More than 300 players from the ranks of qualifiers and invitees will be battling in what is deemed the pinnacle of the regular individual Hearthstone competitions. The tournament will feature runners from all corners of the world, vying for the lion's share of the $500,000 prize pool.
Among those in attendance will be Team Entropiq's Oldřich "Faeli" Mahdal and Petr "En1gma" Balcar. The black-and-greens will be accompanied by 10 fellow countrymen: Matty (thanks to a 7-2 record in the LA event), grandmaster Jarla, and a handful of qualifiers including BlizzconJan, Cocon, CptBoatsNHoes, Jobsad, Norwis, Pardub, PoweR, and RastaFish.
All competitors will pocket at least $850, but it's the $32,500 top prize that draws the main attention.
1st place: $32,500
2nd place: $22,500
3rd place: $15,000
4th place: $15,000
5th place: $11,000
6th place: $11,000
7th place: $11,000
8th place: $11,000
Below 8th place but with a Swiss record of 7 wins: $3,500
Below 8th place but with a Swiss record of 6 wins: $2,250
Below 8th place but with a Swiss record of 5 wins: $1,000
Friday will feature five swiss matchups starting at 2:15 p.m. CET. All players with three or more wins will be headed into Saturday's Day 2 to play four more swiss pairings. The top eight will secure spots in the knockout stage. The bracket will be played out on Sunday.
All series will run in the standard Masters Tour format with four decks, best-of-five, conquest mode with a ban.
While the prestige and prizes are already a strong incentive, the results will also recruit qualifiers for the two subsequent Masters Tour events (Asia-Pacific and Montreal). Those with seven or more wins will automatically qualify for the two stops. Moreover, the best-ranked players will have a shot at reaching the elite Grandmaster league.
When: June 12-14, starting at 2:15 p.m. CET
Prize pool: $500,000
Format: 4-deck, best-of-five, Conquest with a ban