Neirea
Yevgeniy Shumilin 
Ukraine
Team Liquid
Put a blemish on his otherwise incredible year
September 5, 2017
Neirea had a rare early exit as he failed to make it out of the group stages of the European Summer Championship.
ANALYSIS
Neirea has been unstoppable all year long as he already punched himself a ticket to the World Championship. He cemented himself as one of the best in the world, but then ended up falling victim to the swiss format made up of big and small names. This is simply just a blip on his otherwise fantastic year but certainly can be a sign that he is struggling in the current meta.
Historic year takes an unfortunate turn
August 26, 2017
Neirea and Ukraine could not accomplish their goal as they lost to the Czech Republic 4-2 in the grand finals of the Hearthstone Global Games.
ANALYSIS
HGG was just another tournament in 2017 that resulted in Neirea making the finals. He has been one of the hottest players in the world this year and even shined in a team setting. Taking the lead in communication alongside Kolento, Ukraine ran past South Korea and into the Czech Republic in the finals. Neirea struggled mightily in the series as he piloted two decks to heartbreaking losses. It is tough to put anything on an individual in a team setting, but Stancifka deserves a lot of glory on the side of the Czech.
Year of Neirea continues as Ukraine earns a spot in the top four of Hearthstone Global Games
July 26, 2017
Neirea added to his impressive 2017 as Ukraine clinched a Top 4 spot in the Hearthstone Global Games. Semifinals of HGG are at Gamescom in Germany in August.
ANALYSIS
With the name power on the Ukraine team, expectations were high. The HGG format was an absolute grind to get through, spanning multiple months and odd times in the day, but the skill level of the Ukrainian players pushed them through. It seems impossible lately to see a major tournament without Neirea placing highly in it. Already one of the hottest players in 2017, Neirea hopes to cement his legacy with the inaugural HGG title.
Clinched his spot at the World Championship
July 10, 2017
Neirea made it to the semifinals of the Hearthstone Spring Championship and clinched himself a spot in the Hearthstone World Championship.
ANALYSIS
After falling a series short of clinching his spot in the World Championship in the Winter Championship, Neirea had another chance to qualify. It looked bleak after a convincing loss in his first series of the tournament, but in typical Neirea fashion, he went on a hot streak to the point where he won each of his next four series to make it to the semifinals. Neirea ultimately lost to Kolento in the semifinals, but he can leave proud that he accomplished his ultimate goal of qualifying for the World Championship in January 2018.
Played as well as he could and ended with a top four finish
June 12, 2017
Neirea put together a strong tournament showing as he achieved a top four finish in StarLadder Season 3.
ANALYSIS
As another well-renowned name is the star studded field, Neirea had to battle just to get out of group stages. He was able to emerge through solid methodical play on his control decks, bring a lineup of Jade Druid, Freeze Mage, Quest Rogue, Evolve Shaman and Quest Warrior. Neirea's run ended as he lost two straight series to Rdu and then eventual champion Zalae. Neirea still reigns among the best in the world and continues to represent Team Liquid well.
Clinched a spot at the Spring Championship
May 22, 2017
Neirea impressed as he finished in the final four of the European Spring Playoffs. With the finish, Neirea clinched a spot at the Spring Championship in Shanghai.
ANALYSIS
Neirea has been one of the hottest players in Europe lately as he seems to be at every major tournament. Appearances in the Winter Championship and Trinity Series have created a solid following for Neirea as he rightfully deserves the attention. This tournament saw Neirea keep the momentum going with a unique lineup: Taunt Warrior, Quest Warrior, Jade Druid and the unique Burn Mage. Neirea defeated INER handily to make the final four before he fell to eventual champion Hoej in the semifinals.
Qualifies for Winter Championship as one of four European representatives
February 12, 2017
Neirea made it to the semifinals of the European Winter Playoffs, clinching his spot as one of four Europeans to play in the HCT Winter Championships.
ANALYSIS
Neirea had to fight his way through a grueling Swiss bracket of all the top HCT point recipients in Europe just to qualify for the single-elimination bracket. He then defeated his fellow teammate Sjow to clinch his spot in the Winter Championships in Bahamas. He then lost to eventual champion Pavel in the semifinals, but successfully accomplished the ultimate mission of moving onto the Winter Championships.