Hearthstone Masters Tour Orgrimmar crowned Gaby as the youngest Masters Champion in the game. The 15-year-old wins $25,000 and 22 GM points, inching closer to Grandmasters.
The Hearthstone Masters Tour Orgrimmar came to an exciting finish crowning 15-year-old Gabriel “Gaby” Jeanne as the winner. Gaby defeated Torben “Viper” Wahl 3-2 to become the youngest Masters Tour Champion in history.
15-year-old Gaby is the youngest Hearthstone Masters Tour Champion
Gaby outplayed 402 other players from over 45 countries to walk away with 22 Masters Tour Points towards promotion to Grandmasters Season 2. The tournament had a Swiss round as its initial stage and Gaby finished Stage 1 with a 7-2 score.
He breached the top eight after defeating European Grandmaster David “Frenetic” Neila Quiñones in the Round of 16. Day 3 of the tournament saw Gaby rack up wins with a 3-1 victory over Liu “RNGLys” Shuda. He would then go on to upset European Grandmaster and former two-time Masters Tour winner Zakarya “xBlyzes” Hail in the semifinals.
The grand finals took place between Gaby and Viper. The series was exciting, to say the least, and the two players traded wins till they reached the fifth round. The Rogue mirror match saw the SC Bastia Esports player take down Viper to become the youngest Hearthstone Masters Champion. He also inches closer to the Grandmasters Season 2 with 22 points from his Orgrimmar victory.
Who is Gaby?
Gaby has been slowly but steadily climbing the ranks. At just 15-years-old he has already won his first Masters event. But the player is not a new name in the circuit and has slowly been climbing up the esports ladder. His talent is superseded only by his confidence in his talent and also the respect he shows for top-tier gameplay.
He started playing Hearthstone at eight years old but quickly rose to the top within two years. He rose to Rank 1 legend within a few years and has consistently hit the top rank several times since.
With the full support of his parents, Gaby started to play competitively three years ago despite being too young to compete in some events. He made a rare admission to me that he wasn’t “that good” three years ago, but he has used the time waiting to get into bigger events well, making sure he was good enough when the Masters Tour came around.
Gaby's approach to tournament matches is the same as with regular ladder matches. The player was nodding his head to music on-stream during the Hearthstone Masters Tour Orgrimmar matches. The player has been progressively improving over the past couple of years. While he used to finish outside the top 10 till September last year, his results have improved dramatically in the last few months. He finished in the top four in the Masters Tour 2020 Madrid when he lost to eventual champion Xc of Invictus Gaming.
The top tier of Hearthstone esports continues with the first season of Grandmasters taking place over the weekend. The top players will compete for their shot at the 2021 World Championships. The Masters Tour 2021 Dalaran is the next Masters tier event that takes place from June 18-20, 2021. Interested fans can catch the streams live on YouTube.