The problematic French pro-player Zakarya “xBlyzes” Hail, during the final of the European Grandmasters of Hearthstone, was guilty of unsportsmanlike behavior. Rather than admit defeat to David “Frenetic” Neila, the French champion decided to disconnect from the final, in the most classic of ragequit.
Everything happened, as happens in these cases, live worldwide. The Hearthstone European Grandmasters tournament, in fact, is one of the most important esports events on our continent and was broadcast live worldwide on the official channels of the game.
As you can see from the video below, the final between xBlyzes and Frenetic was very tense. After two draws, the third game was dominated by the Spanish pro-player who had put his French colleague on the wall. With no creatures on the field and with little health, Zakarya “xBlyzes” Hail had no choice but to concede victory to the opponent or at least wait for the inevitable end that would come the next round. Instead the French chose to flee and take refuge behind a ragequit.
An unseemly and unsportsmanlike behavior, especially if done by an experienced player like xBlyzes. Despite his young age, in fact, the 20-year-old Frenchman has already been European champion in the second season of 2020.
On Twitter xBlyzes tried to defend himself by explaining that it is normal for him to get angry when he misses the most important game of his career. The problem is that this is just the last of the problems that the French pro player created during the tournament: in recent weeks he was fined for arriving late and accused of having sold some matches.
For this reason it is not known how Blizzard will proceed against him: for the moment he has won 2 thousand dollars for the second place and the qualification for Season 2 of the Grandmasters Tournament.