The Hearthstone Championship Tour Returns to Oslo
Hearthstone players and fans have had one of the best years in 2018, and things only promise to get better in the remaining months. There were more tournaments this year and players from all levels were able to participate in popular competitions. Many of the events took place exclusively online, but the most exciting games were played at popular gaming venues across the globe. Norwegian players and fans have good reasons to celebrate, because the Hearthstone Championship Tour returns to Oslo this week.
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Three Days of Hearthstone Fun in Oslo
The Norwegian capital had hosted the event before, just a couple of months ago, and it exceeded all expectations. The next Grand Prix Tour Stop is scheduled to begin on September 29 and will conclude two days later on October 1. Anyone can participates in the open qualifiers, but only the best will reach the advanced stages of the competition. With a guaranteed prize pool of $15,000, there’s enough money to go around to keep players enthusiastic.
The first matches start at 2 PM local time on September 29, while action begins one hour earlier on September 30 and October 1.
Fans can watch the action live on the official Twitch channel or could attend the competition and watch the matches in person. There is tremendous interest for this event, not surprisingly, given the fact that the winner will receive $3000 and the runner-up will get $2000. The next two players will also receive a four digit amount, respectively $1000 and lower prizes will be awarded to the next 28.
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Hearthstone Championship Tour Oslo Event Format
HCT Oslo is a great warm-up for the upcoming Fall Championship 2018, with a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000. Even though the prizes are significantly less for this event, as many as 256 competitors will participate in the group stage, with eight rounds of Swiss play. The general rules apply to this event, with the matches being played in a best-of-five format, with four decks and one ban. Following the group stage, the top eight players will compete in the playoffs, in a single elimination bracket.
Blizzard and Polaris are the organizers of this tournament, which is sponsored by Razor, Acer Predator and Red Bull. Hearthstone Championship Tour Oslo participating players include some that also played in the previous HCT Bangkok. In 2018, this is the sixth Tour Stop of HCT Tour Stop and it will be followed by the Copa America 2018 Autumn tournament. The winners will receive cash prizes, as well as HCT points just like they did at the first edition in March, when Italian Turna won the tournament.