DreamHack expands Hearthstone Grand Prix circuit to 4 events!

Today, DreamHack is excited to present our Hearthstone plans for the DreamHack Grand Prix circuit in 2016! Since the launch of Hearthstone, the game has become one of the fastest growing and most popular esports titles at DreamHack. What initially began at DreamHack Summer 2014 with a smaller semi-invitational and BYOC tournament has quickly grown into the DreamHack Grand Prix series. The last tournament at DreamHack Winter 2015 had roughly 200 competitors playing live onsite in arguably the most gruelling live Hearthstone tournament ever!

In 2016, the DreamHack Grand Prix circuit will be expanded to feature four stops at DreamHack events. Each one will host a major open Swiss tournament for all to compete in. The tournament will feature a $27,500 prize pool, roughly 200 competitors, and will be played out over 3 days. In addition, DreamHack will also be adding extra side events and tournaments for players knocked out of the main contest on day 1 or 2. Each stop on the circuit will have side tournaments on the second and third days, with $5,000 in prizes on offer for players who weren’t too lucky in the Swiss competition.

Every tournament will be broadcast live, with the best matches of the Swiss competition and full top 8 bracket streamed online. If you aren’t able to make it to the events in person, be sure to tune into http://www.dreamhack.tv when the action gets underway!

DreamHack Grand Prix Circuit

DreamHack Austin – May 6-8th – Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas, USA
DreamHack Summer – June 18-20th – Elmia Convention Center, Jönkoping, Sweden
DreamHack Valencia – July 14-16th – Feria De Valencia, Valencia, Spain
DreamHack Winter – November 24-27th – Elmia Convention Center, Jönkoping, Sweden

Main Event Format

Game title: Hearthstone
Tournament format: Open Swiss with top 16 moving on to single elimination
Match format: Last Hero Standing BO5
Competitor slots: 200
Platform: Bring your own device (wired connection)
Prize Pool: $27,500 USD total
1st – $8,000
2nd – $4,000
3rd/4th – $2,250
5th-8th – $1,250
9th-16th – $750

DreamHack Grand Prix – Side Events

In addition to the main event at every stop, DreamHack is excited to present side events. Each event will feature an additional $2,500 in prizes, and players will be able to compete in a variety of tournaments featuring different formats, deck rules and more. Side events will vary from event to event.

The first stop of the DreamHack Grand Prix circuit is DreamHack Austin from May 6-8th, 2016. Visitor passes for the event are currently on sale and can be found here. Competitor signups for Austin will open at 19:00 CET March 1st, so be sure to stay tuned at http://www.dreamhackaustin.com and follow @DreamHack on Twitter!