KW Fireside Gathering 7 for Hearthstone

KW Fireside Gathering #7

Thanks to all that came out for our seventh Fireside Gathering! There was over 25 people in attendance which is great, but of course more are always welcome! A special thanks to my volunteer assistants and everyone else that pitched in for your generous help to make our Fireside Gathering run smoothly, especially with me being off sick in the hospital.

Prizes for Competitive Bracket

For this event we had two Competitive Brackets. The first was a 16-slot bracket using Conquest rules, and the second was an 8-slot bracket. Prizes were awarded to both bracket winners.

The first bracket winner, JBeardless, won a hard-fought final battle against EmeraldTemp, and chose a prize from amongst the official Blizzard Hearthstone merchandise we had purchased. Honourable mentions go to Hsinats and Lenopix.

The second competitive bracket winner, Pommy, was was also able to pick a prize item after defeating Kuritoritsu in a well-fought battle.

Event Photos

Free Swag Drawing!

Blizzard has been kind enough to send a Whispers of the Old Gods launch party Support Pack valued at $150 Canadian. We will be giving away 7 of the items to randomly drawn attendees at our next KW Fireside coming up soon on May 26th. The drawing will take place at 7:00pm this time to ensure everyone has a chance to arrive and get settled in first. The plush Hogger from Blizzard will be added to the bracket prize table along with the newly procured set of 4 WoW Brewfest pint glasses and black Blizzard baseball cap in addition to the stuff left over from last KW Fireside. Be sure to bring your friends to the next KW Fireside!

Date:Thursday, May 26, 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: We will have a 16-slot bracket in STANDARD format open to all players. To ensure more people have a chance to win prizes, there will be two 8-slot brackets limited to players with an average online rank of 12 or lower (i.e. 12 to 25): one in STANDARD and one in WILD. Please sign up in an available slot on the whiteboard charts. WILD matches allow decks with any cards. STANDARD matches require decks with only cards in the current calendar year and the last calendar year. To help ensure a winner by the end of the night, for all brackets, each match win will be the best 2 out of 3 games and you must switch to a different new Hero not yet used in that match. 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 an item of Hearthstone merchandise from the prize table.
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 Blizzard hat, an Arena Key bottle opener, one glass from the WoW Brewfest Pint Glass collection, large beach towel, paper notebook for writing, or necklace with pendant. 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