The inaugural season of the Hearthstone Pro League (HPL) concluded last night, with seven players booking their places in the playoffs to fight for the lion’s share of $60,000.
CompLexity‘s David “Dog” Caero topped the league with an 11-4 record. The Archon pair of Ryan “Purpledrank” “Murphy-Root and Paul “Zalae” Nemeth, Justin “Jab” Black and Muzahadil “Muzzy” Islam of Hearthlytics and Liquid representatives Jeffrey “Sjow” Brusi and Yevhenii “Neirea” Shumilin also qualified for the finals later this year in Frisco, Texas.
After four players tied for eighth place, a tiebreaker bracket will be broadcast next week to decide who will take the final place in the LAN event. The four players are Jokul “Kaldi” Johannsson, Dima “Rdu” Radu, Erik “Era” Anderssen and Hakjun “Kranich” Baek, who all went 7-8 during the season. Radu actually lost just five matches, but started with a 0-3 record as a late replacement for Andrew “TidesofTime” Biessener who failed to show up for his first three matches.
League organisers PVP Live told the Daily Dot that it may also stage offstream tiebreakers to determine the exact order of the entire 16 player league, as 9th and 10th places have a different prize money total attached than 11-16th.
The dates for the playoffs are yet to be announced, but sources told the Daily Dot that they would likely fall towards the end of November, after the Hearthstone World Championships.