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BadassWomenOfHearthstone Tournament

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Welcome to the fundraising campaign of the Badass Women of Hearthstone! We want to raise prize money for a Hearthstone tournament for women.

Here's our story:
When I (Ephyra) talked with toastthebadger about women tournaments, we both agreed at first that we don’t want to receive special treatment because of our gender in a competitive environment where gender doesn’t play a role. However, we also both agreed that there were way less women to be seen in Hearthstone tournaments as we would expect from the amount of female players.

There are a number of reasons for that phenomenon. From our own and other women’s experience we knew that being the only female competitor in a tournament can be intimidating. Also research implies that female role models are a significant factor when it comes to women and girls entering male dominated fields. But if the lack of women in competitive Hearthstone is a huge part of the reason why there are so few women in competitive Hearthstone, we have kind of a vicious circle. So our goal with this tournament is to break the cycle by not only highlighting the women who already play HS competitively but also by providing a comfortable environment for female players to dip their toes into the competitive scene.

toastthebadger already set up a Hearthstone tournament for women, which she unfortunately had to cancel due to her sickness. She died on the 29th of April but I know that she would have wanted us to continue with what she started.

Here's our goal:
Our first goal is to make the tournament toastthebadger planned happen, which means a Swiss bracket over 8 weeks followed by top 8 playoffs on NA and EU servers. We would love to have a decent amount of prize money as well as weekly prizes like card packs randomly drawn for all players who competed. We want to stream and cast games from all weeks and also the playoffs.

Our overall goal is not to create a womens’ tournament that is equal to other larger tournaments but to create a testing ground for women to play competitively and to cast games. We want to help them gain confidence and experience, to promote their talent and finally helping them to transition into the pro Hearthstone scene. If we manage to raise more money than our set goal, we will make additional tournaments, finance coaching sessions and anything else that helps support women and a diverse Hearthstone community.

What we already have:
- More than 400 followers on Twitter
- More than 40 supporters including well known members of the Hearthstone scene like L0rinda and StaceyofGotham
- A coaching lesson by TerrenceM and a coaching lesson by Teebs  for a random winner participating in the tournament
- Dreamhack tickets for both winners of the NA and EU bracket
- Tournament bracket administration powered by Matcherino with support by Th3RaT 
- Experience in all aspects of tournament organisation including stream production
- A Twitch  channel 
- A lot of motivation and ideas

What we don’t have (yet):
- Prize money :)

FAQ
How do you want to use the money?
Each bracket (EU and NA) will have a 1000€  (about $1130) prize pool if we reach our funding goal. Any fees that would reduce the sum will be covered by Ephyra.

Why do you raise money if you already have cool prizes?
Earnings are an important measure of success in esports and we want our tournament to contribute to the overall earnings of our winners.

How long will you raise money?
We will run the campaign until we know when the tournament will start.

When does the tournament start?
There is not a set date for the tournament start yet. 

Does the tournament take place even if you don't reach your funding goal?
Yes, definitively! Just with less money to win.

What do you do if you raise more money than 2000€?
Instead of raising the prize pool of this tournament, we want to have either more tournaments or pay for coaching sessions for women playing/casting Hearthstone.

Where do I get information about when the tournament will start and when registration is open?
Follow @BadassWomenHS on twitter or join our Discord

Are transgender and non-binary people allowed to join the tournament?
Yes, for sure!

If there are any other questions, feedback, suggestions etc., write us a DM on twitter (@BadassWomenHS) or email us (BadassWomenHS@gmail.com).
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Hello everyone,

We just started our last week of Swiss matches before the two playoff weekends (February 2nd/3rd for EU and 9th/10th for NA) are taking place. We have big news: Right before our final matches we were invited to become Twitch Affiliate with https://twitch.tv/BadassWomenHS!100% of revenue earned from Twitch will go into future BAWOH tournaments and projects. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our stream, to our players and of course thank you to all who donated to this campaign to make this possible!

Ephyra
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The tournament is now in it's 5th week and we are slowly heading towards playoffs! Matches for week 5 can be found here: https://bit.ly/2TdAqra (NA) and https://bit.ly/2QVoXQu (EU)

Our Top 8 double elimination playoffs will take place for EU on February 2nd/3rd and for NA on February 9th/10th. We will start each day at 10 am (CET/PST depending on the bracket) and try to stream as much as possible but also get matches done in parallel.

Additionally, we finally have a youtube account where you can watch past stream. Don't forget to subscribe for notifications about new VODs! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYUaX1cKu0cm1eFgPw4i3Jw
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Hello everyone!

The tournament started and the first results are coming in for this week. You can follow the brackets here: https://bit.ly/2PTMfG5 (NA) and https://bit.ly/2Bw6UXZ (EU)
We will have our first streamed match between AudreyKills and Slyssa on Saturday 7 pm PST on https://twitch.tv/BadassWomenHS casted by runhesaid and CinderAscendant and produced by Bemmie

Thank you for making this possible!
Ephyra
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We are happy to announce that thanks to a direct donation via paypal we reached our goal of 2,000€!
And we're also happy to let you know that registration is finally open, you can find and follow the tournament on Battlefy: https://battlefy.com/badass-women-of-hearthstone/badass-women-of-hearthstone-tournament/5bd5a7ccb6aa6e039d99e1bf/info?infoTab=details

Thank you again to everyone who contributed to this tournament and who supports women in competitive Hearthstone!
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