5. Kripparian (Team Solo Mid)
Octavian “Kripparian” Morosan, otherwise known as Kripp or nl_Kripp is an extremely popular and educational Hearthstone streamer who has one of if not the biggest fan base in the Hearthstone streaming history. Before playing Hearthstone, Kripparian was a well known World of Warcraft player who was recognised as the first person to complete the Ironman Challenge, being part of the top US raiding guild, Exodus, and having the highest DPS benchmarks for the Hunter class.
Kripparian is known as being an expert Arena player amongst the Hearthstone community as he is able to achieve very successful Arena runs despite having drafted poor cards.
Kripp has achieved the highest rank in Hearthstone known as the “Legend Rank” which only 0.5% of all players have achieved.
As well as streaming, Kripparian has a very successful YouTube channel where he uploads a new educational video everyday! These videos range from card reviews, expansion reviews, game highlights and his overall experience with Hearthstone. All of these videos are informative and give a lot of insight from one of the most experienced and well known streamers.
1 of 8 players invited by Blizzard to participate in the 2013 Hearthstone Innkeeper’s invitational at Blizzcon
1st place – Favourite Hearthstone Stream
1st place – Most Engaged Viewers – awarded to the broadcaster with the highest average minutes watched per viewer
2nd place – Highest Stream Viewer Average – awarded to the broadcaster with the highest average viewer count (over 2000 minutes streamed) while streaming Blizzard games
3rd place – Most Popular Non-English Streamer – awarded to the broadcaster who had the most ‘minutes watched’ in non-English regions while streaming Blizzard games
Kripparian was invited to be a commentator at the 2015 Hearthstone World Championships alongside AmazHS and frodan.
8:00PM PST to 4:30AM (PST)
5:00AM CET to 1:30PM (CET)
4. amazhs (Team Archon)
Jason “Amaz” Chan also known as AmazHS was introduced to computer games by his cousin when he moved to Vancouver from Hong Kong when he was grade 4. After starting to play Warcraft III, he was hooked and became a Blizzard fanboy. Amaz started his streaming career in 2013 after a close friend suggested so. Amaz has said how lucky he was when he first started streaming having queued into fellow Hearthstone streamer, Artosis. Being queued up to Artosis really brought a lot of attention to Amaz, sometimes bringing in as many as 20,000 concurring viewers.
Amaz was the first member of the ROOT Gaming’s Hearthstone Squad in March 2014.
He then became the first member of Team Liquids Hearthstone Division in June 2014.
On the 1st of November, Amaz created Team Archon. As the team Captain, the first two players he recruited were Firebat and Hosty. Since then, other well known streamers and players have been added to the squad such as Orange, Xixo, DeerNadia and Zalae.
When Amaz streams, he always explains the plays he makes and his thought process in making these decisions. Amaz also will discuss with his viewers about the opponents next play, or their next few plays which often gives a lot of insight to his viewers. Always referring to his audience as ‘us’ when streaming is a really nice touch and adds a sense of family to the chat. Amaz really considers his viewers as people who are part of his team which gives the viewers a nice environment to be in and is why his stream has been so successful for so long.
1st – Numericable M-House Cup 4
1st – IEM Season IX Shenzhen
1st – VGVN Naxxramas Release Tournament
1st – GEICO Brawl #2
2nd – ESL Hearthstone Legendary Series – Katowice
2nd – WCA 2015 – Americas Pro Qualifier
6:00AM Weekdays (PST)
3. StrifeCro (Cloud 9)
Cong “Strifecro” Shu first emerged into the Hearthstone streaming scene while making a Top 8 run into the 2014 Hearthstone World Championships. Strifecro is well known for his elite Druid play, since the 2014 Hearthstone World Championships, Strifecro has become well known as a consistent streamer and one of the most innovative deck builders.
Through all of his tournament success, Strifecro has managed to stay at the top due to being able to adapt to every meta, often being one of the first to bring top tier decks to tournaments such as Mech Mage and also fine tuned the Midrange Paladin deck that dominated the Gnomes vs Goblins era.
Strifecro’s stream is one of the best sources of education any player could want. This is because he has such a firm grasp and mastery of each class, making his knowledge an extremely reliable source. Strifecro’s preferred deck archetype are the Control decks, which he feels are a lot more demanding and require a much longer thought process to execute the correct play.
