Blizzplanet NYC Hearthstone Fireside |Feb 7.2015

Organizing a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering is no easy feat. There is a lot of time invested searching for new locations, and sacrifice in various aspects such as money, and unexpected situations.

For this fireside, I left home one-hour and a half before the event, but I didn’t check out the MTA Weekender website. Turns out three trains were not working due to scheduled maintenance. I didn’t know that. The first train station was closed with a notice that there were no downtown nor uptown trains stopping at that station.

There were a couple more trains cancelled due to maintenance, and I ended up arriving 3 hours after I left home (a trip that usually takes 30 minutes).

As an organizer, if you rely on buses or trains it is recommended to check online the transportation website for any possible maintenance schedules or delays ahead of the date of the Fireside event. Learn from this.

On the bright side, you must trust and rely on other enthusiastic people with leadership traits. Recently, I assigned Andrey and Danny Wu as co-organizers, and thankfully they managed the tournament during my absence.

There was another unexpected situation while I was absent — the tournament location couldn’t be accessed. However, one of the new Fireside members who arrived early offered his workplace and that chaotic situation was solved. Andrey left a note on the door with his phone number and people were asked to travel to the new location.

Many thanks to Eddie Chou for improvising a new location on-the-fly at his workplace in such a short notice to allow us to hold the tournament. Thanks, AppNexus.

The cafeteria was gee-normous, with great WiFi, and a mini-theater room with multiple TVs to broadcast spectated matches. Special thanks to our NYC Hearthstone Fireside co-organizers: Andrey (Turbo Studios) and Danny Wu.

Always keep this in mind: Fireside members are awesome. They can network and assist you. They are problem-solvers and true friends. Never subestimate your Fireside members.

Blizzplanet NYC Hearthstone Fireside |Feb 7.2015

Our Hearthstone Fireside Tournament was powered by Battlefy which allows participants to update their own score, and moves the winner forward into the next bracket. You can check out the tournament brackets here.

Here is a gallery of photos of the Hearthstone Fireside held on Saturday, February 7 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm.


Our previous Fireside Tournament winner Mungocomics (Jan 24) decided he wanted the Hearthstone Mug, and in these photos you can see him unwrapping the box. Special thanks to Hearthstone community manager Daxxarri who gave provided the Hearthstone Mug back in October during one of our tournaments at the Amity Hall bar.


Finally, here are the two Fireside members battling during the tournament finals bracket match. On the left is Phonetap. On the right is our loved-and-friendly member Nikonian (Robert).


Congratulations to Phonetap for winning the tournament. He won a $20 Gift Card courtesy of Blizzplanet.

Blizzplanet NYC Hearthstone Fireside |Feb 7.2015

Do you live near Manhattan, New York City? We have scheduled two upcoming Hearthstone Fireside Gatherings. The first one is just a friendly fireside playing among new friends on Saturday, February 14th. You may reserve (RSVP) your spot here.

The next Hearthstone tournament will be held on Saturday, February 22 at 1pm (Turbo Studios). You may reserve your spot here.

Tomas Hernandez is owner of 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.

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