Spring is in the air, and Hearthstone players’ thoughts now turn to the Hearthstone Championship Tour’s Spring Playoffs! The Spring Playoff competition for Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific will take place across three consecutive weekends in May and June. Players will compete from their local taverns for a share of the $25,000 USD prize pools, as well as a spot in the upcoming Spring Championship.
Read on for where the Spring Playoff taverns are located, when the broadcasts will be, which of your favorite casters will be calling all the action, and what you can unlock in the game for attending live!
Europe looks dominant after ShtanUdachi’s incredible victory at the Winter Championship, and their best players — including the likes of Sjow, 2015 world champion Ostkaka, and Thijs — will fight for the chance to take home the Spring trophy as well. Join us May 20 and 21 to see who makes it through!
The Americas Spring Playoffs take place May 27 and 28, and there plenty of familiar faces will be competing. A quick look at the standings shows the ever-present Amnesiasc placing well, with recent DreamHack Austin winner shoop not far behind him. In all three Playoffs, the eight best players from the Spring Tavern Hero Tournaments will join their region's top 64 players to compete for one of four spots in the Spring Championship.
Asia-Pacific rounds out three weeks of Spring Playoffs action, and it’s a veritable who’s who of Hearthstone pros from Korea, Japan, and more. The renowned tom60229 leads the pack by a substantial margin, trailed by the likes of b787 and Pinpingho. Their chase for the Spring Championship will close out our back-to-back-to-back Playoff weekends on June 3 and 4.
All of the Spring Playoffs will be played using the updated Spring ruleset.
|Raiders Esports Centre (Day 1, Day 2)||Toronto, ON|
|Centre de jeux l'Expédition (Day 1, Day 2)||Montréal, QC|
|Buffalo Wild Wings (Day 1, Day 2)||Lake Forest, CA|
|Buffalo Wild Wings (Day 1, Day 2)||Westminster, CO|
|Buffalo Wild Wings (Day 1, Day 2)||Brandon, FL|
|Buffalo Wild Wings (Day 1, Day 2)||Marietta, GA|
|Pastimes (Day 1, Day 2)||Chicago, IL|
|Buffalo Wild Wings (Day 1, Day 2)||Olathe, KS|
|The Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino (Day 1, Day 2)||Las Vegas, NV|
|Mister Tramps (Day 1, Day 2)||Austin, TX|
|The Cave Gaming Center (Day 1, Day 2)||Fairfax, VA|
|GameWorks (Day 1, Day 2)||Seattle, WA|
|Argentina Comic Con 2017 (Day 1, Day 2)||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Emporio Jogos (Day 1, Day 2)||Brasilia, Brazil|
|Vitrine E-sports Bar (Day 1, Day 2)||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Centro Comercial Monterrey (Day 1, Day 2)||Medellín, Colombia|
|AFK Gaming Center (Day 1, Day 2)||Cartago, Costa Rica|
|Hotel Davinci (Day 1, Day 2)||Santiago, Chile|
|El Baúl del Enano (Day 1, Day 2)||Quito, Ecuador|
|Digitalife Las Rosas (Day 1, Day 2)||Zapopan, Mexico|
|HP Store (Day 1, Day 2)||Lima, Peru|
Unable to join in on the action at one of the taverns? Fear not! The playoffs will be broadcast live on the official Hearthstone Twitch channel in English.
Saturday, May 20 – 1:00 a.m. PDT
Sunday, May 21 – 1:00 a.m. PDT
Saturday, May 27 – 8:00 a.m. PDT
Sunday, May 28 – 9:00 a.m. PDT
Friday, June 2 – 7:00 p.m. PDT
Saturday, June 3 – 7:00 p.m. PDT
Calling all the action will be the usual suspects, as well as a couple of new additions — your HCT casting crew!
Casters: Dan ‘Frodan’ Chou, Brian Kibler, Simon ‘Sottle’ Welch, Alexander ‘Raven’ Baguley, TJ ‘Azumo’ Sanders, Nathan ‘ThatsAdmirable’ Zamora, Cora ‘Songbird’ Georgiou, James ‘Firebat’ Kostesich, Justin ‘JV’ Varghese, Nabil ‘Nebtune’ Pervez
In addition to showing the Americas Spring Playoffs on May 27 and 28, taverns will also have side events for attendees — meaning loot and prizes will be available! Be sure to join us in person if you can.
If you visit any of the taverns during the event, you’ll be able to add the Power Core card back to your Hearthstone collection.