The following process and criteria was used to identify HoF Inductees:
To be considered eligible, one must have participated for at least 5 seasons in Legacy Series as either a player, a captain, or a consistent contributor to THL operations or content.
A selection committee of 9 community members was formed, and the community as a whole submitted nominations to be considered. Guidelines for selection include but are not limited to:
Bearing that in mind, the time has come to present to you our fifth class of Legacy Series Inductees:
Bluesombrero is one of the most consistent preppers I've ever had the pleasure of playing with. I first met Blue on the original Hearthstone Academy squad during season 5. MeMyselfandI invited him into the discord, and Blue immediately dubbed himself "Head Coach". He honestly just kinda drove everyone crazy back then, but when we were struggling in season 6 I brought him on the team to relieve a burned out Jaybie. Bluesombrero then proceeded to carry HSA to the playoffs in season 6 with his prep work and great play, and we turned that momentum into a championship.
Sporting a 67.31% winrate over 7 seasons and a championship, Bluesombrero has earned his place in the hall of fame. The bar has been set high, and he passed it with flying colors. It has been an honor to play with you, Blue.
You're my boy, blue!
I am so happy I introduced bluesombrero to Hearthstone and to THL. Since I met him in second grade, blue has brought his humor, his competitive drive, and his immense skill to every game he touches. First it was chess, and then League of Legends, and then Hearthstone. I’m convinced that he cannot let himself be anything but proficient at what he does.
THL has been a place that these aspects of bluesombrero could shine. He’s a brilliant player and a great friend. I’m glad to have been his teammate: it’s a unique kind of relationship to have with someone, and being a year removed from Hearthstone and THL at this point, I can see how special my time with him in the league was.
Competing against and alongside friends is something awesome that not many people get to do. This community should strive to approach our sport and our relationships with both as much seriousness and as much wit as bluesombrero has. He’s something to behold, in and out of the game.
There were no Captains inducted for this class.
Saku has been in THL for 6+ seasons as a player in both Legacy and Hero. Everyone knows Saku, he's the friendliest player you'll ever meet and never fails to praise his opponent in both victory and defeat. He has consistently represented the ideal of what a player should be in this community from a social standpoint and I am honored to be able to say that I have been his teammate multiple times.
In regards to content, Saku has worked tirelessly and with less recognition than most. He primarily stream operates which is one of the most thankless jobs in THL Many in the community will never realize the amount of hard work he puts in each and every week. Saku has stream OP'd for our talk shows (Tavern Talk and occasional special streams such as team reveals and all stars). He has stream OP'd for our matches. He has even casted while OP'ing for some of those matches. He can, and more importantly DOES do it all for THL.
Beyond what you see on tape, Saku has been instrumental in assisting both myself and other show producers in finding players to be on stream for our matches which is far tougher and more time consuming that it appears. Anyone who has done this for even a single season knows that it can be very difficult to nail down matches with consistency. Saku has also created several of our on stream assets such as backgrounds, icons and layouts. He has also been the main driving force behind our Stream OP Boot Camp discord to which we invite people as needed to teach how to stream OP properly.
When the show must go on there is no one THL trusts more than Saku. Although I direct content, Saku is the glue that holds everything together. If I'm conducting the symphony, he is running around in the sound booth hitting all the switches and knobs to make sure I and everyone else in content looks good. We as producers owe more to him than anyone else and for that I am happy to welcome Saku to the THL Content Hall of Fame.
First met Donde back in my second season of THL Jan 2018. He just joined Team Next Level (SHL/Hero Series) after being recruited by Jammies. We had some weekly team voice chat meetings and quite a few times we stuck around and chatted. Playfully joking around but knows when to get to business especially when it comes to strats for Hearthstone. From that point forward, he's been a great trusted friend to me and others around the THL.
The day he accepted the THL Director of Content position, I knew he was going to put in his all. He helped organize the BLOG group, focused on acquiring volunteers for StreamOP and Casters for the THL various shows such as Tavern Talk and Last Saloon Standing. Even created his own Hearthcenter show to help showcase the newly formed Pro Series. He is always open minded to others input and opinions.
There were some difficult moments and decisions made. But through that experience, he kept his composure, kept cool under pressure but most of all, kept his infectious sense of humor and positive way of thinking. You can certainly tell that he believes in the direction of the THL and I believe he is key to its development in the future. I want to extend my congrats to him on receiving the HOF award this season. It is 100% well deserved!!! 2 EZ!!
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