Since 2014, Hearthstone has established itself as one of the most popular games in the world. The collectible card video game even became an eSports, with numerous organizations fielding rosters to represent their brands in Hearthstone. Unfortunately, a time came when some of those teams decided to leave the Hearthstone scene. When everyone else is leave, CLG proved that their name of Counter Logic Gaming is true by getting themselves some Hearthstone players.
One of the most popular endemic eSports brands in NA, Counter Logic Gaming has signed three players to represent them in Hearthstone events: Sebastian “Xixo” Bentert, Kim “Surrender” Jung-soo and Frederik “Hoej” Nielsen.
Having started his career on ROOT gaming in 2014, Xixo is an accomplished German player, whose total career winnings exceed $75k USD. Just like the other two players who joined CLG with him, he used to play for the Hearthstone division of Natus Vincere. Under the banner of Na’Vi, he won eSports Arena Invitational, SL i-L StarSeries Season 2. He’s also the winner of WESG 2016 – European & CIS Qualifiers, which he achieved after the dissolution of the Na’Vi roster.
Xixo’s teammate, Surrender, has started his career by playing for Golden Coin in 2014 as well, however, his career was less successful than Xixo’s. His career winnings are only around $37k USD. The Korean’s biggest result, making up the bulk of his tournament winnings, came in 2014, when he placed second in World E-sport Championships, winning $13k USD and won OGN Hearthstone Masters KR Season 2, this time in 2015. Since joining Na’Vi, Surrender didn’t have much success, to be honest.
The final new member of CLG’s Hearthstone squad, Hoej, is newer to competitive Hearthstone scene, starting his career for real in September 2015, on Natus Vincere. Over his career, he won more than $33k USD, with the best performances coming before he joined Na’vi. The biggest event he won was Viagame House Cup #2, where he was paid $10k for the win.
From the players CLG signed, it seems like they tried to snap up the whole roster of Natus Vincere, however, the most valuable player from that team was out of their grasp, electing to join The Alliance. This player is Sebastian “Ostkaka” Engwall, whose lifetime winnings exceed $123k USD, most of the loot coming from his victory at the 2015 Hearthstone World Championship, which put $100k USD into his bank account. Even as the World Champion, Ostkaka had a bad time in 2016. While CLG could have said that they have a World Champion if they signed him, it’s doubtful that he would have repeated the Championship run again for CLG.