Hearthstone Battlegrounds official esports circuit fires up this weekend with the Lobby Legends Spring Championship.
The Battlegrounds community will once again return to Bob's Tavern for a new Lobby Legends event: The Spring Championship. With $50,000 on the line and a recent content update, players will need to adapt quickly to the changes if they want to win the event.
The top 16 players from four different regions will clash this weekend in the 2-day Spring Championship. The online event will kick off May 26 at 09:00 am PDT, and here is everything you need to know.
Hearthstone Battlegrounds Lobby Legends Spring Championship
The Battlegrounds Lobby Legends circuit suffered as much as the whole Hearthstone Esports scene in 2023. The ecosystem that offered nine events and $500,000 in prizes in 2022 will only have three tournaments and $150,000 on the line for the whole year.
The first Battlegrounds of these three events is here with Lobby Legends Spring Championship after three months of ladder grinding. The 16 players competing in the tournament had to accumulate points each month from January to March.
Under the 2023 system, there will be one Battlegrounds Lobby Legends event per season. Players need to finish in the Top 4 positions of their respective servers by the end of the qualifying period to get an invite to the $50,000 main event.
Meet the Players
Japan seems to be extending its dominance in terms of Battlegrounds Lobby Legends events. Not only the four players from the Asia-Pacific region are from that country, but on top of that, the four Global Wildcards are also Japanese.
Battlegrounds Lobby Legends Spring Championship player list:
- Americas: Waterloooooo (US), BeterBabbit (US), wtybill (US) and Lii (US)
- Europe: XQN (Belarus), oliech (Belgium), guDDummit (Russia) and Tume (Finland)
- APAC: ペンギンさん -Penginsan- (Japan), Matsuri (Japan), あれっくす -Arekkusu- (Japan) and 梁瀬 -Yanase- (Japan)
- Wildcards: テスラ -Tesura- (Japan), Satellite (Japan), Alutemu (Japan) and 白うさ -shirousa- (Japan)
We have three players who know the feeling of winning a Lobby Legends event: Yanase, PenguinSan and Waterlooooooo. On top of that, we have several returnees with only three new faces, Tume, Lii and wtybill. If you are interested in their path into this event, feel free to check out our article on the Spring qualifiers.
By the way, it's strange to present the Battlegrounds Lobby Legends players without Griffey being the star of the show.
Battlegrounds Lobby Legends Format
These 16 players will fight among themselves, divided into two lobbies. Only the top 4 point earners after three games in each lobby will make it to the grand finals on Sunday.
During day 2, Lobby Legends Spring Championship viewers will enjoy, once again, the Battlegrounds Check Format. This means that in the final lobby, players have to earn 20 points to "put the lobby in check" and have a shot at taking the crown.
The player who succeeds at winning a lobby after meeting the 20-point threshold will be the Battlegrounds Lobby Legends Spring champion! Trust me when I say that this format creates an extraordinary viewing experience.
Talking about the viewer experience. Remember that the Tavern Buddy Twitch Extension will be active for you to challenge other viewers and compete against the casters to see who knows more about Battlegrounds.
The extension will only work in the Battlegrounds Lobby Legends Spring Championship Twitch stream. Players and some community members will be able to co-stream the event, so make sure you check them out.
Official BGLL Streams:
Even with the scene shrinking and losing the Chinese players after the Blizzard-NetEase breakup, the Battlegrounds community is thriving. While competing might not be as attractive as it was last year, the player base and game viewership show that the auto battler is still in a great spot.
That's all for now, but stay tuned to esports.gg for more Hearthstone news and updates. See you next time in Bob's Tavern.