Xiaomeng "VKLiooon" Li has absolutely destroyed the competition at BlizzCon 2019 to become the first female Hearthstone Global Champion. Her performance can only be described as dominating, sweeping every opponent at BlizzCon in an undefeated run to the top.
A CLEAN SWEEP!! VKLIOOON HAS WON THE HEARTHSTONE GLOBAL FINALS!!! pic.twitter.com/3PwNX0qcBq— Hearthstone Esports (@HSesports) November 2, 2019
Following the victory, she took to the main stage and caster Frodan asked how she felt, which was then relayed through a translator. Xiaomeng had been composed until that moment, but the question appeared to tip the scales and she was overcome with emotion, crying tears of joy.
Eventually she recovered and told the story of how not long ago she was lined up to participate in a Hearthstone tournament, when a man she did not know told her that she was in the wrong place and said that “this isn’t for you”, referring to her gender among the men playing the game.
When asked what the victory meant as the first woman to claim Hearthstone’s most prestigious title, she stated through the translator, “I want to say for all the girls out there who have a dream for esports competition, for glory, if you want to do it and you believe in yourself you should just forget your gender and go for it."
Xiaomeng first rose to competitive prominence this year in Qingdao at the first stop of the China Gold Series. There she was also the first woman to reach a Gold Series Final with an impressive performance, losing only in the last matchup. Later in the year she competed in Nanchang, losing only in the semi finals to Mengmengda.
Xiaomeng finished in the top six following the first three stops of the China Gold Series. To qualify for a spot in the Hearthstone Grandmaster Finals, players faced off in Rianjin for the top spot as the Season One Champion. There she faced off against WEYuyi in the tournament final, sweeping him 3-0 and ending the event with a perfect 7-0 match record.
Her decks were largely popular among all competitors with only highlander Hunter standing out as slightly less popular, but still incredibly effective and used to win the last game of the championship. Xiaomeng also brought Evolve Shaman, Malygos Quest Druid, and Combo Priest.
Her second game victory with Druid highlights yet another example that Blizzard may highlight in the next year’s card rotation as reason to send Malygos to the Hall of Fame. Powerful combos have always been possible thanks to Malygos, and in this case we saw two on the board, granting Xiaomeng the power to deal 72 damage in a single turn with her two Swipes and four Moonfires.
We are sure to see more of Xiaomeng in the future. Congratulations to our new Hearthstone Global Champion!
Source: BlizzCon 2019