The place where Strifecro really shines as an educational streamer is his vocalisation. The way Strifecro explains every play, every counter play and every single consideration he makes before making his turn is astounding. This amazing knowledge is only bested by one person, our number 1 educational streamer.
1st – The Pinnacle 2
1st – SeatStory Cup 1
2nd – Viagame House Cup 2
3rd – Kinguin Pro League Season 1
Top 8 – Hearthstone World Championship 2014
Top 8 – Vulcan Deckmasters
5:30PM – 9:30PM (PST)
2:30AM – 6:30AM (CET)
2. TrumpSC (Team Solo Mid)
For those of you who don’t know who Jeffery “Trump” Shih is, you must be living under a rock or in a desert. Trump is one of the founding fathers of the Hearthstone Streaming community, being crowned as “the world’s most famous Hearthstone player”, attracting over 20,000 concurrent viewers consistently. In 2013 Trump was signed by Razer as the world’s first professional Hearthstone player.
Trump was on of the 8 players invited to participate in the showcase event at Blizzcon 2013, where he placed in the top 4. Since taking up Hearthstone almost full time on his stream, Trump has been one of the most constant sources of educational content, especially for the newer players who don’t have the full collection of cards, or for those who want to be competitive without spending lots of money on the game.
Trumps greatest contribution to the Hearthstone community would be the amount of content he has about helping out the newer players. Trump has created basic decks which are excellent for new players to use when they are first learning the game, and his F2P Challenge series shows us that anyone can make it to the high ranks without spending a cent on the game or if you don’t have much time to sink into the game.
During every game on stream, Trump is constantly explaining his thought process and and breaks down each play he makes. Also during the stream, Trump is able to control his chat and maintain the positive and happy vibe that he creates. Sometimes Trump sings songs, does duets with other streamers and has some really funny Skype calls and this really gives the stream a positive outlook.
1st – Vulcan Deckmasters Invitational
1st – HTC Recharged Invitational
Top 8 – Hearthstone World Championship NA Regionals 2015
Top 8 – ESL Legendary Series Season 2
Top 8 – SeatStory Cup 2
1st – Most Educational streamer at the Blizzard 2013 Stream Awards
12:00PM – 6:00PM (PST)
9:00PM – 1:00AM (CET)
1. Lifecoach (Gamers2)
As I am sure you have guessed, the number 1 Educational streamer on our list is none other than Adrian “Lifecoach” Koy. The reason why we have put Lifecoach at the top of our list is due to the fact that he incorporates his stream into his personal worldview. The way Lifecoach lives his life is by refusing to compromise on values he deems important while also approaching everything he loves with his utmost effort. You really cant argue with results, and that is why we have put Lifecoach as our number 1 Educational Streamer.
Before even hitting middle age, Lifecoach has succeeded in many things, such as being a professional poker player and being the father to two young children. Essentially, Lifecoach has already won at life and it seems he won long ago, all he wants to do now is help any who are willing to listen and pay attention to his godlike knowledge of the game.
Even though Lifecoach has been streaming for a long time now, he has refused to accept donations with only recently adding a Subscription Button to his channel which he definitely could have added long ago. Because Lifecoach has no need for donations from Twitch as income, he is much more flexible when it comes to how he is able to run his channel. Even when Lifecoach gets high view numbers, he believes that it is essential to be able to interact with his chat so he can properly explain his plays as they happen. The main way he does this is by reviewing each game after it ends, rather and queueing up for another game straight away.
During the stream, Lifecoach will sometimes argue with his chat about certain plays he made or should have made which provides a lot of insight as to how people think and why people make certain plays. When Lifecoach hears another opinion about a play, he doesn’t just disregard it as the wrong play or think that his play was the correct one, he will always think about the play and the various scenarios which could occur if another play was made and discuss it with his chat. Just by debating with his chat shows how much he truly values his viewers and their opinions.
With his strict rules for moderators on stream and commitment to teaching the masses on how to play High – level Hearthstone, Lifecoach has definitely created the best environment for new players and old to learn more and develop as a player. All coming from the mind of a true professional.
1st – Viagame House Cup #3
1st – Hearth2P EU vs. CN Masters
1st – ESL Legendary Series Season 1
Top 4 – Dreamhack 2014
Top 8 – Hearthstone World Championship EU Regionals 2015
6:00AM – 12:00PM (PST)
3:00PM – 9:00PM (CET)