"I want to tell all the girls who have the dream of an export race: If you want to do it and believe in yourself, you just have to forget your gender and go on about it," said Lee, 23, after the match.
Lee said that two years ago, while waiting in the reserve line to register for a tournament, a man told her that women should not be there, "it's not for you." Now, in front of thousands of screaming fans, things are different.
"I am here today with all the support from the fans," she said as cheers erupted throughout Hall B of the Anaheim Convention Center in California, home of the tournament.
I was born n a small town in the Xinjiang region of China, Li got a taste of Hearthstone in college while studying at Southwestern University for Political Science and Law. At the press conference after his victory, Li said he didn't like studying law and gave himself a year to see if Hearthstone's game could work professionally.
Li qualified for the Hearthstone Global Finals by winning the Chinese Open Gold Tianjin Master Season 1 and being the first woman to do so.
"It never occurred to me that I could get this far," Lee said, holding back tears after the championship game. "I want to thank everyone who practices with me and supports me, even if they don't play Hearthstone."