World Championship Qualification
The top four players are going on to the World Championship. Three of those top four players are from the Europe region, considered to be the strongest region by most. Torben “Viper” Wahl, Kacper “A83650” Kwieciński and Raphael “Bunnyhoppor” Peltzer are the players who will represent three of the 16 at 2018’s Hearthstone World Championship. Bunnyhoppor won his first Seasonal Championship of his Hearthstone career.
The fourth player to advance is the most hyped player of 2018. David “killinallday” Acosta from the Americas region is the sole player outside of Europe going to the World Championship so far. Despite not winning, he still hopes that it’s the “#year of killinallday” when he tries to win the World Championship later this year.
With these four, only 12 seats are still available for this year’s Hearthstone World Championship. Both the Asia-Pacific and China regions will look to get more than their guaranteed one seat each in the remaining two Seasonal Championships.
Bunnyhoppor Vs. A83650
In a series of unfortunate events for A8, Bunnyhoppor won the Grand Finals match confidently three games
to one. A8 was still very happy about his finish. At the end of the day, both players receive a nice cash prize and an equal opportunity to win at the World Championship.
Game one saw Bunnyhoppor’s Shudderwock Shaman take on A8’s Control Priest. Bunnyhoppor acquired all of the necessary pieces for an infinite Shudderwock onslaught and won as soon as the card came down. A8 just couldn’t do enough damage throughout the early turns in order to make a lethal combo with Mind Blast.
Game two was Control Warlock versus Control Mage. The tech card Gluttonous Ooze was used by the Mage to destroy the Skull of the Man’ari in perfect timing. Though A8 was still able to one-turn kill Bunnyhoppor with a clever play involving Lord Godfrey. The weakness of the Mage not being able to develop any threats allowed the Warlock to just jam Doomguards and hope the discard effect won’t dump important cards.
Game three was the Control Mage again but this time versus Control Priest. This game was a matter of who drew their Death Knight card first, which happened to be Bunnyhoppor. Frost Lich Jaina’s healing from Elemental minions outlasted anything A8 could do with Shadowreaper Anduin.
The final game A8 stood no chance. Bunnyhoppor threw down two early Mountain Giants with Even Warlock. A8 could not answer with neither Naturalize being drawn out of his Taunt Druid deck. After getting smacked a couple of times with giants A8 was forced to an early concede.
Bunnyhoppor wins the 2018 Hearthstone Summer Championship after falling out early in his last appearance during the 2016 Summer Championship. He mentioned in his post-game interview that he won’t be able to put as much time into preparations for his coming tournaments due to working and studying for his PhD. For this reason, he was proud he could win the one for which he was the most prepared. From here, Bunnyhoppor hopes to go on to win the World Championship.