Hearthstone Masters Set to Expand in 2020

January 9, 2020
Hearthstone Masters Set to Expand in 2020

The Hearthstone Masters Tour is growing in 2020, the Hearthstone Esports team announced that they are doubling the number of Masters Tours for 2020.

All six Masters Tours in 2020 will have at least $250,000 in prizing, with crowdfunding initiatives expected to bolster the prize pool of each Masters Tour even higher. These events have yielded some of the most exciting and fun moments in Hearthstone esports, as they combine the current crop of top-tier of players with up-and-comers seeking to make their mark.

Beginning in 2020, Hearthstone Esports will be teaming up with ESL and DreamHack as the trusted vendor for Hearthstone Masters Tour events next year.

The most current information on Masters Tours for 2020, with further information to be announced in the coming months:

• Masters Tour #1 – Arlington, Texas – 1/31/20 – 2/2/20
  -Qualifying Period: 10/3/19 – 11/24/19
• Masters Tour #2 – Bali, Indonesia – 3/20/20 – 3/22/20
  -Qualifying Period: 12/12/19 – 1/26/20
• Masters Tour #3 – Jönköping, Sweden – 6/12/20 – 6/14/20
  -Qualifying Period: 2/6/20 – 3/29/20
• Masters Tour #4 – TBD Asia-Pacific Location (July/August)
  -Qualifying Period: 4/2/20– 5/24/20
• Masters Tour #5 – Montreal, Canada – 9/11/20 – 9/13/20
  -Qualifying Period: 6/4/20 – 7/26/20
• Masters Tour #6 –Spain Location (December)
  -Qualifying Period: 8/6/20 – 9/27/20

Grandmasters & Relegation

Grandmasters will be back in 2020 for two more seasons, with the first season starting in April and the second in August. Each season will consist of eight weeks of play, but with a new structure.

For the first four weeks, the format will rotate with all 16 players in each of the three regions (Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific) competing against each other, earning points based on placements. These points will be used to determine two divisions in each region.

Weeks five, six and seven will consist of all players going up against each other within the two divisions, much like the previous seasons of Grandmasters. This leads into the Playoffs taking place in week eight, which will qualify one player from each region to the World Championship at the end of the year.

Regarding promotion and relegation: three players per region will be relegated at the end of Grandmasters Season 3, with the top three prize money earners from the first three Masters Tours of 2020 moving up to Grandmasters.