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Secure your spot at WCS Montreal

Hans Oelschlägel
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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:

Place Prize Points Other
1st $1,600 200

Ticket to WCS Montreal
2nd $1,200 140
3rd/4th $800 90
5th-8th $600 60 -
9th-16th $400 30 -


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 - EU Open Cup #1
  • Wednesday, August 16 - EU Open Cup #2

EU Finals

  • Friday, August 18 - EU Playoffs Day 1
  • Saturday, August 19 - 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 - NA Open Cup #1
  • Wednesday, August 23 - NA Open Cup #2

NA Finals

  • Friday, August 25 - NA Playoffs Day 1
  • Saturday, August 26 - 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 in the 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 the StarCraft Twitch channel where none other than Yoan “ToD” Merlo and James ”Kaelaris” Carrol will be cover all the matches.

And don’t forget that you can follow ESLSC2 and esportstarcraft on Twitter, ESL StarCraft II on Facebook, as well as the WCS website to receive any further updates regarding StarCraft II tournaments and upcoming WCS Challenger events.