By Cody Perez
August 25, 2019
Blizzard released the popular card-battling video game Hearthstone in 2014 for PC and mobile devices. It has grown in popularity year after year to the point where even after five years of being available, it is still making waves in the card game community and is defining what the genre is today.
Hearthstone is so important to the industry that there are games even five years later that are still trying to emulate what Blizzard did with the card genre years ago. In fact, in an ironic twist of events, the card game that was a clear inspiration for Hearthstone — Magic: The Gathering — has even been inspired by the game and implemented its own similar digital game.
As such, there are more and more gamers who are flocking to Hearthstone now more than ever before. With the recent launch of the latest expansion for the game, Saviors of Uldum, there are new and old players alike who are experiencing the game for the first time or the first in a long time.
One of the best introductions for players who are trying to check out the game for the first time is watching someone else play it. With the rise of streaming happening at the same time as Hearthstone’s growth, the two go together well. That’s where this list comes in.
I am going to give you the comprehensive list of the top 10 Hearthstone streamers that you need to know about right now. Whether you’re a newcomer to the game or a veteran player looking for entertainment and to learn more, these are the streamers to know.
Of course, you might be wondering why you would want to watch a streamer play a card game in the first place. From a glance, that sounds like one of the tamer and potentially boring games to watch someone stream, especially compared to high-octane games like Fortnite.
Well, there are a few reasons that you would want to watch these top 10 Hearthstone streamers. For one, if you are a new player who is just getting started with Hearthstone, this is a great way to find out if the game really is for you or not. In addition, it will give you a contrast since you’ll be able to see high-level play.
For those of you who have been playing the game for a long time, watching a pro player can provide entertainment and education for leveling up your skill to reach that of the professional level. Those players who haven’t played in a while will also get the chance to see what’s new and different since they left.
As with any major game out right now, there are quite a lot of streamers who are playing the game each day. This can make finding a new streamer to watch overwhelming if you don’t know where to look. With that said, this top 10 Hearthstone streamers list is to provide you with plenty of quality options.
This list was based on several factors, including — first and foremost — how great of a streamer they are plus how talented the player is, how well they understand the game, how popular and loved they are in the community, and much more.
With those criteria, these are the top 10 Hearthstone streamers that you need to know about on Twitch. Many of these players also do content on other platforms like YouTube if you aren’t a fan of Twitch.
It’s worth noting that this list is in a random order, so the placements don’t matter as they are all well worth checking out. Without further ado, let’s look at the best streamers for Hearthstone right now.
Thijs Molendijk is a streamer who hails from the Netherlands and plays the game live daily. Thijs is one of the most popular streamers in the world for the game, especially in the European communities. What’s great about Thijs is his skill since he is also a pro player besides being a streamer.
Thijs is part of the esports team G2 Esports based out of Spain and Poland. Some of his accomplishments include 3rd/4th place at the All-Star Invitational last year and 3rd/4th at the 2015 World Championship.
Though Thijs doesn’t do too many competitions these days, he is an active streamer that you can rely on. He is on often, and when he does stream, he is streaming for long periods of time, from seven to even more than 10 hours of epic card-battling gameplay.
Speaking of G2 Esports, another player on the team is Dima “Rdu” Radu who also happens to be one of the best streamers out there for Hearthstone. Rdu hails from Romania and is a pro player who also doesn’t do too many competitions these days as he focuses on his streaming efforts.
What you’ll find when you watch Rdu is a strong player who has been with the game since the beginning and, therefore, knows it inside and out. In addition, he has a cool personality that will keep you engaged as you are watching him devastate opponents online.
David “Dog” Caero is one of the greatest players to grace the Hearthstone esports scene. Having played in competitions for several years now, he has accomplished various feats like placing fifth in the recent first season of Grandmasters in the Americas and first place at the Masters Tour Las Vegas 2019.
And the crazy part is that those are just a few of the placements that Dog has done in the past. But there has been a massive shift for the player just recently as he retired from Grandmasters and will now be focusing on streaming with the launch of the latest expansion.
As such, there’s no better time to jump on the Dog train and watch his pro escapades online. The skill that he has is unbelievable as part of the fan favorite esports group Team Liquid.
