Hot off the heels of WCS Challenger Season 1, we’re ready to launch into the next chapter of North American and European StarCraft II esports. WCS Challenger Season 2 is just around the corner, so here’s what you need to know.
In each region:
North American Challengers:
Please read carefully: the ladder race dates have changed.
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 on June 2, 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 in 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. If you have already competed in the WCS under a name in 2019, you must use that same name for subsequent WCS competitions unless you receive permission from Blizzard to have a name change. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require a free character name change to compete.
Please read carefully: Open Qualifier dates have changed.
Note: Signups will open on May 7 and will close two hours before the day’s tournament begins.
The main WCS Challenger tournament will begin June 8, 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 will be 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 8: From 7 a.m. PDT (4 p.m. CEST)
June 9: From 7 a.m. PDT (4 p.m. CEST)
June 15: From 7 a.m. PDT (4 p.m. CEST)
June 16: From 7 a.m. PDT (4 p.m. CEST)
June 22 - EU Finals: From 2 p.m. CEST (5 a.m. PDT)
June 23 - NA Finals: From 11 a.m. PDT (8 p.m. CEST)
The top four WCS Challenger players in both North America and Europe will receive invites to Group Stage 3 at WCS Spring. Based on their performances in this season of WCS Challenger, the field of players receive cash prizes and WCS Points as follows:
|1st||200 WCS points||USD $1,600|
|2nd||140 WCS points||USD $1,200|
|3rd-4th||90 WCS points||USD $800|
|5th-8th||60 WCS points||USD $600|
|9th-16th||30 WCS points||USD $400|
Catch us this weekend on the StarCraft Twitch channel, joined by Jessica “ZombieGrub” Chernega, Nathan “Nathanias” Fabrikant, Geoff “iNcontroL” Robinson and Ravi “feardragon” Pareek and Kevin "Rotterdam" Van der Kooi. We'll also be bringing you all the action in an additional eight languages thanks to our community partners: