VKLiooon Becomes First Ever Woman to Take Home Global Hearthstone Championship
History was made this weekend at the BlizzCon 2019’s Hearthstone Global Finals. 23-year-old Xiaomeng “VKLiooon” Li was crowned this year’s Global Hearthstone Champion. Not only is she the first female to win a Hearthstone Grand Masters event, Li is also the first Chinese player to secure the title. Her victory also marks the first time a female player has taken home a championship trophy at BlizzCon across all Blizzard titles.Li’s incredible run up to the finals included taking down Hearthstone’s 2017 World Champion, Chen Wei Lin, better known by his handle “tom60229,” sending him to the loser’s bracket immediately. In the finals, she faced Brian “bloodyface” Eason, who she made quick work of, sweeping him 3-0 to claim her title and take home the $200,000 grand prize.After her victory, Li gave an encouraging speech directed at other female players to chase their dreams, much like she did.”I want to say for all the girls out there who have a dream for Esports competition, for glory, if you want to do it and you believe in yourself, you should just forget your gender and go for it,” she proclaimed after the match.Besides crowning a new World Champion at BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard also announced Hearthstone’s next expansion, titled Descent of Dragons, which is set to conclude Hearthstone’s first-ever year-long story. Descent of Dragons launches on December 10, 2019 and includes 135 new cards as well as the “ability transform into Galakrond, the mightiest dragon in Warcraft history.”Additionally, Blizzard also announced a new mode coming to Hearthstone titled Battlegrounds, which supports up to 8-players and includes 24 unique heroes. Hearthstone Battlegrounds enters open beta on November 12.The Blizzard China Controversy ExplainedWondering what else happened at BlizzCon 2019? Here’s everything that Blizzard announced during its press conference, including Diablo 4, Overwatch 2, and a new World of Warcraft expansion. Blizzard’s president J. Allen Brack also discussed the recent Hong Kong controversy, and protesters shared why they’re fighting for free speech on Blizzard’s biggest stage.
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