The year-long tournament is closing in on it’s third event; the Eastern and Western clashes. The initial qualifiers have already ended in December 2016. The HGC league play leagues are currently going on, which lasts from January to February. And after this event ends, the Eastern and Western clashes will begin, in March.
The tournament itself is open qualifiers. So, if you have a gold league team, you can join the tournament. There’s still a chance to sign up for the qualifiers, because the tournament resets in the Mid-Season Brawl (May/June).
While the clashes are still to come in March, the HGC League Play Weeks are currently going on. The participating teams will be from the North American, European, Chinese and Korean regions.
On this stage, eight teams from each region are pit against each other. The regional matches take place weekly. The matches are held in sets of best-of-fives and you can catch the livestream too! After five weeks of this league play, three best teams from each of the regions will be invited in the Eastern and Western Clashes. Which of course, is respective to their Eastern/Western regions.
The Eastern Clash features the top three teams from China’s gold league, three teams from Korea and one team each from Southeast-Asia and Taiwan. The eight teams will battle it out in a double elimination format. And the total prize pool for the Eastern Clash is $100,000.
The Western Clash has the $100,000 prize pool too. However, the teams featured are three North American teams, three European teams and one team each from Latin America and Australia/New Zealand.
For more details, including schedules (and… other stuff I might have missed on my research. Might have.), you can visit the official site:
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