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The Hearthstone® Championship Tour (HCT) World Championship is the cherry on top of a very sweet year of Hearthstone—and what better way to celebrate 2017 than to travel to Amsterdam and experience all the thrills live and in-person? Here are five reasons to experience the 2017 HCT World Championship first-hand.
Meet Your Favorite Developers
It isn’t a Hearthstone Championship Tour without the development team’s presence, and what better way to recognize the crème de la crème of championship events than with four developers? Gracing the halls of the Beurs van Berlage will be:
|Ben Brode||Seyil Yoon||Mike Donais||Dean Ayala|
|Game Director||Senior Software Engineer||Principal Game Designer||Game Designer|
You’ll get a chance to meet, mingle, and even play Hearthstone with all of them! As part of the HCT World Championship experience, daily competitions for attendees will be lined up, and playing with or against your favorite devs at our Cannons Away! station (see below for more) is part of that.
Rub Shoulders with Pros
The 16 HCT World Championship players aren’t the only professional players you’ll be able to meet. In Amsterdam, you’ll also have a chance to say hi to:
|Thijs Molendijk||David Caero||James Kostesich||Radu Dima|
Play Hearthstone Every Day!
Hearthstone players know the importance of min-maxing, so min-max your game at the HCT World Championship by not just watching, but also playing Hearthstone! We’ll have the following on-site events for attendees to enjoy:
At the HCT World Championship, we’re one-upping ourselves over HCT Summer. This time, you don’t just get to duel a developer—you can also be on the same team! Our Cannons Away! game stations are a unique combination of Fireside Brawls and board games. You and a friend (or friend-to-be) will team up with a Blizzard developer or Hearthstone influencer to play against another three-person team.
Play an unforgettable game of Hearthstone with some of the industry’s best and brightest? Don’t mind if I do!
Hearthstone Daily Tournaments
This daily-run Swiss-pairings tournament will be open to signups for the first 128 players when the venue doors open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. If you’ve always wanted to experience a large LAN Hearthstone tournament, this is your chance. Rounds of Swiss, played in a best-of-five Conquest with ban format, will conclude with a top-eight single-elimination playoff bracket. It sounds serious because it is, and so is the prize for first place: a paid trip to an HCT Seasonal Championship in 2018.
Other prizes include HCT pins, new HCT World Championship notebooks, HCT World Championship T-shirts, and the rare Year of the Mammoth duffel bag.
You can find full tournament rules for Daily Tournaments here. If you miss out on the opportunity to play in a Daily Tournament, don’t worry! There will be other chances at the HCT World Championship for you to play Hearthstone and win loot.
Earn Your Thrill of Victory Card Back
Attending the crowning jewel of the 2017 Hearthstone Championship Tour will also grant you the Thrill of Victory card back, which you can only receive at an HCT Championship event.
Enjoy a Hearthstone-Filled Holiday
The city of Amsterdam isn’t just host to the HCT World Championship—it’s an amazing tourist destination. The capital of the Netherlands originated around a dam in the river Amstel, and later grew to become one of the world’s most important 17th-century ports.
Today, Amsterdam is filled with gorgeous architecture, including romantic canals and historic buildings like the Oude Kerk (Old Church), which has been around since 1306! Amsterdam also has lots of greenery and open space within its borders.
To help you enjoy the HCT World Championship and more, here are some hotel discounts! The Beurs van Berlage has partner hotels with discounted offers, but you can also check out:
15% discount on visits from Jan. 16–23*
Promo code: BlizzardHCT2017
17% off normal room rates from Jan. 18–21*
Promo code: PDIR
10% discount per night from Jan. 17–22, excluding breakfast and tourist tax (minimum two-night stay)*
Promo code: HCTW10
10% off regular room prices from Jan. 17–22*
Promo code: SC287755941
*All discounts are subject to availability and other terms. Please contact the participating hotels for details.
Has your appetite for Hearthstone been suitably whet? Tickets for the HCT World Championship are now available in limited quantities, and can be purchased below.
You can find the Hearthstone World Championship ticket sales FAQ here.
We hope to see you at the HCT World Championship!