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 Poramet “Bankyugi” Putchakan.
The Rising Thai
The relative newcomer to competitive Hearthstone, Bankyugi spent 2019 playing in Qualifiers with the hope of competing in the Masters Tour system. Despite a relatively lackluster showing at Masters Tour Seoul, he proved he was a player worth watching after his Top four finish at Masters Tour Los Angeles, and securing an invite to Grandmasters 2020 Season 2. He quickly proved that his successful showing at Masters Tour Los Angeles was not a fluke, as he maintained a consistently strong showing throughout Season 2, ultimately claiming APAC victory with a tense 3-2 victory over former Hearthstone World Champion Wei-Lin “tom60229” Chen, becoming the first Thai player to secure a spot at a World Championship.
HS Esports: What is your greatest strength at Hearthstone?
HS Esports: Prior to Madness at the Darkmoon Faire, what has been your favorite deck from 2020?
Bankyugi: Highlander Mage.
HS Esports: What is your favorite Hearthstone card of all time?
HS Esports: What has been the highlight of 2020 so far?
Bankyugi: Winning the first week of Grandmasters Season 2 with my own weird lineup.
HS Esports: Other than yourself, who do you think has the best chance to win the 2020 World Championship?
Bankyugi: Fellow APAC player, glory.
HS Esports: Why do you think you are going to win the 2020 World Championship?
Bankyugi: Because I will do anything to become a world champion, no matter how much I have to train. To become a world champion every detail matters: practice, planning, and even eating, but I will definitely not forget to take a rest because rest is very important as well.
HS Esports: What does becoming the World Champion mean for you?
Bankyugi: Being a world champion means a lot to me because it has been my biggest dream since I started playing Hearthstone. Even though it's my first Worlds appearance, I will do my best to make my family and my nation proud.
Will Bankyugi, the former goalkeeper that started 2020 aiming to qualify to the Masters Tour, bring the World Championship trophy to Thailand? Be sure to watch the 2020 World Championship on December 12-13, only on YouTube. We’ll see you in the Tavern!