If you like the Hearthstone Battlegrounds game mode and want to watch the highest level of competition, you should definitely tune into this weekend’s Battlegrounds Lobby Legends: Castle Nathria. It’s the sixth Lobby Legends tournament this year (and new ones will happen every 1-2 months).
Unlike the old Battlegrounds tournaments, this one is NOT invitational – players got qualified based on merit (first their ladder finishers – top 16 from each region – and then an extra qualifier to select the final four). It should make things very interesting, as those are all top ranked players.
While the tournament will be played on a meta quite similar to the previous one (since they’re only a few weeks apart with no major releases in between), it comes with a quite interesting new feature. Blizzard is releasing a “Tavern Buddy” extension for Twitch. Viewers will be able to participate by making predictions, answering questions, and get points based on that. I don’t believe the points are actually used for anything, but maybe we’ll see some sort of ranking at the end.
The event will be streamed on both Twitch and YouTube, starting at 4 PM PT on September 24 (1 AM CET on September 25). Sadly, the event doesn’t offer drops of any kind, you won’t get any packs for watching it.
Read more in the official blog post below:
This weekend’s Battlegrounds: Lobby Legends will not only showcase 16 of the top players from around the world, but the official English Twitch broadcast will be introducing an all-new “Tavern Buddy” Twitch Extension to enhance the excitement of watching Battlegrounds! While following some of the best global Battlegrounds players compete for their share of the $50,000 (USD) prize pool, viewers will be able to use the “Tavern Buddy” to pick their favorite players, predict events, and showcase their HS knowledge in order to compete against other viewers and the casters themselves for bragging rights. Read on for all you need to know to enjoy the excitement of this weekend’s live broadcast!
What You Need to Know
- Dates & Broadcast Start Times
- PDT: Friday, September 23 – Saturday, September 24 at 4 pm
- CET: Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25 at 12 am
- KST: Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25 at 8 am
- Day 1: 16 players across two lobbies, 3 matches per lobby
- Day 2: Top 8, Check format
- Prize Pool: $50,000 (USD)
- Casters: Lii_HS and Lorinda
- Language Streams:
Tavern Buddy- English Twitch Extension
We are thrilled to dive into the possibilities of a new Twitch Extension during the Lobby Legends broadcast. With “Tavern Buddy”, viewers will be able to challenge each other and our casters with their HS knowledge while supporting their favorite players and predicting how various matches will go. Who is the biggest Battlegrounds fan? Who has the magical premonitions to know what is to come? This is your chance to find out and lord those bragging rights over your friends!
THE PUZZLE BOX
Viewers answer a series of yes/no or over/under questions at the start of every broadcast, such as “Will one player get 1st place more than once?” Points are earned for each correct answer.
Before the start of each Group, viewers choose 3 players they believe will perform the best out of the 8. Viewers earn points based on their game results.
Viewers pick a player during the first few turns of each game. Points are earned based on that player’s finish. The earlier they choose, the more possible points.
Once during each game, the broadcast will focus on a single matchup and viewers will be asked to predict the winner of that turn.
How It Works
Day 1: All 16 players are divided into two separate lobbies, with each lobby completing three matches on Day 1. Following each match, players will be awarded points based on finish, with 7 points going to 1st place, 6 for 2nd, decreasing to 0 for 8th place. At the end of the matches, the top four players from each lobby based on total points earned will advance to the Top 8.
Day 2: The Top 8 will compete in an ongoing Check format until a winner is crowned. Points will be earned each match the same as Day 1, but to win someone has to earn a minimum of 20 points and then secure a 1st place match victory. Only with both conditions met will a player be able to walk away from the second Battlegrounds: Lobby Legends with the championship and $10,000 in prizing.
If you are interested in co-streaming future Battlegrounds: Lobby Legends events, live or during off-broadcast times more conducive to your local region, be sure to apply here.