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From Struggling Poker Player to Esports Magnate: Andrey Reynad’s Long Road to Success
June 1st, 2017 by Fahad in

Andrey “Reynad” Yanyuk is one of the most famous Hearthstone players in the world. Hearthstone is an online collectible turn-based card video game. Andrey Yanyuk was featured on Forbes list of 30 under-30 CEOs of 2017. Andrey is the owner of Tempo Storm, a US-based eSports team which competes in Hearthstone, Heroes of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, fighting games, FIFA, and Overwatch.Andrey got fame from his Twitch channel, where thousands of people used to watch his baffling Magic and Hearthstone skills live. But it took years of effort and tenacity to achieve this fame, money and stability.

Andrey Yanyuk was born in Ukraine, but immigrated to Minnesota, US in his early teens. He developed a knack for programming, gaming and cards. A friend of Andrey introduced him to Magic: The Gathering when he was just 14. Magic is highly popular around the world, with over 20 million players, as of the end of 2015.  Andrey then started playing Poker in local casinos of Minnesota. He used to bunk classes and spend most of his time on a card shop.

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Reynad’s Road to Success

At the age of 18, Andrey decided to leave home and hit the road. He played different card games, including poker, Magic and Hearthstone to make money and pay bills.

In a recent interview, Andrey said that his ego and a hunger to get validation from strangers were the main causes of starting his own Twitch channel.

By the end of 2012, Andrey Reynad was streaming full time on Twitch. But his channel got banned amid a minor slipping event in which he put an unlisted card into his decklist during a tournament. Reynad soon announced to “retire” from Magic. He decided to pay attention to Hearthstone, and that was his life-changing decision.

Reynad is now considered as an authority in Hearthstone. He even introduced new terms (Zoolock, the Reynad’s Decl) in the game’s nomenclature.

In 2014, Reynad decided to start his own eSports company and team. His goal was to make Hearthstone mainstream. But the team later expanded to Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, FIFA, World of Warcraft and Super Smash Bros. Last year, Tempo Storm sold its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster to Immortals.

You can follow Reynad on Twitter by clicking on this link.

About three years ago, Reynad did a Reddit AMA in which he shared interesting stuff about his life and passions. You can follow that AMA here.

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