Shopify TSL 5 Bracket announcement
After two weeks of intense qualfiers, we're now just days away from the start of the main event. Which means that it's time to, finally, announce our bracket.
Before we get to the good stuff, we want to make two notes regarding the seeding process. We want to be transparent but also explain why this is not a conflict of interest, keeping the competitive intergrity of the EPT intact.
Creating the bracket
TL.net and Team Liquid have always been close which, in most cases, has been a good thing for both parties. In this instance, though, there are some potential problems. With four Liquid players qualifying for the main event, we want to make sure that the integrity of TSL 5, and the EPT as a whole, is not questioned. We therefore decided to give DreamHack full control over creating the bracket. We gave feedback on the seeding tiebreakers but the final decision was made by DreamHack, without any interference from Liquid staff.
The first round of the main event was seeded according to current EPT points. In this, there were two ties:
- Elazer and soO
- TIME and Future
We've chosen to go with a 24-man double-elimination bracket for TSL 5. So even if a player got a tough first round matchup, they'll still have the chance to take home the entire tournament.
The entire upper bracket will feature Bo5's. The first round of the lower bracket will be Bo3 but after that it's back to Bo5's for the players. Then when we reach the grand final, on the 7th of June, we'll up the ante and make it a best of 7.
Only the first rounds of the Upper Bracket shown. For the full, double-elimination bracket, check Liquipedia
The main event and scheduling
The bracket play of TSL 5 will start this Saturday, May 16 12:00pm GMT (GMT+00:00) with the first round of the bracket. However, the bracket will not play out in a strictly "top to bottom" fashion. We want to avoid scheduling players at very uncomfortable hours and may, therefore, move matches around. The matches will not be pushed to other days but will be scheduled when we know the full lineup for each day. Make sure you keep an eye on Liquipedia and our calendar to keep up to date!
You can catch all the action at Twitch.tv/TeamLiquid. See you there!
Oh, one more thing. Of course the TSL needs to have a couple of competitions. Keep an eye on the site to catch them, later on in the week!