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Know your Hearthstone Players #3: Xixo and Ostkaka

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The third of our guides to competitive Hearthstone players features half of team Na`Vi. Xixo and Ostkaka

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We are now covering tournaments in the news section, and are aware that many of you will be encountering competitive Hearthstone for the first time. For those interesting in watching tournaments and following results, as we build up to the 2016 World Championship, we are writing a series of guides about the top players. This time around, we cover half of team Natus Vincere (Na`Vi); Xixo and Ostkaka.




Xixo


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Sebastian "Xixo" Bentert from Germany first gained notoriety by regularly being the first player to reach legend at the start of the season. Despite accomplishing this feat many times, he still didn't get the recognition he deserved for some time. That changed when he won 8 rounds of the single elimination qualifier to get into the VGVN Naxxramas Release Tournament and then, incredibly, did it again for their second event. This finally earned him an invite for their third installment, which got the ball rolling for him to receive many other invites.

People who don't watch a lot of tournament play, sometimes get the impression that he doesn't win many events. According to esportsearnings he is the 31st highest Hearthstone money winner, with nearly $30,000 in prizes. He has placed first in five different events since July 2015 alone. He also has works hard with other players behind the scene. Phonetap, for one example, credited Xixo with helping him prepare for the ESL Legendary Series Season 2 finals, which he ended up winning.

In public, Xixo comes across as a quiet character. On stream however, he is not averse to pointing out his opponent's misplays and discussing the games. He will sometimes give the impression that he is on tilt, but it rarely impacts his actual play. Unsurprisingly, for someone who is known for reaching Legend Rank quickly, his playing speed both on stream, and in tournaments, is one of the fastest among top players.


Ostkaka


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Sebastian "Ostkaka" Engwall from Sweden is a surprisingly low profile character considering he is the World Champion! His first notable result was second place in the SeatStory Cup 3 as recently as last April. Around that time, more and more top professional players started mentioning his name when asked who they thought was the best player in the world. It has also been rumoured that he has the record for the highest win percentage of any Legend player in Legend play in one season, with 68%. To put that into context, there have been seasons where none have had a winrate over 65%. Blizzard have not confirmed the minimum number of games needed for those figures, but a 3% difference is huge.

In the build up to his World Championship win, he was regarded as the best Patron Warrior player in the world. The surprise nerf to Warsong Commander just before the World Championships was jokingly referred to as "A nerf to Ostkaka". Regardless of this, he learned to play the new Patron Warrior and won the title with the new version in his lineup.

Due to his hard work on his game, he rarely finds the time to stream, but don't let his lack of visibility trick you into thinking he's not got one of the sharpest minds in the game.

The previous two articles in this series were:

#2 Thijs, RDU, and Lifecoach
#1 Kolento and Firebat

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