Washington Capitals Announce $10K NHL 19 Tournament

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PRIZE POOL
$10,000
CONSOLE
PS4
START DATE
01/12/2019
FINALS DATE
02/22/2019
# OF QUALIFIERS
4
QUALIFIER TYPE
ONLINE
# OF FINALISTS
8
FINALS TYPE
LAN

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.


Key Information

Tournament Schedule

EVENTFORMATTYPEDATESTART TIME  
Qualifier #1Double Elimination (Bo1)OnlineJanuary 12, 201910:00 AM (EST)
Qualifier #2Double Elimination (Bo1)OnlineJanuary 19, 201910:00 AM (EST)
Qualifier #3Double Elimination (Bo1)OnlineJanuary 26, 201910:00 AM (EST)
Qualifier #4Double Elimination (Bo1)OnlineFebruary 2, 201910:00 AM (EST)
Top 8 FinalsSingle Elimination (Bo3)LANFebruary 22, 20196:00 PM (EST)
2019 Chel ClassicSingle Series (Bo5)LANMarch 19, 20197:00 PM (EST)

Tournament Prizing

PLACEPRIZES
1st$5,000 + Showcase Match + Tickets to WSH vs TBL
2nd$3,000 + Showcase Match + Tickets to WSH vs TBL
3rd$2,000 + Showcase Match + Tickets to WSH vs TBL

Qualification Process

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.

Tournament Format

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

For more information, please visit the official tournament website, hosted by smash.gg.


Results

Qualifier 1
RANKCOUNTRYPLAYER IDPLAYER NAMEORG
1Finlandi_Eki_iErik TammenpääTeam Sampi
2Swedeneken45jrHenrik EklundN/A
3CanadaRegs84Justin RegulySimplicity
4CanadamiviensMichael ViensMirage
5CanadaJoshfearlessJoshua D'EriLazarus
6FinlandKriketsi17Kristian VeijolaN/A
7USAJrPens91David RoebuckLazarus
8CanadaBouchRyan BouchardLazarus
Qualifier 2
RANKCOUNTRYPLAYER IDPLAYER NAMEORG
1CanadaRegs84Justin RegulySimplicity
2FinlandMrNipsuliRoni KajánN/A
3USAJrPens91David RoebuckLazarus
4FinlandKriketsi17Kristian VeijolaN/A
5USADaddyPadreTyler StewartLazarus
6USAHK_OFsJosh FussN/A
7CanadaBouchRyan BouchardLazarus
8CanadaBakyBrendan BakN/A
Qualifier 3
RANKCOUNTRYPLAYER IDPLAYER NAMEORG
1CanadaJoshfearlessJoshua D'EriLazarus
2USAKeso_PaghuniBrian DonaldN/A
3FinlandPleeMakerPaul ArontieN/A
4FinlandxteemuzzTeemu PolttilaN/A
5FinlandNieppiiJanne NiemeläN/A
6FinlandxSelanne8xAntero EnbuskeN/A
7FinlandxDoumiAaro RuuhinenN/A
8FinlandDreamickieVesa RajamäkiN/A
Qualifier 4
RANKCOUNTRYPLAYER IDPLAYER NAMEORG
1CanadaCanadiens-27Samuel LandryAB Titan Gaming
2NippinBiscuitsCharles FerrisN/A
3USAHK_OFsJosh FussN/A
4FinlandDominointiRisto JärviN/A
5PikkardzN/A
6FinlandburanaburanaSami PiiparinenN/A
7FinlandwillekunqWille JuntunenN/A
8FinlandArtuzioArttu MustilaTeam Sampi

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