We’re pleased to announce an exciting new StarCraft II Event format for the Summer Championship, which will be hitting Raleigh on August 24-26. The StarCraft II Event will be comprised of three stages:
As in all 2012 StarCraft II Championship Events, the Summer Championship Event’s first stage will be a massive, double-elimination Open Bracket. The Open Bracket is again constructed so it is impossible to play the same player twice. New for Summer is the fact that Open Bracket match history will not be carried over into the latter stages of the Event.
Group Play has replaced Pool Play as the second stage of the Event, and there are some major differences between the two:
- Group Play is made up of four separate double elimination brackets.
- 32 players will compete in Group Play, with eight players per Group.
- 24 players–including the Top 16 from the Summer Arena and eight players that will be announced later–will start in Group Play. They will eventually be joined by the last eight Open Winners Bracket Players.
Like Pool Play, Group Play placement will determine a player’s starting position in the Championship Bracket. And like the Open Bracket, Group Play match history will not be carried over into the third stage of the Event.
The Championship Bracket is the third stage of the Event and like the Summer Arena, it is broken up into two separate brackets. Each bracket will progress until only one player is left. The final two players will then compete for the Summer Championship Title in the Best-of-7 Final match.
Check out the official Event Format, maps, rules, schedule, and prizes, and view sample brackets for Groups A and D of Group Play (groups B and C will function in the same way) and the Championship Bracket.
StarCraft II Summer Championship Registration is currently sold out, but passes may become available in the coming weeks. If you weren’t able to get one, join the Waiting List for a chance to compete! Keep your eyes on majorleaguegaming.com for the announcement of the Groups, the complete Open Bracket lineup, and full information about what to expect if you’re coming to the event as a competitor or spectator, or watching from home.