VKLiooon Crowned First Woman to Win Hearthstone BlizzCon Finals

Liana Ruppert,

November 4, 2019 2:39 AM

"Forget your gender and go for it," she said of her epic win.

Don't let your dreams be dreams. Chinese pro Hearthstone player Li "VKLiooon" Xiaomeng achieved one of her dreams when she won the Hearthstone Grandmasters Global Finals during this year's BlizzCon festivities in Anaheim, California. The feat in itself is incredibly impressive but even more so is that VKLiooon is the first woman to officially claim this title. 

The victory came after a 3-0 victory over Brian "Bloodyface" Eason, a US Hearthstone player competing for his own dreams. What makes this win so delicious is that two years ago during a similar event she was told that this competitive scene wasn't for women, even going as far as to look her in the eye and say "It's not for you." Well, it is, and she more than proved that this past weekend. 

"And now I'm here, with all the support from fans," she said with the help of a translator. "I want to say to all the girls out there who have a dream for esports - for competition, for glory - if you want to do it and you believe in yourself, you should forget your gender and go for it." 

Esports isn't just for men, a change that is continuously in motion with every victory and every first step into this powerful movement in the gaming community. As esports continues to grow and to show it is a viable career path and one that shines a spotlight on yet another facet of our community, Li's victory is one of many for so many male and female competing players alike with many more to come. 

What are your thoughts on this year's BlizzCon and reveals? Thoughts on her victory and her message to fellow women players? Sound off in the comment section below and tell us your favorite BlizzCon snippet from this past weekend


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