Jan “SuperJJ” Janssen of compLexity Gaming has announced an indefinite hiatus from competitive Hearthstone and will be focusing on Gwent from hereon.
The professional Hearthstone player has been competing since the early seasons of the game. Most recently, he tried for the StarLadder qualifiers for the third season of i-League StarSeries. SuperJJ was unable to make it out of the group stage, placing sixth with just two wins over five losses. He confirmed that StarLadder was his last professional Hearthstone event. He will be spending all of his time now to learn, understand, and compete in Gwent.
SuperJJ never mentioned retirement in his announcement. It is possible that he is simply burned out from playing too much Hearthstone. On the other hand, he is not the first major name from the competitive circuits to head over to the new free-to-play card game from CD Projekt RED.
Adrian “Lifecoach” Koy, one of the most recognized professional names in Hearthstone, jumped ship earlier this year. He was very vocal about the thought process of Blizzard and how badly Hearthstone rewards its professional players who are grinding to become better. This month, he won the Gwent Challenger Tournament and took home a major share of the $100,000 prize pool.
Following a lengthy period of closed beta testing, Gwent is finally in open beta across all three platforms. According to studio co-founder Marcin Iwiński, the public beta is important for the game’s final release. A lot of critical feedback from the community during the closed beta period was added with the recent launch. It resulted in “some pretty significant content and gameplay changes” that are now available for both current and new players.
A developer that listens to its players so closely is always appreciated. There are big days in store for Gwent in the near future.