KW Fireside Gathering 5 for Hearthstone

KW Fireside Gathering #5

Thanks to all that came out for our fifth Fireside Gathering! The weather was freezing rain but still there was over 15 hardy people in attendance, with some guests braving the weather to travel in from St. Catherines! We hope to see everyone again at our next event. A special thanks again to my volunteer assistants for their generous help to make our Fireside Gatherings run smoothly.

Prizes for Competitive Bracket

For this event we had one Competitive Bracket with 16 player slots in Wild Format with decks containing any cards. Viewing of the final match was done using dual spectator mode on a wall projector in the main part of the room while the match players used a nearby room for privacy from the crowd.

The competitive bracket winner, Aulaugus, chose a huge Hearthstone mousepad from amongst the official Blizzard Hearthstone merchandise we had purchased for the prize table. The runner-up was a formidable Hsinats, with honourable mentions going to ManlyStanly and Level9001.

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: a Hearthstone mens wallet, an Arena Key bottle opener, one glass from the Hearthstone Pint Glass collection (view large image), large beach towel, paper notebook for writing, necklace with pendant, or large mousepad. 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, March 24th, 2016
Time:6:00pm - 8:30pm (try to arrive before 6:00pm, competitive brackets start at 6:15pm)
Location:Tannery Building, 3rd Floor via elevator (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 with mana crystals 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:We will again have 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 number of legendary cards (now called Wild Play), while the other bracket will require decks with maximum of 2 legendary cards. (likely in our future events to be Standard Play i.e. only cards in current calendar year and last calendar year) To help ensure a winner by the end of the night, 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 winners 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 Lot C or D at rear of building on 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