While not everyone can be a top Hearthstone player, that doesn't mean you can't share in the glory of victory at the upcoming Hearthstone World Championship. And that's exactly what Blizzard has planned thanks to its recently unveiled Choose Your Champion campaign.
Announced this week on the Hearthstone blog, the end of the 2016 Hearthstone Championship Tour means that it is nearly time to crown this year's card-chucking all-star. The finals will take place during BlizzCon in just a few weeks, where the winners will earn their share of a million-dollar prize pool. That's quite a hefty chunk of change for being really, really good at a popular mobile game.
To allow everyone to get in on the fun, Blizzard's Choose Your Champion promotion asks players to do exactly that. Basically, all you have to do is log into your account and pick which of the 16 finalists you wish to root for in the final showdown. As a reward for your effort, you'll receive in-game rewards for every best-of-seven match your chosen champion wins. The announcement states that everyone who goes so far as to just pick a champion will receive a free pack of cards, so it certainly can't hurt just to get the ball rolling. After that, your Hearthstone Champion's victories are your victories as well, with in-game goodies coming out of all of their successes. If you happen to pick the grand champion, we imagine something extra special is waiting at the end of the prize pool.
As an added bonus, some details on each of the Champions are available on the Hearthstone website. It's important to note, though, that you can't change your mind after you've selected your Champion. Competitors come from the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific and China, including folks who have qualified through Season Championships and Last Call Invitationals.
Broken randomly into four groups, you can even see who your potential Hearthstone Champion will be playing against in the early rounds, which should help folks who really follow the competitive side of the game stack the deck in their favor.
As for the Hearthstone championship format, the four initial groups will play their matches through the BlizzCon Opening Week. After that, the top two from each group will advance to the single-elimination bracket hosted straight out of BlizzCon.
Of course, Blizzard plans to stream the hell out of this competition, so you can expect to find all of the matches on their various Twitch channels and the like. It's certainly a smart way to grow an already strong competitive community, giving all players a reason to take an interest in the year's final showdown.
But if you want to join in, you better hurry up and pick a Champion. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. PDT on Oct. 25. If you miss out on the initial voting, a second round will begin after the first round of competition, at which point you will have missed out on some potential in-game rewards. The final deadline leading into the bracket play is 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 3.