New Zealand, after just falling short last year, has pipped Singapore in its last round of 16 match to enter the top eight of the Hearthstone Global Games. This means it's made the finals, which will be played out at BlizzCon in early November.
It's an amazing effort by the NZ team — consisting of players Mage, JakAttack, Pathra and TINGT0NG — fighting through five gruelling rounds of Swiss, and facing off against top sides including Sweden and Chinese Taipei (of which last year's Hearthstone champion, tom60229, is a member).
TEAM NEW ZEALAND DO IT! They are going to BlizzCon for #HGG. A huge congratulations to the team of @PathraCadness @JustJakattack @Mage_HS @TINGT0NG_HS. We are all very proud of your hard work ???????????????????????? @HSesports @Blizzard_ANZ
— Blizzard Esports ANZ (@BlizzEsportsANZ) September 21, 2018
You can watch the full match in the top video or, if you just want to see the winning moment, check out the clip below.
Unsurprisingly, the NZ players were pretty chuffed.
— Mage (@Mage_HS) September 21, 2018
We did it lads. Team New Zealand is going to blizzcon. Time to go beg my boss for the time off for it because this will be amazing.
— BES Jakattack (@JustJakattack) September 21, 2018
I'M GOING TO BLIZZCON FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A ROW!! LOVE TEAM NEW ZEALAND! ????????✊???? Its 5AM will I be able to sleep?
— Pathra (@PathraCadness) September 21, 2018
Congrats to New Zealand. It's a shame Australia can't join you, but at least one of us is representing on the big stage!
New Zealand recently defeated Canada to enter into the top eight of the Hearthstone Global Games. Its next match will be against arguably the best team in the competition, the United States, for a chance at the top four. Given the competition started with 48 teams, NZ has done unbelievably well to make it this far.