Following two Grandmasters seasons and six Masters Tours, we are gearing up to conclude the year with the Hearthstone 2020 World Championship! With $500,000 (USD) on the line, the top eight players in the world are set to meet on December 12-13 to see who will join the Hall of Champions and finish off 2020 as the next Hearthstone World Champion.
We recently asked each of the competitors a series of quick-fire questions to learn more about them ahead of the 2020 World Championship. Let’s get to know Kenta “glory” Sato.
A veteran of the Japanese competitive scene, glory quickly made his mark on professional Hearthstone with a top showing in the 2018 HCT Asia-Pacific Season 1. His consistent results, calm demeanor during stressful matches, and focus on always having fun led to an invite to the inaugural Grandmasters 2019 season. Following a tense 2020 Season 1 final that saw him and Kim “Surrender” Jung-soo forced to a final round 5, glory secured his seat at the 2020 World Championship with a fateful play of Grommash Hellscream.
HS Esports: What is your greatest strength at Hearthstone?
glory: Controlling the point of play.
HS Esports: Prior to Madness at the Darkmoon Faire, what has been your favorite deck from 2020?
glory: Demon Hunter, especially Tempo Demon Hunter in May and June.
HS Esports: What is your favorite Hearthstone card back of all time?
glory: Azeroth is Burning.
HS Esports: What has been the highlight of 2020 so far?
glory: Beating Surrender in the Season 1 final.
HS Esports: Other than yourself, who do you think has the best chance to win the 2020 World Championship?
HS Esports: Why do you think you are going to win the 2020 World Championship?
glory: I just want to win. If you play competitively, it’s fun to aim for the top.
HS Esports: What does becoming the World Champion mean for you?
glory: I’d be happy. I think my position would change, but I don’t think my approach to Hearthstone would change.
Does glory have what it takes to bring the title to the Japanese competitive scene? Be sure to watch the 2020 World Championship on December 12-13, only on YouTube. We’ll see you in the Tavern!