Jointly organized by Blizzard and Netease, the Hearthstone CN vs NA Championship will be held from January 16 to January 22 in Shanghai. After nearly a year, the players from NA and China will gather to battle for a prize pool of 600,000RMB (~$87,000USD).
The CN vs NA Championship will follow a team format of 5v5 All-Kill. Both sides will send 5 players to represent their region, and each team will play each other for 3 rounds.
*Update: Round 1 results here
January 16 and 17, 18:00 hours
4 Ban 1, Standard Conquest Format
Winner of First Round takes home 150,000RMB
January 18 and 19, 18:00 hours
4 Ban 1, Last Hero Standing Format
Winner of Second Round takes home 150,000RMB
January 21 and 22, 18:00 hours
5 Ban 1, Standard Conquest Format
Winner of Third Round takes home 300,000RMB
On top of the prize pool, the tournament added a new element to the format this year. Players who managed to win 2 or more opponents in the same round will receive cash prize of 5,000RMB to 50,000RMB. The organizers believe that this will bring about a fresh experience for Hearthstone lovers.
Chakki: Dreamhack Austin Champion
Cydonia: Hearthstone World Championships Top 8 Finalist
Dog: Inventor of the shirtless stream
Fr0zen: Dreamhack Summer 2nd (Dude who brought priest to Blizzcon before Hamster)
Reynad: The man who invented hearthstone, zoolock and has the better meta snapshot according to his recent video
Jasonzhou + 4 semi finalists from “Hearthstone Gold Series”
All the matches will be broadcasted live on Gold Series official website as well as on the Blizzard Channel.
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