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Everything to know about Hearthstone World Championship 2023

Eight players will duke it out for the 2023 crown!

Blizzard has officially revealed the lineup for the Hearthstone World Championship 2023 event! Read on for the schedule, prize pool, format, where to watch the event, list of players, how they qualified, and more.

Hearthstone World Championship 2023

This year's Hearthstone World Championship will kick off on Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. PDT and run through Dec. 17. It will feature eight players bringing four decks into fray and best-of-five matches. A prize pool of $350,000 USD will also be at stake.

Place
Prize
1st
$100,000 USD
2nd
$60,000 USD
3rd to 4th
$40,000 USD
5th to 6th
$30,000 USD
7th to 8th
$25,000 USD

Where to watch and what to expect

The tournament will be played online and livestreamed on Hearthstone's Twitch and YouTube channels. The Hearthstone World Championship will also feature two dual elimination groups. Two players with two match wins before two match losses in their group will earn a place in the semifinals. The winners of the semifinal matches will then face off in the grand finals.

Showdown in the Badlands is the current expansion (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Showdown in the Badlands is the current expansion (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

On Dec. 8, Blizzard revealed patch 28.2.1 as a balance update for the 2023 Hearthstone World Championship. Notably, the patch nerfed Sif Mage and Enrage Warrior. It also buffed some underperforming deck archetypes alongside Excavate Treasure buffs.

Hearthstone World Championship 2023 players

Ahead of the tournament, Blizzard also revealed the list of competitors. These include PocketTrain, gyu, Lev "levik" Merkulov, uikyou, Tom "Meati" Wayland, hemlock, Franjo "reqvam" Blažević, and CJKaka.

Hearthstone World Championship 2023 players (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Hearthstone World Championship 2023 players (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
  1. PocketTrain
  2. gyu
  3. levik
  4. uikyou
  5. Meati
  6. hemlock
  7. reqvam
  8. CJKaka

Hearthstone Worlds 2023

These players earned a spot in the 2023 Hearthstone World Championship by fighting their way to the top on ladder and through events throughout the year. Gyu and PocketTrain, for example, won the Masters Tour Summer Championship and Masters Tour Fall Championship respectively. Meanwhile, uikyou and CJKaka secured spots by dueling and earning points on the Hearthstone ladder.

Hearthstone Esports Player
Qualification Method
PocketTrain
gyu
levik
uikyou
Points (North America)
Meati
Points (Europe)
hemlock
Points (Asia-Pacific)
reqvam
Points (General)
CJKaka
Points (General)

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