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NVIDIA HEARTHSTONE PRO-AM TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL GAMEPLAY RULES

Please read and completely understand the rules before registering for the NVIDIA Hearthstone Pro-Am
(the “Tournament). By entering and participating in the Tournament, you agree to be bound by these 
Official Gameplay Rules and represent that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements contained here 
within.

1. Tournament Format & Schedule
Registration Open: Tuesday, February 24th at 12:00 PM EST
Registration Close: Thursday, March 19th at 12:00 PM EST
Regional Conferences: Americas & Southeast Asia (EST -5), Europe (CET 1), and Asia (KST 9)
Match Format: Best of five series (bo5) in Conquest format

Prize Money and Breakdown:
  • 1st: $10,000 100 qualification points for the Hearthstone World Championship
  • 2nd: $5,000 50 qualification points for the Hearthstone World Championship
  • 3rd/4th: $1,500 20 qualification points for the Hearthstone World Championship
  • 5th-8th: $750 10 qualification points for the Hearthstone World Championship
  • 9th-16th: $500


GROUP STAGE – THURSDAY, MARCH 26TH – THURSDAY, MAY 14TH:

Amateur Division: Eight weeks of open group play – one match per week. Swiss style, meaning results-based scheduling (NOT round-robin – players do not play every other player) across three regional 
conferences. The top 16 players from the Amateur playoff will advane to the Professional Playoffs. Players in the AM division will play only 
against opponents inside of their regional conference at default match times (9:00 PM) set in the 
conference’s local time zone.

Round 1: Thursday, March 26th
Round 2: Thursday, April 2nd
Round 3: Thursday, April 9th
Round 4: Thursday, April 16th
Round 5: Thursday, April 23rd
Round 6: Thursday, April 30th
Round 7: Thursday, May 7th
Round 8: Thursday, May 14th

Amateur Playoff (Number of teams to be determined - single elimination)

Professional Division: 16 invited players have eight weeks of group play in a single global conference –
two matches per week. Matches in the Professional skill division will be scheduled at set times by 
tournament staff to accommodate weekly broadcasts. The Professional division will use a Round-robin 
style, meaning every player plays every other player once. Results will be used to determine Playoff 
seeding.

Round 1: Thursday, March 26th
Round 2: Monday, March 30th
Round 3: Thursday, April 2nd
Round 4: Monday, April 6th
Round 5: Thursday, April 9th
Round 6: Monday, April 13th
Round 7: Thursday, April 16
Round 8: Monday, April 20th
Round 9: Thursday, April 23rd
Round 10: Monday, April 27th
Round 11: Thursday, April 30th
Round 12: Monday, May 4th
Round 13: Thursday, May 7th
Round 14: Monday, May 11th
Round 15: Thursday, May 14th

Group Stage Broadcast Schedule: There will be a ~4 hour LIVE broadcast streamed to an NVIDIA
twitch.tv channel each Thursday from 11:00 AM EST – 3:00 PM EST throughout the Group Stage of the 
tournament.

PLAYOFFS – SATURDAY, MAY 30TH – SUNDAY, MAY 31ST:
The top 16 players from the Amateur division will face off against the 16 players from the Professional 
division in a 32-team, single-elimination, best-of-five bracket. The Professional players will be seeded 1-
16, while the Amateur players will be seeded 17-32.

Round of 32: Saturday, May 30th @ 11:00 AM EST
Round of 16: Saturday, May 30th @ 1:00 PM EST
Round of 8: Saturday, May 30th @ 3:00 PM EST 
Round of 4: Saturday, May 30th @ 5:00 PM EST
Semi-finals: Sunday, May 31st @ 11:00 AM EST
3rd/4th Place: Sunday, May 31st @ 3:00 PM EST
Finals: Sunday, May 31st @ 7:00 PM EST

Playoff Broadcast Schedule: There will be a ~16 hour LIVE broadcast of the Online Playoffs split over 
two days (May 30th - May 31st), streamed to an NVIDIA twitch.tv channel.

