Video Victory: Top Hearthstone Streamers & YouTubers (#50)
By Sida Li on June 14, 2018 at 16:27 ET
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The competition's heating up! Many of this period's top creators were busy participating in (or casting) tournaments.
Each month, Lootcakes ranks the top Hearthstone streamers (and YouTubers) by popularity and highlights their notable recent content for your viewing pleasure. This edition covers the period ending 5/21. For details on our ranking system, please see the bottom of the post.
Trump's dip in the rankings can be attributed to lower stream views and a decline in YouTube subscribers. Nonetheless, he remains a staple in our top 10! In early June, Trump attended Dreamhack Austin. Watch the video below to watch him review unofficial Hearthstone cards created by players on Reddit.
Firebat recently got a new batch of bat-themed emotes for his Twitch channel. Check them out here. Since we last checked in, he and his team from the Americas took home gold in the Hearthstone Witchwood Inn-vitational. #5 ranked Savjz also participated in the tournament. Drop by Firebat's stream here.
Kolento amassed similar YouTube and Twitch stats as last period, but reduced activity from other creators allowed him to re-enter the top 10. In May, he placed 18th in the 2018 HCT Europe Summer Playoffs, unfortunately falling short of the top 8. He tweeted this after the event. Check out Kolento's stream here!
Amaz and fellow creator Hafu currently have a $1,000 bet running to see who will come out ahead on the June Arena leaderboard. We can't wait to see what happens! Speaking of Arena, check out the video below to see Amaz review some new Arena-exclusive Taverns of Time cards.
Like Kolento, Dog participated in his region's HCT Summer Playoffs. He placed 3rd - 4th in the Americas region. Although Dog has only uploaded one YouTube video in the past six months, his strong Twitch numbers have kept him firmly entrenched in our top 10. This period, Dog broke the 350k Twitch follower mark. Drop by his stream here.
Last month, Savjz and fellow Team Liquid member Dog (ranked #6) hung out on stream together. Savjz recently announced that his Twitch streaming schedule will become more unpredictable because he's getting burned out. In the meantime, you can still check out Savjz's YouTube channel for frequent highlights.
Last month Brian Kibler casted the HCT Americas Summer Playoffs, in which #6 ranked Dog participated. Kibler recently weighed in on the new patch / HCT Seoul controversy that's currently making waves in the competitive scene. Blizzard later issued a revision to their original decision. Check out one of Kibler's most recent YouTube uploads below.
A drop in YouTube subscribers caused Kripparrian to lose his #2 rank. That said, of our ranked creators, he did generate the most new YouTube video views. When Kripp's not streaming, he can often be found working on his garden with Rania. Kripp's also been retweeting lots of images of his face superimposed on various Hearthstone characters. Check out the amusing chain of tweets here, or drop by Kripp's stream here.
Thijs placed 15th at the 2018 HCT Europe Summer Playoffs. He and #8 ranked Kolento both had winning records, but unfortunately the tiebreakers did not work out in their favor and neither made the top 8. Here's what Thijs tweeted after the event concluded. Check out his stream here and watch him climb the ladder!
Since joining the Offline.TV crew, we've noticed Disguised Toast dabbling in more games outside of Hearthstone. He's streamed nine different games in the past month. Nevertheless, Hearthstone remains Toast's go-to game. This period, Toast dominated the rankings in both YouTube subscribers and Twitch followers gained. Check out his stream here.
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For a more detailed breakdown on the top content creators in this edition, take a look at the table below. Click the table to enlarge.
Please note, N/A means the creator did not broadcast a video for this game on the applicable platform during the relevant period. Since any views they did achieve were for other games, we chose not to count them here. A dash (-) means the creator does not have an account on any relevant platforms in the associated category.
Each edition, we begin by compiling a list of: (a) the top 10 Hearthstone YouTubers (in the English language) since last edition based on the views generated by their top Hearthstone video upload during the relevant period; and (b) the top 10 Hearthstone Twitch streamers (in the English language) since last edition based on their average number of views per stream during the relevant period. The YouTube list is sourced from YouTube search and the Twitch list is sourced from Twinge (twinge.tv). Creators on the list are awarded 0-100 points in each of 4 categories: views of new Hearthstone YouTube videos, new YouTube subscribers, new Twitch followers, and new Twitch and YouTube stream views. The data from the 4 categories is sourced from YouTube and Social Blade (socialblade.com). Points are calculated according to the following steps:
(1) For each category, total points available are calculated by multiplying 100 by a fraction: the total number of creators active on the relevant platform (numerator) divided by the total number of creators on the list (denominator). 'Active' in the New YouTube Subscribers category is defined as having uploaded at least 1 video of the tracked game during the current period AND having generated 100 or more subscribers. 'Active' in the New Twitch Followers category is defined as having streamed the tracked game on Twitch during the current period AND having generated 100 or more Twitch followers. 'Active' in the New YouTube and Stream Views categories is defined as having uploaded/streamed the tracked game during the current period. For example, if 90% of creators uploaded a YouTube video of the tracked game during the current period, then 90 points are available in the New YouTube Video Views category.
(2) Points awarded to a creator in each category are then calculated by multiplying the results of step (1) by a fraction: the creator's individual performance in that category (numerator) divided by the total performance of all creators on the list in that category (denominator).
(3) Points calculated from each of the 4 categories in step (2) are then totaled up to determine the creator's final score.