Reign is pleased to welcome three new additions to our esports family. We have officially added Rostislav “Rosty” Elkun, Moreza “Rage” Rohaninejad, and Frank “Leadpaint” Kissick. All three players will be streaming regularly under the Reign stream team on Twitch.
“We are very pleased to break into the Hearthstone scene,” said Reign CEO Michael Del Brocco. “Blizzard just released the new Hearthstone expansion and it looks spectacular. I really believe that Hearthstone will only continue to grow.”
All three players have had success in the Hearthstone scene. Leadpaint is the reigning PAX South Champion, and Rosty took second at the 2016 Blizzard Spring Championship. Rage has finished in high legend in every recent season and is the reigning ESL King of the Hill.
“I'm incredibly honored to be the first chosen to kick off Reign's new Hearthstone team,” said Rosty. “In time, I have no doubt that we'll reign over the competition! I hope that my play will meet the expectations of my teammates and the competitive drive of the Reign organization."
Rage added, “I’m looking forward to representing Reign and winning these upcoming tournaments!”
Overall the team features a mix of playstyles that will complement each other well in practice and theory-crafting for tournaments. Rage has become well known for playing off meta decks, while Leadpaint said that he uses statistics to determine the best decks for the current meta and then works to learn them. Rosty has been public about his belief that playstyles don’t exist in Hearthstone, which can make him more flexible and give him a leg up on the competition.
While many players have attributed their Hearthstone success to Magic, Rosty said that he believes his time spent playing competitive Yugioh is what gives him a boost over other players. “I used to play Yugioh competitively. I felt that the game was on the down, and some of my friends had started playing the Hearthstone beta. Once I picked it up I fell in love with it and the rest is history!”
Leadpaint had a very different story about how he got started in Hearthstone. “I actually started playing Hearthstone in open beta because my computer mouse died. Since it was broken I wasn’t able to play World of Warcraft or League of Legends, so I picked up Hearthstone. It’s been my main game ever since.”
With the roster now rounded out, Reign Hearthstone looks to get better in the coming months and the next major tournament they will compete in is later this month at Dreamhack Austin. Reign is incredibly excited to support the Hearthstone scene and our new premier players.