2. Eligibility
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. NVIDIA (“SPONSOR”) IS THE SPONSOR OF THIS TOURNAMENT. 
THIS TOURNAMENT IS OPEN ONLY TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE 18, AS OF THE OFFICIAL START OF THE 
TOURNAMENT. (A) LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, MEXICO, COLUMBIA, COSTA 
RICA, AUSTRALIA, INDONESIA, MALAYSIA, NEW ZEALAND, THE PHILIPPINES, SINGAPORE, THAILAND, 
ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, CHILE, AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, BELARUS, BULGARIA, CROATIA, THE CZECH REPUBLIC, 
DENMARK, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, HUNGARY, IRELAND, ITALY, LUXEMBOURG, THE 
NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, POLAND, RUSSIA, SERBIA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, THE UKRAINE, THE 
UNITED KINGDOM, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN, HONG KONG, MACAU; (B) HAVE AUTHORIZED ACCESS TO A FULL BATTLE.NET ACCOUNT REGISTERED ON 
BLIZZARD’S BATTLE.NET SERVICE (A BATTLE.NET LIGHT ACCOUNT IS NOT SUFFICIENT FOR THIS 
TOURNAMENT) THAT IS IN GOOD STANDING AND WHICH REMAINS IN GOOD STANDING THROUGHOUT 
THE TOURNAMENT (THE “ACCOUNT”); AND (C) WHO ARE NOT RESIDENTS OF THE PROVINCE OF 
QUEBEC, CANADA OR RESIDENTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN STATES OF VICTORIA, QUEENSLAND OR THE 
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (THE “ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS”). (D) Directors, officers and employees 
of Sponsor, its parent, and any of their respective affiliate companies, subsidiaries, agents, professional 
advisors, advertising and promotional agencies, and immediate family and household members of each 
are not eligible to win any prizes. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. 
Eligible Participants must have an Account which includes a valid email address. Sponsor reserves the 
right to verify the email address provided to Sponsor by the Eligible Participant. (E) An Eligible 
Participant may only use one Account for the Tournament. 
Disclaimer.

Sponsor will not be responsible for (A) any late, lost, misrouted, garbled or distorted, inaccurate, 
incomplete or damaged transmissions or entries; (B) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, 
network, Internet, or other computer or communications related malfunctions or failures; (C) any 
Tournament disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Sponsor 
(although the Sponsor will take reasonable precautions to ensure reasonable safety); and (D) Sponsor 
retains the right to modify or delete content, data, digital cards, accounts, statistics, user profiles, and 
any information created, accumulated, stored or uploaded to an Account at any time and for any reason 
at its sole discretion.

3. Tournament Comprehensive Rules

Contacting Officials:
All contact with CEVO officials should be performed through (https://esports.geforce.com/support/) or 
TeamSpeak3 (cevots.gameservers.com:9366).

Sportsmanship: 
All players are required to uphold and observe a universal level of sportsmanship. Any unsportsmanlike 
action which can include, but is not limited to racism, profanity, rude/vulgar acts, abusive remarks, and 
disrespect of an official are not tolerated. Users who engage in unsportsmanlike conduct are subject to 
suspension, match forfeits, or any other punishment that tournament staff deem necessary.
Any accusations of unsportsmanlike conduct should be submitted in the form of a dispute and will be 
investigated by CEVO staff. 
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT DISPUTES WILL NEVER RESULT IN CHANGES TO COMPLETED MATCH 
SCORES.

Card Decks:
A. Players will use Hearthstone card decks that they have collected and set up on Battle.net servers
on Battle.net. Matches shall utilize a Best of 5 format with 3 classes per Player each match. No
cards will be restricted during the tournament (even in the event that new cards are introduced
before or during the tournament)
B. The first Player to win three (3) games will be determined to be the winner of the match
C. In the event that a game ends with both players “losing” simultaneously (“a Draw”), neither 
player will earn a game point, and the match will continue and another game played with each 
player using the same class and deck that was played in the Draw game

Amateur Division Match Format – “Conquest”: 
All matches will be played as a best-of-5 series (bo5). The first player to win 3 games within the match is 
considered the winner of the match.

Each player must submit three unique classes prior to each match of the event beforehand using the 
automated online system. Players will then announce these classes via client to their opponent at the 
time of the match. Players will not be allowed to switch out class decks once declared (i.e. freeze mage vs. tempo mage). A player must win one game with each of his three classes to win the match.
When a player wins a game, the deck used by the winning player cannot be used for the remainder of 
the match.

The losing player can keep the same deck used or switch to a different one of their choice.
Players will be told what classes their opponent has available, but they won’t know which class is picked 
until both players have picked.

Professional Division Match Format – “Conquest”: 
All matches will be best-of-5 series (bo5). The first player to win 3 games within the match is considered 
the winner of the match.

Each professional player must submit deck lists to CEVO staff from three unique classes prior to each 
week of the group stage of the event. Players may also submit new deck lists 48 hours prior to the 
online Playoff event.

