The finals for the 2018 HCT Hearthstone Summer Championship kicked off on July 2nd, and Bunnyhoppor from the European Division defeated A83650 with a 3:1 score in the final match and won the Summer Championship in Blizzard Arena, Los Angeles, CA.
Players from the Chinese Division, the Asia-Pacific Division, the European Division, and one player from the USA Division ended in Top 8. The four players from Europe not only entered Top 8, but they also occupied three seats in the Top 4, and Killinallday from the USA won the last seat in Top 4. In the Top 4 Semifinals, A83650 defeated Killinallday, and Bunnyhoppor defeated Viper.
The grand finals were between Poland’s “A83650” and Germany’s “Bunnyhoppor”. A83650, who had an amazing lower bracket run, challenged Bunnyhoppor, the winner from the upper bracket of the tournament, and he triumphed all the way to the finals convincingly. Both sides decided to ban each other’s rouge deck.
The first duel was A83650 Priest vs. Bunnyhoppor Shaman
It ended up being relatively late for A83650’s Priest to control Bunnyhoppor’s Death Knight deck, and he missed the opportunity to take the advantage the hp gap. The shaman of Bunnyhoppor had a stacked hand in the late game and won the first duel.
A83650 0:1 Bunnyhoppor
The second duel was A83650 Warlock vs. Bunnyhoppor Mage
A83650 excellently utilized his Warlock deck in the second duel. Although the important legendary Warlock weapon, Skull of the Man’ari, was destroyed by Bunnyhoppor’s Gluttonous Ooze, the Warlock deck won the second game in spectacular fashion with the dominant Devil cards.
A83650 1:1 Bunnyhoppor
The third duel was A83650 Priest vs. Bunnyhoppor Mage
At the beginning of the third game, Bunnyhoppor didn’t give A83650 any room to work with his lucky draws. Even though Bunnyhoppor was hit by A83650 two Psychic Screams, Bunnyhoppor drew his Death Knight early on and ended the duel quickly.
A83650 1:2 Bunnyhoppor
The fourth duel was A83650 Druid vs. Bunnyhoppor Warlock
Bunnyhoppor’s Warlock had stronger and constant summon abilities, whereas A83650’s druid couldn’t manage the minions being summoned by Bunnyhoppor’s Warlock, and as a result, he was overwhelmed.
A83650 1:3 Bunnyhoppor
Bunnyhoppor had won the last duel dominantly and was declared the champion of 2018 HCT Hearthstone Summer Championship! Here is the final match on Twitch:
According to Blizzard, BunnyHoppor made the following statement:
I don’t know what to say. Going to the World Championship is a competitive dream. It feels amazing to have qualified, and of course winning one of the three Championships feels so amazing as well. The trophy will go somewhere visible in our apartment, although I’ll have to talk to the boss at home about where it can go.
BunnyHoppor plans to participate in HCT Italy next, then will spend a month finishing up his PhD thesis on compositional chemistry.
We congratulate Bunnyhoppor, and we with him good luck in HCT Italy.
Photo Credit: Blizzard Entertainment.