Jess Colwill, February 3, 2017

Blizzard Announce Hearthstone Global Games

Blizzard has announced an all-new worldwide Hearthstone tournament, the Hearthstone Global Games.

The Global Games will feature players from 48 participating countries through the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania. The top player from each country will be invited to represent their nation while another three players will be chosen by Blizzard from a pool of eight established through community votes. Blizzard will base their decision on the player’s total competitive points, previous tournament results and their “standing in the community”.

Team captains – who will also be designated from the players by Blizzard – will be required to submit the order of players and their classes ahead of time. This will be done without knowing what classes the other teams are submitting.

The tournament will consist of three phases using a best-of-five, class-vs-class format. Following those, the final four teams will advance to the finals to compete for a prize pool of $300,000 USD. These will also be class-vs-class but will now be best-of-nine.

Each player on the winning team will receive $15,000 USD for a total of $60,000. Second place will receive $40,000 divided among the four players while third and fourth place holders will receive a total of $20,000 per team.

You can read more about the Hearthstone Global Games at Battle.net and download the PDF of the official rules.

In other Hearthstone news, DreamHack has just announced an expansion of its Hearthstone Grand Prix to include Denver, Atlanta and Montreal as well as the previously announced Austin, Valencia and Jonkoping.

DreamHack is one of the top Hearthstone events in the world so between this new expansion and the Global Games, 2017 might very well be the year that Hearthstone finally comes into its own.

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.