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Hearthstone Open Tournament News


Two Weeks of ELO Report

Tuesday, November 25th. 7:58am

We have two weeks of ranking reports now and we're starting to see some clear results.

The result is this: Top players win consistently. Poor players are consistently out in the first or second round.

You can back-trace this data too. Look at the top 10 list of Arena and Traditional style tournaments. How many of those names do you see at the top of the prior winners list from before the ranking system went into effect?

I see mharris, WowAmazeClap, Keyo, Nevermore, and probably more that I missed with just a cursory look.

My gut feeling at this time is that if you play in at least three tournaments, you will end up with a pretty accurate assessment of your real relative ranking at tournament play.


ELO Ratings Start Today!

Sunday, November 9th. 8:23am

Previously, whenever you played in a tournament, you were randomly seeded and you started fresh with nothing to play for except for whatever prize was being offered.

Now, a new reason to look for wins. From now on, every player will be rated according to a standard ELO system. After a week or two, brackets will be seeded by ELO rating rather than randomly. Players will have separate ratings for Arena-Draft style tournaments and traditional style tournaments.

An ELO rating works like this: Every player starts out with a rating of 1000. If you win a match, your rating will go up. If you lose a match, your rating will go down. If you beat someone with a much higher rating than you, your rating will go up a bunch. If you beat someone with a much lower rating than you, your rating will only go up a very little. The same with losing. Losing to someone with a much better rating won't send yours in the tank, but losing to someone with a much lower rating than you will impact your own rating a lot.


Thank you mharris717 for an awesome new feature!

Wednesday, November 5th. 4:09pm

So, one of the issues with running a tournament is players having a little trouble getting in touch with each-other. Sometimes this is because one is on the wrong server, sometimes this is because one just isn't around, sometimes for reasons only Blizzard knows, a friend request simply isn't going through.

User mharris717 took a lot of time out of life to help put together a chatbox on the bracket page which is a private chat for each and every match-up. This chatbox will connect you directly with your opponent in each and every game so there should be no issues figuring out how to get your games started promptly.

Thank you mharris717! You're a credit to the community.


An update coming to add more accountability

Sunday, November 2nd. 5:44pm

Running traditional styles of pre-submitted deck tournaments has had a very low incidence of cheating. In fact I haven't caught a single person in the MANY tournaments I have run.

However, the Arena-Draft style tournaments have appeared to have brought out the opportunists and encouraged cheaters to try their luck. Out of three tournaments of this type run, I have caught 2 cheaters, which means there were probably double that and the others just didn't make it very far anyway.

To counter this, I am going to add a function to tournaments so that losers of a match may view the winner's deck(s). This will allow prompt reporting of players who are obviously cheating and hopefully give me an opportunity to check out suspect cheats before they make it to the finals.

In the current case, DrXX (DrXX#1503) has been banned for life from my tournaments. He was caught putting at least one Savannah Highmane into his deck when he never had the opportunity to even draft one.

I'm sorry to anyone that he beat along the way. Rest assured, I was fortunate enough to view the other finalist's deck over the course of 5 games on stream and he played legit and so earned the win.

Congrats to mharris717 who drafted and played an amazing arena deck.

If you want to see the winner's decks, they are at: http://imgur.com/a/NWI42

If you played against DrXX and saw a savannah highmane, it COULD have been from one of his webspinners. But I saw him topdeck one on stream in the finals, and it clearly was not one of his drafted cards.


New forum and other cool features

Wednesday, October 29th. 9:10am

I designed a simple forum for the website just to add a local place for questions and community. Also a place for me to post stats and data from prior tournaments.

One of the features of the forums is your personal avatar. Whenever you win tournament matches, you earn dust. The further along you make it in a tournament, the more you earn. Finalists take home a whole lot. You can use that dust to "buy" new card avatars.

In addition, you can also earn (a much smaller amount of) dust by participating in the forums. Every post or comment will get you a little closer to your next card. Winning a tournament will get you closer to legendary a lot faster, but for those of you who enjoy talking about Hearthstone more than being great at it, this is your chance to avoid Wisp-status forever.


Upcoming Tournaments
Tournament [region] (#players)
Date (All times US/Eastern)
Empeopled.com North-American Open [NA]
Saturday, Nov 29th. 9:00am
/r/CompetitiveHS $100 EU Arena-Draft [EU]
Sunday, Nov 30th. 9:00am
/r/CompetitiveHS $100 EU Traditional [EU]
Saturday, Dec 6th. 9:00am
/r/CompetitiveHS $100 NA Traditional [NA]
Sunday, Dec 7th. 4:30pm
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