A player must win one game with each of his three decks to win the match.
When a player wins a game, the deck used by the winning player cannot be used for the remainder of 
the match.

The losing player can keep the same deck used or switch to a different one of their choice.
Players will be told what classes their opponent has available, but they won’t know which class is picked 
until both players have picked.

Media and Match Broadcasting: 
CEVO reserves the right to arrange shared or exclusive casting of any match throughout the tournament. 
Media partners may be given the right to contact teams directly for match information to facilitate 
broadcasting. Teams failing to cooperate with CEVO’s media partners or tournament staff may receive a 
forfeit loss and/or be removed from the event.
Match Scheduling:

1) Matches that ARE selected by CEVO Staff for broadcast:
CEVO staff will notify players via the official match communication thread roughly one week in advance
if their match has been selected for broadcast. If a match has been selected for broadcast, CEVO staff
will set a match time that fits with the week’s broadcast schedule. This match time will be enforced and
is non-negotiable. Players that are unable to play at the announced time will be forced to forfeit their
match.

2) Matches that are NOT selected by CEVO staff for broadcast:
Matches are to be scheduled and played on or before the deadline date of each round. Failure to
schedule and play a match before the end of the deadline date may result in forfeit loss.
Players are required to contact their opponent through the official match communication thread prior to
the match deadline date to establish the match time and exchange account information for any and all
matches without a default time.

While communicating via other third party applications (IRC, Skype, Battle.net, etc.) is commonplace,
CEVO staff will only accept communication logs from the official match communication thread as
evidence in the case of dispute.

CEVO staff will schedule "default" match times for all group stage matches. If both teams fail to come to
an agreement for an alternate time, the default time will be enforced.

Match Making Process:
In order to get in contact with your opponent, participants must add each other to their friend list in the
game. Account details (i.e. BattleNetID: Player#1234) will be provided to all participants prior to the
start of the tournament. If a bug or other unexpected incident occurs in the game, both participants are
responsible for taking screenshots to document the incident. Screenshots should be provided to the
tournament administration.

Hero Reveal Process:
Prior to the start of a match, players will reveal their 3 hero classes to their opponent.

Match Start:
After Players have added their opponent to their Battle.net friends list, one player will challenge the
other. Once the challenge has been accepted by both Players, it may not be cancelled for any reason
unless authorized by a tournament administrator. In the event of a client crash a tournament
administrator should be contacted immediately to assess the situation and issue a decision.

Player Crashes:
In the event of a player crash, any games completed prior to the crash will stand. If there is a game in
progress, the player who disconnects will forfeit that game. Officials have full discretion in the event of a
player crash to reschedule games as needed.

Game Screenshots:
Each Player is required take a screenshot of the “victory screen”, including player name, class portrait,
and victory after each game and keep them for the duration of the tournament.

Reporting Match Results:
At the completion of the match the winning player should report the final score. Players are required to
report match results within 30 minutes of the match completion. When reporting match results, Players
will be required to upload screenshots of the final results of each game of the match. Any technical
issues should be reported to CEVO staff as soon as the match has completed.
If you have reported a match score incorrectly contact CEVO Support immediately to have the match
score fixed and avoid potential punishment.

Ties and Draws:
NO match will end in a Tie / Draw. If a game was finished in a tie so both players drop to 0 health points
in the same turn (both participants will see a "Defeat" as the end screen), the game will be remade with
both players using the exact same deck again until a winner is determined.

Rule Violations:

Players shall be penalized should the following infractions of the official rules occur:
A. Any Player engaging in Win trading will be disqualified from the Tournament. “Win trading,” is 
defined as intentionally losing a match with another player to advance one or the other’s rank
B. After the first game in the match begins, if a Player leaves the match lobby, or cancels the
“game challenge”, or leaves the Hearthstone game client for any reason, it is considered a game
forfeiture and the opposing Player will win the game. It is the responsibility of the opposing 
player to take a screenshot of the “Player has canceled the challenge” screen.
C. Additionally, once players enter into the game, if a Player leaves the game for any reason, the 
Player is considered to have forfeited the game, awarding his or her opponent one game point
D. If a Player selects a deck with a class that he or she has already achieved a win with, the game 
should be remade and both players may switch decks (the winner of the previous game being 
required to)
E. If a Player acts in collusion with another player to affect any results of the Tournament, or any 
matches that are part of the Qualification events for the Tournament, he or she may be 
disqualified from the Tournament.
F. If a Player commits violent acts, or threatens to commit violent acts, against any other player in 
the Tournament, any admin, or any spectators of the Tournament, he or she may be disqualified 
from the Tournament.
G. If a Player attempts to interfere with another player’s connection to the game service through 
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) or any other means, he or she may be disqualified from the 
Tournament.
H. SPOOFING - Any Player who allows another individual who is not the Eligible Player to play on 
his or her Battle.net account in a Tournament game, the Player shall be disqualified from the 
Tournament.
I. If Sponsor deems the Player to have engaged in any unsportsmanlike behavior, the Player may 
be disqualified from the Tournament.
J. The use of 3rd party programs to alter the Hearthstone client or competitive experience is
strictly forbidden and will result in an immediate disqualification.
K. It is forbidden to watch video streams and/or to listen to broadcasts of your own matches while
the match is still underway

