We’ve all had a rough go of it at some time in a game, losing match after match — or even just having a single terrible game — until something snaps. You quit the game, get up from your computer or console, and let loose a series of expletives (ideally to yourself) until the anger passes. It’s the classic “ragequit,” and we’ve all experienced it at some time or another.

It’s likely, however, that none of us got so mad as to quit during the finals of a major tournament. But that’s exactly what Hearthstone Grandmaster Zakarya “xBlyzes” Hail did this weekend. As PCGamer reported, xBlyzes had “a poor series of draws” and disconnected from the server in his match against his opponent David Neila “Frenetic” Quiñones instead of properly conceding the game.

After the match, xBlyzes Tweeted that “I want to die” and responded to someone calling him unsportsmanlike “sry to be mad because i lost the most important match of my life.”

You can find reason both to criticize and sympathize with xBlyzes for the manner in which he left the match and for his obviously poor mental state immediately thereafter. If there’s any good to be had from this episode, he’s out of the running for this year’s Hearthstone World Championship, so maybe he can use that time to get into a better mental state so future losses won’t trouble him as much.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.


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