KW Fireside Gathering 32 for Hearthstone

KW Fireside Gathering #32

Thanks to all that came out for our Season 2 Tavern Hero Qualifier tournament! Special thanks to my assistant for helping the event to run smoothly.

There were 17 people in attendance with 16 participating in the tournament bracket. There were 4 rounds of Swiss followed by a single-elimination bracket of the Top 4 from the Swiss bracket standings. Many thanks to all who came to participate, and glad you enjoyed the side activities such as Tavern Quests and the Boss Dungeon Challenge. The results are available at Season 2 Tavern Hero Qualifier Tournament webpage.

There were 2 large prizes awarded to the Top2 players Jee and Ian for items acquired from the Blizzard store, and 5 medium prize draws at the end of the evening for interesting artisan crafted items related to Hearthstone. Congratulations to 0xornotor and soshifan9 for reaching the Top4 bracket.

As the top place winner, Jee will go on to compete on July 21 and 22 in the Challenger Finals where he will battle against other Tavern Hero Qualifier winners as well as Challenger Cup winners such as our own BlaseBlase who recently qualified in a Season 2 online Challenger Cup. Well Played, and good luck to both of you!

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02Jun2018: Season 2 Tavern Hero Qualifier

Well met! Come test your mettle in a Tavern Hero Qualifier tournament against 16 or more players, with the winner going on to compete in the regional seasonal Challenger Finals! The tournament will be played Conquest style, best-of-three, with a single ban. We plan to run the bracket as a few rounds of Swiss format followed by a single-elimination playoff of the top Swiss bracket players. This ensure that everyone plays multiple matches until the elimination stage. As per Blizzard requirements, the number of rounds of Swiss and the number of Top Players in the Single-Elimination phase are determined based on the total number of players participating in the tournament bracket as follows: if 16 players then 4 rounds with playoff of top 4, if 17 to 32 players then 5 rounds with playoff of top 8, and if 33 to 64 players then 6 rounds with playoff of top 8. The playoff members will be determined by the players with the best Swiss match record. Any players with the same match record will be ranked according to their tie-breakers. Players will be seeded into the playoff round based off their match scores from the Swiss rounds.

You MUST be physically present at the event to participate and please plan to be onsite by 1:00pm. Please arrive with ample time so that all players can indicate on Battlefy they are ready (checked-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 tournament bracket has commenced.

This tournament is free to participate and open to all eligible participants aged 13 years or older, with the following exceptions: a) players who have qualified for a Seasonal Playoff in the past three HCT Seasons are ineligible b) players who are formally recognized as Hearthstone Masters are ineligible, c) players who placed high enough in a Challenger Cup this season to already qualify for the Challenger Finals are ineligible, d) players who already won a Tavern Hero Qualifier this season are ineligible because they already qualify for the Challenger Finals.

Feel free to participate in the Tavern Hero Qualifier even if you don't think you have a good chance of winning. It is a fun process regardless of where you place! All are welcome, so please drop in even if you just want to do some fun activities such as the monthly Fireside Brawl, our Tavern Quests, casual play, sign our log book, or say hello!

There will be handouts of the event activities and our Tavern Quest sheet. Please note: Your device (laptop, tablet, phone) must have location awareness enabled for Hearthstone to detect that you are present at the Mana and Mettle Tavern via cellular data plan or our free WiFi service in order to access the Fireside Brawl.

Blizzard requires the tournament to be managed using specific online tools and we have selected Battlefy. To register please create an an account on Battlefy and visit our Season 2 Tavern Hero Qualifier Tournament registration webpage. Note: you can adjust your 3 decklists up until check-in has occurred shortly before the match starts.

Date:June 2nd, 2018
Time:1:00pm - 9:30pm
Location:Tannery Building 151 Charles St. West, Kitchener, N2G 1H6
Age:13+ (persons under 18 require a signed document)
Cost:Free, but please consider making an optional cash-only donation (suggest $3 - $5) to help offset event venue costs.
Agenda:At the reception table, please write your name or BattleTag on a nametag sticker then head in to a table and get settled. The Innkeeper will provide any additional info at the start of the event. Have a great time!
Refreshments:There may be some snacks and drinks available for sale, but you are welcome to bring your own. Please note this is an alcohol-free event.
Parking:There is plenty of free parking at the rear of the building and in the parking lot on Joseph Street where the Deloitte building is.

The full rules provdied by Blizzard are available at where you can view both the HCT Challengers Rules and the Player Handbook.

We have prepared some handout sheets. Printed copies will also be available at the Fireside Gathering.

     Tavern Hero Qualifier Rules

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