KW Fireside Gathering 3 for Hearthstone

KW Fireside Gathering #3

Thanks to all that came out for our third Fireside Gathering! There was over 30 people in attendance which is fantastic, 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.

Prizes for Competitive Bracket

For this event we had two Competitive Brackets, each one with 16 player slots, but one allowed decks with an unlimited number of legendary cards while the other had decks restricted to 2 legendary cards. Prizes were awarded to both bracket winners. Viewing of the final matches was done using spectator mode on two large monitors on the other side of the room partition wall.

The first competitive bracket winner, Hsinats, chose a decorative Hearthstone pint glass from amongst the official Blizzard Hearthstone merchandise we had purchased. The runner-up was a very formidable Someb0dy who lost the final game only by an incredible sequence of Mage survival plays by Hsinats which resulted in a roaring crowd cheer certainly directed at both opponents for an amazing final game! We hope that Someb0dy will honour us by returning for another match. Honourable mentions go to Basil and Kuritorits.

The second competitive bracket winner, LobsterDecoy, was also able to pick a prize item (adding to his other from a previous KW Fireside Gathering) after defeating Reaper in a well-fought battle. Honourable mentions go to Daniel H and Post41.

In the future we will likely add Hearthstone t-shirts and other items. We are checking with Blizzard about the possibility of card pack keycodes being provided by them for awarding as a prize or simply a random draw for any lucky attendee to win. Prize choices are currently a $10-$15 value: Hearthstone lint cloth (view large image), or one glass from the Hearthstone Pint Glass collection (view large image). As the gatherings grow in size, or if people want to pay a competition entry fee, we can offer larger prizes.

Event Photos

Date:Thursday, Jan. 14th, 2016
Time:6:00pm - 8:30pm (try to arrive before 6:00pm, competitive brackets start at 6:15pm)
Location:Tannery Building, 2nd Floor (151 Charles St. West, Kitchener)
Age:16+ (persons under 18 require a signed document)
Cost:Cash Donation to cover event costs (suggest $1 - $5)
Agenda:At entrance, please choose a nametag that indicates your Hearthstone experience and write your name/gamerid. There will be three groups to choose from based on your experience and desired type of gameplay.
 Introduction: We will provide a checklist of how to get started, from creating your free Blizzard Battle.Net account, working through the tutorials, to unlocking all 9 hero classes, and your first few games against human opponents.
 General Gameplay: For those that have been playing the game a while and would like to gain the Fireside Gathering cardback or just play games for fun.
 Competitive Gameplay:Based on feedback, we would like to try having two 16-slot event bracket charts available on the whiteboard for you to sign up with others. One bracket for advanced players will allow decks with any card, while the other bracket will require decks with maximum of 2 legendary cards. To help ensure a winner by the end of the night, and to keep the playing field fairly level, and each match win will be the best 2 out of 3 games. Please note this venue is not an official Blizzard Tournament as those are much more involved to organize, but could be a possibility down the road. The bracket winner will be rewarded with a Hearthstone merchandise prize.
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, lots of free parking in rear of building off Joseph Street. No permits are required after hours.

We are limiting the age of attendees to 16+, 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

We have prepared a handout sheet for each of the 3 groups of people as guidelines: a new player sheet, a casual play sheet, and a competitive bracket sheet. Printed copies will also be available at the Fireside Gathering.
     Introduction Guide and Checklist
     Casual Play Guide
     Competitive Bracket Guide

If you have any questions, please contact