King of Nordic Hearthstone Cup at Birdie

Powered by Hearthstone Sverige and Phoenix Blue

In a cooperation between ESEN, Hearthstone Sweden and Phoenix Blue we now present the tournament in Hearthstone at Birdie 28.

With a prize pool of 15 000SEK and a professional live production, we look forward to your participation!

To participate in the tournament you need to be a member of Phoenix Blue, membership is free and you can become a member on site with the help of a admin.

General:

Thursday may 10: Swiss rounds begins at 19.00, depending on the number of participants the amount of swiss rounds may be adjusted.

After swiss round 4, side events will start for all event participants.

The side events consists of a small number of swiss rounds that leads to a top 8 single elimination bracket. The winner of every side event wins a RIG500E headset from Plantronics.

Friday may 11: Starting at 11.00, the swiss rounds continues. When the swiss rounds are done there will be a two hour break before the single elimination play offs. All games leading up to the semi finals are being played.

Saturday may 12: Semifinals and the final will start at 15.00. All games will be broadcasted.

 

Prize pool:

1:st place: 7500 SEK
2:nd place: 4000 SEK
3:rd place: 2250 SEK
4:th place: 1250 SEK

All side events are going to have prizes sponsored by Plantronics.

Winners recieve cash from Phoenix Blue no later than 90 days after the event through invoice. VAT included.

If a winner lacks the ability to send a invoice, it’s possible to user services such as Frilans finans.

Rules:


Terms
Those who are authorized by Phoenix Blue to administrate the competition
based on its rules and regulations will be called an “admin” or “administrator”
in the following.


Every person allowed to participate in a tournament will be called a
“participant”, “contestant”, or “player” in the following.


Players acknowledge, without limitation, to comply with the rules and
regulations, official announcements, and with the statements and decisions
made by the admins.


Every player acknowledges the right of the administrators to modify the rules
and regulations at any time without prior notice.
Player participation


Players agree to abide by the rules stated below that apply to the tournament
in which they are competing.


Any rule adjustments or statements made by an admin to ensure fair play
must be adhered to.


Players agree to, if called upon, to have their match streamed at the tournaments official stream.


Players must treat admins and other participants with respect at all times.
              ■ Insults and unfair or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated and
may result in decisions such as, but not limited to, disqualification.

Communication
Players must communicate with admins in English or Swedish.
        ■ If there is an admin available who can communicate in the preferred
language of a player, it will be allowed.


Admins shall be available at all times at during the event. If an issue arises,
you must make an admin aware of the problem, at which point the admin will
resolve the problem as soon as possible.
        ■ Players may be contacted by admins via any provided means of
contact, such as by phone or Battle.net, if required.


Registration

To compete in the tournament all players require a LAN ticket or a E-sports ticket without LAN seating.

When you have bought your ticket at https://beta.lanportal.se/events/3-birdie-28 you can register at the tournament site https://smash.gg/tournament/king-of-nordic-hearthstone-birdie-28 before the event starts.

If you don’t have a vaild ticket ID before the tournament starts you cannot be confirmed as a legit participant.

Sign ups will be open until on hour before the start of the tournament.


Tournament Schedule


By signing up to compete, players accept the official schedule of the
competition and declare their ability to be available during the times provided.
        ■ Match times shown on match pages are estimated round start times.
        ■ Matches should be played as soon as both opponents have been
decided.
        ■ Any significant delay in play must be reported to an admin immediately.
        ■ Brackets may be found at https://smash.gg/tournament/king-of-nordic-hearthstone-birdie-28


Tournament Format
Game / Match wins
A match is won by winning the majority number of games.
        ■ A Bo5 match win is given to the player who first wins three games.


Blind Pick
        ■ Players choose their deck before each game without being told what
their opponent will be choosing.


Last Hero Standing
        ■ Best of 5
        ■ Players play each match with four decks.
        ■ Each player bans one deck.
        ■ Only one deck per class.
        ■ Deck classes must be declared to every opponent at the start of each
match.


Decks declarations are made without revealing the intended
order of play.
        ■ Once a deck loses it is removed from match play for that player.
        ■ Winning decks must be played again.
        ■ If a game win is awarded due to disconnect or any other issue, the deck
being played by the player receives a default win.


Swiss Group Stage
        ■ The initial group stage shall be played in a swiss bracket.
        ■ Players will be pared against other players with a similar win/loss
record.


All players will play an equal amount of rounds depending on the
number of participants. Four players will move on to the playoffs.
        ■ Losing any amount of games does not disqualify a player from the
group stage.

Double elimination
        ■ The finals shall be played in a single elimination bracket.
        ■ Players who lose two matches are eliminated from the competition.


