Masters Tour Los Angeles to Online-Only
Blizzard eSports announced today that the Masters Tour: Los Angeles event (formerly Master Tour: Indonesia) will be held enteirely on-line. The move stems from player safety concerns due to the spread of the coronavirus and follows a move from Indonesia to Los Angeles that had been intended to better prevent issues with the disease. You can read Blizzard's full statement below:
Quote from Blizzard
Upon further review of the coronavirus situation given the broad international nature of our event, with invitees from more than 40 different countries, we have made the decision to hold Masters Tour Los Angeles entirely online. After initially relocating from Indonesia, we were excited to host the Masters Tour in Los Angeles, but the safety and well-being of our community will always take precedence over hosting a live event.
Adjusting travel plans can be a difficult ask, so we will be providing up to $1,500 in reimbursement for non-refundable travel arrangements to all qualified competitors who have already booked their travel to Los Angeles. All invited players will receive an email no later than March 12 with details on required proof of documentation in order to receive travel reimbursement. We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience in the meantime.
Each Masters Tour is a unique competitive experience, with more than 300 qualified players from over 40 different countries battling against each other onsite over three days. We understand that the vast majority of invited competitors travel to each event on their own cost without the support of a team organization, even taking time off from their jobs for a shot at becoming a Hearthstone pro. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this decision may cause—we love this community, and moving to an online format for Masters Tour Los Angeles is for the health and safety of our players with so many of them traveling from so many different countries.
We are committed to providing a safe and competitive experience for Masters Tour players. For players qualified for Masters Tour: Jönköping and beyond, we advise booking flexible travel plans as well as obtaining travel insurance. We will continue to monitor the evolving coronavirus situation and will provide updates on future events at a later date.
For now, join Dan “Frodan” Chou, TJ “Azumo” Sanders, Simon “Sottle” Welch, and Erik “DoA” Lonnquist as they cover all of the exciting Hearthstone matches during Masters Tour Los Angeles, broadcast live on youtube.com/HearthstoneEsports beginning March 20 at 9:00 a.m. PDT. You can find the full day-by-day schedule on the Masters Tour Los Angeles event page. Thank you to our community for your continued support and understanding.