James "Firebat" Kostesich - Hearthstone Player

James Kostesich
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1996
United States
United States
World Ranking:
Country Ranking:

Total Prize Money Earned:
$272,615.60 From 51 Tournaments
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James "Firebat" Kostesich is an American Hearthstone player. His name is derived from his favorite StarCraft: Brood War player, FirebatHero.

Firebat treats the game like an escape from the real world. He first began playing Hearthstone by hanging out with people online and sharing screens, stating that "hanging out with tons of players" is his favorite thing about the game.

Firebat reached the top ranks in ladder almost every month; playing in a few tournaments such as VGVN Naxxramas #3, and the HearthStats League Invitational during the month of September 2014. He did not make much noise until it was announced that he and Tempo Storm's Hyped had earned to the two sought-after seeds into the North American Qualifiers Group Stage, meaning they got to pass by the 128 man Swiss Round that preceded it.

In the North American Qualifiers Group Stage, Firebat stunned the crowd by taking his first series against Twisted 3-1 on the back of his Hunter, taking the final victory with his Zoo. He was sent to the Lower Bracket by StrifeCro, but bounced back almost instantly with a 3-2 win against Deathstar, and eventually crushed Hyped with a 3-1 and took his invitation to the World Championships at BlizzCon.

At the 2014 BlizzCon World Championship, Firebat went through the likes of Qiruo and Kranich to get to the play off bracket, where he would eventually defeat Kaor, and then Dtwo. In the grand finals, he had to face-off against the Chinese champion Tiddler Celestial, but he ultimately came out unscathed with a dominating 3-0 victory, making him the first ever World Champion in Hearthstone's history.

Earnings By Year

Total ResultsOnline ResultsOffline/LAN Results

Earnings By Age

Total ResultsOnline ResultsOffline/LAN Results
24 Years Old$13,812.5095.07%|$13,812.5095.07%|$0.0000.00%
23 Years Old$26,750.0059.81%|$7,000.0032.57%|$19,750.0027.24%
22 Years Old$2,000.0020.73%|$0.0000.00%|$2,000.0020.73%
21 Years Old$10,000.0023.67%|$10,000.0023.67%|$0.0000.00%
20 Years Old$1,725.0030.63%|$0.0000.00%|$1,725.0030.63%
19 Years Old$106,492.041839.06%|$7,800.0062.86%|$98,692.041236.20%
18 Years Old$111,836.061241.02%|$6,460.7382.37%|$105,375.33438.65%

Earnings By Game

Total ResultsOnline ResultsOffline/LAN Results
Hearthstone Battlegrounds$16,250.0015.96%|$0.0000.00%|$16,250.0015.96%
Legends of Runeterra$2,500.0010.92%|$2,500.0010.92%|$0.0000.00%

Earnings By Team

Total ResultsOnline ResultsOffline/LAN Results
American National Team$21,104.4027.74%|$5,000.0011.83%|$16,104.4015.91%
Copenhagen Wolves$900.0030.33%|$900.0030.33%|$0.0000.00%
Fade 2 Karma$1,500.0010.55%|$1,500.0010.55%|$0.0000.00%
Team Archon$200,323.702573.48%|$13,360.73114.90%|$186,962.971468.58%
Tempo Storm$1,000.0010.37%|$0.0000.00%|$1,000.0010.37%

Highest Prize Money Won

1.2014-11-081st» BlizzCon 2014 (Hearthstone)$100,000.00Hearthstone
2.2015-12-202nd» World Cyber Arena 2015 (HS)$61,698.88Hearthstone
3.2019-11-213rdTeam-based Tournament Battlegrounds Brawl$16,250.00Hearthstone Battlegrounds
4.2015-08-02WINTeam-based Tournament CN vs NA Challenge$16,104.40Hearthstone
5.2015-11-212nd» GameGune 2015$6,388.76Hearthstone
6.2015-04-191st» Gfinity 2015 Spring Masters II (Hearthstone)$5,000.00Hearthstone
7.2017-12-235th-8thHearthstone All-Star Invitational 2017$5,000.00Hearthstone
8.2017-08-263rd-4thTeam-based Tournament » Hearthstone Global Games 2017$5,000.00Hearthstone
9.2015-03-131st» Gfinity 2015 Spring Masters I (Hearthstone)$4,000.00Hearthstone
10.2015-07-091st» StarLadder StarSeries - Hearthstone Kick-Off$4,000.00Hearthstone

Top Placements

7 Tournaments
8 Tournaments
10 Tournaments

Other Statistics

Overall Ranking

Firebat is presently ranked #1080 in highest overall earnings, and #186 in highest earnings for players from United States.

Largest Prize from a Single Tournament

Out of the 51 tournaments awarding cash prizes that Firebat had competed in, the largest amount was $100,000.00 from BlizzCon 2014 (Hearthstone) on November 8, 2014. His 1st place finish makes up 36.68% of his total prize money won.

$100,000 Milestone

Firebat obtained $100,000 in total prize money earned on November 8, 2014 with a $100,000.00 cash prize from his 1st place finish at BlizzCon 2014 (Hearthstone). Prize money from 4 tournaments got him to that point.


Firebat - Liquipedia Hearthstone Wiki
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Team Archon - Liquipedia Hearthstone Wiki
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Hearthstone has its first World Champion | The Daily Dot
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Firebat Interview - Hearthstone Americas Championship 2014 - YouTube
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