Spotlight: Team vS


Team Vicious Syndicate (vS) has been a part of the competitive Hearthstone scene for almost a year now. They formed in the fall of 2014 under the leadership of CEO Brandon “BeastMode” Youngblood and Treasurer Julian “Jaytonic” Tomici. Since then, they have brought a strong presence to the Hearthstone community and are best known for running the weekly tournament Tuesday Night Hype. Their website is a valuable source for information on the latest decks and class guides. A fantastic cadre of players, coaches, and supporting staff form the engine that will drive Team vS into the future of competitive Hearthstone, and beyond.

Before we move on to the roster, lets take a look at the incredibly successful weekly Open Tournament, Tuesday Night Hype. It is hosted every Tuesday night on Strivewire and begins at 4pm PST/ 7pm EST. TNH is the only weekly event to offer a Group Stage, as well as a Final Stage. Vicious Syndicate decided to use this format to give veteran players a true chance to test their mettle and provide newcomers with valuable tournament experience. As one of the few tournaments sanctioned by Blizzard to reward Hearthstone World Cup Qualifier points (HWC), TNH attracts quite a few pro players. Big names such as Zalae, PurpleDrank, Orange, Hotform, Chakki, Justsaiyan, Phonetap, and last year’s World Champion, Firebat have all taken part in the event. During the times when no HWC points are rewarded, TNH offers a $100 prize pool. Vicious Syndicate is now sponsored by Instant Esports, eSports Hero and Strivewire and are in negotiations for TNH to be used as a qualifier for upcoming LAN events! Sign-ups are posted every week on the vS site, here.

The team boasts an impressive lineup comprised of 6 players with quite the list of accomplishments, and all in the top .2% of Hearthstone players. Each of them aspires to become the next Champion at BlizzCon’s World Championships, in addition to helping the competitive community grow, and thrive.


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Jaron “Demigod” Nolasco

  • 15x Legend
  • 1x Top 100 Legend
  • ESL Legendary Series #2 Semi-Finalist
  • Top 8 ESL Challenger Series #3 Season 2
  • 1st Place GG Circuit 2015
  • 1st Place (vS) Tuesday Night Hype #20
  • Top 8 ESL Katowice America Qualifiers


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Cora “cgsongbird” Georgiou

  • 13x Legend
  • Top 100 Legend – March 2015
  • Top 8 DKMR Cup
  • Top 4 RCS Rusty Horn Open
  • Top 16 Tuesday Night Hype #37


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David “Shoop” Steinberg

  • 13x Legend
  • 4x Top 100 Legend
  • 1st Place ONOG EU Qualifier #1
  • 3rd Place ONOG NA Qualifier #2
  • 9th-12th Place ASUS ROG Assembly
  • 1st Place MOAR Invitational Qualifier
  • 5th -8th Place MOAR Invitational
  • 4th Place in ESL Challenger in Season 1


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Ryan “wwlos” McMurray

  • 12x Legend
  • Top 16 ESL Legendary Series Finals #2
  • 1st Place (vS) Sunday Funday #1
  • 2nd Place ESL Hearthstone Solo-Stack Fireside Trial
  • 2nd Place (vS) Tuesday Night Hype #5








Raymond “rayc591” Cipoletti

  • 20x Legend
  • 4x Top 100 Legend
  • 1st Place eSports Hero LAN #1
  • Pokemon TCG World Champion transitioning to Hearthstone full time
  • Pokemon: Qualified for Worlds in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Pokemon: Won Mass States 2012
  • Pokemon: Won New Hampshire States 2015








Declan “Deckizz” Eskdale – Head Player-Coach

  • 15x Legend
  • 4x Top 100 Legend
  • Finished #9 Legend NA June 2015
  • 2nd Place in ONOG NA Qualifier #2
  • 4th Place in ONOG NA Qualifier #4
  • 1st Place Hearthmind Conquerer Series #27
  • 2015 World Championship Points leader of Australia/New Zealand Region


We look forward to seeing more from Team Vicious Syndicate, as they continue to provide outstanding content, exciting tournament wins, and Tuesday Night Hype! Tune in to their Twitch channel, and be sure to check out their website to receive up to date information on the team. They can also be found on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

Dave Eaton

An avid Hearthstone player after the game released. When he isn't writing, he can be found sipping on coffee, enjoying some EDM, and gaming with his girlfriend. Don't let him fool you, she's better than he is.

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