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The $100,000 prize pool Europe Region Hearthstone Winter Championships was won by Naiman. He will join Amnesiac in the World Championships later in the year. The format was best of five Conquest with a ban.


The eight qualifiers from the Preliminaries were divided into two groups. The top two from each group advanced to a single elimination top four. The results of the group stages were as follows:

Group A: Naiman (2-0), DrHippi (2-1), Nicslay (1-2), Cereza (0-2)
Group B: Pokrovac (2-0), BunnyHoppor (2-1), Diggen (1-2), Tars (0-2)

The first semi final was between Pokrovac and DrHippi. Pokrovac brought Secret Paladin, Priest, ZooLock and Patron Warrior. DrHippi brought Freeze Mage, Druid, Face Hunter and ZooLock. DrHippi banned Warrior, while Pokrovac banned Mage. The match was one-sided for a semi final. DrHippi won with Hunter against Paladin, and then beat Zoo twice in a row for a rapid 3-0 victory.

The second semi final was between Naiman and BunnyHoppor. Naiman's lineup was Patron Warrior, Freeze Mage, Midrange Paladin, and Face Hunter. BunnyHoppor brought Patron Warrior, Druid, Aggro Paladin and ZooLock. Both players banned Warrior. The first two games were shared one each, as Naiman won with Hunter against Paladin but then lost with Paladin against Druid. 

The third game was key. Naiman's Freeze Mage had almost nullified Aggro Paladin while on one life. The damage spells in his hand were ready to clear the minions on board, when BunnyHoppor drew a Leper Gnome. Staring a loss in the face, Naiman drew Alexstrasza to apparently take the game, only for BunnyHoppor's Piloted Shredder to drop Lightwell. Naiman decided that he didn't have enough damage left in his deck to win by removing the Lightwell, so he pinged the Lightwell to hope that it healed itself rather than BunnyHoppor. He won two of the three 50-50s on healing, and ended up winning a crazy back and forth game. BunnyHoppor again levelled the scores, as his Aggressive Paladin beat the Midrange counterpart, but in game five Naiman's Paladin curved out better than Zoo and he took down the series 3-2.

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In the final, DrHippi banned Warrior and Naiman banned Mage. Naiman had an advantage in the Hunter mirror, as his deck was built to be a little faster than DrHippi's, and this took him to a 1-0 lead. DrHippi managed to level the scores by requeuing Hunter into Naiman's Paladin. He then took the lead with his Druid when Naiman's Aldor Peacekeeper reducing a minion to one power was not enough to prevent double Savage Roar from being lethal. Naiman had mentioned that he targeted Zoo and Secret Paladin with his lineup, and at 2-1 behind he needed to beat Zoo twice in a row with different decks to win the title. His strategy paid off, as he won with Freeze Mage, and then his Midrange Paladin, to win the European Winter Championship, and move on to the World Championship later in the year.

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