PGL Winter Tavern Tales 2015

Between October 29th – November 1st, the PGL Winter Tavern Tales 2015 tournament will bring the best Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft  players in the world to Cluj-Napoca’s Polyvalent Hall, in the heart of Transylvania.

128 players will battle in the Conquest format through group phase, but only 16 of them will move on in the single-elimination bracket, where there won’t be any second chances.

Player tickets (128) for the PGL Winter Tavern Tales 2015 are available on esportshop.eu.

About the tournament:

  • Dates and venue: October 29 – November 1st / Polyvalent Hall, Cluj-Napoca
  • Match format: 1v1
  • Open slots via player ticket: 128
  • Tournament format: Conquest (Best of 5) | Multiple GSL group stages -> single elimination bracket with 16 players
  • Prize pool: $25,000 USD
  • Prize pool distribution:
    • 1st place: $10,000 USD
    • 2nd place: $5,000 USD
    • 3rd and 4th place: $3,000 USD
    • 5th – 8th place: $1,000 USD
1. GENERAL RULES

A player needs a ticket in order to participate. Multiple tickets will not offer multiple registrations in the competition.

Players will have to attend the event at Sala Polivalenta in Cluj Napoca, Romania, during October 29 November 1 in order to participate in the tournament.

The tournament format is Conquest.

All matches will be best-of-5. The first player to win 3 games within the match is considered the winner of the match and advances.

Each player must submit decklists from three unique classes prior to Group Stage #1. Players can then opt to change their decks when they advance to RO16 / RO8 / Semifinals / Grand Final. Please note that changing classes and / or decks is not mandatory.

In a best-of-5, a player must win one game with each of his three decks.

When a player wins a game, the deck used by the winning player cannot be used for the remainder of the match.

The losing player can keep the same deck used or switch to a different one of their choice from the ones presented to the tournament organizers.
Players will be told what classes their opponent has available, but they won’t know which class is picked until both players have made the choice in-game.

A deck’s card list cannot be changed once it is presented to the tournament organizers.

Once a tournament phase (Group Stage #1 / Group Stage #2 / RO16 / RO8 / Semifinals / Grand Final) has started, players must keep their decks for its full duration. Players who attempt to change their decks during a tournament phase will receive a sanction that can range from losing a game via forfeit to being disqualified from the competition, at the admin’s sole discretion.

After the ticket purchase and the creation of the decks, players must send the following information via an e-mail with the subject line Registration – Full name | Battletag to taverntales@pglesports.com no later than October 25th:

  • Full name
  • The unique serial number of the Hearthstone Player Ticket, located above the barcode (Seria CGO Nr. XXXXX)
  • BattleTag
  • Screenshots with each deck composition

2. TOURNAMENT AND MATCH INFORMATION

All matches will be played on the European servers.

Each player will use his own account during the tournament.

Players are strongly encouraged to have the Blizzard Authenticator App installed on their phones in order to avoid any account lockout situations.
If a player is locked out of his account, the organizers will attempt to provide a suitable replacement account. Please note that the organizers cannot guarantee that the replacement account will have all the cards available on the player’s primary account.

Players must have on their accounts only the decks they submitted to the organizers via e-mail, which will be named according to their class. E.g: Druid, Shaman, Warrior.

Players must set their in-game chat status to BUSY. If a player receives any type of in-game messages during a game, he will receive a sanction that can range from losing a game via forfeit to being disqualified from the competition, at the admin’s sole discretion.

Players must deactivate the spectator mode from the game’s settings while they are playing in the tournament. The only time the spectator mode can be activated is during games played on stream, when only the official observers are allowed to spectate. If a player is being spectated by someone other than an official observer during a game, he will receive a sanction that can range from losing a game via forfeit to being disqualified from the competition, at the admin’s sole discretion.

If a game ends in a draw, it will be replayed using the same decks.

If a game is interrupted due to factors outside of the player’s control (e.g: technical or Internet connection issues), the game will be replayed using the same decks.

If a game cannot proceed due to player intervention (refusing to accept the match challenge, forcible closing the Hearthstone client, etc), the player in question will receive a sanction that can range from losing a game via forfeit to being disqualified from the competition, at the admin’s sole discretion.

If a player chooses a wrong deck during a match:

for the 1st offense, the game will be remade using the proper decks (the opponent will have the chance to switch out his deck, if two or more are still available) and the player in question will receive a warning. E.g: In game #2, Player 1 again chooses Mage instead of Priest or Warrior, while Player 2 would have played Shaman (out of Shaman, Rogue and Paladin). Player 1 must declare what class he will choose for the remake from the valid decks (Priest or Warrior), while his opponent can opt to either continue playing with Shaman, or switch to Rogue or Paladin.

for the 2nd offense, the player in question will lose the game through forfeit.

