Full Information on WCS Challenger Pre-season

WCS Leipzig is not far from us, and it’s time to prepare by holding the 2018 Pre-season qualifiers! This weekend, on January 5th through 7th, we will hold regional events for North America and Europe, with the top four finishers in each earning travel and accommodation to the main event in Leipzig, Germany on January 26-28th, along with their share of a $10,000 prize pool! Like in 2017, these finishers will also be automatically seeded deeper into the event than those who participate via open signups.


Sign up for Europe
Sign up for North America

We will use Challonge to coordinate and organize matches along with the Battle.net channel #DHde18. You can find a full ruleset here.

Format and Schedule

Each event will happen across three days this Friday through Sunday. Day 1 will be an open bracket that we play until 16 players are left. Day 2 will see those players seeded into 4-man groups with seeding determined by final 2017 WCS points, and with the top 2 advancing from each group after we play through a GSL-style dual tournament format. Day 3 will have the final 8 competitors play a single elimination playoff to determine the winner, as well as determining the final 4 players who will earn entry to the round of 32 at WCS Leipzig.

Day 1, Friday January 5th
Europe: 6pm CET
North America: 6pm PST*

*Please note this was originally announced as 3pm and the correct time is three hours later

Day 2, Saturday January 6th
Europe: 7pm CET
North America: 4pm PST

Day 3, Sunday January 7th
Europe: 7pm CET
North America: 4pm PST

At these times we will meet in the #DHde18channel on Battle.net to coordinate matches and community casters.

Stay Up To Date

Be sure to sign up for WCS Leipzig and secure your spot now!

Be sure to keep up to date for news and information surrounding WCS Leipzig at DreamHack Leipzig. You can find our Twitter and Facebook both at @DreamHackSC2, and at our DreamHack Leipzig 2018 event page. And of course wcs.dreamhack.com will continue to be our home for all information regarding the upcoming WCS Circuit events at Dreamhack. For more information regarding the StarCraft II World Championship Series, head over to wcs.starcraft2.com.

Ticketing information for DreamHack Leipzig can be found on http://www.dreamhack-leipzig.de/, as well as updates regarding other LAN events and esports tournaments. Watch and compete!