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Hearthstone Grandmasters Returns for Season 2 on August 14

06:31 PM August 13, 2020

Hearthstone Grandmasters returns for Season 2 beginning August 14! Season 2 will run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through September 6, with a break for Masters Tour Online: Montreal before picking back up starting Friday, September 18 – October 11.

Ten new competitors have advanced to Grandmasters Season 2, including a promotion to Americas for Killinallday. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up with this season’s Grandmaster action!

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Dates: Friday, Saturday, Sunday – August 14 – September 6 and September 18 – October 11, 2020

Broadcast Start Time: Broadcast kicks off with the Asia-Pacific region playing at 2 a.m. PDT / 11 a.m.
CEST / 6 p.m. KST on Friday, August 14

Where to Watch: YouTube.com/HearthstoneEsports

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Casters:

  • AMERICAS: Dan “Frodan” Chou and TJ “Azumo” Sanders
  • ASIA-PACIFIC: Jia “Jia” Dee and Darroch “Darroch” Brown
  • EUROPE: Simon “Sottle” Welch and Alex “Raven” Bagule

Prize Pool: Over $500,000 in prizing globally for Grandmasters Season 2

Youtube streams will be available in English, Arabic, French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish (Latin America).

Format

Weeks 1 – 3: Swiss into Group Stage

During weeks 1 – 3, players will compete in matches in a Swiss format each Wednesday and Thursday of the week to earn a placement in the weekend Group Stage. Points from these weekend rounds will be used to determine two Divisions in each region for round-robin weeks. There will be a different gameplay format each week.

  • The 16 players in each region will compete against each other off broadcast in 7-9 Swiss Rounds during the week.
  • On Thursday, after Swiss play has completed, the field is cut in half based on standings and the Top 8 per region will play in a dual tournament format live on YouTube across Friday and Saturday, with the Top-4 finals played out on Sunday.
  • Gameplay format changes every week:
    • Week 1: 7 Rounds of Swiss, Conquest with 1 Ban
    • Week 2: 7 Rounds of Swiss, Four Deck Last Hero Standing with 1 Ban
    • Week 3: 9 Rounds of Swiss, Bo3 Specialist

Weeks 4 – 7: Round Robin

Weeks 4 – 7 will consist of round-robin group play within the two divisions in each region – much like Season 1 of Grandmasters.

  • Following weeks 1-3, players will be sorted into two divisions based on their points standings. Division A is comprised of the top-8-point-earning players, and Division B will be point total ranks 9-16.
  • The two divisions compete in round-robin group play over four weeks. The standings at the conclusion of these weeks will determine who will move onto the Playoffs, and who will be relegated from Season 2.
  • The format will stay consistent during round-robin weeks:
    • Bo5 Conquest (4 decks, 1 ban)

Week 8: Season 2 Playoffs

Round Robin weeks lead into Week 8 Playoffs, which will qualify one player per region to the World Championship at the end of the year, while three players from each region will be relegated.

  • Top 6 from Division A automatically makes it into Playoffs.
  • Top 4 from Division B compete in a play-in round to determine who will join the top 6 from Division A in a dual tournament bracket for Playoffs.
  • The 7th and 8th placed players in Division B at the close of Round Robin are automatically relegated from Season 2 of Grandmasters.
  • Final relegation will be determined via a 3-match Play-In involving the 7th and 8th placed from Division A, and 5th and 6th placed from Division B.
  • The winner from each region in Season 2 Grandmasters Playoffs will advance to the Hearthstone World Championships later this year.

Please visit the Rules and Policies page on the Hearthstone Esports website for more information about
rules and prizing for Season 2 of the 2020 Grandmasters program.

This article is an official press release from AKG Games.

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