After all the months of qualification tournaments, and a mammoth 128 player finals, only one player was left standing as the Hearthstone Americas Winter champion.

After all the months of qualification tournaments, and a mammoth 128 player finals, only one player was left standing as the Hearthstone Americas Winter champion.

And that player is one William “Amnesiac” Barton, Team Archon’s 15-year-old prodigy. He beat seven other players in the live finals to win the $25,000 first prize, and the first spot in the 2016 World Championship. This means that just 15 other players stand between him and the lion’s share of the $1 million prize on offer.

Barton didn’t have it easy, as he started in what was undoubtedly the harder of the two groups. After defeated “Talion” 3-2 in a close match, Barton lost to eventual group winner “Nostam”. Barton then had to win a second five game series over “Talion” to make it into the top four.

Once there, however, both Barton and “Nostam” defeated their counterparts from the second group to set up a rematch in the grand finals.

Getting a quick win with his Druid in game one, Barton’s mastery of the Rogue class shone through as he picked up a win in a very unfavored matchup against Control Warrior. After dropping a game to Nostam’s Druid, Barton sealed the match with his own Warrior deck to claim the title.

Barton will now go on to the World Championship in November, meaning he can sit back and relax for eight months while every other player in the world still fights to qualify.