Hearthstone World Championships Announced
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Blizzard Entertainment has unveiled the Hearthstone World Championships, which will be hosted live at this year’s BlizzCon in Anaheim, California, and anyone--new or veteran--could have the potential to become the Hearthstone champion.

Starting from Ranked Play Season 1, the best Hearthstone players from around the globe from four different regions--the Americas, Europe, China and Korea / Taiwan--will battle it out for the title of “Hearthstone World Champion”, and there will be a qualifying tournament in each region to decide who will be going to compete in the World Championship.

The winning four players from each qualifying tournament will be entered into the final Championship tournament. The World Championship tournament itself will be in a best-of-five “all-kill” format until one player wins three games, with three deck classes per player for each match. The “all-kill” format means that if you lose a game you must then change the deck you are currently playing. The full tournament rules will be made available at a later date. Each of the four regions have their own qualifying criteria, which has been listed below.

// Americas Qualifier Tournament

  • The top 16 Legend players from each of the Ranked Play Seasons from April through August for the Americas region will be invited to participate in the Americas Hearthstone Qualifier Tournament

    • Each player can only qualify for the Americas Qualifier Tournament once. In cases where a player achieves a qualifying rank for a second time or is ineligible to compete in the Americas Qualifier Tournament, the next highest ranking player will be selected to qualify for the Americas Qualifier Tournament.

  • The top players from select community-run weekly tournaments held between April and August will be invited to participate in the Americas Qualifier Tournament. Further details, including which community tournaments qualify, will be announced at a later date

  • The top 3 players from select licensed events will also qualify for the Americas Qualifier Tournament. Further details, including which events qualify, will be announced at a later date

  • A Last Call Tournament will be held immediately prior to the Americas Qualifier Tournament to determine any remaining Qualifier spots. This Last Call Tournament will only be available to players who satisfy residency requirements for the Americas region. More details regarding this will be announced at a later date;

  • Seeding for the Americas Qualifier Tournament will be based entirely on consistency of performance during the Ranked Play Seasons. Achieving a high rank multiple times will positively affect the player’s seeding during the Americas Qualifier Tournament

  • The Americas Qualifier Tournament will be best of five matches

  • The top 4 players from the Americas Qualifier Tournament will qualify for the Hearthstone World Championships at BlizzCon 2014

Europe Qualifier Tournament

  • The top 16 Legend players from each of the Ranked Play Seasons from April through August for the Europe region will be invited to participate in the Europe Hearthstone Qualifier Tournament

    • Each player can only qualify for the Europe Qualifier Tournament once. In cases where a player achieves a qualifying rank for a second time or is ineligible to compete in the Europe Qualifier Tournament, the next highest ranking player will be selected to qualify for the Europe Qualifier Tournament.

  • The top players from select community-run weekly tournaments held between April and August will be invited to participate in the Europe Qualifier Tournament. Further details, including which community tournaments qualify, will be announced at a later date

  • The top 3 players from select events will also qualify for the Europe Qualifier Tournament. Further details, including which events qualify, will be announced at a later date

  • A Last Call Tournament will be held immediately prior to the Europe Qualifier Tournament to determine any remaining Qualifier spots. This Last Call Tournament will only be available to players that satisfy residency requirements for the Europe Region. More details regarding this will be announced at a later date

  • Seeding for the Europe Qualifier Tournament will be based entirely on consistency of performance during the Ranked Play Seasons. Achieving a high rank multiple times will positively affect the player’s seeding during the Europe Qualifier Tournament

  • The Europe Qualifier Tournament will be best of five matches

  • The top 4 players from the Europe Qualifier Tournament will qualify for the Hearthstone World Championships at BlizzCon 2014

Korea/Taiwan Hearthstone Qualifier Tournaments

  • Korea: Two (2) players will be selected to represent Korea from the OGN Hearthstone League. More details will be announced by OGN at a later date

  • Taiwan: The top 2 players from the Taiwan Qualifier Tournament will qualify for the Hearthstone World Championships. More details will be announced at a later date

China Qualifier Tournament

  • All players for the China Qualifier Tournament will come from the official China Ranked Play Rankings, official Chinese grassroots tournaments, or licensed Chinese tournaments

  • The top 4 players from the China Qualifier Tournament will qualify for the Hearthstone World Championships at BlizzCon 2014

On Wednesday, April 9, Heroes of the Storm’s game director Dustin Browder published a post about how to effectively use your heroes both in and out of team fights, employing ambush tactics and hero focuses alike across the early, mid and late game. Blizzard has also released Battle.net Gift Cards, which will be available across a wide range of retailers in Europe for €20 / £15 each. The Global Finals for the StarCraft II World Championship Series will also be taking place at BlizzCon 2014.

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Kieran Mackintosh
Kieran Mackintosh
@KingSongbird

Contributing Writer
Date: 04/25/2014

04/25/2014 01:39AM

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