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:
$231,053.10 From 36 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
22 Years Old$1,000.0010.43%|$0.0000.00%|$1,000.0010.43%
21 Years Old$10,000.0024.33%|$10,000.0024.33%|$0.0000.00%
20 Years Old$1,725.0030.75%|$0.0000.00%|$1,725.0030.75%
19 Years Old$106,492.041846.09%|$7,800.0063.38%|$98,692.041242.71%
18 Years Old$111,836.061248.40%|$6,460.7382.80%|$105,375.33445.61%

Earnings By Game

Total ResultsOnline ResultsOffline/LAN Results

Earnings By Team

Total ResultsOnline ResultsOffline/LAN Results
American National Team$21,104.4029.13%|$5,000.0012.16%|$16,104.4016.97%
Copenhagen Wolves$900.0030.39%|$900.0030.39%|$0.0000.00%
Team Archon$200,323.702586.70%|$13,360.73115.78%|$186,962.971480.92%

Highest Prize Money Won

Top Placements

7 Tournaments
6 Tournaments
8 Tournaments

Other Statistics

Overall Ranking

Currently, Firebat is ranked #389 in highest overall earnings, and #72 in highest earnings for players from United States.

Largest Prize from a Single Tournament

The most money that Firebat has won from a single tournament was $100,000.00 from BlizzCon 2014 (Hearthstone) on November 8, 2014. His 1st place finish makes up 43.28% of his total prize money won.

$100,000 Milestone

On November 8, 2014, Firebat arrived at the $100,000 milestone, winning $100,000.00 and placing 1st at BlizzCon 2014 (Hearthstone). Prize money from 4 tournaments got him to that point.

Recent Earnings

Firebat has won $1,000.00 in prize money from a single tournament within the last 90 days, none of which came in the last month.


Firebat - Liquipedia Hearthstone Wiki
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Firebat Interview - Hearthstone Americas Championship 2014 - YouTube
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