What is Hearthstone?
What coaches, parents, and players need to know about Hearthstone
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Written by April Knell
Updated over a week ago

Hearthstone is a turn-based card game between two opponents, using constructed decks of 30 cards along with a selected hero with a unique power. Players use their limited mana crystals to play spells or summon minions to attack the opponent, with the goal of destroying the opponent's hero.

What is the Team size?

A PlayVS Hearthstone team will consist of 3 players on their main roster with up to 2 possible substitutes on the bench.

What is the game format?

Teams will compete in a Best of Five (Bo5) Conquest format using the Standard set rotation. The first team to win 3 games will be awarded the match win. For more details, review the Hearthstone Rulebook.

What platform will the game be played on?

Hearthstone is able to be played cross platform between any of the following devices:

  • PC/Mac

  • Android/IOS devices

What days will Hearthstone be played on?

Hearthstone’s official match days will be on Thursdays.

How does 3v3 Conquest work?

Each team will bring a lineup consisting of three different classes. Each player on a team will be in charge of playing one of the classes (AKA the “pilot”).

To begin playing a game, each team chooses one of their decks to battle the opponent with, with the deck choice hidden from the opponent. Games are then played out with the following rules:

  • Any deck that wins a game cannot be played again, and another deck must be chosen to play the next game.

  • Any deck that is defeated may be played again in the next game.

  • The first team to win with all three of their decks (in a best-of-5 series) wins the match.

What hardware will be required to play?

  • PC Requirements (Per Player)

    • PC with minimum/recommended requirements found here

    • 3 GB of space

    • Mouse

    • Keyboard

    • Headset with microphone for team communication

    • Online connection

    • Battle.net Account with Hearthstone installed

  • Mac/Android/IOS devices

    • Minimum/recommended requirements found here

Do each of my players need to have a Battle.net account with Hearthstone installed?

A team may play on a shared account for league play. However, we recommend that each player create their own account to play and learn the basics of the game.

About PlayVS

PlayVS is building the infrastructure and platform for amateur esports, starting with high schools. We work directly with game publishers and states to build and operate sanctioned leagues across the country. Through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), PlayVS is empowering students to compete in esports on behalf of their high school, with the opportunity to win a championship, just like any other youth sport. Contact your local school’s principal or athletic director to get a program started and learn more at www.playvs.com. Questions? Email us at hello@playvs.com.

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