Hearthstone Global Games

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Hearthstone Global Games is an official Blizzard tournament in which teams from selected nations compete against each other. Players from around the world decide who gets to be nominated onto the roster for their region's team.[1]

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2017 Hearthstone Global Games[edit | edit source]

The inaugural 2017 Hearthstone Global Games will feature teams from 48 different countries who will duke it out online in the international tavern to determine who makes it to the face-off at the live event finals later this year.[2]

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First announced on October 26, 2016,[3] the top ranked player from each eligible country based on the Hearthstone Global Standings will be invited to participate for their national team. The additional three players per team will be voted on by the community to round out the teams. Players will be nominated for voting based on their Hearthstone Competitive points, previous competitive results, and their standing in the community.[2]

Games for the 2017 Global Games tournament start on April 11, 2017 and can be viewed on the official PlayHearthstone Twitch stream.

Qualification Phase[edit | edit source]

The qualification phase is divided into three phases and uses a best-of-five, class vs. class format with nine unique classes per team. Each player on the team will have two classes they are able to play. The ninth class will be designated as the “Ace Deck” and may be used for game five instead of previously un-selected decks of the “Ace Player”.[2]

  • Phase 1
    • The 48 participating teams will be seeded and placed into one of eight groups based on their country’s total Hearthstone Competitive Points for the Winter Season.
    • Each group of six teams will compete online against each other with each team playing each other once (Round Robin).
    • The top three teams from each group will advance to Phase 2.
  • Phase 2
    • The 24 remaining teams will be seeded and placed into one of six groups based on their country’s total Hearthstone Competitive Points for the Spring Season.
    • Each group of four teams will again compete against each other in a Round Robin.
    • The top two teams from each group, and the four highest 3rd place teams based on tie-breakers will advance to Phase 3.
  • Phase 3
    • The remaining 16 teams will then be seeded into a single elimination bracket.
    • The top four teams will advance to the live Global Games Finals.

Finals[edit | edit source]

The Global Games Finals will use a best-of-nine, class vs. class format similar to the qualification period. The final four teams will be seeded into a single elimination bracket.[2]


A total prize pool of over $300,000 USD is awarded to the regional teams that qualify for the tournament.[2]

Placement Individual Player (USD) Team Total (USD)
1st $15,000 $60,000
2nd $10,000 $40,000
3rd & 4th $5,000 $20,000
5th – 8th $1,500 $6,000
9th – 16th $1,250 $5,000
17th - 48th $1,000 $4,000

Conclusion[edit | edit source]

The four finalist teams emerged from the countries of the USA, Czech Republic, Korea, and Ukraine.

From August 25-26 at Gamescom 2017, these four finalist teams battled it out for the HGG championship. The Czech Republic emerged as the victor and was crowned the world's first HGG champions.

The entire event took place over 15 weeks, in 48 countries. In total, 48 countries competed for a share of $332,000 USD. The teams that made it to the group of 8 included the teams from the Czech Republic, China, New Zealand, USA, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Mexico, and South Korea.[4]

Czech Republic vs. Ukraine
2017 Hearthstone Global Games final match

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hearthstone Global Games - Battle.net. Retrieved on 2017-04-05.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Get Ready for the Global Games! - Battle.net. (2017-02-02). 
  3. Hearthstone 2017 Esports Preview!. (2016-10-26). 
  4. Hearthstone 2017 Global Games Infographic. (2017-09-11). Retrieved on 2018-04-02.

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