Team China are your 2018 Hearthstone Global Games (HGG) victors! Comprised of anchor Gao “Leaoh” Yang, Zheng “OmegaZero” Lin, Zhang “YouLove” Lichen, and He “Trunks” Huan, the team completed their HGG journey with a clean 3-0 win over a surging Brazil in the Grand Finals.
“I am super pumped now,” said Trunks. “This is my first trophy at a global tournament ever, and this also proves how good Chinese Hearthstone is! So, I'm truly happy.”
China took a different approach to the tournament than many other teams, assigning each player a couple of different classes in which to specialize. “Everyone was assigned and had their classes that they excel at,” Trunks said. “The one advantage that we have compared to other teams I think is that we did a better job on picks, bans, and the class player order.”
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“The Chinese community could be like Yogg-Saron, because nothing is impossible! We are here to surprise you guys and take your trophy!”—Trunks
While every team member brought something unique to the table, the Chinese quartet point to Zhang "YouLove" Lichen as their magic lamp. “[He] is kind of our cheerleader,” Trunks said. “Once we got a feel for each game we would wish for the cards we wanted and tell YouLove and he would somehow wish it through the deck for us!”
The other members had more formal—and less superstitious—roles. “The rest of us did the strategizing and raised questions to each other and challenged each other’s ideas,” Trunks said. “Honestly, that was probably the secret to our success.”
Congratulations to Team China on their epic win! The team returns home $50,000 richer, and bearing the 2018 Hearthstone Global Games trophy.