Washington Capitals Announce $10K NHL 19 Tournament
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As one tournament ends, another two begin.
Fresh off the conclusion of the “Leafs Gaming League” on January 3rd, 2018, fans of NHL esports can now turn their attention to the 2018 Stanley Cup Champions. The Washington Capitals became just the 3rd NHL franchise to enter the virtual hockey space when they announced their “Caps esports Face-off” and “Chel Classic” activations on December 17, 2018.
This two-stage event will pit the best NHL 19 gamers in Canada, the USA and select countries in Europe (Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic) against each other for a piece of the $10,000 USD prize pool.
Once all of the money is won during the Caps esports Face-off, the Top 3 finalists will be headed to the 2019 Chel Classic. These three gamers will represent the Capitals in a Best-of-5 showcase match against the three champions of the “Bolts Chel Challenge” – the Tampa Bay Lightning’s sister tournament, which was announced on the same day. More details on that event here.
For competitive NHL gamers, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The Maple Leafs just finished emptying their wallets during the Leafs Gaming League, and now two more teams have stepped up and opened theirs to the competitive NHL gaming community. Let’s hope this trend continues throughout 2019.
Fans can watch individual players live-stream their games during the online qualifiers by visiting NHL 19’s Twitch page. The Capitals will also be broadcasting the Top 8 Finals (02/22/2019) and the 2019 Chel Classic (03/19/2019) on their official Twitch channel.
Are you ready to play? Click below to register for the online qualifiers of the Caps esports Face-off.
The Caps esports Face-off consists of 4 online qualifiers. The top 2 players of each qualifier (8 total finalists) will be invited to a live, 1v1 tournament in Washington D.C. to compete for their share of the $10,000 prize and a spot in the 2019 Chel Classic. The online qualifiers will be held on 4 consecutive Saturdays, starting on January 12, 2019. Each qualifier will start at 10:00 am EST and will run until there are only 2 players left. It is estimated that each online qualifier will last 8 to 9 hours – start to finish.
Each online qualifier will consist of a double elimination, Best-of-1 format bracket, where the winners of the upper and lower bracket from the 4 qualifiers will move on to the Top 8 Finals. These finalists will then be grouped into a single elimination, Best-of-3 format bracket, where the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finalists will win their respective prizes. In order to decide 3rd place, there will be a Best-of-3 series between the losers of each semi-final. The Top 3 finalists will then represent the Washington Capitals in the 2019 Chel Classic – a 3-vs-3, Best-of-5 series against the corresponding Top 3 finalists of the Bolts Chel Challenge.
Key Eligibility Requirements
Must be 16 years of age or older to participate
All games will be played on the PlayStation 4 (PS4) console
You must be a legal resident of the USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland, or the Czech Republic
You cannot register for an online qualifier if you placed top 2 in a previous online qualifier
You cannot win both the Caps esports Face-off and the Bolts Chel Challenge