Hearthstone hasn’t exactly been Blizzard’s top priority for a while now, and it kinda shows. The player base isn’t as big as it was starting out and the esports scene is smaller too. Now, it looks like it’s going to become even smaller – on an official level.
Today, Blizzard announced its plans for the tenth year of competitive Hearthstone, both the Masters and Battlegrounds Lobby Legends. In a post on the Hearthstone site they revealed that after evaluating the state of the program – looking at things like player interest, the “ever-changing production landscape”, and general sustainability, they’ve decided to make things a bit smaller. Although, they promise some level of excitement.
For the 2023 season, Blizzard will be hosting a total of seven events. Three of these will be the Masters Tour Seasonal Championships which will lead into the 2023 World Championship. There will also be three standalone Battlegrounds: Lobby Legends tournaments. And yeah, it can all be caught on Twitch.
To qualify for the events, players will need to earn points by progressing in the Ladders over three-month seasons. The sixteen top Ladder players based on competitive points will compete in the Masters Tour and Lobby Legends. The breakdown is as follows:
As the competitive scene is being shrunk, that means the prize pool isn’t exactly gigantic either. Although, it’s still a decent bit of money. Each Lobby Legends will have a $50,000 prize pool. While the 2023 World Championship will have a total prize pool of $500,000. It’s not League or Dota money, but it’s still something.
Note: Activision Blizzard is still under investigation by the state of California for serious harassment charges. CEO Bobby Kotick is alleged to have known about such actions within his company – and performed some himself – and shielded the perpetrators from consequences.
About the Author
QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various gaming sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community.
There’s A Lot Happening In The Lord of the Rings Online In 2023, Get It All In The Roadmap
LotRO’s devs offer a look at the year to come.By QuintLyn Bowers - 8 months ago
You May Enjoy
Sony CEO And Head Of PlayStation Jim Ryan Announces Retirement
After nearly 3 decades, he’s passing the torch.By QuintLyn Bowers - 5 days ago
Play Robocraft 2 During Steam Next Fest And Earn Special Cosmetic Items
They will carry over when the game officially launches.By QuintLyn Bowers - 1 week ago
The Mariner Class Sails Into The Lord Of The Rings Online With Today's Update
There's also adjustments to existing classes.By Matthew D'Onofrio - 4 hours ago
Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.5 Is Almost Upon Us, And The Preliminary Patch Notes Have Arrived
Here’s hoping you have everything ready.By QuintLyn Bowers - 4 days ago
Wayfinder’s Next Update Includes Its First Ever Live Event And A Fight With The Highlands Fire Lord
Call of the Void arrives in October.By QuintLyn Bowers - 6 days ago
Tomorrow's Ticket Wave Is Your Last Chance To Purchase BlizzCon Tickets
BlizzCon takes place November 3-4 2023 in Anaheim, CABy Troy Blackburn - 5 days ago