KW Fireside Gathering 6 for Hearthstone

KW Fireside Gathering #6

Thanks to all that came out for our sixth Fireside Gathering that was also our first official Tavern Hero Qualifier! There was over 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. I apologize to everyone for the delays in getting the bracket started as we worked through the details of using the Challonge online bracket system which is required for us to show Blizzard the details of the Tavern Hero Qualifier, but I am very glad we met the minimum of 16 participants for the Tavern Hero Qualifier, thanks for your patience and support!

Prizes for Competitive Bracket

For this event we had two Competitive Brackets. The first was a Tavern Hero Qualifier using Conquest rules, and both were Wild Format with decks containing any cards. Prizes were awarded to both bracket winners.

The Tavern Hero Qualifier bracket winner, Verdazyl#1724, won a hard-fought final battle against his own twin brother, Pommy#1767, and can now go on to represent our local Fireside Gathering group at the next Tavern Hero tournament! He also chose a decorative Hearthstone pint glass from amongst the official Blizzard Hearthstone merchandise we had purchased. Honourable mentions go to battle36 and Hsinats.

The second competitive bracket winner, Forge, was was also able to pick a prize item after defeating Donmy in a well-fought battle. Honourable mention goes to Seohyun.

Event Photos

Tavern Hero Qualifier! Please note, due to a recent announcement from Blizzard, we are now able to provide a Tavern Hero Qualifier format for the competitive bracket.

** Note: You MUST be at the event venue to participate. Sorry it is the only way to ensure no cheating. **

** 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 and Check-In during the 2 hours right before the event starts at 6:30pm. You may adjust your team name up until you Check-In.

Important! Your team name must be your full account name followed by the three hero types you will be using for the entire bracket. Your full 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 four numbers such as: KWfireside#1709

The winner of our Tavern Hero Qualifier bracket can represent our local inn at one of the upcoming select Tavern Hero tournament locations across the Americas. Earlier this year one took place in Toronto at a Blizzard-approved venue. The Tavern Hero tournament for the Spring Season will take place the day before the Spring Preliminary begins, and the top 32 players will be crowned Tavern Heroes. These players will then join the top 128 competitors from the point standings to do battle in the Americas Spring Preliminary for one of eight spots in the Americas Spring Championship.

Tavern Hero Qualifier competition requirements:
* Must take place from March 12 to May 1
* Must be open to the public, and held in a public venue
* Must have a minimum of 16 players
* Must use the Conquest format
* Must provide a completed event report and tournament bracket within 1 week of the end of the qualifier via email to
* Organizers are not eligible to participate in their own Tavern Hero Qualifier

My understanding of the Conquest Format is:
* All players use their 3 pre-chosen decks, which must be from 3 different heroes, 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
* 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

Date:Thursday, April 21st, 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:15+ (persons under 18 require a signed document)
Cost:Cash Donation to cover event costs (suggest $3 - $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:See above for Tavern Hero Qualifier bracket format. 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 winner will be rewarded with a Hearthstone merchandise prize, and the opportunity to represent our "KW Fireside Inn" at an upcoming Tavern Hero tournament event.
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 15+, 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

Prizes for Competitive Bracket
A prize will be awarded to the bracket winners, who will be able to pick from some official Blizzard Hearthstone merchandise we have purchased. 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.

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