Last year, Hex: Shards of Fate announced their first global tournament series with a total prize amount of $100,000 — $40,000 of which to go to the winner of the series finals held in February 2016. There were 12 qualifying tournaments, and the winner of each earned a spot at the Invitational Finals. The first qualifier occurred on October 10, 2015, but players had to work to get there, participating in daily tournaments, gauntlets, and 8-person queues to earn at least 10 tickets for entrance. The last qualifying tournament went down on January 17th, where the twelfth invitation was given and the Hex Invitational roster was finalized. Hex is flying the 12 finalists out for the final tournament, putting them up in hotels, and have given each 100 booster packs of the latest set.
But although the roster was set, the date wasn’t. Hex developers had the opportunity to utilize the newly-opened eSports Arena in Santa Ana, CA if the dates were pushed back from the originally-announced dates in February. Now, the Hex Invitational Finals will take place on March 5 and 6 at the first eSports-dedicated facility in the United States.
Boasting over 15,000 square feet of space specifically set up for tournaments and spectating, Hex is definitely going big for its first global tournament, following in the footsteps of Hearthstone and a multitude of console games that have chosen the eSports Arena as the home for their tournaments. Unlike many tournaments, which are set up in convention centers, the eSports Arena is made for live viewing, so Hex is encouraging fans to attend. The event runs from 10am to 6pm both days, and tickets are available for purchase for just $10.
In addition to watching the 12 finalists battle it out for the grand prize, spectators and attendees will be able to meet fellow fans, talk to Hex staff (just about everyone will be there, according to the game’s blog), and buy plenty of memorabilia. There will also be alcohol for the over-21 crowd (for purchase). Anyone 13 or under will need to be accompanied by an adult. Hex will also have computers set up for spectators so they can actually play the game while enjoying the tournament.
For those who can’t make it to the event, Hex will start streaming, complete with announcers, on Twitch at 1030 AM both days.
The tournament itself will be broken up into three parts. The first will be four Swiss Constructed matches, scheduled for the first day of the tournament. Then, things will finish up on the second day. The second part will be a draft with three rounds of Swiss pairings before the final four face off in a top four single elimination constructed play.
This event is the culmination of Hex’s first global tournament series. Stay tuned to find out who takes home the grand prize!