed possible ways to address the problem.

Potential fixes include increasing stars for win streaks, allowing win streaks above rank five and trying to have less players at the rank 20 mark to improve the new player experience.

However the team are concerned with not increasing the number of players reaching the legend rank, so as not to devalue it. Fundamentally the ladder system will stay broadly the same, with the numbered ranks giving a clear indication of progress.

Arena will also see some improvements in the coming months, with the top 100 rankings for arena being published on a regular basis.

The current prevalence of pirate decks in the meta was also the subject of much discussion, with the pair admitting that the volume of pirate decks being played is "a little higher than we're comfortable with."

While pirate deck winrates are apparently not a cause for concern, they are being closely monitored.