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Hearthstone Innkeeper's Invitational first rounds online

The Hearthstone Innkeeper's Invitational was a rousing success at BlizzCon 2013, and now you can view the first-round videos online. Hearthstone's official Youtube channel has just posted videos of all four of the first rounds of the Innkeeper's Invitational -- the semi-finals and finals are of course still available on BlizzCon's official website, or over at Twitch, for those interested in seeing the tournament from beginning to end.

The first four matches feature Day[9] vs. Reckful, Hafu vs. Kripparrian, Trump vs. Husky, and Noxious vs. Artosis. Hearthstone may not be out just yet, but even in beta, the game has managed to capture the attention and devotion of those in the beta. With open beta not too far away, hopefully the enthusiasm for this entertaining little card game will continue -- and hopefully we'll see a second Innkeeper's Invitational at the next BlizzCon. For coverage of all of the first-round games, visit Hearthstone's official Youtube channel -- and if you'd like more information on the players involved, you can check out the cards each player was packing for the tournament on Hearthstone's official blog.

Filed under: News items, BlizzCon, Hearthstone Insider

Innkeeper's Invitational player highlights continue

Innkeeper's Invitational competitors
Last week we covered Blizzard's highlight of the first four of the eight participants in this year's inagural Inkeeper's Invitational BlizzCon Hearthstone tournament. This week Blizzard released their mini-interviews with the second four competitors: Day[9], Trump, Artosis, and Kripparrian.

As expected, the Q&As cover the same questions as before, and as before, many of the answers are delightful and entertaining. This group of competitors seems lively and fun, and I'm sure they are all looking forward to their chance to square off against each other at BlizzCon next week. Oh my goodness, BlizzCon is next week! For those Hearthstone devotees among our reader base, these interviews are likely to be interesting and perhaps even educational, as each of the four competitors discusses their five must-have Arena card picks and why, as well as their most feared and respected opponents. We look forward to watching the tournament as it unfolds and to see who takes first prize!


Filed under: Hearthstone Insider

Hearthstone highlights Innkeeper's Invitational players

Hearthstone highlights Innkeeper's Invitational players
The Innkeeper's Invitational will be BlizzCon's inagural Hearthstone tournament, featuring eight Hearthstone players hand-picked by Blizzard. For those who may not be familiar with the competitors, Blizzard is releasing a set of small interviews to be published in two parts profiling each of the players taking a shot at the tournament title. The first four can be found here and are, as the header image implies, Noxious, Hafu, Husky, and Reckful.

I really enjoyed reading these quick get-to-know-you style Q&As. Each player is given the same set of questions to answer and their responses are pretty interesting, especially their individual takes on who their most feared opponents are. In fact -- interestingly enough -- the most commonly mentioned "most feared an hated" were the four players who will be featured in the second interview: Trump, Kripparian, Day[9], and Artosis. No love/hate for each other, guys?

Check out the interviews for more information from each of these competitors, including their own personal favorite Arena picks as well as why their personal tournament shield logos are what they are. The answers are not entirely what you might expect!

Filed under: News items, BlizzCon, Hearthstone Insider

Innkeeper's Invitational announced for BlizzCon

Blizzcon Hearthstone logo
For many BlizzCon attendees, one of the big draws is the chance to see some of the top players from Blizzard's franchises square off in matches and tournaments. We've come to expect competitions in WoW PvP and Starcraft in particular, and this year there will be another game added to the mix: Hearthstone.

Blizzard has invited eight of the most dedicated Hearthstone players to compete live in a small tournament at BlizzCon this year called the Innkeeper's Invitational. Each player will bring three decks -- they must all be different classes -- and compete against each other in a series of matches. If your deck loses, it's out for good, and that player has to select a different deck. Once all three decks have been eliminated, that player is out of the competition and resigned to watching from the sidelines.

If you're interested in seeing how hardcore card game players go about their games, this is a great opportunity to do so! And it might give us all some ideas for how to modify our own Hearthstone decks in the future. If you won't be attending BlizzCon you can tune in using a Virtual Ticket or check out the matches on the World of Warcraft Twitch channel.

Filed under: BlizzCon, Hearthstone Insider

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