We're happy to announce that the GosuCup Hearthstone tournaments will make two appearances on August 10th and August 24th, giving away two BlizzCon qualifier spots to the winners in addition to our regular prize pool of $100.
As we wrote in this post - we continued to fight for GosuCup recognition from Blizzard's side and today we're happy to say we did it. Next month, two editions of GosuCup will be marked eligible for a BlizzCon qualifier spot, meaning that we'll seed two of our winners directly into the last qualifier tournament before the big World Championship event.
The first BlizzCon eligible GosuCup tournament will be held on August 10th, Sunday, 14:00 CET. Most of the format remains the same as previous cups - Bo3 single elimination with Bo5 for quarter finals and on. However, to make the competition a bit more fair and to test players' deckbuilding skills and mastery with different classes, we're including two additional rules, namely:
When a player loses with a certain class, that class is eliminated for the series. He/she can play it again in the next round if he/she advances
Sideboarding is still allowed, but players are not allowed to exit the challenge screen. This will still allow the mindgames of GosuCup matches regarding archetype changes but will prevent full-on deck/class counter by targeted side-boarding. This should also mitigate the hard-counter effect of Hearthstone matches
Sunday, Aug 10, 14:00 CET
Played on the European server
Cup start time: 14:00 CET
Registrations open: Now!
Registrations close: 10 Aug 2014, 14:00 CET
Check in period: 12:00 CET - 14:00 CET
Open to anybody with GosuGamers account.
Best-of-3 matches till quarter finals
Best-of-5 matches for quarter, semi finals, grand finals and 3rd/4th place
$100, winner takes all!
Rules and requirements:
Games are played on the EU server
Players must provide their accurate Battletags for the Europe server (example: Nydra#0000)
Players are required to make and keep end-of-game screenshots of their victory as proof in case a conflict arises
Players can play any class
Winner must keep his class
Loser must change his class
Players cannot exit the challenge screen to design decks on the fly
The top four finishers are required to submit their decksthrough the GosuGamers deckbuilder and alert GosuCup admins
The remaining players are encouraged to do so too. Every GosuCup deck that's submitted will be featured in a summary article after the event is completed
Streaming is not obligatory. However, if you do stream your games, please contact GosuCup admins and we'll be happy to upload the VODs to our database
In case of disconnect, players must use the built-in reconnect feature and continue the match. In case that's not possible (e.g. power shortage or internet issues), a disconnect is treated as a game loss (not series-loss)
Because the disconnect leads to a game-loss only (not series-loss), the disconnected player can return to the match when he re-connects if the match is not already over score-wise
Players have until fifteen minutes before the end of the round to re-connect
Rounds officially start every full hour (14:00 CET, 15:00 CET, etc)
In case of game bugs, players need to present all relevant screenshots to an admin and wait for his ruling.
Although we'll communicate with both players in case of a conflict, all conflicts will ultimately be resolved by an admin
If your opponent doesn't show 15 minutes after round's start, you're required to message a GosuCup admin
Officially, rounds start at every full hour (14:00 CET, 15:00 CET, etc), though you're free to play out your match once you learn your opponent.
This means walkovers are due after:
Round 1: 14:15 CET
Round 2: 15:15 CET
Round 3: 16:15 CET
This allows bracket and match flexibility. You can play your match automatically but you're not obligated to do so and can take a break if you want: Walkovers and def-losses are only given after the listed hours for every round.
Champions must have an eligible PayPal account in order to receive their reward
Prizes are wired within 30 days of tournament's completion
How to: (guides and forum threads to help you get around)