The amount of points awarded for ladder and tournaments finishes has also been adjusted for the new year. Additionally, players’ three best ladder finishes per HCT season will count towards their point total. Blizzard also promised more international tournaments or HCT Tour Stops in 2018 and have definitely kept their word so far.
The Hearthstone Masters System is another new part of the HCT in which the most consistent players throughout the seasons will be rewarded with tournament appearance bonuses, invitations to HCT Playoffs and online Blizzard-run tournaments with cash prizes. A player’s tier will be based on the sum of his points earned in the last three HCT seasons.
Last but not least, teams will start getting incentivised for fielding a strong roster of Hearthstone players. Starting with Season 2 of 2018 the top 10 teams on Blizzard’s Pro Team Standings Leaderboard will receive a cash prize based on the combined seasonal point total of three squad members chosen to represent the team prior to the start of the season.*
With all of those improvements to the scene in mind, we have decided to once again expand the SK Gaming Hearthstone team.
First off, it’s no surprise that we have re-signed with AKAWonder and Zetalot for yet another year. They have continued to be excellent additions to the SK family and we’re thrilled to be working with them throughout 2018.
It took awhile to find the perfect players to join them and build towards a strong SK performance in the team standings and tournaments, but in the end we were successful and would like to announce our new signings, Bunnyhoppor and Dalesom. Bunny is a veteran of the scene with plenty of offline experience, while Dalesom is mostly known for his strong ladder finishes every month. With their different skillsets combined and added to the AKAWonder and Zetalot mix, the SK Hearthstone team is very well rounded and ready to achieve greatness in 2018.
Esteban 'AKAWonder' Serrano
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Ignacio 'Dalesom' Perea
Raphael 'Bunnyhoppor' Peltzer
Dawid 'Zetalot' Skalski
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As our longest standing Hearthstone player, AKAWonder shared the following about how our team is shaping up:
Dalesom and Bunny also expressed their feelings about joining SK:
It’s gonna be my 4th year in a row playing for SK and I’ve never been this excited before. Having official team standings is going to be a big challenge for me but also for us as a team. However, I think we have found a group of committed people that are gonna work hard to bring SK to the top of the Blizzard Team Standings. Bunny is a well known and respected player in the community and we believe Dalesom has a bright future judging by his recent top ladder finishes.
I am confident we can work to be the best team in the world.
"Joining SK is a dream and a huge motivation for me. I believe that working and learning next to AKA and Bunny is going to make me a better player and that we are capable of achieving any objective we set our sights upon.” - Dalesom
The players have already been hard at work grinding points from the ranked ladder and they will also be attending a few of the HCT Tour Stops later this month. More information about tournaments and other exclusive Hearthstone content will be coming your way in the very near future so stay tuned and don’t forget to follow our new and old card slingers on social media.
"I am very happy to announce that I have found a new home to play competetive HS in SK. Being a part of and able to represent such a great esports organisation is an amazing opportunity, even more so since it is based in my home town of Cologne. I am looking forward to competing in events and in the Blizzard Team Standings alongside AKAwonder and Dalesom.” - Bunnyhoppor
* The complete set of changes and full overview of the HCT circuit in 2018 can be found here.
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AKAWonder, BunnyHoppor and Dalesom at HCT Italy
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AKAWonder, BunnyHoppor and Dalesom at DreamHack Summer
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