Hoej hits top4 at DH Winter 2015
Yesterday, 28 November, Hearthstone matches of DreamHack Winter 2015 were over. The registration to the Championship was open. As a result 200 people tested their luck in the competition. Three Na`Vi players were among them and competed over the prize pool of $ 40 000.
The tournament was held in 2 stages: group stage and playoff. It's notable, that Swiss system, which is seldom applied at Hearthstone tournaments, was used in group stage of DreamHack Winter 2015. Briefly, under this system, the players, which earned equal quantity of scores, compete with each other in each round. This means that each loss in the group is critical.
Three Natus Vincere players came to the event: Hoej, Xixo and Ostkaka. Many analysts predicted that our players will get to the playoff stage. However, only Hoej managed to accomplish the task. Xixo and Ostkaka had bad luck in their debut matches and lost the chance to get to playoff by the beginning of the second matchday. As concerns Hoej, he demonstrated outstanding performance in the group and won 8 matches of 9. He lost the last match against tomof, who also finished the group stage with 8-1 score.
The best players of group stage:
In the first playoff match Hoej encountered Dignitas.Kranich, the best player of Asian region. Hoej earned 3 victories in a row due to his Druid, leaving no chance to his rival. It's interesting that Kranich used aggressive Shaman deck with an unusual set of cards. It was quite successful in group stage, but turned out to be weak in playoff.
The rival of Hoej in quarterfinals was Archon.Orange. The Swede is well known in community and perform stable in the tournaments. Expectedly, the tournaments was exciting and thrilling. The result of the match was decided in the fifth game of two Warrior decks. Hoej used Control deck, while Orange played Patron. Harrison Jones was decisive in the game. The weapon of Orange was destroyed, so he couldn't develop patrons and fell behind in pace. He couldn't catch up with Hoej. As a result, Orange admitted his defeat and congratulated our player with victory.
Photo from the official album of DreamHack Winter.
In semifinals Hoej encountered ML.Ersee, of whom nobody had heard before the tournament. The match seemed to be easier than the previous battle against Orange, but the Finn turned out to be a worthy rival. Notwithstanding, Ersee made several mistakes during the match, he did manage to overcome our player. His victory deck was Warlock. The warrior of Hoej could do nothing against it. Thus Hoej lost and had to stop one step away from the final. He might've underestimated the competitor and relaxed a bit.
Notwithstanding the loss in semifinal, Hoej demonstrated great level of performance. Top4 of 200 players is great result! We congratulate Frederik on this achievement as well as the prize money of $ 5 000 and 5 scores of HWC rating!
place: GO.Purple — $ 12 500
place: ManaLight.Ersee — $ 7 500
places: Na`Vi.Hoej, Dignitas.GreenSheep — $ 5 000 each
places: Archon.Orange, Millenium.Torlk, SK.AKAWonder, Vination.Bors — $ 2 500 each