Who is Reynad?
Andrey “Reynad” Yanyuk was born on 27 January 1992, in the United States of America, and is a professional gamer, streamer, and businessman, best known for his work on the video game “Hearthstone”, which he plays in international tournaments. He’s received praise and but also controversy for his skill, as well as his attitude. Prior to “Hearthstone”, he was a professional “Magic: The Gathering” player, but was banned leading to his retirement from that game.
The Net Worth of Reynad
How rich is Reynad? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is at $45 million, earned through a successful career in professional gaming, and his eSports company Tempo Storm. As he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Little information is available about Reynad’s childhood, but it is known that he developed a strong passion for tabletop and video games at an early age. One of the first games he became really attached to was “Magic: The Gathering”, which is a tabletop trading card game published by Wizards of the Coast. It is one of the most popular and most played trading card games around the world, with one of the most highly competitive scenes in any tabletop game. It is also one of the most expensive card games created, for both players as well as collectors.
At a young age he developed a strong love for the game, and wanted to succeed in it professionally, an aspiration of many “Magic: The Gathering” players. However, the pressures and strong competition proved a toll on him, leading him to cheat. In one tournament where competitors were drafting cards for a fixed sealed deck, he snuck in cards from his own collection to give him an edge, but he was discovered, and temporarily banned from playing the game professionally for more than a year. However, he complained about the decision online, leading Wizards of the Coast to enact an even stronger ban, and with that move, Reynad retired from playing “Magic: The Gathering” professionally.
Transition to Hearthstone
In 2014 the video game “Hearthstone” was released, one of the first of its kind, an online collectible card video game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. The game became highly popular, with elements of their video game franchise “Warcraft” used to help promote the game. Being a collectible card game, it quickly caught on, and created a competitive scene with players from all around the world, thanks to its accessibility. Reynad was one of the first people to jump in and try to become one of the top ranked players of the game.
Eventually he started playing in professional tournaments, and won prizes which increased his net worth significantly. His main source of income, however, would be streaming in which he allowed viewers to watch him provide commentary and play live. Streaming allowed fans to be able to donate or subscribe, with the proceeds going to him, so helping him earn money, which proved lucrative, as he became one of the top streamers of “Hearthstone”. Eventually, with money earned, he had the idea of creating his own professional eSports team.
He created the team Tempo Storm, which started out as a professional team focused on “Hearthstone”. Over the next few years they would expand to other video games, including “Heroes of the Storm”, “Overwatch”, “League of Legends”, and various fighting games. Some of the “Heartstone” players he’s been able to sign on the team include Trump, Haiyun “Eloise” Tang, “Johnnie “Ratsmah” Lee, and “Petar “Gaara” Stevanovic; Hyerim “MagicAmy” Lee was previously signed, but had to leave the team following accusations of fake identity.
Each of the players have their own specialty, and so they’ve been successful with their other games as well, winning the first “Heroes of the Storm” Global Championship Pro League Phase 1 in North America. They also achieved second place at the “Counter Strike: Global Offensive” tournament DreamHack Austin 2016, but sold their roster to Immortals shortly afterwards. Reynad also competes as a part of the team, but has not been very active since the creation of Tempo Storm, mainly focusing on streaming.
Personal Life and Controversy
— reynad (@TempoReynad) November 13, 2018
For his personal life, it is known that Reynad is still single. In early-2018, he was linked to Paz Hinostroza as seen in his YouTube videos, but there has been no mention of her since. He hasn’t been linked to anyone else over the course of his life that the public know of.
Aside from relationships, he attracted controversy after he accused another professional “Hearthstone” player, Radu “Rdu” Dima of cheating during their match at the DreamHack Summer Hearthstone tournament. According to him, despite Rdu having sound cancelling headphones, he was still able to hear commentary, which allowed him to choose cards that would have the upper hand against him. He then challenged Rdu to a match for a huge amount of money, however, it was called off after fans discovered that the supposed commentary that his opponent heard was actually said after opening hands were chosen, meaning there was no way for him to cheat. Reynad apologized, and issued a public statement to the community stating his version of the events.