If you have been looking for a bet on esports, then you have probably been a little spoiled for choice in recent weeks. With a number of tournaments being hastily arranged and an influx of new players, including a number of very familiar faces from the world of professional sport, there has been more opportunity than ever to enjoy esports gambling.
However, there is a new tournament about to start for the very first time and if you are a fan of Hearthstone betting, then the Hearthstone Grandmasters 2020 tournament is going to be of particular interest to you.
Hearthstone Grandmasters 2020
With a hefty prize pool of $500,000 up for grabs, this Friday sees the start of one of the biggest Hearthstone esports tournaments ever. The Hearthstone Grandmasters 2020 is the first season of this new tournament and it will run right the way through to June 7 and you can follow all the action live on the YouTube Gaming channel.
Part of the excitement for Hearthstone players is not just the fact that the best Hearthstone players in the world will be competing, but for all players it will be the first time to see the new Demon Hunter class in competition play.
The tournament begins with three weeks of Swiss format rounds, before moving onto the Round Robin format in week four through to week seven. The final week of action, week 8, will see the playoffs contested to decide who is the overall champion of the event.
Weeks 1-3 Swiss Rounds
On each of the first three weeks, the 16 players in each region compete against each other over 7 rounds. After those rounds have been completed, the top eight players in each group will progress into a dual format tournament which will be shown live on Youtube across Friday and Saturday.
Then on Sunday, the top four in each region will contest the finals. Each week the gameplay format will also change, with the first week being a Conquest game with players allowed 1 ban, the second week is a Four Deck Last Hero Standing game with 1 ban and lastly, week three sees a ten deck Conquest game with 6 bans.
Weeks 4-7 Round Robin
For the Round Robin section, each game will be played over a best of five Conquest format, with four decks and 1 ban in play. After the first three weeks of action, the players in each region will be sorted into two divisions based on the number of points they collected in the first three weeks of action.
Division A will consist of the highest scoring 8 players, with Division B the bottom eight scoring players. The two divisions compete over four weeks of play to decide who will go on to compete in the playoffs and who will be relegated from their region after Season 1.
Week 8 Playoffs
The top six in Group A automatically qualify for the playoffs, with the top four teams in Group B having a divisional playoff to decide which two will go into the playoffs. The winner of the playoffs for each region not only take home the crown, but also the chance to compete at the Hearthstone World Championships later in the year.
If you want to place a longshot bet at the future Grandmaster, the full list of participants is available here.
The broadcast on Youtube will commence each Friday/Saturday/Sunday at 2am PDT / 11am CEST / 6pm KST on Friday, April 17.