The first Grandmasters Season of 2022 culminates on the Playoffs week! Top 8 players from each region are fighting over the coveted spots at the World Championship later this year, as well as their place in Season 2. You can find everything you need to know below.
This Week's Format
This year every week will follow the same tournament format, with only the gameplay format changing.
- Best-of-five Conquest.
- Two Dual Elimination groups with top 2 players advancing.
- The two top ranked players from each region get an automatic win for their first match.
- The 7th and 8th ranked players from each region get an automatic loss for their first match.
- Top 4 play through a single-elimination bracket to decide the winner.
To learn more about the competition format for 2022, check out the spoiler below.
During weeks 1-3, players will compete in a Weekly Dual Tournament format, starting each Thursday, to earn placement in the weekend Top 8 Stage. Players will receive points based on total number of wins each week, which will determine final standings before Playoffs.
- All 16 players in each region will compete against each other off-broadcast in Dual Tournament Group play on Thursday.
- On Friday, the 4 Decider Matches will be played to determine who joins the Top 8 per region, live on YouTube.
- The Top 8 players compete in a single-elimination tournament on Saturday, with the Top 4 advancing to Sunday.
- Gameplay format changes every week:
- Week 1: Conquest
- Week 2: Trio
- Week 3: Last Hero Standing
- Playoffs: Conquest
Season 2, Grandmasters: Last Call, will feature the top four of each Season 1 region, joined by the top four players by Masters Tour Points from the last three Masters Tours of 2021 and the first three of 2022. This group will form a singular 16-player global region. The final four-week season will feature high-stakes matches, with the winner advancing to the 2022 World Championship.
Grandmasters is being retired in style, with an experimental new format! Joining Conquest and Last Hero Standing is the brand-new Trio. We are excited to see how the Trio format performs when played at the pro level and if well received then we’ll consider how to possibly implement it in other Hearthstone Esports tournaments. Here’s how the format works:
- Hearthstone Esports team will create 5 unique groups of three classes each.
- Groups may share one or two classes.
- Players will choose one of the groups.
- They’ll submit three-deck lineups that include each class within their selected group.
- Group selections will be private, without any knowledge of what other players have selected.
- Matches will be best-of-five, with each winning deck becoming unavailable for the rest of the match.
This Week's Pack Drops
The pack distribution follows similar guidelines than in the previous seasons:
- Grandmasters Week 1-3: Fractured in Alterac Valley (max 2 packs)
- Grandmasters Playoffs: Fractured in Alterac Valley (max 2 packs)
This week there are new packs for everyone - be sure to tune in for at least four hours!
You can find the starting times of each region's streams below. The schedule is the same each day but Europe moving to Daylight saving time on Sunday messes the schedule up a bit.
You can find all the matches, results, and decklists on the official tournament site.
Asia-Pacific Grandmasters in Playoffs
Europe Grandmasters in Playoffs
Americas Grandmasters in Playoffs
You can watch all the action on the official Hearthstone Esports YouTube channel. Don't forget that you should be following the games on YouTube while logged in for those sweet pack drops!