A Full Preview Of Challengestone 2


Developed by Kripparrian, underflowR, and TempoStorm the successful format returns for another round.

            Greetings Hearthstone fans, it’s time for Challengestone 2! It’s been over a month since Challengestone pitted eight pros against one another in a fierce competition, with a few extra rules. The deck building and group stage for this online event will be taking place on Saturday, June 27th at 13:00 EDT / 19:00 CEST. The semi-finals and finals will take place the following day on Sunday, June 28th at 13:00 EDT / 19:00 CEST. The sponsors for this innovative event will be TempoStorm.com, Twitch, and the Amazon App Store. Octavian “Kripparrian” Morosan is the only confirmed caster at the moment. However, fans are hopeful for a return of Daniel “Artosis” Stemkoski after the rapport he shared with Kripparrian when casting the first tournament. Originally conceived by Kripparrian’s girlfriend Rania, the tournament was well received by both fans and professionals alike.


Organizers: Tempo Storm



The first Challengestone consisted of players being unable to use minions with an even attack value, as well as a ban on spells with an odd mana cost. However, new rules will be announced shortly before this event. Challengestone 2 will follow the same structure, with eight professional players in a round of 8, until only two remain. The finals will switch from best of 5 to a best of 7 format, and contestants will be able to revive one deck after the rest are eliminated. As a perk the finalists will be allowed to modify up to two cards before their match, while still remaining within the rules of the challenge.


Before any of the games begin, all of the players will start the deck building phase at the same time. They will be given 20 minutes to formulate the best three decks for three different classes of their choice. The previous Challengestone prize pool was $3,000 USD, and will remain unchanged this time around. Last month’s tournament saw a lack of Hunter and Shaman decks, and we can be sure that this one will have its share of classes that just don’t work out with the challenge rules. Restrictions have yet to be announced, but there will be penalties for those that don’t follow them. Kripparrian will replace any cards that violate the challenge using a devious list of handpicked cards.


This month’s exciting line up contains more than a few powerhouses from the Hearthstone deck building scene. Returning champion Brian Kibler (BMK Gaming) and fellow finalist Jeffrey “Trump” Shih (Team Solomid) will face off against the likes of Aleksandr “Kolento” Malsh (Cloud9), and Austin “SilentStorm” Li (Team Celestial). Also in attendance is Travis “Freshca” Boyer (Good Game LA), Kacem “Noxious” Khilaji (compLexity Gaming), Jökull “Kaldi” Jóhannsson (Fnatic), and in her western tournament debut, Tang “Eloise” Haiyun (TempoStorm). There are sure to be many mis-clicks and perhaps, even a few misinterpretations of the rules.


Brian Kibler – returning champion



Watch for free at http://www.twitch.tv/tempo_storm, as your favorite pro players fight to claim the prize. You can catch up on what happened in the last tournament via YouTube VODs, and be sure to check out the Challengestone Twitter for up to the minute updates. Challengestone 2 is shaping up to be a great event, with humorous moments and thought provoking match ups that will leave you wanting more.


Dave Eaton

An avid Hearthstone player after the game released. When he isn't writing, he can be found sipping on coffee, enjoying some EDM, and gaming with his girlfriend. Don't let him fool you, she's better than he is.

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