Blizzplanet Hearthstone NYC Fireside – Jan.24.2015 Tournament Results

Today, members of the New York City Hearthstone Fireside Gathering met up to play a single-elimination (Best of 3) tournament. It was our first fireside of 2015.

We met this time at our new meeting location courtesy of Turbo Studios and Andrey (co-organizer) who opened the door for us, and helped with the tournament setup via Battlefy.

It was a lot of fun. Have you ever planned this perfect event weeks in advance and then DOOMSDAY scenario happens? We shared a few laughs. The unthinkable happened. Last night, the Snow/Rain-mix storm somehow knocked Turbo Studios’ internet connection offline. The WiFi network was all fine, but no internet. So How do you hold a Hearthstone tournament with no internet?

Not even I knew the answer to that, and we were funnily desperate trying to troubleshoot getting the network back online. There was no plan B, but then the Heroes of Warcraft came forth to build defenses and guard our backs. At least 4-5 Fireside members shared their smartphone WiFi Hotspot passwords and we got the tournament rolling.

If you have been hesitant in organizing a Fireside Gathering, being the founder of one in your area, don’t worry too much. I am a very shy guy and not very talkative. Things don’t go perfect always, but you can rely on members networking with each other and helping out. Some may approach you to volunteer to help you. After all, Firesides are not just a means to play your favorite game, but also a medium where to meet new people and to forge long-lasting friendships.

Congratulations to the 1st Winner: Mungocomics (Hearthstone Mug); and 2nd Winner: Mithalas ($20 Hearthstone Gift Card). The prizes were actually the other way around, but both winners decided to swap prizes on their own– after prizes had been assigned.

You may see the final results of our Tournament Brackets here:

Special thanks go to Blizzard Entertainment-FSG Team for the card pack codes, Turbo Studio for sharing their space and time to hold the tournament, and the members who provided the improvised Plan B for internet access (where there was no Plan B originally).

Overall, everyone said they had fun, and loved the new place. We also figured out how to plug a Laptop to the big TV and watched the semi-final and final matches onscreen as spectators. I recorded the 3 matches of the 1st & 2nd winners: Mungocomics and Mithalas.

Our next scheduled Fireside will take place on Saturday, February 7th at 1pm. Check future listings at FiresideGatherings.com or LiquidHearth.

To RSVP in upcoming NYC Fireside Gatherings visit our MeetUp.com Page.

Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film.

Blizzplanet is a leading fansite covering news about upcoming Blizzard Entertainment licensed products. I also post previews and reviews. I have interviewed book writers and Blizzard game developers.

I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com)

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