Blizzard to make big changes to Hearthstone Championship Tour in 2017

Blizzard to make big changes to Hearthstone Championship Tour in 2017

In a blog post released on Wednesday, Blizzard shared some details about the 2017 Hearthstone Championship Tour. Blizzard's detailing of what's in store for the Hearthstone esports next year comes a few days ahead of the grand finals of the 2016 Hearthstone Championship Tour at BlizzCon on November 5.

According to blog post, Blizzard will combine the regional Season Championships into global Season Championships for the 2017 Hearthstone Championship Tour. The move underscores an effort aimed at promoting more global clashes all through the year.

Revealing that each of the global Season Championships in 2017 will take place at "a select host region," Blizzard said in the blog post that these global Season Championships "will be held in venues that you can attend in-person to cheer on your favorite competitors!"

The blog post by Blizzard has also disclosed that regional Season Playoffs will replace the regional Season Preliminaries in the 2017 Hearthstone Championship Tour.

Further adding that, for the Championships, each of the four regions -- Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and China -- will send four representatives each season, Blizzard said that qualifying for the Season Playoffs will be "more competitive." Blizzard also revealed that the Season Playoffs will include "deeper prizing to reward more participants;" with the total payouts for the 2017 Hearthstone Championship to be more than $2 million.

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