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Hearthstone Tournament Carrying World Championship Points Under Scrutiny

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The new criteria for tournaments to award points towards the 2016 World Championships make it easier for tournaments to count as sanctioned events this year. Unfortunately, according to this Reddit post, it seems that some tournament organisers may be trying to take advantage of that to earn themselves, or friends, some easy points.


World Championship points are valuable, because the top 128 players at the end of each qualifying season get to play off for places in the main event. With this in mind, there are many players who try to enter any tournament which offers these points. One such player, Skyythe, noticed that something seemed amiss with a tournament named "Hearthstone Christmas Brawl #1". He was unable to register for the tournament at any time, starting 3-4 weeks before the tournament was due to take place, right up to 5 minutes before. He was not the only one having issues, as the chat log for the tournament shows.

 

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One Pro had also mentioned this a couple of hours previously.
 

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Skyythe took it one step further, and added players from the tournament on his Hearthstone account to see if they could tell him how they entered. This led to a conversation with a player who knew nothing about the Christmas Brawl tournament who was playing an entirely different tournament on Strivewire. Skyythe's conclusion is that the organiser of the Christmas Brawl may have taken random names from a Strivewire tournament running at the same time, to fill out the slots in his own tournament. This would allow him to make up some results to suit his needs.

Iskar, one of Hearthstone's design team, replied in the thread.

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Thanks for the report. Our ESports team looks at all HWC qualified events rather closely, this event will be no exception.

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