Raid Leaders, the first Battlegrounds: Lobby Legends event is upon us. Will this $500,000 Hearthstone Esports bet pay off?

After a long wait, Battlegrounds: Lobby Lengends’ first event is upon us. Today, 48 players from 3 different regions will clash for their chance to win Raid Leaders, the first $50,000 Hearthstone Esports Battlegrounds event. Who is competing, where to watch, and everything you need to know about Battlegrounds: Lobby Legends, in this Esports.gg article.

Battlegrounds: Lobby Legends debut in Hearthstone Esports with the Raid Leaders event

Embracing Battlegrounds’ popularity among players and viewers, the Hearthstone Esports team launched a competitive circuit for players to thrive. The first event of this $500,000 bet starts today with 48 players from three regions competing for the 12 spots in the final Raid Leaders event.

The best 16 players of the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific region, got invites to this first stage of the competition. To compete in the main event on the 2nd-3rd of April, they will need first to make one more effort, survive this qualifier.

Competition Format

According to Battlegrounds: Lobby Legends, the Raid Leaders qualifier will consist of 6 different groups of 8 players, with the top 4 advancing to the second stage. Then the 24 remaining competitors will once again compete in 8-players lobbies, in which the top 4 of each group will advance to Battlegrounds: Lobby Legends Raid Leaders the main event.

Every group will play three Battlegrounds matches, both in the first and second stage of the Raid Leaders qualifier. Players will earn points according to their finishing position, and after the three group matches have finished, the ones with the most points will advance.

  • 1st Place: 7 points
  • 2nd Place: 6 points
  • 3rd Place: 5 points
  • 4th Place 4 points
  • 5th Place 3 points
  • 6th Place 2 points
  • 7th Place 1 point
  • 8th Place 0 points

Only 12 out of the 48 original players will advance to the main event with $50,000 in prizes. There, they will be joined by 4 representatives from China. This final stage will have YoutTube and Twitch broadcasts. Yes, Hearthstone Esports will be back on Twitch with Battlegrounds: Lobby Lengends’ first event, Raid Leaders.

The 48 Contestants

After a period of uncertainty, where unanswered invitations were passed down, and then an extension was granted, we finally got the 48 Battlegrounds: Lobby Legends competitors for this Raid Leaders event

The Raid Leaders event is stacked with many pro-players, including former Grandmasters Dog, Silvername, and Tylerootd. Furthermore, many other popular streamers and top ladder residents will be there too. For example, skimming the list you can find EducatedCollins, Bofur, Lii, XQN, SuperJJ, wtybill, ixxdeee, Oliech, Xixo, among others.

Where to watch

If you want to catch the action of the Raid Leaders Battlegrounds: Lobby Legends qualifier make sure you follow the competing players. The event won’t have an official broadcast. However, players are allowed to stream their point of view as long as they add a 15-minute delay to their broadcast.

Despite this, the main Raid Leaders event will have an official broadcast on both Twitch and YouTube. Moreover, there will be regional broadcasts for different languages. Furthermore, what is most interesting, is the chance for players and other content creators to apply for co-stream permission. 

This flexibility might be what Battlegrounds: Lobby Legends need to create interest in the events. Hearthstone Esports viewership for Grandmasters and Masters Tours has been declining since the YouTube exclusivity deal. Now, Battlegrounds: Lobby Legends, has the difficult task of turnover this situation.

What’s next in Battlegrounds: Lobby Legends?

Following Raid Leaders, the second Battlegrounds: Lobby Legends event was announced by Hearthstone Esports to be happening on May 14-15th. This event will take place at Noblegarden under the same format as Raid Leaders, with its initial ladder qualification period ending on March 31st.

Stay tuned to Esports.gg for more Hearthstone Battlegrounds news and updates. See you next time in Bob’s tavern!

Manuel

Manuel "Rane" Delgado

Writer of the Month: August | Twitter: @RaneTDF

Manuel “Rane” Delgado is an experienced Hearthstone caster, content creator, and tournament organizer from Argentina. He started his career on Esports casting his own tournaments, now he currently covers Hearthstone Grandmasters’ Americas region for LATAM, among other content creation. Besides esports, he works in a construction company, which made him kind of a "handyman" when fixing everyday house problems.