StarCraft II 2018 World Championship Series details announced

Olivia Harris 20 December 2017 NEWS

An all-new update to the StarCraft II circuit starts in 2018.

StarCraft II's World Championship Series ended on a high in November at Blizzcon 2017, but the highs of professional esports competition don’t end here. An all new season of StarCraft II has been announced by Blizzard today, bringing the old school RTS back into the spotlight in 2018.

The World Championship Series Circuit

Just as in 2017, the next season will feature all the previous WCS circuit events, but will now include an all-new kickoff event at the WCS Leipzig in January. This event, along with the three additional Circuit tournaments taking place over the year at DreamHack, make up the major qualifying tournaments for StarCraft II. The overall winner, or "Champion", will earn a direct spot in the Global finals at the end of the year.

WCS 2018

Regional tournaments and representation all remain the same, with two players qualifying from ANZ, four from Europe, four from North America, two from Latin America, two from China and two from the Asia Pacific region.

The new event takes place in Leipzig, Germany, where the WCS plans to start the year running, with various events and games set to take place in the early months of 2018.

Global Events

In 2018, there will be a total of three Global Events. First of these will be the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice tournament. The tournament champion at the IEM will have a chance at the WCS Global finals match, with rewards from the all new StarCraft II War Chest up for grabs (along with a sizeable prize pool of USD). A second War Chest will be rewarded at the 2018 WCS Global Finals.

WCS 2018 format

GLS vs the World will also be returning in mid-2018. This event pits different regions against one another in an electric and fan-favourite yearly tournament. More details are set to be released.

Beyond the World Championship Series

While StarCraft II is one of the older games in the professional circuit, it still manages to enjoy an incredible retinue of events all year round. With the World Electronic Sports Games, SHOUTcraft Kings and the upcoming IEM PyeongChang, the new year is set to kick off with a bang. Community events are being run year round, too, and with crowds and interest only growing bigger each year, fans will be treated to the full spectrum that StarCraft II esports has to offer.

More details surrounding these announcements and tournaments are set to be released closer to the event dates, but stay tuned for all the latest StarCraft II news and esports content on our esports hub.

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