KW Fireside Gathering 16 for Hearthstone

KW Fireside Gathering #16

Thanks to all that came out for our sixteenth Fireside Gathering that was also an official Tavern Hero Qualifier! There was 20 people in attendance which is great, but of course more are always welcome! A special thanks to my volunteer assistants for their generous help to make our Fireside Gatherings run smoothly. Thanks for using the Challonge online bracket system so we can easily show Blizzard the details of our Spring Tavern Hero Qualifier, and I am very glad we met the minimum of 16 participants for the Tavern Hero Qualifier, thanks for your participation and support!

Prizes for Competitive Bracket

The Tavern Hero Qualifier first place was won by Chrisw, who was able to defeat a tenacious Leon in a match we streamed live and is viewable on our Facebook event page. Chrisw can now go on to represent our local Fireside Gathering group at the next regional Tavern Hero tournament likely to take place in Toronto! Both players, along with trickyness as a finalist from the lower bracket, were rewarded with an item choice from amongst the official Blizzard Hearthstone merchandise we had purchased as prizes. Honourable mentions go to Fozefy and TempoSpire. Full results are viewable at the bracket registration page:

Event Photos

KW Fireside Gathering #16

The Mana & Mettle Tavern welcomes one and all to the upcoming KW Fireside Gathering! Meet new players and have a great time! See you there! This event will be a Spring Season Tavern Hero Qualifier, on Saturday April 1st, 2017. Our application has now been approved by Blizzard.

**IMPORTANT** Due to new requirements to avoid public traversal of desk areas, we are no longer using the main lobby and elevator. Instead, entry will be at a different door at 121 Charles Street where you will need to use the security panel to lookup "D2L Events" and then type in the numeric code. This will dial a phone number that the event organizers will answer and push a button to open the door. You will need to immediately proceed to the stairwell and go up to the third floor, then follow the hall for quite some distance to reach the reception table, from which you can then reach the event room. Washrooms are also located in this hall. Thank you for helping to ensure the continued use of our low cost venue by using the new method of access.

Date:Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 6:00pm
Location:Tannery Building, 3rd Floor via stairs (121 Charles St. West, Kitchener) ** NOTE THE NEW ADDRESS **
Age:13+ (persons under 18 require a signed document)
Cost:Free as per Blizzard rules
Donations:Please consider giving a Cash Donation to cover event costs (suggest $5 - $7)
Agenda:At the reception table, please write your name or Battlenet id on a nametag sticker.
 Competitive Gameplay: We will have a large bracket open to all players for the Tavern Hero Qualifier, which will be run using Conquest format with used to electronically manage the bracket. (details are below)
 General Gameplay: For those that would like to gain the Fireside Gathering cardback, or just play games for fun. Simply challenge someone in the Nearby Players list if they aren't busy.
Refreshments:There will be some snacks and drinks available for modest cash sale (please bring change and small bills). You are also welcome to bring your own, but please note this is an alcohol-free venue.
Parking:Limited free parking is in front of building off Charles Street, and some of the construction in the rear parking area is done so there is a fair amount of parking available in the Lot C or D at rear of building on Joseph Street. You can also try to get a spot at the side of the building on Francis street or Joseph street as they are not used after hours.

 Tavern Hero Qualifier Registration and Instruction Guide

You MUST be physically present at the event to participate. Entry fee is free as per Blizzard rules. All players in the Tavern Hero Qualifier must register their full account name and list of three heroes on our Challonge bracket. Conquest format is required, where you use a Standard deck from 3 different Heroes, and you must use these same 3 decks throughout the entire competition. Please arrive with ample time so that all players can indicate on Challonge they are ready (Check-In), we can then do the bracket seeding (randomization), and start the competition on time at 1:30pm. Keep in mind that if you are late it is not possible to join once the bracket has commenced. After each match, the results are updated on the Challonge bracket.

The winner will be able to represent our local group at the upcoming Spring Tavern Hero tournament (in various cities, likely one will be in Toronto) which will take place the day before the Spring Preliminary begins, and the top 8 players will then be crowned Tavern Heroes. These players will join the top 64 competitors from the point standings to do battle in the Americas Spring Preliminary for one of four spots in the Americas Spring Championship for glory and significant cash prizes!

Everyone is invited to participate. We must have a minimum of 16 players in the bracket for our winner to be officially recognized, so please feel free to participate even if you don't think you have a good chance of winning. It is a fun process regardless of where you place! Blizzard official rules have a player age restriction of 13 years or older, provided that player under 18 has obtained a signed permission from their parent/guardian.

Tavern Hero Qualifier - Bracket Registration

We are using a free online service,, to track our Tavern Hero Qualifier bracket so that Blizzard can easily view the information. The bracket registration page is: and to secure a spot in the bracket you must login to, setup your team name, and then do a Check-In during the 2 hours right before the event starts at 1:30pm. You may adjust your team name up until you Check-In.

Important! Blizzard now requires all competitors in the bracket provide their account name and full real name. To avoid having to use a paper sign-up sheet or other error-prone manual methods, please set your Challonge team name to your account name followed by your real name. Your account name is shown in Hearthstone when you click the Social button in the lower left corner. It is a name followed by a hash then several numbers such as: KWfireside#1709 Please refer to the example screenshot below.

Overview of the Conquest Format:
* All players use their 3 pre-chosen Standard decks, which must be from 3 different heroes, for the duration of the entire bracket
* Decks cannot be modified in any manner for the duration of the entire bracket
* Within a match, after each game won the winning player must switch to a different pre-chosen hero deck they have not yet won with in that match
* The match win occurs after one player has won 3 games i.e. one game won with each of their three pre-chosen hero decks (this may require playing 3, 4, or 5 games to achieve match win)

To give players more opportunity to compete and have fun, the tournament is going to be run as a double elimination, however due to time constraints the winners of the upper and lower brackets will not battle. Instead, the winner of the upper bracket will be the Tavern Hero Qualifer winner, but both winners will be awarded their choice from the prize table of some official Blizzard Hearthstone merchandise we have purchased. Blizzard requires the winner to provide their full name, account name, and contact information (address, phone number, email) which the event organizer will submitted only to Blizzard.

We are limiting the age of attendees to 13+, however all persons under the age of 18 are expected to act in a mature manner and MUST have the legal document provided below signed by their parent/guardian which covers all events. Printed copies will also be available at the Fireside Gathering, but are still required to be filled out and signed.
     Release and Agreement for Minors

Remember to bring your friends! All are welcome at the events whether a brand new beginner or a seasoned player!

If you have any questions, please contact