You’ll be getting a dose of Hearthstone action very soon!
Starting August 14, the premier-level Hearthstone tournament returns for another season that will run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through September 6. It will make way for an intermission week for Masters Tour Online: Montreal before resuming on Friday, September 18 until October 11.
Ten new competitors have advanced to Grandmasters Season 2. They are composed of the top three players from each region: Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
Check out the deets of the upcoming Grandmasters action!
Broadcast Start Time: Broadcast kicks off with the Asia-Pacific region playing at 2 a.m. PDT / 11 a.m. CEST / 6 p.m. KST on Friday, August 14
Where to Watch: YouTube.com/HearthstoneEsports
- AMERICAS: Dan “Frodan” Chou and TJ “Azumo” Sanders
- ASIA-PACIFIC: Jia “Jia” Dee and Darroch “Darroch” Brown
- EUROPE: Simon “Sottle” Welch and Alex “Raven” Baguley
Prize Pool: Over $500,000 in prizing globally for Grandmasters Season 2
Weeks 1 – 3: Swiss into Group Stage
During weeks 1 – 3, players will compete in matches in a Swiss format each Wednesday and Thursday of the week to earn a placement in the weekend Group Stage. Points from these weekend rounds will be used to determine two Divisions in each region for round-robin weeks. There will be a different gameplay format each week.
- The 16 players in each region will compete against each other off broadcast in 7-9 Swiss Rounds during the week.
- On Thursday, after Swiss play has completed, the field is cut in half based on standings and the Top 8 per region will play in a dual tournament format live on YouTube across Friday and Saturday, with the Top-4 finals, played out on Sunday.
- Gameplay format changes every week:
o Week 1: 7 Rounds of Swiss, Conquest with 1 Ban
o Week 2: 7 Rounds of Swiss, Four Deck Last Hero Standing with 1 Ban
o Week 3: 9 Rounds of Swiss, Bo3 Specialist
Weeks 4 – 7: Round Robin
Weeks 4 – 7 will consist of round-robin group play within the two divisions in each region – much like Season 1 of Grandmasters.
- Following weeks 1-3, players will be sorted into two divisions based on their points standings. Division A is comprised of the top-8-point-earning players, and Division B will be point total ranks 9-16.
- The two divisions compete in round-robin group play over four weeks. The standings at the conclusion of these weeks will determine who will move onto the Playoffs, and who will be relegated from Season 2.
- The format will stay consistent during round-robin weeks:
o Bo5 Conquest (4 decks, 1 ban)
Week 8: Season 2 Playoffs
Round Robin weeks lead into Week 8 Playoffs, which will qualify one player per region to the World Championship at the end of the year, while three players from each region will be relegated.
- Top 6 from Division A automatically make it into Playoffs.
- Top 4 from Division B compete in a play-in round to determine who will join the top 6 from Division A in a dual tournament bracket for Playoffs.
- The 7th and 8th placed players in Division B at the close of Round Robin are automatically relegated from Season 2 of Grandmasters.
- Final relegation will be determined via a 3-match Play-In involving the 7th and 8th placed from Division A, and 5th and 6th placed from Division B.
- The winner from each region in Season 2 Grandmasters Playoffs will advance to the Hearthstone World Championships later this year.
You can follow your favorite new and returning Hearthstone Grandmasters on the Hearthstone Esports website all season long! Keep up with all of the latest Hearthstone Esports news and content on the Hearthstone Esports website, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
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