The Latest Details for WCS Challenger Season 2

  • Blizzard Entertainment

The World Championship Series (WCS) Challenger tournament is a crucial piece of the puzzle for aspiring and seasoned pro StarCraft® II players. In addition to seeking the title of regional champion in the European and North American Challenger events, players can win prize money and those all-important WCS points, which count toward qualifying for the WCS Global Finals.

Here are all the latest details for WCS Challenger Season 2:

Qualifying for Challenger

Sixteen players in North America and another 16 in Europe will qualify for this season of WCS Challenger. In each region:

  • 4 players will qualify from their final placement in WCS Challenger Season 1
  • 4 players will qualify from their rank in the Season 2 Ladder Race
  • 8 players will qualify from the online open qualifiers

Ladder Qualifiers

  • Top 4 players from the respective ladder (NA/EU) automatically advance to WCS Challenger
  • The cut-off will be based on overall rating and take place Sunday May 27 at 11:59 p.m. in CEST (for Europe) and EDT (for North America)


Signups for the Challenger open qualifier events are coming soon. In each region, players will have two days to show they have what it takes to compete in the European or North American Challenger event.

  • North America qualifiers will run June 6-7.
  • Europe qualifiers will run June 7-8.

The main WCS Challenger tournament will run beginning June 13, with the first half of each broadcast day dedicated to Europe and the second half focused on North America.

In both Europe and North America Challenger there will be a group stage featuring four groups of four players each. The “dual tournament” format will see the first player to win two matches in a group advance to the knockout phase, while the first to lose two matches is eliminated. The remaining two players will battle for the group’s last spot in the single-elimination playoff. The full tournament breaks down as follows:

  • June 13: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PDT
  • June 14: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PDT
  • June 16: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PDT
  • June 17: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PDT
  • June 23 (EU Finals): 5:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PDT
  • June 24 (NA Finals): 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. PDT


The top four WCS Challenger players in both North America and Europe will receive invites to the Round of 32 at WCS Valencia. Based on their performances in the first season of WCS Challenger, the field of players receive cash prizes and WCS Points as follows:

1st Place

200 WCS Points

$1,600 USD

2nd Place

140 Points

$1,200 USD

3rd - 4th Places

90 WCS Points

$800 USD

5th - 8th Places

60 WCS Points

$600 USD

9th - 16th Places

30 WCS Points

$400 USD

Join us as the second season of WCS Challenger 2018 begins in June with pro players beginning the fight for European and North American crowns and beyond.