Surrender
Jung-Soo Kim 
South Korea
Planet Odd
Crowned Summer champion of Hearthstone
October 17, 2017
Surrender put together an amazing performance as he was crowned as champion of the Hearthstone Summer Championship. Surrender clinched a spot at the World Championship with the top 4 finish.
ANALYSIS
In a year that has been dominated by European players, Surrender was not a popular pick to be crowned as the champion. Alliance's Orange was in the same group as Surrender and was a much more popular pick. His goal, along with all the other players, was to secure a top 4 finish to clinch a spot at the World Championship. Surrender defeated Tom60229 to accomplish that goal, but then didn't feel like stopping. The Planet Odd player proved all the doubters wrong as he put together a perfect run en route to his first championship. Surrender has been a hot player as of late, gaining relevance in the Trinity Series and Hearthstone Global Games, but this is his ultimate coming out party.
Crowned champion on the APAC region
September 10, 2017
Surrender had an amazing tournament run that ended in a championship in the Asia-Pacific Summer Playoffs. Surrender also clinched himself a spot in the global Summer championship in the process.
ANALYSIS
In the region that continues to see high turnover in the seasonal champions, Surrender finally got to take his turn wearing the APAC crown. Without a clear favorite, Surrender was able to weave his way through the crowded bracket. He showed incredible mastery of his Highlander Priest deck, which ended up being the most popular deck played at the event. The mirror matchup was often a decisive match, vital as Surrender won his final his final two series with a 3-2 score. Surrender will next be seen at the Summer Championship where he can book himself a spot at the World Championship.