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There is a certain level of tournament etiquette involved when you’re playing against players face to face that might not be present when competing online. Follow the guidelines below to ensure a fun, engaging experience for everyone involved (especially you)!

Be prepared

Tournament days will end up being long. Organizers are doing what they can to keep things moving. Show up a few minutes early with your devices charged. Your decklists should be finalized and submitted during the check-in stage. Don’t hold up round 1 because you’re still deciding which Mage deck you want to run. If you have questions about tournament or match procedure, the check-in stage is a great time to get your answers you need from a tournament staff member.

Note taking and deck trackers

Blizzard approved events do not allow the use of deck tracking of any kind. That means no software deck trackers or using pen and paper of any kind. A competitive player should develop their skill and train themselves to remember what cards have been played and what cards might be remaining in their decks. However, you can write down what classes are remaining for both you and your opponent — and it’s encouraged to do so to minimize any errors or unnecessary restarts because the incorrect class was chosen.

Stick to your tournament line-up

Any non-tournament decks should be deleted to reduce integrity questions. If you want to preserve the majority of your decks, what you can do is remove one card from the deck so that it has a red X through it on the deck select screen making it obvious which of your tournament decks are valid.

Be on time

Best of 5 matches can often take an hour. Pairings for the next round often depend on the results of the entire round especially in a Swiss format. Do your best to be present when matches begin so everyone can start on time and add your opponents to your friends list.

Match reporting

It is customary to screenshot end of game screens displaying the winner or the loser for accuracy purposes (Did you win 3-2 or 3-1?). At the end of the match, typically the winner reports the score to the tournament organizer. Mention the player names involved because the organizer might not know your in-game name when the score is reported.

Technical glitches

Technical issues can arise especially when players are using a variety of devices ranging from tablets, to laptops, to phones. If at possible, try to use a laptop or a tablet when competing to reduce problems. If it looks like you have disconnected, alert tournament staff immediately. They will direct you to attempt to "hard close" Hearthstone and then restart it. Your opponent will be asked to stall and run out the clock to give you as much time as possible to reconnect back to the game.

Minimize the emote spam

You might be used to repeatedly spamming an emote in online matches, but in live events, it’s generally frowned upon. Once is just enough especially after an excellent play.

Respect the space

Help the tournament organizers out and clean up any trash that’s left behind. Leave the space and tournament area the same way it was found. If there’s a designated space to eat, do so there.

Respect the players

Doesn’t matter if your opponent is a legend or a player who just got started with Hearthstone that same day. We’re all united by our passion and interest in Hearthstone. Practice good sportsmanship in both victory and defeat. In Hearthstone, good sportsmanship is to showcase the traits of being a champion and as a representative of the game even if you’re losing and when you’re interacting with someone that you probably might not see again. Deathrattles don’t always go our way. You’re not always going to get the right cards on curve. Bad beats will happen. Legends don’t complain about card draws or RNG going against them.

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