In Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Americas—48 players battled it out in weekly online play during Seasons 1 and 2 of Grandmasters. Six players were relegated from the competition, while six more ran the Playoff gauntlet to secure their place at the Hearthstone Global Finals.
In China, the field was wider, with a Playoff bracket determined by the victors from a pool of 64 veterans and an open pool of 1024 players represented at several live events over the course of the year. It’s all boiled down to two players from the region joining the best from the rest of the world at BlizzCon.
Here are the 8 players that will compete at the Hearthstone Global Finals:
Asia-Pacific – Kim "Surrender" Jung-soo
Asia-Pacific – Chen "tom60229" Wei Lin
Americas – Francisco "PNC" Leimontas
Americas – Brian "bloodyface" Eason
Europe – Chris "Fenomeno" Tsakopoulos
Europe – Kevin "Casie" Eberlein
China – Xiaomeng “VKLiooon” Li
China – Gao "Leaoh" Yang
Competitors will play the Shield-Phase Conquest format through dual tournament groups before facing off in a single elimination bracket. All matches will be best-of-three except for the semifinals and finals which will be best-of-five. US $500,000 is on the line, along with the Global Finals trophy.
- Dates: November 1-2
- Broadcast Start Time: 12:00 p.m. PDT Nov. 1 & 9:30 a.m. PDT Nov. 2
- Casters: Simon “Sottle” Welch, Dan “Frodan” Chou, David “Justsaiyan” Shan, Edward “Gallon” Goodwin, Casper "Hunterace" Notto.
- Prize Pool: US $500,000
- Format: Shield-Phase Conquest with a ban
- Language Streams:
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