Cheating:
Cheating in any form is considered a violation of the rules and will result in an immediate disqualification
from the tournament and one year suspension from CEVO events.
Cheating is considered any manipulation of server configurations, client configurations, graphics
settings, or sounds to gain an unfair advantage in game. This can also include, but is not limited to, the
use of any third party program not deemed legal by CEVO.

Dispute Process:
Every player has the right to dispute an opponent that they feel is in violation of the rules. All disputes
must be filed within 1 hour of the completion of the reported match. Playoff disputes will be limited to
15 minutes after a match has finished. All parties will be kept up to date on the details of a dispute via
emails from CEVO staff.

Evidence Requests:
If a dispute has been filed, CEVO will contact all the parties involved via email and request any applicable
evidence. Players have up to 24 hours to submit any requested material.
Players who fail to submit the requested evidence within 24 hours will have their matches overturned
and may face suspension.

Exploitation of CEVO Rules: 
If a player attempts to manipulate or exploit these rules in any way other than for its intended use, 
CEVO staff reserve the right to make a final decision and interpretation on the rule in question for the 
given event match and/or dispute.

Rule Updates: 
CEVO reserves the right to modify these rules as needed. This includes changes due to software updates 
or releases, and all other changes deemed necessary by CEVO, LLC. Teams should check the rules on a 
regular basis and prior to every match to ensure they are in complete compliance. Teams must 
understand that the rules listed are guidelines that CEVO will use to ensure good sportsmanship as well 
as fair and competitive play. All rules are subject to interpretation.
If you are witness to a rule violation, contact CEVO Support immediately to discuss the violation with
a tournament official.

4. Prizing
A. Winners are responsible for any and all other costs and expenses associated with their prize that 
are not specifically set forth herein
B. Prizes are not transferable
C. No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any prizes will be permitted, except that 
Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any prize
D. If any prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or potential winner does not 
respond within seven (7) days of notification, or refuses to execute an applicable document, 
prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner
E. All prizes are awarded "AS IS" and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied 
(including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular 
purpose)
F. FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL TAXES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, AS APPLICABLE, VAT 
TAXESAND CUSTOMS TAXES, WHICH ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY 
PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER

5. Collection of Information
A. The information necessary to operate the Tournament was collected by the Sponsor at the time 
that each Player registered to participate in the Tournament, and without limiting Sponsor’s
rights under its privacy policies with regards to its use of the information, will be used to contact 
you specifically for operation of the Tournament. 
B. The Tournament is not open to anyone under the age of 18, and in the event that Sponsor 
becomes aware that you are under the age of 18, the Sponsor will delete, erase or destroy any 
and all personally identifiable information related to the Tournament
C. In the event that you are a citizen of France and/or any of the other countries whose citizens are 
eligible for this Tournament, and pursuant to French law pertaining to data collection and 
processing, you are informed that the data collector is CEVO, LLC., and the data collected will be
transferred to the United States of America
D. Upon request, you will be provided with access to your personal data. You also have a right of 
opposition to the data collection, under certain circumstances. To exercise such right, you may 
write to "NVIDIA Hearthstone Pro-Am,” C/O CEVO LLC, P.O. BOX 1844, SYKESVILLE, MD 21784”. 
E. A Player may also withdraw your personal data upon request, however doing so will disqualify 
the Player from the Tournament if the withdraw request of your personal data is prior to the 
determination and fulfillment of the prizes listed herein
F. Information collected in connection with the Tournament will otherwise be collected in 
accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy, available at http://esports.geforce.com/privacy
G. By agreeing to these Official Rules, you are also agreeing to the terms of Sponsor’s privacy 
policy.

