BlizzCon 2014: Hearthstone World Championships!

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“Come one, come all, and begin your journey to the Hearthstone World Championships” says the article published yesterday on Hearthstone’s official website which brings the announcement of the first major attraction we’ll be seing in this year’s BlizzCon.

According to Blizzard, the tournament will be an opportunity for any players to represent their regions and take home the first Hearthstone’s World Championship title.

Each region has a different way for you to qualify for the Championships. Let’s take a look.

Qualifying for the Hearthstone World Championships

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Americas Qualifier Tournament

First Stage

  • 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.*
  • The top 3 players from select licensed events will also qualify for the Americas Qualifier Tournament.*
  • 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.*

*Further details, including which community tournaments or events qualify and information about the Last Call Tournament will be announced at a later date.

Second Stage

  • The Americas Qualifier Tournament will be best of five matches.
  • 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 top 4 players from the Americas Qualifier Tournament will qualify for the Hearthstone World Championships at BlizzCon 2014.

Europe Qualifier Tournament

First Stage

  • 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.*
  • The top 3 players from select licensed events will also qualify for the Europe Qualifier Tournament.*
  • 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 who satisfy residency requirements for the Europe region.*

*Further details, including which community tournaments or events qualify and information about the Last Call Tournament will be announced at a later date.

Second Stage

  • The Europe Qualifier Tournament will be best of five matches.
  • 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 top 4 players from the Americas 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 Hearthstone 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..

About Hearthstone World Championships’ Format

The World Championships will be played in a best-of-five “Last Hero Standing” format, with 3 classes per player each match. In a “Last Hero Standing” format, when you lose a game, you must change the deck you are currently playing. Each player brings three decks and plays until one player wins three games.

Participants must have their own card collections. Sixteen total players will participate in the World Championships: 4 representatives from Americas, 4 from Europe, 4 from China, 2 from Korea, and 2 from Taiwan.

The full tournament rules will be made available at a later date. For further information on Hearthstone World Championships and what to expect for BlizzCon 2014, stay tuned on Wowjuju!

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