After two days of adrenaline-charged eSports action at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, the curtain has come down on the 2015 European Road to BlizzCon. A packed house cheered on Europe’s top competitors as they battled it out in the Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and World of Warcraft European Championships. In addition to earning a share of the $300,000 USD prize pool, the top teams and players will move on to compete in the World Championships at BlizzCon 2015 in November.
You’ll find highlights from each of the three European Championships below. For full replays and event details, visit www.eurtb2015.com.
Heroes of the Storm European Championship
From the group stage to the grand final, the Heroes of the Storm teams brought their A-game. Team Dignitas (formerly known as “Bob?”) beat out ROCCAT in the semi-finals to secure a spot in the grand final, while Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) defeated Gamers2 to earn their place. Na’Vi proved they’re a force to be reckoned with—not only did they overcome Dignitas in the grand final, but they did so with an amazing zero loss record throughout the entire tournament. Both teams will move on to represent Europe in the Heroes of the Storm World Championship at BlizzCon.
Hearthstone European Championship
The Hearthstone competition was fierce leading up to the European Road to BlizzCon, and continued through the main event. Only eight players remained to card-sling their way into the top four slots, ensuring their tickets to this year’s Hearthstone World Championship. Thijs ‘ThijsNL’ Molendijk secured the win in the grand final to be named the 2015 European Champion. Eugene ‘Neirea’ Shumilin, Adrian ‘Lifecoach’ Koy, and Sebastian ‘Ostkaka’ Engwall nabbed the remaining three spots, and all four players will be representing Europe at BlizzCon.
World of Warcraft European Championship
The top European arena teams battled it out for the title and three spots in the World Championship at BlizzCon. The epic grand final saw guild mates versus guild mates as Solari Gaming Red and Solari Gaming Blue faced off in an epic best-of-five. After trading back and forth in the first four games, Solari Gaming Blue was able to take the win in an epic fifth game and claim the title of European Champion. Both teams, along with Three Languages One Team, will be representing Europe in the World Championship.
The 2015 European Road to BlizzCon was an action-packed weekend for eSports fans and Blizzard gamers alike. In addition to the stiff competition, players at the event were able to get their hands on Overwatch—playable publicly for only the second time in Europe—and see some impressive costumes in our cosplay contest. A photo of each contest participant was posted on Instagram, and those with the most likes were deemed the winners, with Tanakht’s Annoy-o-Tron taking first place.