Mighty retires from Hearthstone esports after record-breaking run
Mighty had the highest all-time win rate in APAC Grandmasters at 73%. He also made Grandmasters on his very first try.
Manveer "Mighty" Singh has retired from Hearthstone esports after a record-breaking run. In less than two years, Mighty advanced to the Hearthstone Grandmasters Playoffs, won the tournament, and then competed in the 2022 Hearthstone World Championship.
Mighty made it to the 2022 Hearthstone World Championship (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Mighty breaks Hearthstone esports records
Mighty made it to the 2022 Hearthstone Grandmasters Playoffs and the subsequent 2022 Hearthstone World Championship on his very first try. He also had the highest all-time win percentage in APAC Grandmasters at an incredible 73%. However, after the Hearthstone esports 2023 roadmap announcement, the player tweeted out a retirement message.
"The 18 months I spent competing in Hearthstone was some of the best time of my life," Mighty wrote on Twitter. "Met great people, made friends for life, threw down with the best of the best. Wanted to write more but it is what it is. Guess it's time to officially call it, and good luck everyone."
The impact of Hearthstone esports
Hearthstone came out in 2014, and Mighty got introduced to the game a year later in 2015. In an interview with Esports.gg, he revealed that used to play different card games online before getting introduced to Hearthstone.
"I have been into trading card games since I was very little," Mighty told Esports.gg while referring to Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Masters. "And living in a country like India, trading card games culture is very non-existent. Like no one plays card games there. So my whole exposure to card games was online."
When it came to Hearthstone, Mighty duked it out against his friends and played the game on and off until 2020. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mighty had a lot more time to play Hearthstone and dedicated himself to the competitive scene. Over the years, Might also played alongside his good friend Wesley "lambyseries" Seek.
Mighty versus lambyseries during Hearthstone Grandmasters APAC 2022 (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Lambyseries retires from pro Hearthstone scene
Like Mighty, lambyseries also announced his retirement when the Hearthstone esports 2023 roadmap news hit and sent shockwaves across the competitive Hearthstone community. Throughout the years, lambyseries competed in many tournaments, taking home the gold in Hearthstone Grandmasters 2022 Season 1 Week 1 for the APAC region.
"Officially retiring from competitive Hearthstone," lambyseries wrote on Twitter. "I am not leaving without doing this mega thread. So many memories, but [I'll] try to piece it all together as cleanly as possible. Hope you enjoy it!"
The player then posted photos and tagged players in his Twitter thread, recalling his top Hearthstone esports moments. At the end of the thread, lambyseries said Hearthstone was a huge blessing through his mid 20s.
Is Hearthstone esports dying? Where will players go from here? Only time will tell. As of now, a lot of Hearthstone pros are chiming in with their thoughts about the matter.
Stay tuned on Esports.gg for more news and updates.
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Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!