Olzhas ‘Naiman’ Batyrbekov, a Hearthstone pro from Kazakhstan who was recently signed by team Dignitas was released from the team. Dignitas was made aware of a ban for breach of “terms of service” handed down by Blizzard on Batyrbekov’s account. Interestingly enough, when Blizzard issues bans, they’re typically aimed at the account and not the player themselves. In fact, Naiman has already obtained a new account and reached legend status again. He will have his points reset, which will drop him from the top of the World Championship leaderboard.
Team Archon has announced the formation of a new style of tournament, in the running to be open soon. The “Blackrock Team Brawl” will take place on April 30, May 1 and May 2 2015 at noon EST. The first two tag teams announced are Strifecro/Kolento and Orange/Freakeh. This format will have the teams working together on playing the game, picks, bans, and deck construction. We have not seen any type of tournament like this since the ESGN “Fight Night” days.
TiddlerCelestial, acting as team captain, has formed the Hearthstone pro team Team Celestial. Tiddler is most known for winning second place and $50,000 USD at last year’s Hearthstone World Championship at BlizzCon 2014. The additional members on the team are: SilentStorm, FrozenIce, Ding, Yavis and Sinn. In the rest of the statement made by Sinn, team manager, “There are two more NA players on their way of joining the team and we should be able to announce them soon. Though not all of us live in Asia, we aim to be the best Asian-based Hearthstone team. In a close cooperation with our kindest partner Blizzard China and NetEase, we also have plans to organize our own tournament in the very near future.”
Firebat Wins Gfinity
Firebat, a member of Team Archon, has defended his title in London at the Gfinity Spring Masters II. He defeated the up-and-comer Kroba in the finale, winning a prize of $5,000. This is his second straight Gfinity Spring win. Based on the article on the Gfinity website, it seems Firebat will already be invited to Hearthstone Summer Masters I on the 22nd-24th May their next tournament. If he wins that, he would be the first player to win back-to-back-to-back tournaments of the same organizer.
Sjow Joins Liquid
Jeffrey “Sjow” Brusihas been signed by Liquid as part of their Hearthstone team after leaving compLexity Gaming. Sjow is a Hearthstone professional player who just recently had his first tournament win at the Xfinity Hearthstone Invitational, winning $7,000. It is important to note that this is Liquid’s first Hearthstone player signing since Neirea joined the team back in November 2014.
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