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Hearthstone dumps Specialist format for Grandmasters Season 2

Hearthstone is getting ready to kick of its second Grandmasters season, but it will do so without the Specialist format, as Blizzard goes back to the drawing board.


Hearthstone's new-look esports year is set to continue with the upcoming Season 2 of Grandmasters. But not everything has worked out the way Blizzard or followers of the Hearthstone esports scene have hoped. Blizzard touted the Specialist format earlier this year as a new replacement for the traditional Conquest, but after a full season of Grandmasters, Specialist proved to be a flop with both players and spectators. With that in mind, Blizzard has gone back to the drawing board and unveiled a different twist on Conquest for Grandmasters Season 2.

On Tuesday, Blizzard announced that Season 2 of Grandmasters will be contested in a best-of-three Conquest format, with players bringing along four decks. One deck will be banned, as in traditional Conquest, however players can first protect one of their decks in a Shield Phase. From there, each player decides which of the opponent's decks they'd like to play against first. After the first game is decided, the winning deck is discarded and both players decide which deck to play against next.

In an effort to increase the quality of life for both players and spectators, each regions two divisions are being restructured. On top of that, the fourth place finisher at the end of the regular season will also qualify for the playoffs.

Things are subject to change further as Grandmasters goes on. This includes the topic of relegation. More information can be found on the Rules and Policies page, along with the Hearthstone website. So stay tuned, as the Hearthstone esports season continues. Hearthstone Grandmasters Season 2 is set to begin on August 23. Meanwhile, the Hearthstone Masters are set to converge in Seoul, South Korea and compete from August 15-18. That's just in time to start playing with the new Saviors of Uldum expansion, which is set to release on Tuesday, August 6.

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    July 31, 2019 5:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Hearthstone dumps Specialist format for Grandmasters Season 2

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      July 31, 2019 5:26 AM

      That's good. Specialist was every bit as boring as people predicted it would be. This new format sound needlessly convoluted, but at least it will have more then two matchups.

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        July 31, 2019 5:32 AM

        So you bring 4 decks. Each player can protect 1 of their decks from being banned, then the other player bans one of the remaining 3 decks. And after that your opponent picks what decks you play when. Yeah that seems confusing. I don't know why they just didn't do normal conquest mode, with a ban protected deck.

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