09.07.2014
$10,000 Hearthstone™ Tournament Takes Place at IEM 9
The Intel® Extreme Masters Shenzhen event, taking place from July 16-20, will feature a $10,000 tournament for Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™.

The tournament will take place during the first three days of the event, on July 16, 17, and 18.  It will host 16 players from across the globe, including some of the world’s most well-known Hearthstone players. A selection of Asia’s top invited and qualified players will also join the ranks of participants, who will be seeded in four groups of four players each.

The best two players from each group will continue on to the playoffs, and the champion will take home $4,000 USD in prize money. The full prize distribution is as follows:

1st place - $4,000

2nd place - $2,000

3rd-4th place - $1,000

5th-8th place - $500

Detailed tournament rules can be found below. The Hearthstone tournament will be broadcast by ESL TV with Dan “Frodan” Chou as the lead commentator.  You’ll find the stream on www.intelextrememasters.com.

About Hearthstone:

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a free-to-play digital strategy card game that anyone can enjoy. Players choose one of nine epic Warcraft® heroes, and then take turns playing cards from their customizable decks to cast potent spells, use heroic weapons or abilities, or summon powerful characters to crush their opponent.

You can find out more about the game and download it for free here: playhearthstone.com

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Rules:

General rules:

Each player prepares four decks for the tournament.

Round 1:

Players will be put in dual tournament groups of four.

Matches will be played in a best-of-three format.

Round 1 match procedure:

Both players show the referee three of their four decks, and then the referee reveals the classes to both players. Each player tells the referee which class he or she vetoes, and the vetoes are made known to both players.


Each player then selects a deck to play the first game with. The winner of each game in the series must play the same deck in the following game.  The loser of the game must select a previously unused deck for the following game.


The match is over when a player wins two games.

Round 2:

Players will be placed in a best-of-five single elimination bracket, where group winners will face group runners-up. Players from the same group will be seeded into different halves of the bracket and will not be able to meet until the final.


Best-of-five will be played all the way through to the final, including the championship match.

Round 2 match procedure:

Both players reveal their chosen classes to one another.  Each player tells the referee which class he or she vetoes, and the vetoes are made known to both players.  The remaining decks can be used in the match.


Each player selects a deck to play the first game with. The winner of the each game in the series must play the same deck in the following game.  The loser of the game must select a previously unused deck for the following game.


The match is over when a player wins three games.