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Rereplay ranks himself #1 and wins Heartsteel Cup

Prior to the Heartsteel Cup, Rereplay ranked himself #1 in the North American power rankings. The Set 8 world champion then won the tourney.

The Heartsteel Cup, the second competitive event for North American (NA) Teamfight Tactics (TFT), commenced over two weekends of play. 160 total tacticians from NA competed through Feb. 3-4 and Feb. 10-11 to determine the Heartsteel Cup winner and qualifications for the Set 10 North American Regional Finals.

On the final day of the Heartsteel Cup, Rereplay, who is signed to Team Liquid, put on a performance unlike the one he had shown in the previous day. Without any bonus points, he outplaced the top three point-earners from the previous day en route to his victory.

Heartsteel Cup top 4 finishers, including winner Rereplay (Image via Riot Games)
Heartsteel Cup top 4 finishers, including winner Rereplay (Image via Riot Games)

After the win, Team Liquid's owner took to X to share his thoughts and support for his TFT competitor.

Rereplay's thoughts on his Heartsteel Cup victory

Heartsteel Cup winner's interview (Image via Riot Games)
Heartsteel Cup winner's interview (Image via Riot Games)

North America has waited for Set 8's world champion to rise up again, and here at Heartsteel Cup, Rereplay made his triumphant return. Here's what he had to say about his final day performance.

I think I got a lot better between yesterday (Day 3) and today (Final Day). I spent multiple hours reviewing with a bunch of people. I feel like I got so much better - I learned about AD Flex, not to play Twisted Fate, and the biggest thing: keeping it simple. I was playing lines like double Rageblade Twisted Fate and Two Healthy yesterday, but today I just played AD Flex. I played simply.

-Rereplay, Heartsteel Cup winner

When asked who supported him to get to this point, Rereplay gave a shout out to his study group, crediting them for helping him win the tournament.

I definitely want to shout out my study group. I would not be here with out them - Dpei, Ripple Overdrive, Tleyds, Degree. I think there's a lot of people I learned from.

Rereplay, Heartsteel Cup winner

Set 10 Heartsteel Cup Finals

Similar to the previous set's North American tournaments, the final day featured the remaining 32 players gunning for four NA Regional Finals slots.

  • 7 games total, with bonus points from previous day included
  • Top 16 in total points after 5 games advance to Penultimate Lobby
  • Top 8 in total points after Penultimate Lobby advance to Final Lobby
  • Highest overall points after Final Lobby wins Heartsteel Cup
    • Top 4 receive invite to North American Regional Finals

The path to the Heartsteel Cup final lobby

Heartsteel Cup final day scores after Game 5 (Image via Riot Games)
Heartsteel Cup final day scores after Game 5 (Image via Riot Games)

Here is what the top 16 cutoff of Heartsteel Cup was going into the penultimate lobby. With points looking very close near the top, Rereplay and LemonVIP looked to already be safely into the final lobby based on past tournament cutoffs. Similar to KDA Cup, the point differential between those in the bottom 8 and top 8 did not seem surmountable.

Heartsteel Cup final day scores after Game 6 (Image via Riot Games)
Heartsteel Cup final day scores after Game 6 (Image via Riot Games)

With a second place finish in the penultimate game, Nostereleven passed Kyivix and advanced into the final lobby. The other seven finalists had been in the top eight prior to the penultimate game, just like in K/DA Cup.

Rereplay, with a two-point lead, hoped to back up his self-proclaimed number one ranking of himself in the TFT power rankings. Although some players in the final lobby already secured their North American Regional Finals slots through other means, some players needed to top four or show a decent performance in the final game to secure their North American Regional Finals slots.

Rereplay wins the Heartsteel Cup

Heartsteel Cup final lobby scores (Image via Riot Games)
Heartsteel Cup final lobby scores (Image via Riot Games)

In the final game of the tournament, Rereplay secured a third, earning more than enough points to secure the Heartsteel Cup victory. His 45 points on the final day over seven games was three points more than his closest opponent, Robinsongz. Robinsongz, along with third and fourth place Heartsteel Cup finishers Billycancarry and Nostereleven all entered the day with three bonus points. This goes to show just how dominant of a final day Rereplay had. Rereplay, the Set 8 TFT world champion, reclaims a spot at the top of North American TFT with this tournament win.

Rereplay will be joined by Robinsongz, Billycancarry, and Nostereleven at the North American Regional Finals, as they secured their spots with top four finishes at Heartsteel Cup.

Prize pool distribution

Placement
Prizing
Competitor
1st
$3,500
Rereplay
2nd
$2,500
Robinsongz
3rd
$1,750
Billycancarry
4th
$1,250
Nostereleven
5th
$900
Agon
6th
$700
Rainplosion
7th
$500
LemonVIP
8th
$400
Setsuko

What's next in Set 10 TFT?

Set 10 North American Regional Finals

  • Dates: Feb. 23-25
  • What's at stake: Four North American representative slots for Remix Rumble Championship

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