The Hearthstone Championship Tour: Asia-Pacific Winter Playoffs
The Hearthstone Championship Tour Winter Playoffs returns for the final time this weekend for the Asia-Pacific region! On February 24 and 25, the top 8 Tavern Heroes will join 64 of the best-ranked Hearthstone players from that region to try and secure one of four spots moving on to the Bahamas for the Winter Championship.
The Championship Tour 2017
The format for the Hearthstone Championship Tour has changed from the previous year. Instead of regional championships, there are now three global championships featuring players from all regions.
The first, Winter Championship will be held in the Bahamas starting March 23rd. There, the top four players from each region will fight for a portion of the $250,000 prize pool as well as qualification for the World Championship in January 2018.
The Winter, Spring, and Summer Playoffs take place toward the end of their respective seasons and determine who moves on to the Season Championships.
Sixteen players comprised of the top four players from each region will face off in the Season Championship to compete for a portion of a $250,000 prize pool and a spot in the Hearthstone World Championship.
The Hearthstone World Championship will take place in January 2018. In this final showdown, the top 4 winners from each of the Seasonal Championships as well as the top overall Hearthstone Competitive Point earners from each region will compete for a piece of the $1 million prize pool and the fourth title of Hearthstone World Champion.
A familiar line-up of casters
Among the participants that have secured enough points to participate in the playoffs are a lot of well-known players from the region. For the full list of players please see the APAC HCT Standings, where the top 64 players are sure of qualification.
Where To Watch
Starting Friday, February 24th at 6pm PST the 7-round swiss brackets will be streamed live on the official PlayHearthstone Twitch channel in English. Followed by the Top 8 the next day, Saturday February 25th at 7pm PST.
Attend in Person!
Apart from watching online, it is also possible to attend the playoffs in person at a location near you. All players are required to play from one of the official locations and they are all open to the public. To see if there is one near you please see the official website. Attending an official Blizzard e-sports event like this will award you with the Power Core card back!