HCT in the Paese Del Sol—Italy

Blizzard Entertainment

Pack your bags and sunglasses—the Hearthstone Championship Tour’s next stop is in the Paese Del Sole! Literally translated as “land of the sun”, HCT Italy Powered By Zotac is the first Hearthstone tour stop in the country’s history. The event will take place July 6 to 8, 2018 at the PALA2A in Varese, home of the city’s basketball team.

The HCT Italy Tour Stop Powered By Zotac will be a bring-your-own-device Grand Prix and feature a 512-player Swiss bracket that will narrow down into a top 16 single elimination playoffs. All matches will be played best-of-five in Conquest format with one ban. Deck lists will be open, with the tournament administered through Battlefy. All games will take place on the Europe server, and all tournament rounds will be streamed.

Tournament registration requires the pre-purchase of a three-day competitor pass to the event. Ticket sales will begin on April 20 at 6:00 p.m. CEST (9:00 a.m. PDT) and cease on June 29 at 8:00 p.m. CEST (11:00 a.m. PDT), so make sure you register fast! As with other Tour Stops, travel and accommodation must be self-funded. Tournament organizer eVox has two partner hotels that you can take advantage of—learn more here!

If you have any questions about the tournament or registration, send an email to tourstop@evoxsrl.com or join the dedicated Discord server here.

If you’re just interested in spectating the tournament, general admission ticket sales will be open right up to the day of the event. For more information on general admission tickets to HCT Italy, click here.

The full ruleset for HCT Italy Tour Stop Powered By Zotac can be viewed here, with the HCT 2018 Player Handbook available here.


The HCT Italy Tour Stop Powered By Zotac takes place from July 6 to 8 2018, with the tournament schedule being:

  • July 6: Swiss rounds 1 to 4, 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. CEST
  • July 7: Swiss rounds 5 to 9, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. CEST
  • July 8: Top 16 playoffs, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. CEST

Points and Prizing

Standing Points Prize
1st 15 $6,500
2nd 12 $3,500
3rd – 4th 10 $1,500
5th – 8th 8 $1000
9th – 16th 6 $500
17th – 32nd 4 $250
Total: 191 $25,000

Stay up to date on tournament details through the Hearthstone Esports Twitter channel and let us know your thoughts with the hashtag #HCTItaly! We’ll see you in the tavern!