The Hearthstone Winter Championship begins just a week from today, and Blizzard is once again allowing us to choose a winner to score some free packs.
Head over to the Choose Your Champion page on the official HCT Winter Championship website to do so. Here’s how Blizzard breaks down the tournament:
“Sixteen players from around the globe will descend on the Blizzard Area Los Angeles in Burbank, California, from Feb. 28 through Mar. 3 for the 2018 HCT Winter Championship. Competing for their share of the $250,000 prize pool and a seat at the HCT World Championship, four groups with a player from each region will compete until only eight players remain.”
“From there, elimination and decider matches take place on Saturday, Mar. 2, and the top eight playoff bracket runs on Sunday, Mar. 3. The top four players from the Summer Championship advance to the HCT World Championship, and one will be crowned the Winter Champion. All matches will be best-of-five format with a ban.”
The Choose Your Champion contest gives Hearthstone fans a chance to win up to three packs depending on how far your pick makes it: one for the quarterfinals, one for the semifinals, and one for making it all the way to the final match. All packs will be from the latest expansion, Rastakhan’s Rumble.
Here are this year’s competitors:
- Bobby “bobbyex” Du (North America)
- Brian “bloodyface” Eason (North America)
- Fatih “ThunderUP” Akduman (Europe)
- Guan “SNJing” Zhendong (China)
- Jiyong “Definition” Yoon (APAC)
- Luo “Roger” Shengyuan (APAC)
- Mark “Ike” Eichner (North America)
- Matt “noblord” Koutsoutis (North America)
- Oldrich “Faeli” Mahdal (Europe)
- Raphael “Bunnyhoppor” Peltzer (Europe)
- Shuhei “Tansoku” Omura (APAC)
- Torben “Viper” Wahl (Europe)
- Tyler Hoang Nguyen (APAC)
- Xu “LFYueying” Kai (China)
- Zhao “Caimiao” Haixiao (China)
- Zhe “GoeLionKing” Wang (China)
However, be careful—once you select your pick, there’s no changing it. It may be wise to wait until the decklists for the tournament are released. If you want some extra insight on who you should pick, /r/CompetitiveHS on Reddit is the go-to community for Hearthstone tournament analysis.
Good luck to everyone entering the contest, and we look forward to covering the results of this year’s HCT Winter Championship. Also, just a reminder that Hearthstone’s 2019 Wild Open begins in two days!