Hearthstone 2021 World Championship Happening This Saturday

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Who is taking home the crown? Blizzard

The Hearthstone 2021 World Championship is almost here. On December 18, the world’s top eight Hearthstone players will go head-to-head in the latest Fractured in Alterac Valley expansion. The one standing on top claims the title of World Champion and brings home $200,000.

Here’s a rundown of the eight competitors:

  • Kyle “McbanterFace” Spigelman (US)
    • Stats (out of five stars)
      • Speed of Play: 2
      • Hand–Reading: 4
      • Class Variation: 3
      • Flexibility: 4
      • Meta Knowledge: 5
    • At a Glance
      • Masters Tour Ironforge Top 16
      • 2021 Grandmasters Season 2 Americas Champion
  • David Neila “Frenetic” Quiñones (Spain)
    • Stats (out of five stars)
      • Speed of Play: 5
      • Hand–Reading: 3
      • Class Variation: 3
      • Flexibility: 4
      • Meta Knowledge: 4
    • At a Glance
      • Masters Tour Montreal Champion
      • 2021 Grandmasters Season 1 Europe Champion
  • Sato “Glory” Kenta (Japan)
    • Stats (out of five stars)
      • Speed of Play: 3
      • Hand–Reading: 4
      • Class Variation: 4
      • Flexibility: 3
      • Meta Knowledge: 5
    • At a Glance
      • 2020 World Champion
      • 2021 Grandmasters Season 2 Asia–Pacific Champion
  • Facundo “Nalguida” Pruzzo (Argentina)
    • Stats (out of five stars)
      • Speed of Play: 3
      • Hand–Reading: 4
      • Class Variation: 5
      • Flexibility: 5
      • Meta Knowledge: 4
    • At a Glance
      • Top 4 finish at 2015 IEM Katowice
      • 2021 Grandmasters Season 1 Americas Champion
  • Gabriel “Gaby” Jeanne (France)
    • Stats (out of five stars)
      • Speed of Play: 5
      • Hand–Reading: 5
      • Class Variation: 4
      • Flexibility: 3
      • Meta Knowledge: 5
    • At a Glance
      • Masters Tour Orgrimmar Champion
      • 2021 Grandmasters Season 2 Europe Champion
  • Wataru “Posesi” Ishibashi (Japan)
    • Stats (out of five stars)
      • Speed of Play: 4
      • Hand–Reading: 3
      • Class Variation: 4
      • Flexibility: 5
      • Meta Knowledge: 3
    • At a Glance
      • Masters Tour Orgrimmar Champion
      • 2021 Grandmasters Season 2 Europe Champion
  • Huang Dehui “Xiaobai” Dehui (China)
    • Stats (out of five stars)
      • Speed of Play: 4
      • Hand–Reading: 3
      • Class Variation: 3
      • Flexibility: 3
      • Meta Knowledge: 3
    • At a Glance
      • Masters Tour Ironforge Champion
  • Zhu “Tianming” Xinyu
    • Stats (out of five stars)
      • Speed of Play: 4
      • Hand–Reading: 4
      • Class Variation: 4
      • Flexibility: 4
      • Meta Knowledge: 3
    • At a Glance
      • Masters Tour Undercity Top 4
      • Masters Tour Orgrimmar Top 8

Tournament Format

The tournament is divided into two phases. The first is the Group Stage where the players are placed in two groups of four players each. It’s a Dual Tournament with all matches being in Bo5. The top two players of each group move to the Playoffs. The Playoffs follow a single-elimination format with all matches in Bo5.

The groupings are:

  • Group A
    • Gaby
    • Nalguidan
    • Tianming
    • Posesi
  • Group B
    • Frenetic
    • McBanterFace
    • glory
    • Xiaobai

So who do you think is claiming the title? Do you think Glory can defend his crown? Share your thoughts.

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