WCS Challenger Qualifier Signups Are Open

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WCS Challenger Season 1 gives players a chance to compete for a regional championship, as well as a share of the $10,000 prize pool. Both Europe and North America have their own separate Challenger tournaments, and the top four players from each region will earn seeds at WCS Austin in early June.

Get Qualified

The slate of open qualifiers for Challenger Season 1 begins on April 7th-8th for the NA region, and April 9th-10th for the EU region. Each day is a separate qualifier, and four players from each day will qualify for Challenger. Players may sign up for both days of open qualifiers, but a player who qualifies on the first day will be unable to compete on the second day.

Open Qualifiers schedule and signup links:

  • April 7th - NA Qualifiers Day 1 (Signup link)
    • First match starts at 16:00 PDT
  • April 8th - NA Qualifiers Day 2 (Signup link)
    • First match starts at 16:00 PDT 
  • April 9th - EU Qualifiers Day 1 (Signup link)
    • First match starts at 17:00 CEST
  • April 10th - EU Qualifiers Day 2 (Signup link)
    • First match starts at 17:00 CEST
       

Ladder Race:

The top four players from the EU ladder will automatically receive an invite to WCS Challenger.

Due to a disqualification leading to an extra slot, the top five players from the NA ladder will automatically receive an invite to WCS Challenger.

  • The cut-off will be based on MMR and take place at 23:59 CEST (for EU) or EDT (for NA).
  • Players must complete 15 ladder games each day between Grandmaster League promotion windows (21:00 EDT, 21:00 CEST) starting on the Thursday-Friday window and continuing through Sunday.
  • Starting at the Thursday promotion window, players will be required to play under the name they wish to use during the WCS Circuit event. Please contact esportsteam@blizzard.com if you require a free character name change to compete.

EU Ladder

  • Thursday, March 29, 21:00 CEST - Promotion window 1
  • Friday, March 30, 21:00 CEST - Promotion window 2
  • Saturday, March 31, 21:00 CEST - Promotion window 3
  • Sunday, April 1, 21:00 CEST - Promotion window 4
  • Sunday, April 1, 23:59 CEST – Grand Master League cut-off based on MMR

NA Ladder

  • Thursday, March 29, 21:00 EDT - Promotion window 1
  • Friday, March 30, 21:00 EDT - Promotion window 2
  • Saturday, March 31, 21:00 EDT - Promotion window 3
  • Sunday, April 1, 21:00 EDT - Promotion window 4
  • Sunday, April 1, 23:59 EDT – Grand Master League cut-off based on MMR
     

Ready for Battle:

The following players have already qualified for WCS Challenger Season 1 due to their placements in the WCS Leipzig Pre-season tournament:

  • North American Region:
    1. Neeb
    2. Scarlett
    3. MaSa
  • European Region:
    1. Elazer
    2. Serral
    3. uThermal
    4. Nerchio
       

REQUIREMENTS:

Players must be eligible to compete based on residency requirements outlined in the WCS 2018 rules

For more information on WCS Challenger, check out the complete rules here.