We're told that packs will be sent to accounts in the week following the event.
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."
Watch the Winter Championship!
Originally posted by Blizzard.
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.
Simply click the button below to choose a champion to cheer on, but remember, you cannot change your selection one you have chosen!
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.
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.
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.
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
The $250,000 Winter Championship will be divided as follows:
|3rd & 4th
|5th – 8th
|9th – 16th
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.