Naiman wins Hearthstone European Winter Championship

by Daniel Rosen Mar 20 2016
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Ole "Naiman" Batyrbekov is the 2016 Hearthstone Championship Tour European Winter Champion, and has qualified for BlizzCon.

Naiman took down Artem "DrHippi" Kravets 3-2 in the Grand Finals, using Face Hunter, Freeze Mage and a Midrange Paladin deck. Naiman tried the Paladin deck against DrHippi's Face Hunter and Midrange Druid with little success, and finally found victory with the deck against DrHippi's Zoolock in the last game of grand finals.

Naiman was signed to Team Dignitas in March 2015, but was let go just a few weeks later after his Hearthstone account was banned by Blizzard. On stream, he said that this tournament was his chance at redemption.

"Hopefully everyone understands that I have skills and I know how to play this game," he told Dan "Frodan" Chou after his win.

Naiman is heading home with $25,000 and direct qualification to the Hearthstone World Championship at BlizzCon. DrHippi's second-place finish nets him $15,000 and 20 HCT points.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. He likes to play Twilight Drake and then hit Life Tap. You can follow him on Twitter.