Heroes of the Storm HGC Finals: Prize Pool, Schedule, Twitch Drops, and How To Watch

Your definitive guide for watching the final days of the Heroes of the Storm competitive season. The 2018 HGC Finals begin Thursday and conclude at BlizzCon. Here's everything you need to know.

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The 2018 Heroes Global Championship Finals for Heroes of the Storm is set to be contested over the next two weeks. The Group Stages are set to help kick off BlizzCon Opening Week, with the game's top teams hitting the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, CA to determine who moves on to the semifinals and the finals. Those finalists will advance to BlizzCon itself in Anaheim, CA, where one team will be crowned the Heroes of the Storm World Champions.

How much is the HGC Finals Prize Pool?

The Heroes Global Championship Finals prize pool sits at a cool $1 million. Only the top four teams are eligible for any prize money. Here is how the prize money will be distributed:

  • 1st place - $500,000
  • 2nd place - $250,000
  • 3rd & 4th place - $75,000

HGC 2018 Finals Group Stage Schedule

The opening Group Stage will be contested in a round robin format. The eight teams with the best records at the end of the weekend will advance to the single-elimination bracket stage at BlizzCon.

Group A

Group B

HGC 2018 Finals Bracket Stage

Here's how the Group Stages panned out:

And here's the schedule for BlizzCon weekend proper:

The Quarterfinals are set to begin this Friday, November 2 at 12PM PT.

HGC 2018 Finals Schedule

  • HGC Finals Group Stage Day 1 (Thursday, October 25, all times PT)
    • Luna Meow vs. Tempo Storm - 9:15AM
    • Miracle vs. Team Liquid - 10:15AM
    • Tempest vs. TheOne - 10:15AM
    • Gen.G vs. BTG - 11:45AM
    • Team Dignitas vs. Leftovers - 11:45AM
    • Team Liquid vs. Luna Meow - 1PM
    • HeroesHearth Esports vs. Mindfreak - 1PM
    • Gen.G vs. Tempo Storm - 2:30PM
    • Miracle vs. BTG - 3:45PM
    • TheOne vs. Leftovers - 5:15PM
  • HGC Finals Group Stage Day 2 (Friday, October 26, all times PT)
    • Tempest vs. Mindfreak - 9AM
    • Miracle vs. Luna Meow - 10:15AM
    • HeroesHearth Esports vs. Leftovers - 10:15AM
    • Gen.G vs. Team Liquid - 11:45AM
    • Team Dignitas vs. TheOne - 11:45AM
    • BTG vs. Tempo Storm - 1PM
    • Leftovers vs. Tempest - 1PM
    • Team Dignitas vs. HeroesHearth Esports - 2:30PM
    • Mindfreak vs. TheOne - 3:45PM
    • Team Liquid vs. Tempo Storm - 5:15PM
  • HGC Finals Group Stage Day 3 (Saturday, October 27, all times PT)
    • Gen.G vs. Luna Meow - 9AM
    • Tempo Storm vs. Miracle - 10:15AM
    • BTG vs. Team Liquid - 11:45AM
    • Team Dignitas vs. Tempest - 1PM
    • Leftovers vs. Mindfreak - 2:30PM
    • HeroesHearth Esports - 3:45PM
  • HGC Finals Group Stage Day 4 (Sunday, October 28, all times PT)
    • Team Dignitas vs. Mindfreak - 9AM
    • HeroesHearth Esports vs. Tempest - 10:15AM
    • BTG vs. Luna Meow - 11:45AM
    • Gen.G vs. Miracle - 1PM
  • HGC Finals Bracket Stage Day 1 (Friday, November 2, 12-8PM PT)
  • HGC Finals Bracket Stage Day 2 (Saturday, November 3, 9:30AM-7:15PM PT)

North America can check out all of the action either through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket or for free via Twitch. Speaking of Twitch...

HGC 2018 Finals Twitch Drops

Heroes of the Storm's HGC 2018 Finals will air live on Twitch. Those who watch the action and have active Blizzard accounts are eligible to receive special drops. These include:

  • A Rare Loot Chest for four hours viewed
  • A Cheery Vikings Portrait for eight hours viewed
  • A Cheery Vikings Spray for 12 hours viewed

In addition, Blizzard will randomly award 500 lucky viewers each hour with a Common Loot Chest. Three viewers who tune in for a minimum of one hour are also entered to win Heroic Account Unlock codes, which will grant them every single Heroes of the Storm character, except for the recently-released Mal'Ganis.

HGC Cheer also remains active throughout the HGC Finals. Use your Twitch bits to unlock personal and community goals that can be redeemed for various Heroes of the Storm item drops.

How to watch the HGC 2018 Finals VODs

Blizzard will regularly update the Heroes Esports YouTube channel with full matches that can be viewed on demand.

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