Here’s everything you need to know about the World Championships taking place at BlizzCon 2015

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Blizzcon

BlizzCon is just around the corner, and with it comes the World Championships. Blizzard are going all out for their conference this year, offering up over a million dollars in prize money split up across four of their competitive games. Interested in following all the action? Here’s all you need to know, including dates, format, and even links to all the relevant streams.

StarCraft II

Tournament Start

  • 10:00 a.m. PST – November 1
  • 12:00 p.m. PST – November 6
  • 12:30 p.m. PST – November 7

Format

  • Single-elimination Bracket
  • Matches Best-of-5; Finals Best-of-7

Prize Total: $250,000

  • 1st – $100,000
  • 2nd – $50,000
  • 3rd-4th – $15,000
  • 5th-8th – $7,500
  • 9th-16th – $5,000

Streams

SCII

World of Warcraft

Tournament Start Times

  • 1:30 p.m. PDT – October 30-31
  • 12:00 p.m. PST – November 6
  • 3:00 p.m. PST – November 7

Teams

  • Up to four players per team
  • Eight teams

Format

  • Ro8 – 2 dual-tournament groups
  • Ro4 – single-elimination bracket
  • All group matches best-of-3
  • Semifinals and Finals best-of-5

Prize Total: $250,000

  • 1st – $120,000
  • 2nd – $50,000
  • 3rd-4th – $20,000
  • 5th-6th – $12,000
  • 7th-8th – $8,000

Streams

    WoW

    Hearthstone

    Tournament Start:

    • 9:00 a.m. PDT – October 28-31
    • 12:00 p.m. PST – November 6
    • 10:30 a.m. PST – November 7

    Format

    • Best-of-5 Conquest
    • Round of 16 – 4 Dual-Tournament
    • Round of 8 – Single-Elimination Bracket

    Prize Pool: $250,000

    • 1st – $100,000
    • 2nd – $50,000
    • 3rd-4th – $15,000
    • 5th-8th – $7,500
    • 9th-16th – $5,000

    Streams

    Hearthstone

    Heroes of the Storm

    Tournament Schedule

    • 1:30 p.m. PDT – October 28
    • 4:00 p.m. PST – November 6
    • 9:30 a.m. PST – November 7

    Teams

    • Five players per team
    • Eight teams

    Tournament Format

    • Ro8 – 2 dual-tournament groups
    • Ro4 – single-elimination bracket
    • All group matches and semifinals best-of-3
    • Finals best-of-5

    Prize Pool: $500,000

    • 1st – $40,000
    • 2nd – $24,000
    • 3rd-4th – $10,000
    • 5th-8th – $4,000

    I was a tad confused about this breakdown until I realised that the numbers listed above are per player. So for example, the first prize of $40 000 is actually a total of $200 000 for the whole team.

    Streams

    Heroes

    Take note that each heading above is a hyperlink to the respective game’s main page, where a more detailed breakdown of the proceedings, such as brackets and specific matchup times for example, can be found. There’s lots to watch, so plan your time accordingly!

    Personally, I’m most excited to see what will happen in the Heroes of the Storm championship. Heck, I’m even keen to see how the pros get lucky over in Hearthstone. What about you? What game will be drawing most of your attention?

    Last Updated: October 26, 2015

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