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The Hearthstone Grandmasters 2021 Season 2 schedule was announced on July 1, alongside the reveal of the upcoming United in Stormwind expansion. This also means the second phase of Hearthstone Grandmasters 2021 will feature United in Stormwind meta among its competitors.
When and how to watch
The first week of Hearthstone Grandmasters 2021 Season 2 will begin on Thursday, August. 12.
All 48 players will duke it out, and the ones who make it past the first round will clash in the live broadcast between Friday, August 13 and Sunday, August 15.
Fans and supporters can watch the weekly live broadcasts over on the official Hearthstone Esports YouTube channel.
How it works
Like the first season of Hearthstone Grandmasters 2021, there will be eight weeks of matches. However, unlike the previous season, the approach to the formats will change.
“In 2019, we introduced Specialist as a simplified replacement for Conquest that would still require high-level strategy from players—while we are happy with the Specialist format itself, it hasn’t proven to be the all-encompassing mode we had hoped,” Blizzard noted in the announcement.
Although the Specialist format allows for competitive thinking, the individual matches can last for several hours and take away the community enjoyment for the broadcasts. Blizzard added that the Specialist format will be revisited in the future.
Hearthstone Grandmasters 2021 Season 2 will feature an alternating format:
- Week 1: Conquest
- Week 2: Last Hero Standing
- Week 3: Conquest
- Week 4: Last Hero Standing
- Week 5: Conquest
- Week 6: Last Hero Standing
- Week 7: Conquest
- Week 8: Finals – Conquest
The new Grandmasters
The top point-earners of Hearthstone Masters Tour got promoted to Grandmasters.
The following players will clash in tournaments for a chance at competing in the Season 2 finals:
The winner of each region will receive a spot in the Hearthstone 2021 World Championship.
Hearthstone 2021 World Championship
The champions of Hearthstone Grandmasters 2021 Season 2 will earn a spot in the Hearthstone 2021 World Championship. From there, they will face the regional champions of Season 1 and the top two competitors of the China Gold Series.
Season 1 champions Ishibashi “posesi” Wataru, David Neila “Frenetic” Quiñones and Facundo “Nalguidan” Pruzzo will have to avoid relegation in order to keep their invitations to this event.
Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!