Over 190 players representing 48 countries are about to go toe to toe as the 2nd iteration of the Hearthstone Global Games is about to begin.
Hearthstone Global Games is one of Blizzard’s official tournament apart from the Hearthstone Championship Tour.
Voting results for the Hearthstone Global Games are in! Find out which players will be representing your national team this summer at the Hearthstone Global Games: http://blizz.ly/HGGResults
Represent your country!
Unlike the traditional HCT format, HGG features a team format where teams are derived from selected nations to compete against each other. Players from around the world decide who gets to be nominated onto the roster for their region’s team by fan voting.
This difference gives HGG a unique take on the game. In contrast to the solo championship HCT where viewers are limited to dead serious player reactions, HGG can deliver learning experiences for fans who get to listen to player discussions as they devise plays and tactics in a live game.
Something new to the table
The Global Games will introduce various changes across the tournament. Last year, teams went through two group stages before a single elimination bracket. This time, they have to go through a Swiss tournament format.
From the Swiss stage, the top sixteen teams will go into a double elimination bracket. The top 8 from the bracket will then advance to the live finals that will be held at Blizzcon.
The tournament will being in July 17 with the Swiss Stage. Below are the match schedules for the first week. Unfortunately, with the very tight scheduling of the matches, some games will be played off-stream. Matches in closed in brackets will be played off-stream.
2am CT: Sweden vs. Japan (Slovakia vs. Israel)
4am CT: Turkey vs. South Korea (Belarus vs. Australia)
6am CT: Indonesia vs. Norway (Bulgaria vs. Malaysia)
8am CT: Philippines vs. France (Vietnam vs. Italy)
10am CT: Belgium vs. Poland (Hungary vs. Thailand)
Noon CT: Croatia vs. Ukraine
8am CT: United States vs. China (Austria vs. Romania)
10am CT: Netherlands vs. Germany (Finland vs. United Kingdom)
Noon CT: Russia vs. Brazil (Mexico vs. Greece)
2pm CT: Czech Republic vs. Canada (Spain vs. Switzerland)
4pm CT: New Zealand vs. Portugal (Denmark vs. Peru)
7pm CT: Argentina vs. Singapore (Chile vs. Hong Kong)
9pm CT: Taiwan vs. Kazakhstan
— Hearthstone Esports (@HSesports) August 26, 2017
Hearthstone Global Games 2018 will feature Czech Republic – who hoisted the inaugural title last year at Gamescon. Joining them are 2017 HGG runner-ups Ukraine, USA and South Korea.