Well that didn't take long. Hearthstone hasn't even been out for two months and already we have a World Championship on our hands, with enough prize money on offer to make some card-slingers think of turning pro.
Today Blizzard Entertainment announced the 2014 Hearthstone World Championship, with qualifying taking place over the next few months, and the final showdown culminating in November at Blizzcon 2014. As you can see from the picture above, the first ever Hearthstone World Champion will pocket no less than $100,000! Imagine all the expert card packs you could buy with that!
To qualify you'll need to either be a top 16 Legend player from ranked play in any month from April through to August, invited from one of the select community tournaments, or secure a spot in the Last Call Tournament.
For more details on the rules for qualification, click here for Europe, here for the Americas and here for Taiwan.
You can start practicing right now by grabbing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft right here for free. It's the most fun you can have with your pants on. Although having said that, you could probably play it without pants too. What could possibly go wrong?
However if you do make it through to qualifying for the World Championship, I wouldn't mind betting that pants are compulsory. I'll check the rules and get back to you...
Here's some footage: (um, of Hearthstone)
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