With a live audience, a stunning studio and a top notch production value, the Summer edition of WGL (formerly known as GCS) had set the bar very high last season.
Since it would be hard to do it better, let's make it bigger! The cast will go from 16 to 24 players, a 50% increase that will mostly benefit Westerners. We will go from three to six and maybe seven slots this time around through three qualifying sessions !
Europe has been awarded four tickets, to be given during two qualifiers. As usual, there will be two open Qualifiers from which four players will join four invited ones to the final stage. The two best players from each session will go to Shanghai.
Netease has permitted Foggy to take part in both the WGL point race system and the European Qualifier. If he would qualify through both options, a fifth European would join the tournament in Shanghai.
This fifth player would be the one ranked third during the second European Qualifier.
Apparently, Netease was satisfied with Hunter's performance last season and decided to award two tickets for America this season.
Open Qualifier America : Saturday October 6th - 14:00 EST / 20:00 CEST (register here)
America Qualifier Main Event : Saturday October 13th and Sunday October 14th
Invited : Hunter, LongWalk*, Mackay, Walter
*LongWalk's participation is not yet confirmed
In the new system, the bottom sixteen players that will qualify for WGL Winter 2018 will play one another during a preliminary round. Only the eight best of them will have the chance to play the remaining bests.
This should give us closer encounters and more chances for our Western roster to finally win a BO3 in Shanghai. After six seasons, Foggy remains the only player who managed to pull this off... multiple times!
The tournament should take place in November, at a date yet to be determined.
The updated rulebook is available here.
Head administrators : Hundredkg, Ugrilainen
Official English casting by Back2Warcraft in cooperation with Hi2Chaco.
Official Russian casting for WGL Europe and Spanish casting for WGL America will be available.
Tournament powered by ESL. Special thanks to Dur0 for his work setting up these Qualifiers.
Good luck everybody!