HEARTHSTONE

Tournament Rules

This document outlines the rules which will be used during GamePros tournaments, be it for the Championship series, side events or other events that involve Hearthstone in a tournament form. If an event would deviate from these rules, it shall state the new rules specific to that event on the event page on the GamePros website and on the tournament system information page that will be used for that event (e.g. Battlefy, Toornament, etc).

Tournament Format

ONLINE tournaments will be held in a Single Elimination 1-Ban Hero Conquest Best of 5 format.
OFFLINE tournaments will be held in a Double Elimination 1-Ban Hero Conquest Best of 3 format.

Online Tournaments

The tournament format can be broken down in 3 parts:

  • Single Elimination – This means, if you lose once, you’re out. Winners of each round proceed to the next until there’s only one player left to claim the title.
  • 1-Ban Hero Conquest – You brought several decks to the party, but your opponent is allowed to ban one of your decks from the match. To win you need to win a game with each of the remaining decks.
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  • Best of 5 – First player to get 3 wins, proceeds to the next round.

Offline Tournaments

The tournament format can be broken down in 3 parts:

  • Double Elimination – This means, if you lose once, you get a second chance in the Lower Brackets where you face off against other players that have lost the previous round(s). Lose a second time though, and you’re eliminated from the tournament. This also means that the player that reaches the finals from the Upper Brackets has not lost once at that point. So the player that reaches the finals from the Lower Brackets needs to win twice to claim victory.
  • 1-Ban Hero Conquest – You brought several decks to the party, but your opponent is allowed to ban one of your decks from the match. To win you need to win a game with each of the remaining decks.
    (more visual explanation here)
  • Best of 3 – First player to get 2 wins, proceeds to the next round.

Registration

When a Hearthstone event is announced by GamePros, a link to the registration page will be included. Please read the information and possible new rules before registering yourself. On the information page we add our best estimation for the duration of the tournament, so please make sure you’re available for the entire period in which the tournament will be played. If you registered for an event and later find out you won’t be able to attend, please unregister yourself, or contact us at events[at]gamepros.nl or through the tournament system to be removed from the participants.

Before the tournament

Below is a short checklist you need to go through to make sure you’re well prepared for the tournament:

  • CHECK THE TIME – Rule of thumb, be online half an hour before the tournament starts. Oftentimes there is a check-in period in place which requires you to check-in to the tournament to be included in the seeding. By being on time, you won’t miss out on the check-in window and you’re sure to participate in the tournament.
  • CHECK YOUR DECKS – During registration you can submit the decks you’re going to play with, but it’s always best to double check if your decks still comply with the standard set Hearthstone is using at that time. Especially when a new patch has been released between registering and the tournament it’s a good idea to check if none of your cards have moved to the Hall of Fame or Wild.
  • CHECK YOUR FRIENDS – Make sure you’ve added GamePros01#2951 to your Battle.NET friends to be able to appear on stream and of course as direct contact with the organisation in case of problems
  • CHECK YOUR SETTINGS – For streaming purposes it is required you allow friends to spectate your games. So make sure to enable this setting during the tournament.
  • CHECK YOUR DISCORD – To communicate with fellow tournament participants and GamePros it’s often faster to contact them through Discord. GamePros has its own Discord channel you can join by visiting https://discord.me/GameProsNL
  • CHECK-IN – Often it is required to check-in to the tournament so we know everyone that has registered for the tournament is also present. Failing to do so will exclude you from the tournament altogether.

Start of the tournament

Seeding

Once the check-in period has ended, all the checked-in players will be seeded into the tournament.
In case of the Championship Series, the seeding will be done by the following rules:

  • Ranking in Championship Series – The players that have earned points in previous Qualifiers will receive a higher seed to prevent the strong players meeting early on in the tournament. This also rewards returning players with an “easier” first round.
  • Order of registration – The remaining participants will receive a seeding based on how early they registered for the tournament meaning the last players to register will have to go up against the strongest players first.
  • Random – In case two or more players registered at the exact same time, these will receive a seeding at random.

All other tournaments will be done Random.

Battlefy settings

Matches played through Battlefy follow these steps:

  • Check-in phase – For each match, both players need to set their status to Ready before proceeding. Once one player has set this status, the other player has 15 minutes to do this as well. Failing to do so will result in an automatic loss. Add your opponent in Battle.NET if you haven’t already done so.
  • Ban-phase – Each player can view their opponent’s decks and prevent them from playing one deck by banning it. Should the player choose to play with this deck, give them a chance to change to another deck. Refusing to change to a non-banned deck will result in a loss by admin.
  • Game phase – The match is played and the scores can be entered by both players. Preferably after each game so admins have a clear overview what the score is at all times.
  • Report phase – When reporting, select the classes that have been played and which player won for each game. In case of a conflict, an admin can be contacted (in-game, through Discord or in Battlefy) to resolve this. To make sure you can prove your statements, make sure to create screenshots at the start of the match, possible critical moments and the win/loss of the match.

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