European Hearthstone players are finally getting a major Hearthstone esports event.

With the Hearthstone World Championship leaving BlizzCon, there's been a question as to where it will be held this year. Prior to this morning's matches Blizzard has announced that the competition will be held in Amsterdam at the Beurs van Berlage Conference Centre. The event will run from January 19 - 21 with a $1 million prize pool.

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The 2017 HCT World Championship Is Headed to Amsterdam!

The Hearthstone® Championship Tour (HCT) will come to a star-studded conclusion in Amsterdam as HCT 2017 finishes its journey in the Beurs van Berlage Conference Centre.

This monumental venue once housed the Dutch stock exchange, and has witnessed royal marriages. Now, one of the Netherlands’ most famous buildings will host the HCT World Championship.

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Beurs van Berlage

Damrak 243

1012ZJ Amsterdam

Netherlands

At the HCT World Championship, attendees will be able to meet, greet, and challenge their favorite Hearthstone personalities in friendly matches. There will also be on-site tournaments—open to all ticket-holders—that will award special swag. Attendees can expect to mingle with players from all around the world, as the Hearthstone community unites to send off the Hearthstone Championship Tour in style.

All attendees who purchase a ticket and check-in on site will receive the Thrill of Victory card back, which will be awarded to registered Blizzard Battle.net accounts once the HCT World Championship concludes.

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Mark your calendars for Thursday, Jan. 18 through Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. The atmosphere will be electric, and the competition will be fierce as a full year of competitive Hearthstone comes down to just four days of play among the 16 qualified players. 

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Eight players have already qualified through the HCT Winter Championship and the HCT Spring Championship. The remaining eight berths will be awarded to the semifinalists from the HCT Summer Championship, and to the four players who are the highest point earners from each Hearthstone competitive region that are not already qualified for the World Championship (the Last Call slots).

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Qualification and Format

The HCT World Championship will start with a group stage before progressing into a playoff bracket. Player seeding will be determined by placement in the four HCT World Championship qualifying events: The Winter Championship, Spring Championship, Summer Championship, and Last Call.

Matches will be played in the following format:

  • Each match will be best-of-seven in Conquest format with one ban. Players will bring five decks, ban one of their opponent’s decks, then compete with the remaining four decks.
  • The group stage will be a dual tournament, with two competitors advancing from each group to the playoff bracket.
  • The playoffs will be single elimination.

Back to TopPrize Pool

The total prize pool for this event is $1,000,000 USD, distributed as follows:

Placement Prize (USD)
1st $250,000 
2nd  $150,000 
3rd & 4th  $100,000
5th – 8th  $50,000
9th – 16th  $25,000
Total $1,000,000

 

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More information on tickets is coming soon, so make sure you keep an eye on the Hearthstone Esports Facebook and Twitter for more information. We recommend getting your tickets as early as possible to secure a seat in the tavern. Don’t miss the finale to the 2017 Hearthstone Championship Tour.

We hope you’ll join us for the most stunning Hearthstone tournament of the tour. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the HCT World Championship. Will you be joining us there? Let us know in the comments!