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Last week our Hearthstone player William “Firrlo” Sjöblom attended NärCon Sommar 2016 in Sweden. This tournament acted as a qualifier for the International e-Sports Federation World Championship.

The tournament started with a Swiss format group stage where Firrlo made his mark on the tournament, completing the stage with 5 wins, no losses. In round 2 he had a nail biting game against HenkiPie, but after falling behind 2-1, he was graced with two favorable match-ups to take the lead and win the game 3-2, holding onto first place in the groups.

The knockout stages is where things really started to heat up as they were single elimination best of 5 matches. His first game was against Antipaladin which Firrlo won with a convincing 3-0 victory pushing him forward into the semi-finals to face Perkan. The semi-final match-up didn’t go as smoothly as the quarter finals as Firrlo did drop one game but still came out ahead with a 3-1 scoreline.

With just one game standing between Firrlo and a trip to IeSF Jakarta 2016, the pressure and nerves started to build as this is the biggest moment in his esports career. He overcame these nerves though, and in a close fight to the end, claimed first place with a narrow 3-2 scoreline.

Firrlo takes first place at NärCon Sommar 2016

Firrlo takes first place at NärCon Sommar 2016

This victory means Firrlo will be jetting off to Jakarta, Indonesia in October to compete at the International e-Sports Federation World Championship.