DeamHack Open Leipzig will be the first WCS 5000 Circuit Event of 2016, with 5,000 WCS points up for grabs and a great prize pool of $50,000. The event will feature a traditional DreamHack Open format—96 gamers will be split into two groups, before the top 32 overall players from each initial group stage move into a second group stage. The tournament will then conclude in a RO32 single elimination stage until we have crowned a new DreamHack Open Champion.
There will be an open sign-up to participate, as well as eight slots dedicated for the Circuit Passport Qualifiers (see below). All competitors need to be eligible for a WCS Circuit event, as outlined below.
In order to compete in the WCS Circuit, all participants must be a resident of a country within the WCS Circuit home regions. The 2016 residency requirements add greater clarity, more checks on time spent outside of the resident region, and a ladder play requirement.
WCS Circuit: eligible countries and regions
Europe, Africa, Middle East
North America (USA, Canada)
Oceania, Southeast Asia, Japan
Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau
All participants in the WCS Circuit will be required to verify their Battle.net account and provide proof of residency.
DreamHack will arrange Circuit Passport Qualifiers for DreamHack Open Leipzig. This means that eight competitors from six regions will be able to qualify for a tournament spot online, with their travel and accommodation provided by Blizzard Entertainment. More information about the qualifiers and dates will be released very soon. Slots will be distributed to regions as shown below:
Please note that to be eligible to qualify, the competitor must be a citizen of their representative region.
The sign-ups will open shortly, and info on competitor passes will be available soon. In the meantime, you can read more about DreamHack Leipzig here.
Tournament name: DreamHack Open Leipzig - StarCraft II
Event: DreamHack Leipzig 2016
Dates: 22-24th January 2016
Venue: The Leipzig Trade Fair
Game: StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void