How to Qualify

Fireside Gathering Finals

Tavern Hosts and Fireside Gathering attendees, ready yourselves. This is your golden opportunity to be part of some of the most epic Fireside Gatherings of the year. Whether you’re a Tavern Host, a skilled Hearthstone player eager to duel, or you’re just ready to root for your hometown heroes, this is for you!

Tavern Hosts can hold Blizzard sanctioned Fireside Gatherings, and the winners of those tournaments brackets will move on to compete in the Fireside Gathering Finals. Tavern Hosts should plan a Fireside Gathering, including all the usual details, such as venue, address, and date. Then submit the event to FiresideGatherings@blizzard.com.

Eligibility:

The following criteria must be met for a Fireside Gathering to be eligible:

  • Must occur between May 5 and July 19 (Or at Blizzard ANZ discretion).
  • It must be a public event, and held in a public location (that means no private residences)
  • The minimum size for a qualifying tournament is 8 players and the maximum size is 16.
  • For events with more than 16 participants, organizers can break their tournament into smaller brackets of no fewer than 8 players. Each bracket winner will be qualified to advance to the online qualifier.
  • Tournaments must be run according to the Conquest Format

Finishing Touches

After your event is over, Tavern Hosts will need to submit a completed bracket including full player names and Battle Tags for each competitor. They’ll also need to submit the event winner’s full name, Battle Tag, and contact information. Each report will also need to include two pictures depicting the participating players. Finally, a VoD of the final match being played is preferred! All event reports are to be sent to FiresideGatherings@blizzard.com. NOTE: Event reports must be submitted within 7 days of the event to be eligible.

The winner of each bracket at Blizzard sanctioned Fireside Gatherings will become a qualified player, and move on to the Fireside Gathering Finals. The qualified players list will be finalized on July 31. After the players list has been finalized, the Fireside Gatherings team will be contacting players who have qualified with tournament rules and details regarding competition.

The four finalists who successfully battle their way through the Fireside Finals 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

For any further questions you may have visit the official announcement page here.


Last Call Qualifier & Invitational

Players are able to obtain 2015 Hearthstone World Championship points through Ranked Play seasons as well as through Blizzard-sanctioned tournaments. Points received are based on performance, with better results awarding more points. Players who achieve a minimum of 2 points by August 31 will be eligible for the Last Call Tournament, which feeds into the ANZ Finals. The 23 players with the highest point totals will receive advanced seeding into the ANZ Finals and do not need to play in the Last Call Tournament in order to qualify. Any event that will receive points must follow the below criteria and submit all information to the Blizzard eSports team for review and acceptance. Any event that will receive points will be posted on PlayHearthstone.com no later than 2 weeks prior to the first round of play.

Points Structure

For any further questions you may have visit the official announcement page here.


ANZ Finals

To qualify to compete at the ANZ Finals, you must have achieved one of the following:

  • Be one of the 23 highest 2015 Hearthstone World Championship points earners for the Australia & New Zealand region
  • Finish 1st place at the Fireside Gathering Finals
  • Finish in the top 16 of the Last Call Qualifier

For further details on the structure of each tournament visit the "Gameday" tab.