Lii wins Hearthstone Buenos Aires and prepares for DreamHack Montreal
Last week, Buenos Aires became the world capital for Hearthstone players, as they traveled to Argentina for an HCT tournament. The 2018 edition of the HCT Buenos Aires was contested from start to finish and it all culminated with an upset in the grand final. Jim “Lii” Lau emerged victorious in the decisive match, after defeating the favourite Team Genji’s Jerome “Monsanto” Faucher. He needed all the games in the Bo5 series but eventually came on top to win the main prize and the Hearthstone Competitive Points.
HCT Buenos Aires Format and Prizes
The rules of the tournament were the ones that apply to all 2018 Hearthstone COPA America events. There was no live audience, but the matches were broadcasted in the late stages of the competition. The tournament started on August 16 and over the first two days only group stage matches were scheduled. The round of eight started on August 18 and the next day the semifinals and finals were played. Lii and Monsanto lost one match in the group stage, but they performed much better in the playoffs.
Out of the four players who advanced from the initial round with back-to-back victories, only “muzzy” survived the elimination matches scheduled on August 18. The eventual finalists dropped another match during this phase of this competition and Monsanto swept Cosmo in the semi finals. The grand final was the only series in the entire HCT Buenos Aires event that needed five matches to decide the winner. Lii won $4000, while the runner-up had to settle for $2000; the players in third and fourth got $1000 each.
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The Third Ever DreamHack Montréal Starts in September
Hearthstone players will enjoy the break before the next important tournament in the DreamHack HCT Tour the games in early September. DreamHack HCT Grand Prix Montréal 2018 is a high paying HCT-Grand Prix tournament scheduled for September 7. It will conclude two days later and it has a guaranteed prize pool of $15,000. The event will take place at the Olympic Stadium and it is only the second time the DreamHack HCT Grand Prix comes to Canada.
DreamHack HCT Montréal Structure
256 players will participate in this massive Hearthstone event in a Swiss bracket format, until only 16 players are left in the competition. All the matches in this tournament will be played using the best-of-five series, with one ban per round. The games are going to be broadcasted in real-time and they will be played on American servers, with players expected to bring their own computers. Players who want to watch the games in real-time should visit the official Twitch Channel.
The winner of the tournament will receive $5000 and 15 points, while the runner-up will be compensated with $3500 and 12 points. $1500 will be awarded to each of the next two players, in addition to 10 HCT points. Only the top eight participants finish in the money and the ones eliminated in the quarterfinals will collect $1000 each and 8 points.