There's only one more stop remaining on the Hearthstone Championship Tour before heading over to the Hearthstone World Championship. The HCT Winter Championship is set to kick off next weekend, bringing together 16 of the top players in the world to compete for not only a hefty prize pool, but also for a chance to head off to that World Championship tournament in Chinese Taipei. But Blizzard is also offering something for the average Hearthstone player in the form of free card packs.
As has been the case throughout previous championship tournaments, Hearthstone users will be able to pick their one competitor and ride them to victory. Players will earn a single card pack for every win they rack up until there's one competitor left standing. That's up to five card packs if you manage to pick the eventual champion. Here are the players set to compete at the HCT Winter Championship:
- Zhao "Caimiao" Haixiao (China)
- Xu "LFYueying" Kai (China)
- Zhe "GoeLionKing" Wang (China)
- Bobby "bobbyex" Du (North America)
- Luo "Roger" Shengyuan (APAC)
- Jiyong "Definition" Yoon (APAC)
- Brian "bloodyface" Eason (North America)
- Oldrich "Faeli" Mahdal (Europe)
- Shuhei "Tansoku" Omura (APAC)
- Mark "Ike" Eichner (North America)
- Fatih "ThunderUP" Akduman (Europe)
- Raphael "Bunnyhoppor" Peltzer (Europe)
- Torben "Viper" Wahl (Europe)
- Matt "noblord" Koutsoutis (North America)
- Guan "SNJing" Zhendong (China)
- Tyler Hoang Nguyen (APAC)
All of these players have what it takes to go all the way, but if you're forcing us to pick, Shacknews would advise going with the hot hand and sticking with 2018 Hearthstone Summer Champion Bunnyhoppor. You can also follow the full Blizzard analysis.
The Hearthstone Winter Championship is set to begin on February 28 and will be contested under the Rastakhan's Rumble expansion. It should be noted that while all of thse players qualified for this tournament a while back, the game has changed quite a bit. Update 13.2 has offered some debilitating changes that may affect a handful of these competitive decks. It'll be a test of their resolve and whether they're capable of adjusting. While one player will stand tall as champion, the Top 4 will advance to the Hearthstone World Championship
Visit the Hearthstone website to place your selection for who will win it all. And stay tuned to Shacknews, as we follow this competition throughout next weekend.