Seeding for the first GSL group stage (RO64) will be random.

Seeding for the second (RO32) GSL group stage will be done according to the following format: each group will have two random 1st place-players and two 2nd place-players, but all players must be from different Stage 1 groups (A -> H). Example of a Stage #2 group: 1st place A + 1st place B + 2nd place C + 2nd place D.

Seeding of the qualified players in the single-elimination bracket will be random.

Players need to be in the tournament area at least 60 minutes prior to the designated match start time (e.g: for matches starting at 12:00, players have to be in the tournament area at 11:00).

3. FINAL PROVISIONS

We reserve the right to modify the rules at any time. This includes, but is not limited to, changes due to software updates / releases or any other change deemed necessary by the DreamHack Bucharest Admin team to maintain the integrity and fair play of the competition.Any last-minute changes to the rules presented above will be discussed and explained to the players players by the Admin staff and will also be announced on the DreamHack Bucharest website as quickly as possible.

In a situation where an Admin has to make a judgment call, the only interpretation which matters is that of the Admin.

The rules listed above are in place to ensure fair and competitive play, and they will be enforced based on the spirit of the game, not the letter of the rule set.

PGL Winter Tavern Tales Schedule – timezone: Cluj-Napoca local time

Thursday, 29 Oct 2015 Friday, 30 Oct 2015 Saturday, 31 Oct 2015 Sunday, 1 Nov 2015
10:00 - 10:15
Hearthstone
Round of 32
10:00 - 13:30
28 players in tournament area + 4 players stream area
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:00
11:00 - 11:15
Hearthstone
Round of 8
11:00 - 12:15
Match #1 – Stream Area
11:15 - 11:30
11:30 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:00
12:00 - 12:15
Hearthstone
Round of 128 Series#1
12:00 - 15:30
28 players in tournament area + 4 players stream area
Hearthstone
Round of 128 Series#4
12:00 - 15:30
28 players in tournament area + 4 players stream area
12:15 - 12:30
Hearthstone
Round of 8
12:15 - 13:00
Match #2 – Stream Area
12:30 - 12:45
12:45 - 13:00
13:00 - 13:15
13:15 - 13:30
13:30 - 13:45
Hearthstone
Round of 16
13:30 - 14:45
Match #1 – Stream Area
Hearthstone
Round of 8
13:30 - 14:15
Match #3 – Stream Area
13:45 - 14:00
14:00 - 14:15
14:15 - 14:30
Hearthstone
Round of 8
14:15 - 15:30
Match #4 – Stream Area
14:30 - 14:45
14:45 - 15:00
Hearthstone
Round of 16
14:45 - 16:00
Match #2 – Stream Area
15:00 - 15:15
15:15 - 15:30
15:30 - 15:45
Hearthstone
Round of 128 Series#2
15:30 - 19:00
28 players in tournament area + 4 players stream area
Hearthstone
Semifinals
15:30 - 16:45
Match #1 – Stream Area
15:45 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:15
Hearthstone
Round of 64 Series #1
16:00 - 19:30
28 players in tournament area + 4 players stream area
Hearthstone
Round of 16
16:00 - 17:15
Match #3 – Stream Area
16:15 - 16:30
16:30 - 16:45
16:45 - 17:00
Hearthstone
Semifinals
16:45 - 18:00
Match #2 – Stream Area
17:00 - 17:15
17:15 - 17:30
Hearthstone
Round of 16
17:15 - 18:30
Match #4 – Stream Area
17:30 - 17:45
17:45 - 18:00
18:00 - 18:15
Hearthstone
Grand final
18:00 - 19:15
Stream Area
18:15 - 18:30
18:30 - 18:45
Hearthstone
Round of 16
18:30 - 19:45
Match #5 – Stream Area
18:45 - 19:00
19:00 - 19:15
Hearthstone
Round of 128 Series#3
19:00 - 22:30
28 players in tournament area + 4 players stream area
19:15 - 19:30
19:30 - 19:45
Hearthstone
Round of 64 Series #2
19:30 - 23:00
28 players in tournament area + 4 players stream area
19:45 - 20:00
Hearthstone
Round of 16
19:45 - 21:00
Match #6 – Stream Area
20:00 - 20:15
20:15 - 20:30
20:30 - 20:45
20:45 - 21:00
21:00 - 21:15
Hearthstone
Round of 16
21:00 - 22:15
Match #7 – Stream Area
21:15 - 21:30
21:30 - 21:45
21:45 - 22:00
22:00 - 22:15
22:15 - 22:30
Hearthstone
Round of 16
22:15 - 23:00
Match #8 – Stream Area
22:30 - 22:45
22:45 - 23:00
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