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WCS Winter Open Qualifier Sign-Ups Are Open

WCS Winter Open Qualifier Sign-Ups Are Open

About WCS Winter

Serving as a prelude to the WCS 2019 season, this 10-week program will consist of a pair of 32-person online tournaments—one for the Americas (including Latin America, Taiwan, ANZ/SEA, and China) and one for Europe—each with a USD $60,000 prize pool! For more information about WCS Winter, see the program announcement.
 

Requirements for Qualifying

To compete in the WCS Winter Open Qualifiers, you must have at least achieved Master League during the current or previous ladder season. You also must meet all eligibility requirements outlined in the official 2019 WCS Winter rules.

The slate of open qualifiers for WCS Winter will take place January 15, 19, and 20 for the Americas division, and January 17, 18, and 20 for the European division. Each day is a separate qualifier, and players may sign up for all three days of open qualifiers in their division, but a player who successfully qualifies on one of the earlier days will be unable to compete on later days.
 

Open Qualifiers Schedule and Sign-up Links

Note: All signups will close two hours before the day’s tournament begins!

 
  • January 15 - Americas Qualifiers Day 1
  • January 19 - Americas Qualifiers Day 2
    • This event will be played on the Taiwan server
    • Sign up here
    • First match starts at 16:00 China Standard Time
  • January 20 - Americas Qualifiers Day 3
  • January 17 - Europe Qualifiers Day 1
  • January 18 - Europe Qualifiers Day 2
  • January 20 - Europe Qualifiers Day 3

Ladder Race

The top eight players from the Europe and Americas’ ladders will automatically receive an invite to WCS Winter. The cutoff will be based on MMR and take place Sunday, January 13 at 23:59 CET (for Europe) or 23:59 EST (for Americas).

Players must complete 15 ladder games each day between Grandmaster League promotion windows (21:00 EST, 21:00 CET) starting on the Thursday, January 10-Friday, January 11 window and continuing through Sunday, January 13.

Starting at the Thursday promotion window, players will be required to play under the name they wish to use during WCS Winter. Please contact sc2admin@blizzard.com if you require a free character name change to compete.

  • Europen Ladder
    • Thursday, January 10, 21:00 CET - Promotion window 1
    • Friday, January 11, 21:00 CET - Promotion window 2
    • Saturday, January 12, 21:00 CET - Promotion window 3
    • Sunday, January 13, 21:00 CET - Promotion window 4
    • Sunday, January 13, 23:59 CET – Grandmaster League cut-off based on MMR
  • Americas Ladder
    • Thursday, January 10, 21:00 PST - Promotion window 1
    • Friday, January 11, 21:00 PST - Promotion window 2
    • Saturday, January 12, 21:00 PST - Promotion window 3
    • Sunday, January 13, 21:00 PST - Promotion window 4
    • Sunday, January 13, 23:59 PST – Grandmaster League cut-off based on MMR

For more information about WCS Winter, see the official 2019 WCS Winter rules.

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