Decklist Submissions
Decklists must be submitted to leagueops@phoenix.gg or directly to an admin
before a player may join the tournament.
        ■ Written, screenshots and textfiles are all accepted formats of deck
submission.
        ■ All cards from the current Standard set can be used to build your
decks.
        ■ Players who sign up and do not submit decklists before the start of the
tournament will be removed from sign up.


There may be multiple deadlines for submitting deck lists.


If remaining deck deadlines exist, removed players may
sign up again.


Pre-tournament checklist
Players must attend the event in person at Halmstad Arena, Halmstad,
Sweden.

Players should be prepared with the following before the tournament is
scheduled to start:
        ■ Device capable of taking screenshots with the Hearthstone game
installed.
        ■ Means of keeping that device functioning throughout the tournament
(a charger, or enough battery capacity to last the whole tournament.
Outlets will be provided).
        ■ Screenshots of deck sent to admins.
        ■ One pre-built deck for each class intended to be played in the
tournament.


Multiple class decks must be removed from ‘My collection’.


Crossed out decks counts as removed.


Wild decks counts as removed.


Match Walkthrough
An opponent is provided for you based on your current win/loss record.
        ■ You will be seated based on your matchup, facing your opponent.


Add opponent’s Battle.tag as a friend on Battle.net
        ■ Take 2 screenshots, with the time visible, of you adding your opponent
on Battle.net; Battle.tag in add friends bar & ‘friend request sent’
notification in case of a no show.


Play the match according to the format rules.


Take screenshots of your victory screens in case there is a score dispute.


Submit the score to an admin.

Tournament Gameplay
Game Accounts
         ■ Players must use a European Battle.net account for tournament play.


If found competing with someone else’s account, that player will
be subject to penalization based on an admin investigation into
the situation.


Players may borrow other players accounts for the duration of
the tournament as long as the other account will not be used by
a tournament attendee. This must be reported to an admin.


Disconnects
        ■ If a disconnect happens during a game, always take screenshots of the
current state of the game.
        ■ If the disconnect is due to an internet connection certified by Phoenix
Blue, the player is not to be viewed as responsible.

Certain leeway is given in these situations, to be decided on
case by case basis.


If the player is not to be held accountable, the game shall be
restarted unless it matches the criteria mentioned below.
        ■ If a player has lethal on board and it is their turn, they win the round.
        ■ If lethal is not on the board, a game win may be awarded if a strategic
victory is imminent.


A strategic victory may be such a thing as a control deck sitting
at a comfortable amount of health and in control of the board
versus an aggro deck, or if a midrange deck lacks remaining
threats to win the round.


These cases will always be decided by an admin
        ■ If none of the previous mentioned situations apply during a disconnect,
the opponent may decide whether to continue the game or restart it.


No Show Opponents
         ■ Players have fifteen minutes to report to an available match as soon as
they have been given an opponent.


Every unannounced failure to show for five minutes results in a
round loss.
        ■ If a player has not contacted their opponent in the given time, they will
be disqualified from the tournament.
        ■ If both opponents do not report within 15 minutes, both will be
disqualified from the tournament.


Alert an admin, requesting a “No Show” default win so we can
close the match without delay.


Challenge Screenshots
         ■ Players may request a screenshot of the Challenge screen from their
opponent to verify they have only one deck per declared class in their
collection.
         ■ If a player cannot produce a challenge screenshot or provides one
showing multiple declared class decks, admin must be contacted
immediately.


The offending player will be instructed to remove all additional
class decks.


Having multiple decks of a class a player intends to compete
with may lead to an automatic loss with that class.
        ■ Players who are found to be competing repeatedly with multiple
declared class decks will be disqualified from the tournament.


Decklist Enforcement
        ■ Players may be subject to random decklist controls.
        ■ Players who suspect their opponent is using a deck altered from their
decklist submissions must take screenshots of suspect cards being
played.
       ■ Finish playing the game then alert admin immediately.
       ■ Request a challenge screenshot and monitor their status in game.


If the opponent appear in their ‘My Collection’ take a screenshot.
This is grounds for immediate disqualification.
        ■ Players found using altered decks will be immediately disqualified from
the competition.


Player info will be added to a tracking document to monitor
repeat offenders.


External Software
         ■ It is not allowed to use game-altering software such as deck trackers.
         ■ Pen and a blank paper is allowed during matches.
         ■ It is allowed to utilize software which does not provide a strategic
benefit during games, such as Spotify or Youtube.


Win-Trading
        ■ Players must try to win every match.
        ■ Any evidence of win-trading (losing a match to purposefully advance
your opponent instead of yourself) will result in immediate
disqualification from the competition.


Players suspected of win-trading will be reported to Blizzard.