Masters Tour Seoul is coming very soon! It’s the second out of three major Masters Tour events. Over 350 players will fight for their share of a substantial $500,000 prize pool, Masters trophy, as well as a chance to qualify to Grandmasters circuit. If you want to learn more about the event, keep reading!
Date & Time
The event will start be held this weekend – August 16-18.
Days 1 (Friday) and 2 (Saturday) will start at 10 AM KST (local time), which is 6 PM PDT or 3 AM CEST.
Day 3 (Sunday) will start start an hour later, at 11 AM KST (local time), which is 7 PM PDT or 4 AM CEST.
As you can see, times aren’t perfect for neither NA (event will end late at night) or EU (event starts in the middle of the night), which is quite common for events taking place in Asia. Luckily, everyone will be able to catch up through the VoDs on official Twitch channels (listed below).
Where to Watch
The event will be held in Seoul, Korea. Days 1 & 2 will be played in VRIZ PC Café, while the final, third day will be played in OGN Studios.
Of course, most of you will be watching it from home! The event will be officially streamed in 7 different languages, here’s a full list of channels on which you’ll be able to watch it:
- English – Twitch.tv/PlayHearthstone
- Mandarin – Twitch.tv/HearthstoneZHTW
- Korean – Twitch.tv/PlayHearthstoneKR
- Japanese – Twitch.tv/PlayHearthstoneJP
- Russian – Twitch.tv/PlayHearthstoneRU
- Portuguese – Twitch.tv/copaamerica_pt1
- LatAm Spanish – Twitch.tv/copaamerica_es1
Masters Tour Seoul will be played in Specialist format. While Season 2 of Grandmasters will migrate to the new Conquest format with Shield Phase, the rest of 2019 Masters events will still be played in Specialist. If you aren’t familiar with the format, here’s a handy graphic that explains how it works:
And here’s the official schedule for the event:
- Day 1: Seven rounds of Swiss.
- Day 2: Players with four or more match wins will play through five more rounds of Swiss. The Top 8 players will advance to two dual-tournament format groups and play their initial rounds.
- Day 3: The Top 8 players will return to finish out the tournament.
All of the matches until semi-finals will be played in Bo3 format (the first player to win 2 games wins the match). Semi-finals and finals will be played in Bo5 (the first player to win 3 games wins the match).
Twitch drops are enabled for any of the official channels listed above, which means that you can earn free packs for watching! After watching for 3 hours, you will get one free Saviors of Uldum packs. Watch for 6 hours in total to get a second Saviors of Uldum pack. It counts total time, so you can watch 2 hours per day (or even in 15 minutes chunks) and you will still get rewards as long as you watch for 3 or 6 hours cumulatively. On top of that, every hour 1,500 random eligible viewers will get a single Classic pack (and given that the entire event should last at least 25 hours, we should expect A LOT of Classic packs given out for free).
Keep in mind that you don’t actually have to “watch” the tournament. You can just open it in a new tab and mute the stream if you’re just interested in the extra rewards.
But first, you need to link your Battle.net account to your Twitch account. Here are the official instructions on how to link your accounts:
- Log in or create an account on Twitch.tv.
- Navigate to the Settings menu by clicking your account name in the top-right corner of the home screen.
- Navigate to the Connections tab of the Settings menu.
- Find the Battle.net section, then follow the instructions after selecting a region and clicking Connect.
- When connecting accounts, be sure that you’re currently logged into the Blizzard account on which you’d like to receive your rewards.