2019 WCS Winter Europe Preview

Post 26.1.2019

This year, the WCS season starts with something a little different. Blizzard introduced a tournament called “WCS Winter”, which replaces one traditional Circuit stop.

This 10-week program will consist of a two of 32-person online tournaments for America and Europe. Each has a USD $60,000 prize pool, and the players can earn WCS points from them as usual. The main events for both regions will happen live. There, the Top 6 will battle each other for a Championship title.


Joona is returning to competition in 2019 after a staggering year which saw him win almost everything

The Ladder Qualifier and the 3 Online Qualifiers for Europe have already concluded and Serral finished on top in the ladder race. This qualified him to participate in the Group Stage 1. On 9th of February he will meet Namshar, Ziggy and SoulSpirit in the Group H. If he advances, the Group Stage 2 will be held in the same format on 14th-17th of February. However, Group Stage 3 mixes things up a little, as it will use a Round-Robin format for the Top 8. 6 Players advance to the live portion of the tournament. It begins on 23rd of March and has an unusual “King of the Hill” format.

Format

First Group Stage:

  • 32 players in 8 groups of 4 players each, played in a Dual Tournament Format.
  • All Matches are Bo3
  • Top 2 players of each group advance to the next stage.

Second Group Stage:

  • 16 players in 4 groups of 4 players each, played in a Dual Tournament Format.
  • All Matches ar Bo3
  • Top 2 players of each group advance to the next stage.

Third Group Stage:

  • 8 players in a single group, played in a Round-Robin Format.
  • All Matches are Bo3
  • Top 6 players advance to the playoffs.
    • In the event of a tie, placement will be determined by map score. In the event of a further tie, placement will be determined by head-to-head record.

Playoffs:

  • 6 players in a single-elimination bracket
  • Placements in the KotH bracket are seeded according to the Third Group Stage Results
  • All Matches are Bo5 except for the finals, which are Bo7

Prizepool

Place $USD WCS Circuit pts
1st $12,000 1,600
2nd $8,000 1,100
3rd $6,000 875
4th $5,000 775

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