OSOH Player Highlight: Babbelbox!25-11-2016
The Pre-OSOH Championship Interview!
Saturday December the 3rd, 2016 the Open Series of Hearthstone Final will take place in Theater Castellum in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, during the Dutchrank E-sports Championships! For this big event sixteen participants have qualified themselves by finishing high or winning at OSOH tournaments that have been organised for an extended period of time. Here we want to let you know more about all the participants!
The thirteenth person we would like to introduce to you is Babbelbox. His name is Nick, he is 21 years old and he lives in Groningen for his study Business. Besides playing Hearthstone as a member of Sector One he is active as a chess player and his most notable achievement was winning the Dutch Youth Championship under 20 in 2013. In his opinion the experience he has gained in chess definitely helped him during the preliminaries as he already knew what it feels like to cope with the stress that comes with a big tournament.
Improving yourself in Hearthstone requires looking up stuff about the game and thereby you automatically get to know a lot of players in the scene. We asked Nick about his favorite players. “Xixo is in my opinion the best player in the world. He is always performing well and he is usually the first player to come up with the best lists of a certain archetype after new cards are released. It is phenomenal how he is both winning consistently in tournaments and getting high legend ranks. The one time I was most impressed by a player was when Muzzy streamed in the first Rat Race. He was already playing for 28 hours in a row! And when he was getting in fatigue in a Midrange Shaman vs Control Warrior game he still managed to guess the last cards correctly in his own deck and the ones in the hand and deck of his enemy. I am a huge fan of Rdu as a streamer, as I like the way he discusses controversial topics and I really like his attitude towards the game.”.
For this tournament Nick is preparing himself by thinking a lot about which line-up he should bring. Once he has decided which decks he is going to bring, he will practice them a lot on the ladder. He thinks his strong points are that he has a really good mentality towards the game and always tries to make the plays that give him the highest percentage to win. He thinks his weakest point is his lack of tournament experience which will give him a harder time queuing the decks in the right order.
Nick also has advice for Hearthstone players who want to become better in the game. “If you really want to become a strong Hearthstone player you need to have a good attitude. You have to be super critical at your own plays and always search for ways to improve your game. Tryharding on ladder will give you a lot of experience as you regularly queue into the best players in the world. To improve your game I advise you to watch the streams of players like Rdu, Xixo, Crane333 and Muzzy and see if you think similar about the situations as they do. If you think you are good enough you can try to qualify for the HCT tournaments. Everybody has even chances in these qualifications and this is probably the best way to make a name for yourself. You still have to realise that you really need to get lucky to be successful in those tournaments but by trying really hard you can only improve your odds!”.
We want to thank Nick for taking the time to answer our questions and wish him the best of luck at the Open Series of Hearthstone Final! Everybody who wants to watch Babbelbox in action should come to our Open Series of Hearthstone Final at the Dutchrank E-sports Championships on December 3rd in Alphen aan den Rijn! For more information and tickets check out: Our Event on Facebook. You can buy your tickets at the Dutchrank Store.