Blizzards esports wing of the Heroes of the Storm team had a pretty huge announcement today! Just like the Dota 2 Battle Cup, Heroes of the Storm will be getting a new way for teams to qualify for tournaments. The Open Division is the next logical step for Heroes of the Storm. The formula has proven successful so why not adapt it here!? Here is the announcement from the Heroes of the Storm Site.
How it works
Teams of five will compete on alternating weeks for seven tournament cups per region, hosted by GosuGamers.
Points will be awarded to the top 16 teams in each tournament. These points will be tracked and on display at heroesofthestorm.com/esports.
After the first seven cups in each region, the 16 teams with the most points will be seeded and entered into a single-elimination playoffbracket.
Fight to survive
Twice a year, in the Crucible, the top two teams from the Open Division playoffs will challenge the bottom two pro teams from the HGC, whose spots in the HGC will be on the line. The first place team from the Open Division playoff will choose which of the two HGC teams on the chopping block they will face in their final test: a best-of-seven match for a spot in the next HGC phase.
The whole idea is a win-win for Heroes of the Storm, they get new blood into the Pro scene, and players get a chance to put their money where their mouth is. I’m looking forward to checking out the event, are you? Let us know in the comments below!