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BlizzCon 2016 Groups, Dates and Choose Your Hearthstone Champion Competition

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The four groups for the group stage of the Hearthstone Championship Tour Finals have been announced. You can also win free The Grand Tournament packs by cheering on your favourite contestant.

The HCT regional and last call champions were split evenly into four groups of four, with each region being represented in each group. Out of all the groups, Group A looks like it's going to be the most interestings. The BlizzCon opening week will begin on October 26 with the Group Stage.

Meanwhile, you can vote for who you think is going to be the 2016 Hearthstone champion and win free TGT packs. The first voting period has already begun and it will last until October 25 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. You will win a single TGT pack just for participating in each voting period. Afterwards, you will receive one additional card pack from The Grand Tournament for every best-of-seven match your champion wins once chosen. You can earn up to 6 free packs if you participate from the first voting period and up to 4 packs, if you participate in the second voting period (beginning after the group stage and ending on November 3).

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It’s time to crown a World Champion, as well as time for you to choose your champion and reap some rewards! The culmination of the 2016 Hearthstone Championship Tour is nearly upon us!

One player will emerge as the 2016 Hearthstone World Champion at BlizzCon and walk away with the quarter-million USD first place prize from the million-dollar prize pool. Now you can join in on the fun by choosing one of the sixteen competitors to root for, watching as they compete in the Hearthstone World Championship, and receiving in-game rewards for every best-of-seven match they win! Everyone will get a pack just for picking their champion, so don’t miss out!

Click the button below to choose a champion, or read on for additional details. Just remember that you can’t change your champion after you’ve chosen!

Choose Your Champion Now!


The sixteen players that are competing in the World Championship have qualified from one of the Season Championships or Last Call Invitationals and will be representing the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and China. They travelled a long road and faced some of the best players in the world along the way, but now they’ve arrived at the pinnacle of Hearthstone competition. The players have been divided into four groups and will play out the group stage during BlizzCon Opening Week. From there, two players from each group will advance to participate in the single-elimination bracket at BlizzCon

Group A - Cydonia, ThijsNL, Handsomeguy, JasonzhouCydonia, ThijsNL, Handsomeguy, Jasonzhou

Group B - Bbgungun, Naiman, Che0nsu, HamsterBbgungun, Naiman, Che0nsu, Hamster

Group C - Amnesiac, DrHippi, Yulsic, BreathAmnesiac, DrHippi, Yulsic, Breath

Group D - HotMEOWTH, Pavel, DDaHyoNi, OmegaZeroHotMEOWTH, Pavel, DDaHyoNi, OmegaZero

Full Groups and Bracket


How to Participate

To participate in Choose Your Champion, simply click on the “Choose Now!” button above and select the champion of your choice. Then, during Opening Week and BlizzCon, you can cheer your champion on and be rewarded with card packs based on how well they perform! Just for participating, you will receive one card pack from The Grand Tournament. Additionally, you will receive one additional card pack from The Grand Tournament for every best-of-seven match your champion wins once chosen. All card packs will be delivered to you in-game the week after BlizzCon.*
Be very careful when making your choice, as once you choose your champion, you will not be able to change your selection.

*Gnomish Homing Chickens used to deliver card packs may take a few days to arrive.

Where to Watch

You can catch all of the exciting action on the official Hearthstone Twitch channel! The Opening Week and BlizzCon schedules can be found below.

Opening Week (Group Stage):

BlizzCon (Bracket Stage):

World Championship Trophy

Voting Periods

You may cast your vote starting now until October 25 at 11:59 p.m. PDT, when Opening Week begins. Voting will then be closed during Opening Week. If you happen to miss the first voting period, don’t fret! We’ll re-open voting after Opening Week has concluded and let anyone that missed out vote for a champion before BlizzCon begins. The second voting period will close at 11:59 p.m. on November 3, prior to the start of the BlizzCon bracket stage.

If you have already voted during the first voting period, you will not be able to vote again during the second voting period as your vote will have already been locked in. You are only eligible to receive additional packs for any matches your champion wins after you have chosen them. If you vote during the first voting period, you can earn up to 6 total packs (including your participation pack) depending on how well your champion performs. If you vote during the second voting period, you can earn up to 4 total packs (including your participation pack).

Choose your champion carefully!


Once you’ve selected your champion, be sure to tune in to all of the action on our official Hearthstone Twitch channel, and discuss the tournament using the #HCT hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.

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Cast your vote here and let us know in the comment section who you think is going to win this year! If you need any "scholarly" advice, this year's casters (including Sottle) have shared their predictions here.

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