Chinese Hearthstone pro, Xiaomeng “VKLiooon” Li has won the Hearthstone Global Finals, becoming both the first-ever female Hearthstone World Champion and the first woman to win a major esports title at BlizzCon.
VKLiooon defeated US pro, Brian “bloodyface” Eason, in quick fashion, routing him 3-0 in the Hearthstone Global Finals at BlizzCon 2019 earlier today.
VKLiooon dominated the entire weekend, and went undefeated at BlizzCon playing Evolve Shaman, Quest Druid, and Highlander Hunter.
The path to BlizzCon was a long one for VKLiooon, as the China region is not part of Blizzard’s Grandmaster circuit. As such, she had to qualify for BlizzCon by playing open tournaments.
After her victory, an emotional VKLiooon thanked her fans for supporting her and shared with the BlizzCon crowd a story about how a few years ago, when she was at a major Hearthstone tournament, a male player told her that she was in the wrong queue because “this isn’t for you”.
VKLioon also had some words of encouragement for aspiring female players.
“I want to say for all the girls out there who have a dream for esports competition, for glory — if you want to do it and you believe in yourself, you should just forget your gender and go for it.”
“This is the best way to strike back at those people who doubted me only because I am a girl,” she continued. “It proves that girls can be strong pro players, just as guys do.”
Along with the Global Finals trophy, VKLioon took home US$200,000.