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Blizzard have announced the winners of the casting competition they held in December.

Blizzard have announced the winners of the "So you think you can cast: Hearthstone" competition and those people will be casting the Winter Preliminaries. The lineup doesn't have any unknown names, but it has concentrated on six up and coming casters, players, and streamers who are all known for being great at what they do.

Daniel "DTwo" Ikuta first made a splash by reaching the last four of the 2014 World Championship, where he lost 3-2 to eventual winner, Firebat. These days he concentrates more on casting. He is building up a following on HSCN, where he casts high profile Chinese events in English language, as well as on his own personal stream.

Simon "Sottle" Welch is a name that will be familiar to many of you reading this. He has been streaming professional Hearthstone for over 18 months, and reached the Semi Finals of the first Gfinity Spring Masters. He cast the ASUS ROG Marathon event late last year, among several other events. His rise through the ranks led to him being signed by the H2k, where he played for several months before climbing even higher when he was recently signed by compLexity Gaming. He also writes guides here at Icy Veins, so you can check out his work for yourself.

Nick "Aquablad" Secker has been around the Hearthstone scene since pretty much forever. He founded the Facebook group HearthstoneUK, where he built up the UK community and ran weekly tournaments. From there he founded Team Hex, which later became a part of Team Infused. Sottle and Raven were both also on that team, so he clearly had a good eye for talent! He has cast many events, most recently the SL i-League Starseries qualifying rounds. He doesn't stream much, but does make deck tutorial videos on his YouTube channel.

Cora "Songbird" Georgiou is a member of ViciousSyndicate. She is a regular visitor to the Legend ranks, and streams several times a week; as well as casting Tuesday Night Hype. She was one of the first players to really get to grips with Secret Paladin. Also, as she herself points out:

Alex "Raven" Baguley is another long term player and caster. He was in the money in Hearthstone tournaments as long ago as August 2014, where he took down third prize at Insomnia 52. He has been heavily involved in esports since 2012, running events in Manchester, England. He recently assisted with the hugely successful $30,000 Insomnia 56 Tournament, as well as casting the event. He can regularly be seen casting large tournaments, and you are always welcome to chat to him on his stream.

Kevin "Odinn" Hovdestad is a host on the popular "Well Met" podcast as well as running his own stream. He writes for IGN and GamesBeat, among others. He has one of those voices that could be talking about anything and you'd want to listen.

Congratulations to each of the deserving winners. It will be great to see some of the rising talent finally reach the top level.
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Congratulations Sottle!


I stumbled onto Icy Veins over a year ago, while attempting to grasp the finer points of Hearthstone. The guides created by this "Sottle" character had proven themselves to be very helpful, so on a lark I decided to check out his stream. I have been following Sottle ever since.


Sottle has been a tremendous source of information and entertainment. I am very happy to see his talents being recognized at this level, and I am looking forward to Sottle's continued elevation within the community.


Keep up the good work!



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