Starting today, Chinese conglomerate Alibaba will host the World Electronic Sports Games Grand Finals, an esports event in Chongqing featuring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Starcraft II, and—perhaps most notably—a stacked Hearthstone tournament.
WESG’s Hearthstone event, which offer participants a total of $225,000 in prize money, is split into two tournaments: A $190,000 main event and a $35,000 women-only tournament. The main event is headlined by top players from around the world, including Swedish 2016 WESG champion Jon “Orange” Westberg and top American player David “JustSaiyan” Shan. Unfortunately, the defending WESG champion, Turkish player Kaan “Fujitora” Çekli, was unable to make it to the event due to visa issues.
The WESG Grand Finals is the second premier-level Hearthstone tournament in as many weeks, coming only a few days after the end of the HCT Winter Championship 2018. The HCT Winter Championship’s $250,000 prize pool edges out the total prize count of the WESG event, but WESG’s $100,000 first-place payout dwarfs the $50,000 prize that Luo “Roger” Shengyuan won for his first-place finish at HCT Winter.
You can catch all the WESG action on the organization’s Hearthstone Twitch channel. The event begins tonight at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST.