A Kiwi making his tournament debut has beaten some of the best in the world to win the Sydney leg of the Hearthstone Championship Tour.
New Zealand’s Jack "Jakattack" Gifford went undefeated at last weekend's HCT Sydney Tour Stop to claim the lion's share of its US$15,000 prize pool, alongside 15 Hearthstone Competitive Points.
HCT Sydney saw the top 16 players who dominated the online qualifier converge on the harbour city to determine the best of the best.
Gifford's winning line-up contained mainly conservative decks, with one exception: an ‘Exodia Paladin’ deck that took the whole tournament by surprise.
Using said deck, Gifford managed to reverse sweep Hong Kong’s Tsz “Kin0531” Lo, bringing down his incredibly difficult ‘Spiteful Priest’ in a thrilling game five showdown.
Gifford then beat Aussie favourite Stefan “ProfessorOak” Stubbs, and eventually took down Thai player Puttiwat “Odyssey” Tuntiseranee in an exciting Grand Final showcase.
The Next HCT Tour Stop on the calendar is EGLX in Canada from March 9-11.