NESL runs a high-level league for League of Legends with 30 of the top teams from North American playing. The top 16 of those teams will be playing for a $5,000 prize pool. Also at stake is a wide variety of more abstract things, like seeding in future NESL events, season 2 circuit points, and invitations to next season’s elite league.
Almost every top North American team will be competing. This includes CLG, TSM, Dignitas, Curse, A Picture of a Goose, Complexity, v8, RFLX, and a myriad of others. The only major exception is Epik Gamer.
Here is a summary of the teams that are going to be playing tomorrow. The rankings I’ve written down are merely where they are at one specific point of time and may or may not represent that player’s true skill. Remember that two teams from each of these groups will be moving on to the tournament bracket.
The WCG are an Olympics-style tournament where the best teams from each country compete. The 2010 World Cyber Games was also one of, if not the first, major tournament for League of Legends (and won by Counter Logic Gaming). It’s happening over four days starting soon.
There was lots of drama for the qualifiers for this year surrounding the Dignitas and CDE forced rematch and the potential grudge match could be actually be coming. Of course it might not as well.
Many of the teams competing were formed just for this tournament (although not all, like Dignitas and Flash), so if you see lots of unfamiliar names that’s why.
When: due to the event taking place in Korea the times might be a little off-kilter from what a lot of people are used to (similar to how IEM Guangzhou was). They should manageable for West Coast people, somewhat tolerable for East Coast people, and somewhat hellish for the European market. Sorry Europe.
Times translated into Pacific Standard time.
Dec. 7th (group A and B) – 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Dec. 8th (group C and D) – 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 9th (bracket play) – 9:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Dec. 10th (final rounds) – 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Stream: Official stream at World Cyber Games website
Teams are aiming for one of these three spots to advance to Kiev
Eight of the top North American teams (Counter Logic Gaming, Dignitas, Team SoloMid, Epik, v8 e-sports, A Picture of a Goose, Complexity, and Curse) will compete for the chance to go to IEM Kiev. The top three teams will advance. These are the same eight teams that competed in IGN Pro League, so this is a rematch of sorts.
Matches are best of three and the tournament is double elimination.
Streams: NESL has been running official streams on their twitch channels (NESL TV Channel 1). There’s no word if these games are being streamed but given their recent activity it’s a good bet they will be. May or may not be streamed by players.
CLG, v8, Goose, and TSM have all claimed their spots in the finals qualifiers, but four spots still remain. Complexity, RFLX, Curse, Dignitas, and unRestricted are some of the stronger teams still competing for a spot. There’s also a rumor that Epik, who did not compete in the first pre-qualifier because of money issues, have now found funding and will be playing (rumor disclaimer: this may be false, don’t go spreading it around like it’s a fact). If Epik is competing the space available becomes even tighter.
Bracket: Here (totally blank right now, probably not going to update until twenty minutes before starting)
Time: Saturday morning to evening (around 12:00 PST probably, start times for these qualifiers not widely publicized)
Epik, Team SoloMid, Dignitas, and RFLX will compete for a $30,000 prize pool at MLG Providence. This is three of the top four North American teams and RFLX Gaming, who passed CLG because of roster problems which forced a disqualification.
Time: First two rounds begin 10:00 a.m. EST on Saturday, the final two rounds begin 3:30 p.m. EST on Sunday
Stream: Official streams with shoutcasters
IEM Kiev Final Qualifiers for Europe
Sixteen teams will compete for the European slots at IEM Kiev. Top three advance to Kiev. Fnatic is already out as they did not pass the qualifiers, so what European teams will step up is a somewhat open question.
Time: Rounds begin at 15:00 CET (9:00 a.m. EST) on Saturday
Stream: No official stream, may be streamed by players
Edit (11/17): actually there is is an official stream. ESL’s own3d channel watching the games live.