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Blizzard Announces Hearthstone Grandmasters Season One Launch Date

March 27, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Hearthstone Grandmasters

Hearthstone Grandmasters will launch its first season in May. Blizzard announced on Wednesday that the top tier of Hearthstone esports will kick off its inaugural season on May 17th, with the top forty-eight players in the world set to do battle in the first of two seasons to take place this year.

The news follows on the company’s announcement last month of a three-tiered Hearthstone Masters program. The Masters Qualifiers saw about 250 players earn their way into the Hearthstone Masters Tour Las Vegas this June.

Hearthstone Grandmasters will see sixteen players each from the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific compete, with invitation extended based on a variety of criteria than include lifetime earnings, points earned during HCT 2018, seasonal points leaders, contributions to the Hearthstone community, and more. Each region will be randomly separated into two divisions of eight players each, with the divisions set to be revealed on April 28th in Taipei at the HCT 2019 World Championship. Each division will play a double round robin in a best-of-three format, with players ranked in their divisions by their wins.

Grandmasters will earn performance-based prize money during the season, and are automatically qualified to compete at all Hearthstone Masters Tour events. The top three players in each division at the end of each season will then face off in a six-player six-player Grandmasters Seasonal Playoff, and the finalist from each region for both 2019 seasons — in addition to two players from the China Gold Series — will compete in the Hearthstone Global Finals at the end of the year for a $500,000 prize pool.

Players who finish last in their respective divisions at the end of season two will be at risk of relegation, with the top prize winners from the Masters Tour in each region becoming eligible to replace them in the 2020 seasons.

Fans can watch the two seasons at Hearthstone’s Twitch channel. Five matches will be broadcast every Friday starting May 17th and lasting eight weeks for the first season, with five more matchups on Saturdays and six on Sundays.

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