Montreal Canadiens ramp up esports investment, launch $6,500 tournament
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The Montreal Canadiens have launched the second edition of their annual NHL esports event, and it appears that they’ve started to take things seriously. In contrast to their first venture into esports, where they offered a limited prize pool to an even more limited number of players, their NHL 20 event will feature multiple LAN tournaments, giving more players the chance to win a share of the much larger $15,000 prize pool.
In contrast to their tournament last year, the Canadiens have opened up eligibility to all of Canada, as opposed to only those in Quebec. What’s more, the Canadiens will run multiple qualifying tournaments, both LAN and online, giving players more chances to qualify for the Grand Final.
The two qualifying LAN tournaments will be held at the esports Central Gaming Complex near the Bell Centre on November 23rd and December 21st, respectively. For players that are unable to make the trip to Montreal for the LANs, the Canadiens will also host two online qualifiers (one per console) with the help of World Gaming. The top eight players from these various qualifying events will compete in a Grand Final that will take place in the new year, on January 17, 2020.
Players will be able to register to play in up to four (4) qualifying tournaments – two LAN and two online. The Top 2 players across these four qualifying tournaments will earn a spot in the Grand Finals, where they will compete for their share of the $6,000 cash prize pool.
Each qualifying LAN tournament consists of two rounds – the qualifying round and the elimination round. Players will be randomly placed into eight groups of four and will play the other players in their group once each. The top player from each group will qualify for the elimination round and will be placed into a seeded bracket based on their performance during the round-robin.
The elimination round is a single-elimination bracket, where matchups are a Best-of-1 series until the finals. The finals will be a Best-of-3 series. The top two players from each LAN qualifier will earn a spot in the Grand Finals.
Each online qualifier (one per console) will be double elimination, randomly-seeded brackets. All matches are Best-of-1 until the semi-finals, where matches will be a Best-of-3 series. The top two players from each online qualifier will earn a spot in the Grand Finals.