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Hearthstone Match Instructions
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Important: The 2024-2025 Rulebook and Match Instructions updates are underway. Check back here in the future for more information! Once finalized, all changes will be communicated to our community through a separate Summary of Changes article. Thanks for your patience!


  1. Three (3) starting players per team, each piloting their own unique class.

  2. Join the lobby within the 30-minute grace period.

  3. Communicate via Match Lobby Chat.

  4. Home Teams will create private matches and send invitations.

  5. Participants can spectate the pilot player’s perspective. Any other spectators should be removed from spectating unless approved by both coaches per Section 7.7 of the High School Competition Rulebook

  6. If there are any issues, finish the current game, then notify PlayVS Support for further assistance.

Important: Please review the PlayVS Game Day Protocol here.

Setting Up the Match

Important: If you are sharing one (1) Hearthstone Unlock account, then share the Battletag in Match Lobby Chat

Create the Custom Lobby (Home Team)

  1. Open Hearthstone

  2. Click the Friends icon (Bottom-Left on PC // Top-Left on Mobile)

  3. Click the Arrow icon next to your username

  4. Select “Add Friends”

  5. Type in your opponent’s Battletag and press the enter key (press “done” on mobile)

    1. Your opponent must accept your friend request before proceeding

  6. Click the arrow next to your opponent’s Battletag

  7. Select “Hearthstone” to send an invitation

Join the Custom Lobby (Away Team)

  1. Open Hearthstone

  2. Click the Friends icon (Bottom-Left on PC // Top-Left on Mobile)

  3. Accept the Friend Request

  4. On the invitation pop-up, click “Accept”

Match Protocol (All Players)

  1. Share screenshots or links to your three (3) decks with your opponent in Match Lobby Chat.

  2. In-game, choose your starting deck

  3. Click “Choose” when ready

    • The game will begin when both players have clicked “Choose”

    • Users can spectate the player’s perspective once both players have loaded in

    • If a player disconnection occurs, refer to section 1.4.2 Game Disconnection in the Hearthstone Rulebook.

  4. Players will repeat the previous Custom Lobby steps until the match is complete

  5. If you need to substitute a player, notify your opponent and use the Substitution Protocol between games to update the roster

Post-Match Process

  • After both teams agree to the final game's result using the PlayVS Match Assistant, the match will complete and results will be recorded.

  • Take in-game screenshots at the end of each game for your records.

  • If the Match Assistant is skipped, coaches are responsible for verifying that results have been reported manually

  • Matches without results will be quarantined, and risk a match loss for both teams by default.

  • If results are not accurate, then contact PlayVS Support for further assistance.

Important: By default, Rulebooks overrule Match Instructions. Please reach out to PlayVS Support if you find any conflicting information.


V2.0 // 9/8/23 - Updated for the 23/24 School Year

V3.0 // 1/19/24 - Reformatted to match PlayVS Resources Style Guidelines

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