Jeremy “Disguised Toast” Wang is one of the most successful Twitch streamers in the business. Beginning in 2015 on YouTube, Disguised Toast was known for his bizarre card plays that began to gain traction in the card-battling community.
In addition, his name and interesting personality were accentuated by the toast-like cardboard cutout that he would wear to cover his face and identity. At least, that was until his face was shown accidentally in 2016. Since then, he has only grown more popular online.
It is worth noting that Disguised Toast is one of the streamers on this list who also plays other games besides Hearthstone. Regardless, he is a prominent figure in the community and one that is recognized by Blizzard itself in that the company gave him the opportunity to reveal a new card even if he did turn it down.
Rumay “Hafu” Wang is a streamer who knows her Blizzard games well. A former World of Warcraft pro player and a champion of the BlizzCon 3v3 tournament, she also happens to know Hearthstone just as well. She began playing the card game during the beta and hasn’t stopped since.
Though she does play other games besides Hearthstone, she is still one of the fan favorites in the community and the most recognizable female Hearthstone streamer. If you’re looking for someone who is a strong player but also has a great personality, look no further than Hafu.
James “Firebat” Kostesich is an American pro player who also streams on the side. Part of the esports team Omnislash and a former member of the beloved Cloud9, this is one player that knows his cards. After all, he was the champion of the 2014 World Championship for the game.
You can find Firebat streaming Hearthstone regularly on Twitch with a consistent viewership in the thousands, which is a feat that most streamers aren’t able to accomplish even for more popular games out there. One of the younger players on this list, he has a fresh play style that is exciting to watch. He also has an active YouTube channel if you prefer watching videos on there.
Speaking of the insanely popular esports team Cloud9, if you are a fan of them, then you will want to check out Aleksandr “Kolento” Malsh. Kolento is an outstanding player who has been known to shape the entire community with his unique decks that go on to be meta game favorites.
The Ukrainian streamer is dedicated solely to Hearthstone, both in his streams and competitively, so you will find that he is one of the most knowledgeable in the whole game. With the recent expansion out now, much of the meta is still in progress, and Kolento is sure to be shaping in the months to come.
This list wouldn’t be complete without the biggest and most successful Hearthstone streamer of all time. That person is none other than Octavian “Kripparrian” Morosan. The Romanian-Canadian Twitch streamer is a Blizzard veteran who went from Diablo 3 and WoW to Hearthstone.
Of everyone on this list and around the world, he has the most views period when it comes to streaming the card-battling game. He is also part of the impressive esports group Team SoloMid, which is up there with the also loved Cloud9 Gaming.
While he is a pro player, his streams are known for his escapades in the Arena mode. The fun and entertaining streamer is known for making some unique decks that do well for him online. Kripparrian is a good starting point for those looking into watching streamers play Hearthstone.
Brian Kibler, or Bmkibler as his Twitch channel is known as, is an American streamer and pro player who knows card games better than almost anyone else. Starting out as a pro Magic: The Gathering player more than 20 years ago, he has been a stalwart part of the esports scene ever since then.
Of course, it didn’t stop there as Kibler found his way to Hearthstone and has been a major part of the community in recent years. Though he isn’t as active in the competitive scene with the game as with MTG, he is an excellent streamer that is known for being one of the most level-headed around.
Unlike Kripparrian, who focuses on Arena, Kibler prefers the traditional Constructed mode. So, if you are someone who wants the more standard feel of the game and want to learn more, your best bet is to check out Brian Kibler.
Rounding out this list is Jeffrey “TrumpSC” Shih. TrumpSC is described by many as the most famous Hearthstone player in the world. He is streaming the game almost exclusively for several hours most days, and his views rival that of even Kripparrian with upwards of 20,000 concurrent viewers at once.
He is a strong and kind player who engages often with not just his viewers but other players in the community like Brian Kibler, too. In addition, he has an active YouTube channel with clips and matches being uploaded almost every day. With well over 160,000 followers on Twitch, TrumpSC is an extraordinary player that is worth taking the time to watch on Twitch and YouTube.