Hearthstone has revealed its new Esports schedule for the 2022 Season. The developers of Hearthstone are shaking up things to keep its competitive scene sustainable and its worldwide community engaged with the game. The esports ecosystem of the game will see a lot of changes in the upcoming year. Here is a list of the announcements that will be in effect from 2022.
As the largest and most prestigious tournament of Hearthstone, the developers are now introducing various changes here. These will provide more opportunities for the players to reach this stage.
- There will be 16 players who will qualify for this tournament.
- 4 Grandmasters will be from the Grandmasters Season 1 (3 from here) and Grandmaster: Last Call tournaments (1 from here).
- 4 players will qualify from the China Gold Series.
- 8 players will qualify from the Masters’ Tour and the Masters’ Seasonal Championship events.
- The total prize pool of the World Championship will be $500,000.
Masters Tours and Masters Seasonal Championships
- There will be 6 Masters Tours throughout the year.
- There will be 2 Masters Seasonal Championships.
- The first three Masters Tours will be used to qualify for the Masters’ Summer Championship. The last three Masters Tours will be used for qualifications for the Masters’ Fall Championship.
- The prize pool of each Seasonal Championship will be $50,000.
- The top 4 players from each Seasonal Championship will qualify for the World Championship.
Grandmasters will have two seasons in 2022.
- In Season 1, there will be 48 Grandmasters competing in a truncated four-week season. Similar to all previous seasons, the winner of each region will advance to the 2022 World Championship. Instead of relegating a few players while the rest advance to another season, only the top four from each region will advance to Season 2.
- Season 2 will be known as the Grandmasters: Last Call which will feature the top four of each Season 1 region, joined by the top four players by Masters Tour Points from the last three Masters Tours of 2021 and the first three of 2022. This group will form a singular 16-player global region. The final four-week season will feature high-stakes matches, with the winner advancing to the 2022 World Championship.
This event will be called Battlegrounds: Lobby Legends and will have a total prize pool of $500,000. Each Lobby Legends will be a global event, featuring top Ladder players from the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and China. Day 1 will feature group play, with players receiving points each match based on final standing. The top players from each group will advance to a second-day playoff.
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