The Blizzard sensation StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS) is returning for the WCS Global Finals 2019 this November 2019 in Anaheim, California. One of the first major series to be transformed in an eSports sensation, StarCraft II is continuing the successes established by its forebear.
Organized by none other than the game’s developer and publisher Blizzard, the StarCraft II World Championship Series WCS Global Finals 2019 will feature a total of 16 of the best StarCraft II players from around the world, including 8 players from WCS Korea, 8 others from the WCS Circuit, and the IEM Katowice Champion. These StarCraft pros will be competing for the first prize at the WCS Global Finals 2019, considered the top tier of StarCraft II titles.
Broadcast via traditional networks, AfreecaTV, DreamHack, ESL and StarLadder, the WCS Global Finals 2019 will have a $2,000,000 USD prize pool spread out across various events. For many, it is considered an honor just to be chosen to participate, let alone win the entire StarCraft II World Championship Series.
Given the complexity of StarCraft II as a game, this comes as no surprise. Featuring one of 3 in-game races that each have their own advantages and disadvantages, StarCraft II eSports’ matches are anything but boring. Entertaining an audience is easy, winning is not. But winning is the ultimate goal after all and fans can expect some heated and tough competition from the players that make it to the competition in Anaheim this autumn.
After all, that’s what the qualifying rounds are for – to weed out the best from the rest and this season’s contenders are some of the best ever to take to an eSports arena. To qualify for the WCS Global Finals 2019, players have to win one of the 6 tournaments put on this year which will guarantee them a spot in the Finals. Outside of that, players can qualify through earning points by participating in WCS leagues that are held throughout the year though a tournament win is the most surefire way to get a berth in the WCS Global Finals 2019.
Players initially compete in a group stage format with the 8 remaining going on to the Global Finals of the World Championship Series of StarCraft II. The global playoffs are 4 groups of 4 players seeded by WCS Korea and circuit accumulated points in a Bo3 dual tournament format with the best 2 players from each group going forward to the Global Finals. For the Global Finals, the tournament takes on a more intense approach with a single elimination bracket and Bo7 matches to determine the winner.
Matches are expected to be especially intense as this year’s contenders represent nothing less than the best. The Finals themselves will carry a massive $500,000 prize pool though, as we outlined above, there are multiple opportunities for teams to earn some money competing in StarCraft II’s biggest tournament. Whether or not we will see the same faces as last year remains to be seen as the competition this year is showing a marked tenacity compared with last year’s historically competitive tournament.
StarCraft II fans can stay tuned on the action right here on the official Twitch channel. For a list of the average odds for each of the players see this picture below:
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