After four days of intense competition, Hearthstone has crowned its final seasonal champion: Luo "Roger" Shengyuan. The Taiwanese trumped German powerhouse Raphael "Bunnyhoppor" Peltzer in the finals in dominating fashion, cleaning up with a 3-0 victory and grabbing $50,000.
As was quite likely to happen, the 2019 HCT Winter Championships had a bit of a restructure schedule-wise. Whereas normally the top four of a seasonal chamionship automatically collects a ticket to the World Championships, an exception had to be made this time around. After all, semifinalists Bunnyhoppor and bloodyface both had secured their ticket in a previous seasonal championship already.
To determine which players would claim the tickets and join Roger and Chinese semifinalist Jing, a so-called "tiebreaker tussle" was hosted with the top 8 players who had missed out on a spot at the World Championships. After a short double-elimination bracket, U.S. favorite Ike and Yueying from China came on top.
The HCT World Championship lineup
With the Winter Championships completed, we now know the full player lineup for the Hearthstone World Championships in April too. The Americas region is represented most, with six players donning the region's flag. Second is Europe with four, while Asia Pacific and China are tied at three representatives each.
Here's an overview of each qualified player, per tournament they qualified with:
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