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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

HCT Winter Championship kicks off this Thursday

The next stage in the championship tour will see 16 teams competing for a share of $250,000 USD.

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The Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT) will jump into full swing this Thursday - February 28 - with the beginning of the Winter Championship at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles. The tournament will feature 16 of the best teams competing from regions such as the Americas, Asia-Pacific, China, and Europe, all of which are aiming for a piece of the available $250,000 USD prize pool as well as the championship title and one of the four remaining spots for the HCT World Championship this April.

The four players being sent from the European region include Raphael 'BunnyHoppor' Peltzer and Torben 'Viper' Wahl from Germany. Oldich 'Faeli' Mahdal from the Czezh Republic and Faith 'ThunderUP' Akduman from Turkey complete the lineup. The remaining 12 players will each be split evenly from the other respective regions.

To watch the action, head to the official Twitch channel from February 28 to March 3 starting at 16:30 GMT (17:30 CET). Also, fans of Hearthstone can once again earn Rastakhan's Rumble card packs during the championship simply by picking a champion, as well as earning one more card pack every time their champion progresses through the stages. To participate in choosing a champion and supporting your favourite, head to the voting page here.

Will you be watching the tournament this weekend?

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

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