The Hearthstone Masters Tour is returning in 2020, and Blizzard is promising it will be bigger and better.

Hearthstone to expand Masters Tour in 2020

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The Hearthstone Masters Tour is expanding for 2020

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The Hearthstone Masters Tour is getting an upgrade in 2020! This year is going to be a big one for Hearthstone esports.

This year, the Hearthstone Masters Tour 2020 will be much larger than before. In 2020, Hearthstone will take place in six locations globally – a few were confirmed to be in Southeast Asia. Each tour will have a prize pool of up to $250,000, with crowdfunding aiming to go beyond the confirmed prize pool.

Of the two locations for the Hearthstone Masters Tour in Asia, one is in Bali, Indonesia, and the other is yet to be confirmed by Blizzard. All they have said is that it will be taking place in Asia. Here are the full details:

  • Masters Tour #1 – Arlington, Texas – 1/31/20 – 2/2/20 | Qualifying Period: 10/3/19 – 11/24/19
  • Masters Tour #2 – Bali, Indonesia – 3/20/20 – 3/22/20 | Qualifying Period: 12/12/19 – 1/26/20
  • Masters Tour #3 – Jönköping, Sweden – 6/12/20 – 6/14/20 | Qualifying Period: 2/6/20 – 3/29/20
  • Masters Tour #4 – TBD Asia-Pacific Location (July/August) | Qualifying Period: 4/2/20– 5/24/20
  • Masters Tour #5 – Montreal, Canada – 9/11/20 – 9/13/20 | Qualifying Period: 6/4/20 – 7/26/20
  • Masters Tour #6 – TBD Spain Location (November/December) | Qualifying Period: 8/6/20 – 9/27/20

Last year, the Hearthstone Masters Tour 2019 only had three locations – in Seoul, Bucharest and Las Vegas. The addition of three more tours in different locations is a big step for additional Hearthstone esports viewership, with a lot of excitement on the Hearthstone subreddit.

Grandmasters also makes an appearance in 2020, sporting two seasons. The first season will take place in April 2020, and the second one will be held in August of 2020. The regions competing will be America, Southeast Asia and Europe.

In addition, there is a brand new format, with eight weeks of play per season. The points will be awarded based upon player placements which will then be used to determine two divisions per region. This development by Blizzard means Hearthstone is shaping to do well this year for esports and with this announcement, it makes things a lot more exciting. Will you be watching?

Sam Batty

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