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Drama in the Cards at the Hearthstone World Championship

The Hearthstone World Championship winter season has just begun, and already there’s some controversy around it, thanks to the game crashing in the middle of a match. At least that’s the official answer. Other Hearthstone fans watching the games think a player cheated in order to throw the match into his favor. You can take a look at the disputed match in the video below.

Here’s the set up. During a game between Borsss and Zetalot, something strange happens. Borsss is playing a tempo Mage deck and has a Flamewalker on the board. Flamewalkers do an additional 2 points of damage to a random enemy any time you cast a spell. Zetalot is playing as a Druid, and plays the Keeper of Grove card and uses it to silence the Flamewalker. After Zetalot’s turn ends, Borsss cast two spells and then throws his hands up in the air and removes his headphones. The commentators speculated that Borsss forgot that his Flamewalker had been silenced and was mad that the extra damage didn’t happen.

The commentators started to mention this as a possibility as the game’s organizers were trying to figure out what happened. It’s pretty rare that a championship-level player would throw up his hands and rip off his headphones like a toddler throwing a tantrum. The more likely response is that something happened to the game, and that’s the official answer.

“We’ve spoken with the head admin and can confirm it was the Hearthstone client crashing, therefore the game was remade,” Dreamhack told Polygon. But despite the official word, conspiracy theories still abound because Zetalot went on to lose the match and the entire series.

Nicole Tanner
Nicole has been lurking around the game industry for 14 years. She’s currently the Managing Editor of Pixelkin.org. Before that, she was an editor at IGN, where she launched and hosted the Girlfight podcast.
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Nicole Tanner
Nicole has been lurking around the game industry for 14 years. She's currently the Managing Editor of Pixelkin.org. Before that, she was an editor at IGN, where she launched and hosted the Girlfight podcast.

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