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Blizzard has revealed that the upcoming two Hearthstone Masters Tour events will be entirely online. The reason for this decision by Blizzard is the ongoing situation of COVID-19, also known more generally as the coronavirus. The two events impacted are the upcoming event Hearthstone Masters Tour Jönköping, previously set to happen at DreamHack Summer on June 12-14, and the unannounced Masters Tour Asia-Pacific event happening July 16-19.
In light of the ongoing global COVID-19 situation, we have decided to hold both Masters Tour Jönköping and the next Masters Tour in Asia-Pacific online.
Read more here: https://t.co/BwHkw6wgIG
— Hearthstone Esports (@HSesports) March 30, 2020
Masters Tour Jönköping
The qualification for Masters Tour Jönköping is almost over, with the last 48 invites going to this ranked season’s top 16 players of each of the major servers. The announcement of the event moving to online is no surprise after the success of the Masters Tour Los Angeles event earlier this month.
Even though the event is more than two months away, it is seemingly unlikely that global travel is back on track at that point. Likely, the entire DreamHack Summer event, at which the Masters Tour Jönköping was supposed to be happening, is getting canceled soon. However, at this point, there is no official word on it.
The unannounced Asia-Pacific event
The next Hearthstone Masters Tour event, now called Hearthstone Masters Tour Online: Asia-Pacific, has not had its original location revealed. The event takes place the weekend of July 16-19 in the KST timezone. Korean Standard Time is 8 hours ahead of central Europe and much further ahead of the U.S. The qualifier events for the next Masters Tour Online start April 2 and run until May 24. Besides this, placing in the top 16 of any region in April or May also qualifies you for the upcoming Masters Tour Online: Asia-Pacific event.
The return of the Hearthstone Grandmasters
Hearthstone Grandmasters 2020 Season 1 arrives April 17, when Hearthstone’s first new class, Demon Hunter, will be available for play. For more Hearthstone news, be sure to read all about the latest Hearthstone game update.