Who do you think will win this year's Winter Championship?

As the developer did late last year, Blizzard has once again enabled the Choose Your Champion program for the upcoming Hearthstone Championship Tour Winter Championship. Participants must choose one of the 16 competitors at the event and are awarded a single pack just for partaking in the event. You'll subsequently be rewarded for each stage (quarterfinals, semifinals, finals) your selection progresses through for up to four free Mean Streets of Gadgetzan packs.

We're told that packs will be sent to accounts in the week following the event.

This year's tournament heads to the Bahamas, a first for the esport as all regions now come together not only for the World Championship but for each of the seasonal finals. 

We previously spoke with Drew Symonds, Associate PR Manager for Blizzard Esports and he clarified exactly how this will work. "At the Winter Championship four players from each of the four major regions will be represented. In the Round of Sixteen, the sixteen players will be divided into four groups," he explains, "each of which will have representation from each region. The top four finishers in the Winter Championship will qualify for the 2017 Hearthstone World Championship. It is possible that all four of these qualified players could come from a single region."

Those who attend the event in person and RSVP will be given a limited edition card back that is only available at official HCT events along with the typical Power Core card back given at all major Hearthstone tournaments.

 

Watch the Winter Championship!

Originally posted by Blizzard.

Watch the Winter Championship!

The 2017 Hearthstone Championship Tour's first Championship stop lands on the sunny shores of the Bahamas. Sixteen players from around the globe have earned their spot in the HCT Winter Championship to compete for their share of the $250,000 prize pool and a seat at the Hearthstone World Championship. Choose Your Champion also returns—pick your favorite competitor and cheer them on throughout the tournament! Winter Championship details including the participants, casters, schedule, and more can be found below.

Choose Your Champion

You can once again root for one of the 16 competitors as they compete in the Winter Championship and be rewarded with card packs based on how well they perform!

These champions represent the Americas, Asia-Pacific, China, and Europe, and hope to represent their home region at the World Championship.

Champion Groups

Simply click the button below to choose a champion to cheer on, but remember, you cannot change your selection one you have chosen!

Choose Now!

Just for participating, you will receive one card pack from the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. You will receive one additional card pack from the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan each time your champion advances—to the quarterfinals, semi-finals, or finals. If your champion plays in the finals, for example, you would earn four total packs (including your participation pack). All card packs will be delivered to you in-game the week after the Winter Championship. Voting ends on March 21 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Casters

Calling all of the action are the talented casting duos of Dan ‘Frodan’ Chou with Brian Kibler, Simon ‘Sottle’ Welch with Alexander ‘Raven’ Baguley, and TJ ‘Azumo’ Sanders with Nathan 'ThatsAdmirable' Zamora.

Format

The Winter Championship begins with a double-elimination group stage, followed by a single-elimination bracket. Each group consists of four competitors, one from each of our regions. Each match will be best-of-seven using the Conquest format with one ban. Each player will bring five decks to play with for each match, and they and their opponent will be able to ban one of each other’s decks and compete with the remaining decks. Groups were seeded based on Hearthstone Competitive Points, with the top point earner from each region placed in their own group and the remainder of the group being filled in order of the players’ regional seeds.

Schedule

The Championship takes place March 23 to 26 according to the following schedule:

  • Day 1 (March 23) at 7:00 a.m. PDT – Groups A and B
  • Day 2 (March 24) at 7:00 a.m. PDT – Groups C and D
  • Day 3 (March 25) at 7:00 a.m. PDT – Group Decider Matches and Quarterfinals
  • Day 4 (March 26) at 9:00 a.m. PDT – Semifinals and Finals

 

Prize Pool

The $250,000 Winter Championship will be divided as follows:

Placement

Prize (USD)

Points
1st $60,000  20
2nd  $40,000  15
3rd & 4th  $20,000 10
5th – 8th  $12,500 8
9th – 16th  $7,500 6
Total $250,000 135

 

Tune in to all of the action on our official Hearthstone Twitch channel and discuss the tournament using the #HCT hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.