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Hearthstone - Heroes of Warcraft news » Survival Guide: HCT Summer Playoffs 2018

Do you feel that heat? Spring is well under way, and summer is close by! The Summer Playoffs for the 2018 Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT) are kicking off, and we’ve prepared this viewing guide to make sure you don’t miss any of the action.


HCT 2018 utilizes the Swiss format. Players compete in seven Swiss rounds, with the top eight players advancing to the dual tournament playoffs. The top two players from each group will move on to play in the Seasonal Championship. The semifinals and finals will not be played.

Matches will be best-of-five with one ban in the Conquest format.


For a breakdown on playoffs prizing, check out page 5 of our visual guide.


Your casters for the HCT Summer Playoffs 2018 are:

We’d also like to bid a warm welcome to Darroch Brown and Billy “JBillyB” Baria as they join the HCT casting desk!


The first region to go through playoffs is Europe, followed by the Americas, and then Asia-Pacific.
Starting time Date
CEST 10:00 a.m. May 5-6
PDT 1:00 a.m. May 5-6
CST 4:00 p.m. May 5-6
KST 5:00 p.m. May 5-6

Check out the tournament brackets here.

Starting time Date
PDT 8:00 a.m. May 12-13
CEST 5:00 p.m. May 12-13
CST 11:00 p.m. May 12-13
KST 12:00 a.m. May 13-14

Check out the tournament brackets here.

Starting time Date
PDT 7:00 p.m. May 18-19
CEST 4:00 a.m. May 19-20
CST 10:00 a.m. May 19-20
KST 11:00 a.m. May 19-20

Check out the tournament brackets here.


Join in the conversation and hit us up on Twitter with the #HCTSummer hashtag. Who do you think is going to make it out of playoffs and into the first Championship event of the year?

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