By Cody Perez
August 14, 2019
Blizzard has revealed that the Hearthstone Masters Tour Seoul 2019 is coming up this weekend and will feature some intense professional competition between some of the best pro players in the entire world. Being that it is in Seoul, South Korea this time around, it will be harder for fans in North America to attend in person.
As such, we are going to let you know how to watch the Hearthstone Masters Tour Seoul 2019 so that you can enjoy all the action from the comfort of your home. In addition, there are some free goodies that you can get just for tuning in and seeing what’s happening.
The Masters Tour competition will feature hundreds of pro players from around the world as they compete in one of the biggest tournaments this year. It will all begin on Friday, August 16 and run through Sunday, August 18. Though it is taking place in Korea, there will be streams in English.
In fact, there will be streams in native Korean, English, Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, and Latin American Spanish so that plenty of players from around the world will be able to check out the competition all weekend long no matter where you are.
If you’re reading this, though, you’re likely interested in the English stream. You can watch the entire Hearthstone Masters Tour Seoul 2019 live on the official Play Hearthstone Twitch channel. Blizzard will be broadcasting all the competition live as it is happening in Seoul.
The competition will begin on Friday at 6 pm PT (9 pm ET) and start on Saturday at the same time. However, day three of the competition will be taking place a little later than the other two at 7 pm PT (10 pm ET). In addition, the venues for the competition will be changing then, too.
Days one and two will be hosting the competition at the VRIZ PC Cafe in Seoul whereas the final day of the Masters Tour will be broadcasted from the OGN Studios. It is likely that the overwhelming number of players on the first two days are why a different venue is being used.
The entire event will have commentary from some well-known streamers and players whom you have likely heard of. Fans who tune in will get to hear shoutcasting from Dan “Frodan” Chou, Brian Kibler, Jia Dee, and Darroch Brown on the official English Hearthstone Twitch channel.
This is the second Masters Tour event this year with one more planned for October that will be in Europe somewhere. There is a total of over 350 players who have earned an invite to participate in the competition. Literally anyone could have qualified for the event even if you aren’t a pro player currently.
That’s because Blizzard hosting several qualifying events online where anyone could participate and see if they could qualify for one of the three Masters Tour events. After the dust has settled, more than 350 players have emerged from the qualifiers with an invitation to South Korea.
The tournament will work in a specific way, having three separate days of competition that will be divided up into different individual formats. Starting on day one on Friday, more than 350 players will play seven rounds of Swiss matches using the specialist deck format.
If you don’t know what the specialist deck format is, each player is required to bring with them three different decks. You have your primary, secondary, and tertiary decks. The primary is your go-to deck and then the other two decks are mostly the same as it with the ability to change up to five cards.
As such, the decks end up being roughly the same as your primary, for the most part, but the opportunity to change up to five cards can make a huge difference. Maybe you want a secondary deck that has more spells for clearing the board or dealing with certain classes in the competition.
Regardless, the specialist format is one that is great for players who have a deck that they love and works best for them but have some slight variations to it, too. During days one and two, the Swiss matches are played in best of three so the first player to get two wins will be the overall winner of that match.
During the best of three match, both players will automatically start with their primary deck no matter what. Then after each subsequent round, each player will have the opportunity to switch to their secondary or tertiary deck. Of course, if you did well with your primary deck or just prefer it, you can choose to continue using that same deck.
Day one will see each of the players go through seven matches each. How the tournament will continue in day two is by taking those players who got at least four or more match wins and having them go through five more rounds of Swiss matches.
Then the top eight players will be determined from among the remaining players, presumably, using who has the most match wins after the five extra rounds of Swiss. Those eight players won’t wait for day three to start the final portion of the competition as they will begin on Saturday right after the Swiss rounds.
The top eight players will be in two dual-tournament format groups and they will play their initial rounds while still on day two. Then on day three, the top eight players will return to finish out the tournament, do the rest of their matches, and find out who the winner of the whole event will be.
When it comes to the semifinals and finals rounds, the matches will work a bit differently than other ones. Instead of the best of three rounds, players will compete in best of five to see who can get three wins first. This will go until the winner of the entire Hearthstone Masters Tour Seoul 2019 is determined.
There is a grand prize pool of $500,000 that will be divided up between players depending on how well the players do in the event. However, the players aren’t the only ones who will be getting some prizes in the event as those of you who tune in for the event will get some free prizes.
If you watch at least three hours of the broadcast in total, you will receive a free card pack from the latest expansion Saviors of Uldum that just released. This doesn’t have to be three consecutive hours either as you can divide it up throughout the weekend if you are signed in and it adds up to three hours.
Then if you watch for another three hours (for a total of six hours), you will receive a second Saviors of Uldum card pack for free. But the free goodies don’t end there either. Every hour of the event in each of the official streams, 1,500 viewers will be randomly chosen to receive a free classic card pack.
Note that you must have the Twitch Drops activated for your account by linking your Twitch and Blizzard Battle.net accounts together. The Hearthstone Masters Tour Seoul 2019 will be happening this Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18, 2019.