Secure your spot at WCS Montreal

  • Blizzard Entertainment

The WCS Challenger race continues as we are approaching WCS Montreal! The fourth WCS Circuit stop is yet another chance for the best StarCraft II players to put their skills to the test and compete for $10,000 and 1,000 WCS points per region. Starting August 10th, the WCS Challenger will get underway, so make sure that you’re prepared.

The prize distribution per region will look as follows:

  • 1st Place: $1,600 & 200 WCS Points as well as a seed into WCS Montreal
  • 2nd Place: $1,200 & 140 WCS Points as well as a seed into WCS Montreal
  • 3rd-4th Place: $800 & 90 WCS Points as well as a seed into WCS Montreal
  • 5th-8th Place: $600 & 60 WCS Points
  • 9th-16th Place: $400 & 30 WCS Points

For anyone interested in reading up on the WCS Challenger structure for 2017, be sure to check out our previous article explaining the new format.

Sign up to the open cups today!

Schedule

As is tradition, the EU portion of the qualifiers will kick things off first in less than two weeks, starting August 10th, followed by NA one week later. You can find the step-by-step schedule for each region below.

EU Ladder

Players must complete 15 ladder games a day between Grand Master League promotion windows starting on Thursday, August 10, 21:00 CEST and ending on Sunday, August 13, 21:00 CEST.

  • Thursday, August 10, 21:00 CEST - Promotion window 1
  • Friday, August 11, 21:00 CEST - Promotion window 2
  • Saturday, August 12, 21:00 CEST - Promotion window 3
  • Sunday, August 13, 21:00 CEST - Promotion window 4
  • Sunday, August 13, 23:59 CEST - Grand Master League cut-off based on MMR

EU Open Cups

  • Tuesday, August 15 at 10:00 PDT - EU Open Cup #1
  • Wednesday, August 16 10:00 PDT - EU Open Cup #2

EU Finals

  • Friday, August 18 10:00 PDT - EU Playoffs Day 1
  • Saturday, August 19 7:30 PDT - EU Playoffs Day 2

NA Ladder

Players must complete 15 ladder games a day between Grand Master League promotion windows starting on Thursday, August 17, 21:00 EDT and ending on Sunday, August 20, 21:00 EDT.

  • Thursday, August 17, 21:00 EDT - Promotion window 1
  • Friday, August 18, 21:00 EDT - Promotion window 2
  • Saturday, August 19, 21:00 EDT - Promotion window 3
  • Sunday, August 20, 21:00 EDT - Promotion window 4
  • Sunday, August 20, 23:59 EDT - Grand Master League cut-off based on MMR

NA Open Cups

  • Tuesday, August 22 at 17:00 PDT - NA Open Cup #1
  • Wednesday, August 23 at 17:00 PDT - NA Open Cup #2

NA Finals

  • Friday, August 25 at 17:00 PDT - NA Playoffs Day 1
  • Saturday, August 26 at 15:00 PDT - NA Playoffs Day 2

Requirements

Players must be eligible to compete based on residency requirements outlined in section 4.4 of the WCS 2017 rules. To be eligible for the ladder race, players must complete 15 ladder games a day during each region’s four-day Grand Master League promotion window.

Starting at the Thursday promotion window, players will be required to play under the name that they wish to use during the WCS Circuit event. Please contact esportsteam@blizzard.com if you require a free character name change to compete.

All open cups and play-offs can be found on WCS section at ESL Play, so don’t hesitate to sign yourself up for your chance to become a part of WCS Montreal. Those primarily interested in watching the action live on stream, be sure to head over to StarCraft Twitch channel where none other than Yoan “ToD” Merlo and James ”Kaelaris” Carrol will be covering all the matches.

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