6. Sponsor Use of Entries
You hereby agree that in consideration of your being allowed the chance to enter the Tournament, 
Sponsor, its parent, subsidiaries and affiliates, shall have the perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide license 
and right to utilize your name, character, likeness, and a biography of you. Sponsor shall have the right 
to use, modify, reproduce, publish, perform, display, distribute, make derivative works of and otherwise 
commercially and non-commercially exploit your name, character, likeness, and a biography of you in 
perpetuity and throughout the universe, in any manner or medium now existing or hereafter developed, 
without separate compensation to you or any other person or entity. You agree to take, at sponsor's 
expense, any further action (including, without limitation, execution of affidavits and other documents) 
reasonably requested by Sponsor to effect, perfect or confirm Sponsor's rights as set forth above.

7. General Release
By entering the Tournament, you release Sponsor and any of its parent companies, subsidiaries, 
affiliates, directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents and agencies (collectively, the 
"Released Parties") from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action related to any 
claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the 
Tournament (including, without limitation, participation in the Tournament) or de livery, mis-delivery, 
acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, 
injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, 
rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or 
unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other 
theory. Some jurisdictions do not allow (i) the exclusion of implied warranties on applicable statutory 
rights, so the above exclusions and limitations may not apply in some cases.

8. License Agreement
Players are at all times subject to the terms of Sponsor’s Battle.net End User License Agreement, 
available at http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/legal/eula.html. Should any Player be found in
violation of the Battle.net End User License Agreement, such Player will not be eligible and will be 
automatically disqualified from the competition and Sponsor reserves all rights to claim any equitable or 
legal remedies for loss, and remedies under breach of contract, due to the violation of the Terms of Use
License Agreement.

9. Publicity Release
Sponsor shall have the right to utilize your name, bio and likeness in advertising or the Tournament as 
well as in historical promotion of the Tournament. Sponsor also shall have the right to have the 
Tournament broadcast or re-broadcast (including via Internet transmission and wireless networks) by 
itself and/or the broadcast without further payment to you in this Tournament Rules. 

10. Affidavit & Release
As a condition of being awarded any prize, winners will be required to execute and deliver to Sponsor a 
signed affidavit of eligibility and acceptance of these Official Rules and release of liability. In the event
that a winner is under the age of majority in his or her country of residence, winner’s parent or legal 
guardian will be required to execute and deliver such documents. Failure to return a signed affidavit 
within seven (7) days may result in forfeiture of prize. Potential winners are responsible for ensuring 
return of all required materials; proof of sending will not be considered proof of receipt by Sponsor. 

11. Winners List; Rules Request
A list of winners will be posted at http://esports.geforce.com no later than seven (7) days after the 
conclusion of the event and will remain available for thirty (30) days. For a copy of the winners list, send 
a stamped, self-addressed, #10 business-size envelope (4 1/8" x 9 1/2") to, “NVIDIA Hearthstone Pro-Am,” C/O CEVO LLC, P.O. BOX 1844, SYKESVILLE, MD 21784”. To obtain a copy of these rules, send a 
stamped, self-addressed business-size envelope to, “NVIDIA Hearthstone Pro-Am,” C/O CEVO LLC, P.O. 
BOX 1844, SYKESVILLE, MD 21784. Canadian residents may omit return postage. 

12. Miscellaneous
The Tournament and these Official Rules will be governed, construed and interpreted under the laws of 
the state of California in the United States. Eligible Participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules 
and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. Sponsor reserves the right to 
change these Official Rules at any time, in its sole discretion, and to suspend, cancel or modify the 
Tournament or any Player's participation in the Tournament should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human 
intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor's control affect the administration, security or proper play 
of the Tournament, or Sponsor otherwise becomes (as determined in its sole discretion) incapable of 
running the Tournament as planned. Due to server capacity and other technical limitations beyond the 
control of Sponsor, Sponsor reserves the right to limit the number of Players. Players who violate these 
Official Rules, tamper with the operation of the Tournament or engage in any conduct that is 
detrimental or unfair to Sponsor, the Tournament or any other Player (in each case as determined in 
Sponsor's sole discretion) are subject to disqualification from entry into the Tournament. Sponsor 
reserves the right to lock out persons whose eligibility is in question or who have been disqualified or 
are otherwise ineligible to enter the Tournament. If you have any questions about these Official Rules or 
the Tournament, send written questions to: “NVIDIA Hearthstone Pro-Am,” C/O CEVO LLC, P.O. BOX 
1844, SYKESVILLE, MD 21784”. 

13. Tournament Sponsor
The sponsor of the Tournament is NVIDIA CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS, 2701 San Tomas Expressway
Santa Clara, CA 95050.