HCT Stops in Sydney for the Very First Time!

HCT Stops in Sydney for the Very First Time!

The Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT) is bringing even more thunder down under: The next Tour Stop will be in Sydney, Australia. This online-to-offline tournament will feature four online qualifiers to identify the top 16 players, who will then be flown to Sydney, Australia, to play for those crucial Hearthstone Competitive Points.

There will be four online qualifiers to determine the top 16 players. Open qualifiers will take place from Jan. 13 through Feb. 4, and the HCT Sydney finals on Feb. 24 and 25.

Tournament Information

Want to experience beautiful Sydney and play Hearthstone—all expenses paid—in one of the most gorgeous cities on Earth? You’ve got to earn it.

Conquer the Open Qualifiers by signing up for one that you’re eligible for. (Eligibility is determined by your Blizzard Battle.net Country of Residence.)

All qualifier matches are best-of-five in Conquest format with one ban (four decks per player). The full ruleset for HCT Sydney can be viewed here, with the HCT 2018 Player Handbook available here.

The available Open Qualifiers are:

  • Asia-Pacific Qualifier #1, for players residing in Asia-Pacific.
    • Date: Jan. 13 and 14
    • Registration: Completed.
  • Asia-Pacific Qualifier #2, for players residing in Asia-Pacific.
  • Global Open Qualifier, for all Hearthstone players.
  • Australia and New Zealand Qualifier, for players living in ANZ only.

The top four players from each qualifier will advance to the offline finals in Sydney. Flights and accommodation for the qualifying top 16 players will be provided by Blizzard Entertainment.

Points Distribution

HCT Sydney will offer the following Hearthstone Competitive Points distribution.



$15,000 USD is up for grabs. More details will be available with the forthcoming HCT 2018 rules.

Who can participate in HCT Sydney?

The Sydney Stop will open its doors to all players through the following qualifiers:

  • Global: Open to all regions
  • Asia Pacific: Open to citizens and residents of Asia-Pacific.
  • Australia and New Zealand: Open to citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand

Which game region will HCT Sydney be conducted on?

The first Asia-Pacific Qualifier will be played on the Asia server. The Global qualifiers, the second Asia-Pacific Qualifier and the Australia and New Zealand Qualifiers will be played on the Americas server.

What is the format for all matches in HCT Sydney?

All matches will be best-of-five in Conquest format. All players must have four decks, and will ban one of their opponent’s decks each match. Online qualification and the offline finals will be played with open/published deck lists.

How do I get more information on HCT Sydney?

Reach out to tournament staff through the Discord support channel.

Can I play with an account that is not mine?

All participating players must be the legal owners of their Hearthstone accounts. Players found to not be in ownership of the account they are using to play will be disqualified immediately.

Stay up to date with tournament details on the Blizzard ANZ Esports Twitter and Twitch channels, and let us know your thoughts with the hashtag #HCTSydney!

We’ll see you in the tavern—or in this case, the sparkling waters of Darling Harbour!