WCS Challenger Season 3 Details and Signup Information

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Please note the start time for EU Qualifiers Day 1 has changed to 18:00 CEST.

The World Championship Series (WCS) Challenger tournament is a crucial piece of the puzzle for aspiring and 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 at BlizzCon.

Here are all the latest details for WCS Challenger Season 3:

Qualifying for Challenger

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

  • Four players will qualify from their final placement in WCS Challenger Season 2
  • Four players will qualify from their rank in the Season 3 Ladder Race
  • Eight players will qualify from the online open qualifiers

Requirements for Open Qualifiers

To compete in the WCS Europe or North America Season 3 Open Qualifiers, you must have at least achieved Master League in the appropriate Blizzard Battle.net region (Americas or Europe) during this, or the previous, Ladder Season. You also must meet all eligibility requirements outlined in the WCS Rules.

The slate of open qualifiers for Challenger Season 3 takes place on July 24–25 for both the EU and NA regions. Each day is a separate qualifier for each region, and four players from each day will qualify for Challenger from each region. 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.

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

Open Qualifiers schedule and signup links:

Note that all signups will close two hours before the day’s tournament begins.

  • July 24—EU Qualifiers Day 1 (Signup link)
    • First match starts at 18:00 CEST
  • July 25—EU Qualifiers Day 2 (Signup link)
    • First match starts at 16:00 CEST
  • July 24—NA Qualifiers Day 1 (Signup link)
    • First match starts at 16:00 PDT
  • July 25—NA Qualifiers Day 2 (Signup link)
    • First match starts at 16:00 PDT 

Ladder Race

The top four qualifying players from the EU and NA ladders will automatically receive an invite to WCS Challenger.

  • The cut-off will be based on MMR and will take place at 23:59 CEST (for EU) or 23:59 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 sc2admin@blizzard.com if you require a free character name change to compete.
     

EU Ladder

  • Thursday, July 19, 21:00 CEST—Promotion window 1
  • Friday, July 20, 21:00 CEST—Promotion window 2
  • Saturday, July 21, 21:00 CEST—Promotion window 3
  • Sunday, July 22, 21:00 CEST—Promotion window 4
  • Sunday, July 22, 23:59 CEST—Grandmaster League cut-off based on MMR

NA Ladder

  • Thursday, July 19, 21:00 EDT—Promotion window 1
  • Friday, July 20, 21:00 EDT—Promotion window 2
  • Saturday, July 21, 21:00 EDT—Promotion window 3
  • Sunday, July 22, 21:00 EDT—Promotion window 4
  • Sunday, July 22, 23:59 EDT—Grandmaster League cut-off based on MMR

Ready for Battle:

The following players have already qualified for WCS Challenger Season 3 due to their placements in the WCS Challenger Season 2 tournament:

  • North American Region:
    1. TRUE
    2. puCK
    3. Scarlett
    4. Silky
  • European Region:
    1. Serral
    2. Namshar
    3. Snute
    4. MaNa

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

Challenger Schedule

The main WCS Challenger tournament will run beginning August 11, 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:

  • August 11: 7 a.m.–4 p.m. PDT
  • August 12: 7 a.m.–4 p.m. PDT
  • August 18: 7 a.m.–4 p.m. PDT
  • August 19: 7 a.m.–4 p.m. PDT
  • August 25 (EU Finals): 5 a.m.–3 p.m. PDT
  • August 26 (NA Finals): 11 a.m.–9 p.m. PDT
     

Prizing

The top four WCS Challenger players in both North America and Europe will receive invites to the Round of 32 at WCS Montreal. Based on their performances in this 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 third season of WCS Challenger 2018 begins in August with pro players beginning the fight for European and North American crowns and beyond.