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Amnesiac signed to Archon, Firebat and Orange renew contracts

Hearthstone Radoslav “Nydra” Kolev

Amaz’ team has made moves to secure its 2016 line-up.

After going almost seven months without signing a new player, Archon finally expands. Initially reported by The Daily Dot and later confirmed by Archon management, the story sees 14 year-old Hearthstone hope William “Amnesiac” Barton join the organization of popular streamer Jason “Amaz” Chan.

Amnesiac gained popularity as one of the youngest and brightest talents in the scene. Earlier this year, the youngster became a practice partner for several Archon players including ESL Katowice champion Jon “Orange” Westberg and rising star Paul “Zalae” Nemeth around which time rumors surfaced that the prodigy might actually join Archon as a full-time member. This possibility increased with the departure of former Archon coach Ryan “Purple” Root who left the team in August to join the ranks of French-based GamersOrigin.

Amnesiac was also one of the players to watch in the Top 40 qualifier for the Americas championship as the Hearthstone crowd was eager to see if Barton’s multiple high-legend finishes and knowledge of the game could translate to positive tournament results. Amnesiac’s run in the tournament was short-lived, however, and he crashed out early with a score of 1-2.

Besides signing Amnesiac, Archon has confirmed that two of its key players in James “Firebat” Kostesich and Jon “Orange” Westberg will stay with the team in 2016. The re-signings shut down all speculations that talked about the 2014 world champion looking to change teams, after repeatedly raising concerns about the team environment on his personal stream. The renewal of Orange’s contract, on the other hand, comes just two weeks after the Swede triumphed at the Abios invitational tournament, following a long period of disappointing results.

 

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