He has a brother.
Kolento is estimated to have ~700 subscribers. As he generally draws over 2,800 viewers, he should be earning at least $2,450 USD per month. This exclude additional revenue from tiered subscriptions, his team salary, tips, sponsorships, Twitch cheer bit contributions, advertisements, merchandise sales and tournament winnings. According to EasportsEarnings, he has won over $265,000 USD since the start of his career.
Kolento has been playing video games since he was three years old. While he was growing up, he would also play card regular games with his family.
Aside from Hearthstone, he enjoys playing other games such as Black Throne, Civilization, Osu! StarCraft II and Rocket League, although mainly when he’s offline. Prior to discovering Hearthstone in 2014, he was the team captain World of Tanks team.
He picked up Hearthstone in 2014 when he was given a closed-beta key at a gaming event in Moscow. It was actually the first TCG card game that he had ever played, but he still managed to quickly earn a Rank 1 on the ladders. This made him realize that it might be worthwhile for him to attempt streaming Hearthstone to attempt it as a possible career.
Kolento tried out streaming Hearthstone for a few days in early 2014 and soon gained enough of a following for him to make it his main game, rather than World of Tanks. This decision panned out and he quickly made a name for as one of the top players in the EU Hearthstone scene.
He joined Cloud9 in 2014 and has remained with them ever since.
He doesn’t have a set schedule.
- 1st - Prismata Cup #2 - 2019
- 1st - ZOTAC Cup #15 - 2018
- 1st - Kinguin for Charity - 2015
- 1st - Heroes of Cards #5 - 2015
- 1st - CN vs EU S2 - 2015
- 1st - Kinguin Pro League S1 - 2015
- 1st - Gamers Assembly - 2015
- 1st - VGVN Naxxramas Release #2 - 2014
- 1st - Viagame House Cup #1 - 2014
- 1st - Dreamhack Winter - 2014
He chose to leave his hometown in order to escape the civil war that has been raging since 2014, mainly because he was afraid of losing internet.
I think its more important to spend time practicing and laddering, just not to make mistakes and to have a better understanding of what places between and why it plays better. If you think you will play around a particular card and if your opponent has this card you will lose, but if you will play around this card you will lose anyway, do a risky play. If you’re behind do a risky play, like 75% chance to just have a chance.
A piece of advice for people who want to become better at this game [is] watching professional players’ streams. When they do something strange, try to find an answer for it.