Hearthstone is a very special part of esports that has maybe more in common with poker than with computer games. After all, Blizzard’s digital card game is not about fast reactions, team play, or fancy micro. Therefore, a Hearthstone pro has to have other to beat their opponents. They have to be patient and calm to make up their minds every turn. On top of that, they need knowledge about common and uncommon builds and strategies. And what is more, they have to know their opponent.
Despite (or because) its unusual game mechanics for an esports title, Hearthstone is a very popular game. On Twitch it is often ranked the second after League of Legends. The game is played by casuals and pros alike and sticks to Blizzard’s rule “easy to learn, hard to master”.
In today’s podcast, we welcome Esteban ‘AKAWonder’ Serrano, a Hearthstone professional from Spain. Serrano is best known for winning the ESL Hearthstone Legendary Series 2016 in Katowice in March. We will talk with him about how his first major championship affected his play and his career. In his opinion, you need to win a major before you are being recognized in the scene.
That he did, and he is now one of the strongest players in the world, attending numerous premier tournaments where he fought against the best players in the world. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to repeat the feat of taking first place yet, but Esteban is very confident to do so in the near future.
Of course, we also address more basic topics in this podcast as well. What did he use to play when he was young? How did he get into esports? Can Hearthstone be considered a balanced game at the moment? And is the clear commercial aspect of the game its blessing or curse?
The player from SK Gaming gives us lots of interesting answers that make the pro scene of Hearthstone more accessible. So if you are interested in this game, make sure you don’t miss today’s episode!