Tobias “TwoBiers” Graap managed to take 103 wins across 10 arena runs thanks to a combination of solid play, dodging poor heroes, and the support of thousands of viewers.
The challenge was created by Amaz to give Arena players something to compete for. The mode has no in-game ladder, and only very occasional tournaments. Players try to reach 100 arena wins in 10 or fewer attempts. Players can choose any class, but if a class is offered that they have not chosen in a previous run they must take it. The only other rule is that all runs must be streamed, to ensure fairness.
TwoBiers started the challenge on his stream on Monday—his first attempt—in front of his regular audience of just a few hundred people.
After his first five runs put him at 58 wins (including three maximum 12 win runs) people started to take notice that TwoBiers had the best chance yet of completing the challenge.
A Reddit thread about him hit the front page. Thought brought thousands more viewers before he retired for the day with 81 wins from eight runs.
Picking up where he left off the next day , a peak of 12,000 watched as TwoBiers smashed the record with a 10-3 run on Rogue to finish at 103 wins. He broke the previous high of 96 set by popular Arena streamer Rumay “Hafu” Wang.
While the achievement took an immense amount of skill from TwoBiers, he also got pretty lucky with the classes he was offered on each run. The rules of the challenge state that if you are offered a class you haven’t played yet, it has to be picked—but TwoBiers managed to avoid having to play the traditionally weaker arena classes of Warrior and Priest.
The challenge has generated more interest in the Arena mode than anything since Tempo Storm’s Lord of the Arena tournaments.
And with the challenge now beaten, many fans of the Arena are asking “what’s next?”
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