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Open Qualifiers: Single Elimination

NA will have two (2) qualifiers per region - Northeast, East, Central and West - totaling eight (8) Open Qualifiers. The final eight (8) teams from each qualifier (total of 16 teams per region) will advance to the Closed Qualifiers.

EU will have a total four (4) open qualifiers with the final four (4) teams of each qualifier advancing to the Closed Qualifiers (total of 16 teams).

Tournament Format: BO3, Single Elimination

Closed Qualifiers: Double Elimination

NA will have a total of four (4) closed qualifiers, one (1) per region. The final 4 teams from each region will advance to the Regional Finals which will be played on LAN at designated locations (total of 16 teams).

EU will have one (1) closed qualifier consisting of the Top 16 teams from the EU Open Qualifiers with the top 4 teams advancing directly to the Grand Finals.

Tournament Format: BO5, Double Elimination

Regional Finals: Double Elimination (NA only)

There will be a total of four (4) Regional Finals, one (1) per region. The winner from each region will advance to the Grand Finals (total of 4 teams).

Tournament Format: BO5, Double Elimination

Grand Finals

The Grand Finals will consist of the winner of each NA Regional Final and top 4 teams from the EU Closed Qualifiers (total of 8 teams).

Tournament Format: BO5, Double Elimination until two (2) teams remain, then it will switch to BO7.

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Tournament Flowchart

Check out the tournament flowchart we’ve created below to help players and fans better visualize the stages they will need to go through to make it to the Grand Finals!

Open QualifiersSingle elimination
Closed QualifiersDouble elimination
Regional FinalDouble elimination
Grand FinalDouble elimination
Northeast Open Qualifier #1Top 8 ProgressesMay 28 – 29
Northeast Open Qualifier #2Top 8 ProgressesJune 11 – 12
Northeast Closed QualifierTop 4 ProgressesJuly 3 – 5
Northeast Regional FinalsWinner ProgressesNew York, NYJuly 29
East Open Qualifier #1Top 8 ProgressesJune 4 – 5
East Open Qualifier #2Top 8 ProgressesJune 18 – 19
East Closed QualifierTop 4 ProgressesJune 26 – 28
East Regional FinalsWinner ProgressesWashington, DCJuly 28
Central Open Qualifier #1Top 8 ProgressesJune 13 – 14
Central Open Qualifier #2Top 8 ProgressesJune 16
Central Closed QualifierTop 4 ProgressesJuly 24 – 26
Central Regional FinalsWinner ProgressesChicago, ILAugust 5
West Open Qualifier #1Top 8 ProgressesJune 17
West Open Qualifier #2Top 8 ProgressesJune 20 – 21
West Closed QualifierTop 4 ProgressesJuly 31 – August 2
West Regional FinalsWinner ProgressesSan Francisco, CAAugust 11
Europe Open Qualifier #1Top 4 ProgressesJune 25 – 26
Europe Open Qualifier #2Top 4 ProgressesJune 27 – 28
Europe Open Qualifier #3Top 4 ProgressesJuly 2 – 3
Europe Open Qualifier #4Top 4 ProgressesJuly 4 – 5
Europe Closed QualifierTop 4 ProgressesAugust 7 – 9
Grand FinalsLive Venue8 TeamsStamford, CTAugust 24 – 28
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