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More information has now been announced on the upcoming ESL Atlantic Showdown tournament with details how you can sign you and your team up to play against the best teams from EU and NA. Can you fight it out for Overwatch's biggest prize pool, $100,000?

We'll no doubt see teams like Reunited and Cloud9 fighting for that top spot but I hope we get to see plenty of newcomers who can fight their way through the qualifiers for a chance to play in the finals at Gamescom this August.

ESL have released details on qualifying dates and details on how to apply.

Schedule and format
July 4-5: EU Open Qualifier #1
July 11-12: EU Open Qualifier #2
July 18-19: EU Open Qualifier #3
July 25-26: EU Open Qualifier #4
July 6-7: NA Open Qualifier #1
July 13-14: NA Open Qualifier #2
July 20-21: NA Open Qualifier #3
July 27-28: NA Open Qualifier #4

In each cup, four teams qualify for their respective regional final.

Day 1 of open qualifiers:
Start at 18:00 CEST for EU, 12pm PDT for NA
Best of one from start to Ro128
Best of three from Ro128 to Ro16

Day 2 of open qualifiers:
Start at 18:00 CEST for EU, 12:00 PM PDT for NA
Best of five for Ro8
The qualifier finals will take place on August 1-2 starting at 18:00 CEST for Europe and August 3-4 from 12:00 PDT for North America.


If you think you and your mates have what it takes make sure you apply for the qualifiers now.

Apply for EU

Apply for NA


ESL have decided the match formats will follow the same set as we will see in the upcoming Competitive play format which is still being publicly tested. Blizzard have posted a discussion forum on their website if you want more information on whats to come for the new and highly anticipated mode.

For more information on the ESL AS tournament like sign up details and/or more details on the rules/format go check out the official statement from ESL.

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