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Greetings Card Slingers! Below outlines important information that all Players must be aware of. For details on how to register and qualify for each stage of the campaign please visit the "How to Qualify" tab.

Series Format and Rulings

For all Blizzard operated matches (Fireside Gathering Finals, Last Chance Qualifier & ANZ Finals), players will use Hearthstone card decks that they have collected and set up on the Americas server on Battle.net. Matches shall utilize the best of 5 “Conquest” format with 3 classes per player each match.

Conquest Format

  • Each game in a match is blind pick for both players – no vetoes.
  • The first player to win three games within the match is considered the winner of the match and advances.
  • Each player must submit deck lists from three unique classes prior to each stage of the event. Players may submit new decks prior to each stage of the event.
  • A player must win one game with each of his three decks to win the match.
  • When a player wins a game, the deck used by the winning player cannot be used for the remainder of the match.
  • The losing player can keep the same deck used or switch to a different one of their choice.
  • Players will be told what classes their opponent has available, but they won’t know which class is picked until both players have picked.

Fireside Gathering Finals

Qualified players will participate in a single-elimination bracket. Seeding will be randomised. The four finalists who successfully battle their way through the online qualifier will earn a share of the $5,000 prize pool, with the eventual winner also earning a seed into the ANZ Finals.

Fireside Finals Prize Pool (USD)

  • 1st: $2,500
  • 2nd: $1,500
  • 3rd: $500
  • 4th: $500

Last Call Qualifier & Invitational

Those players who earn an Invitational seed into the ANZ Finals will be contacted directly. Those players who are eligible for the Last Call Qualifier will be placed into a single-elimination bracket. Seeding will be based off total points earned from highest to lowest. Where points are equal, seeding will be randomised amongst those of equal points. The sixteen finalists who successfully battle their way through the online qualifier will earn a seed into the ANZ Finals. There is no cash prize for the Last Call Qualifier.

ANZ Finals

The forty players who earn a seed into the ANZ Finals will compete in a double-elimination bracket. Seeding will be determined as follows:

  • The players who have qualified as the top eight (8) players in the 2015 Hearthstone World Championship point system for the Australia and New Zealand region will be seeded as seeds 1st – 8th, respectively, in the winners bracket of the Tournament, and will have byes for the first two rounds of Tournament play.
  • The players who have qualified in the 9th -23rd ranks in the 2015 Hearthstone World Championship Point system for the Australia and New Zealand region will be seeded according to their rank, in round one of the winners bracket.
  • The Fireside Gatherings champion will be seeded 24th in the winners bracket, unless that player has earned a higher rank in the 2015 Hearthstone World Championship point system, at which point the player would be seeded in that position.
  • The players who finish within the top 16 players during the Last Call Tournament will make up seeds 25th to 40th in the Tournament, respectively, according to their ranks in in the Last Call Tournament.

All players begin play ranked as set forth above in the Winners bracket, and should a player lose one match, the player will be placed in the consolation bracket. Should the lose a second match, that player will be out of the Tournament.

The top two (2) finishers in the ANZ Finals will advance to the APAC Championships along with a share in the following prize pool.

Championship Prize Pool (USD)

  • 1st: $2,500
  • 2nd: $1,500
  • 3rd: $500
  • 4th: $500