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For most Hearthstone players who have been playing since year 1 or 2 of launch, people know Firebat to be one of the best contenders in competitive Hearthstone. His career doesn’t stop merely at being “just” a professional player – he was an excellent streamer loved by his audience. Naturally, it is sad to hear that the guy who became 2014’s Grand Masters, and went on to carve out a career in the professional scene for the game will be stepping down. Yes, James ‘Firebat’ Kostesich is officially stepping down from competitive Hearthstone.


It is not clear whether Firebat would be quitting Hearthstone completely – there’s no way to conclude that. According to Dima ‘Rdu’ Radu, he will likely be continuing on his career as a content creator. The tweet by David ‘dog’ Caero is more interesting, however. He says “Welcome to the other side” – something which can be interpreted as dog inviting Firebat to Legends of Runeterra, Riot’s venture in the digital card game genre. Firebat did stream Legends of Runeterra for a short while besides competing in the Twitch Rivals invitational, so a switch wouldn’t be “out of the world” just yet. According to an article by Dotesports, he will likely continue on his path as a content creator.

Thanks for the 7 years of entertainment in a children’s card game, James.

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