GameNation SA – WESG Retrospective: Hearthstone with Selfmoord

11 April 2018

The World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) in Hainan, China took place nearly a month ago. Much has been written about the Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive campaigns from South African teams, including pieces written by yours truly. Little, however, has been said about some of the other South African players that attended the event at the same time. I got in touch with Jacques “Selfmoord” Wentzel to get his thoughts on the tournament, where he ably represented South Africa in Hearthstone.

axtremes: Tell us a little about yourself

Selfmoord: I’ve been playing games since I was ten years old. I’ve always been very competitive. I like being the best. I’ve dabbled in almost every competitive game, including Counter-Strike, Dota 2 and Call of Duty. Now it’s Hearthstone. I have other hobbies like Poker and drinking. I like drinking (laughs).

axtremes: Did you expect to make it to China when you were playing in the Mettlestate SA WESG Qualifier stage?

Selfmoord: I felt like I had a fair chance. I consistently get top placings locally and I have been close to qualifying for WESG in the past. I had previously played against Pand3m0nia, who I beat in the finals, multiple times. We’re on equal ground in terms of number of wins we’ve taken off each other. While I haven’t been getting consistent practice, I have been watching tournaments. To me that’s sufficient practice in understanding the matchups and the current meta. The skill ceiling in Hearthstone isn’t as much as Dota and CS:GO, where you need to keep your aim and mechanical skill up at all times. If you’ve got the right mindset, you’ve got a good chance to win any tournament. The luck factor obviously plays a role.

axtremes: RNGesus smiling upon you?

Selfmoord: Exactly (laughs)!


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