Boys, look who it is! It’s a Hearthstone league with big cash monies up for grabs! Fame, fortune, and MONEY await those who know how to play magical cards real good, and by play real good, I mean have the luck of the Irish on their side.
I’m talking rubbish – not about the tournament, but about the luck factor in Blizzard’s card game. According to some friends of mine, Hearthstone is a game of skill, not chance. If only they were around to witness my shiny 8-10 mana creature turn into a sheep for the millionth time because my opponent just happened to have that card in their hand – my rage is a spectacle to behold! How is it not luck?
Some professionals, unlike me though, do seem to have some sort of godly control over their deck and do not rely on fate. 16 such players will play in a league hosted by PVP Live, a league that has a prize pool of $60 000 (thanks Gosu Gamers):
PVP Live is proud to announce the launch of Hearthstone Pro League (HPL).
HPL is the premiere professional Hearthstone league, featuring 16 top pros from Archon, Cloud 9, Dignitas, Fnatic, Complexity, Liquid, Root, and Hearthlytics competing for $60,000 in cash prizes. HPL offers the purest competitive experience in Hearthstone. No deck locks, no bans, no restrictions – if you can build it, you can play it!
The 16 players will battle each other in an all-play-all bracket for the season, with the Top 8 ranked players advancing to the HPL Championships live in Frisco, TX. The Hearthstone Pro League Champion will walk away with $20,000 and the Inaugural Hearthstone Pro League trophy.
Even though I’m an absolute Hearthstone scrub, I know there is something special in there being no deck lock, bans, or restrictions. What kind of crazy combos are these players going to put together? I don’t even want to know… I’ve been beaten enough by amateurs with their own crazy concoctions thank you very much!
The tournament will kick off on June the 8th, streaming every Monday to Thursday at 17:00 CST (midnight South African time), and go on until August the 14th. The top 8 will then go on to play in the LAN finals over the weekend of August 27-30. If you’re interested in following the proceedings, you can catch all the action over on PVP Live’s Twitch channel.
One thing I can say for Hearthstone is that I enjoy watching it now and then. I have no idea what’s happening half the time, but seeing how quickly the tables can turn is definitely enjoyable. What about you? Will you be following this league?
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Last Updated: May 26, 2015