WCA reveal EU qualifier*

The second season of qualifiers for the $200,000 WCA 2016 Finals includes a European qualifier hosted by UCC and qualification information is now available.

* Update : A number of players, such as Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert and Nicolai "glace" Jensen, have expressed concern about the European qualifiers taking place during the off-season. HLTV.org has reached out to these players for further comment.

The World Cyber Arena announced their $200,000 foray into CS:GO back in March, which laid out three seasons of qualifiers, each one featuring a Chinese component and an international component, with the winners of each season meeting in Yinchuan in December where 1.35 million Yuan (~$200,000) will be on offer.

The first season's international qualifier was devoted to the APAC (Asia-Pacific) region and the offline finals in Beijing saw TYLOO emerge victorious over VG.CyberZen in the China Finals and Australian Immunity and Malaysian MVP.karnal qualify for the World Finals via the APAC Finals. 

Two European teams will compete against DD's TyLoo and five others in December

With the online portion of China's Season 2 qualifier having already concluded (VG.CyberZen and EHOME have advanced to the offline Finals), the event organisers have announced the European qualifiers to the Season 2 Finals, where two spots to the December World Finals will be on offer.

Unlike the APAC Finals, the winners of the European qualifier will not fly to Beijing, China for their respective Season 2 Finals. The duty of hosting the qualifier has instead been handed to UCC and it will be divided into four stages, which you can find outlined below.

  • Open qualification (July 16-20): Hosted by FACEIT.com, 512 teams max proceed through a single elimination, best-of-one bracket. Top four proceed to closed qualification.
  • Closed qualification: Single elimination, best-of-three bracket. Top two proceed to Group Stage.
  • Group Stage (July 25-August 15): 16 teams (14 invited + 2 from closed qualification). GSL Groups with best-of-three Upper Bracket and best-of-one Lower Bracket. Four groups and two best teams from each group proceed to Final Bracket.
  • Final Bracket (August 15-30): Eight teams in double elimination bracket (BO3 UB & BO1 LB). Grand final is best-of-three with one map advantage for Upper Bracket winner. Top two receive fully paid spots to the WCA 2016 World Finals in December.

The prize-pool for the European qualifier is:

1. - RMB 100,000元 (~$15,290) + World Finals spot
2. - RMB 50,000元 (~$7,645) + World Finals spot
3. - RMB 20,000元 (~$3,058)
4-8. - RMB 10,000元 (~$1,529)
4-8. - RMB 10,000元 (~$1,529)
4-8. - RMB 10,000元 (~$1,529)
4-8. - RMB 10,000元 (~$1,529)
4-8. - RMB 10,000元 (~$1,529)

So far the list of spots to the WCA 2016 World Finals is:

China TYLOO China CN qual. #2 China CN qual. #3 Other Invite Australia Immunity
Malaysia MVP.karnal Europe EU qual. Europe EU qual. North America NA qual. North America NA qual.

To sign-up for the WCA Open Qualifier by UCC, you can do so via the FACEIT portal here.

stich writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter

Denmark Nicolai 'glace' Jensen
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Germany AdiZen 
2016-07-11 21:27
really nice 123
2016-07-11 21:27
United States Tryx[M] 
2016-07-11 21:26
oo nice =D
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Go Tyloo
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Hungary StraYzie 
2016-07-11 21:27
Indonesia CoronaHypeZ 
2016-07-11 21:27
Bulgaria _Jonathan_e 
2016-07-11 21:27
France StickyRice 
TyLoo number one.
2016-07-11 21:27
Japan mameloff 
wtf plz fnatic plz plz plz
2016-07-11 21:28
Fucking awesome dude, this should be sick to watch. Let's go TyLoo
2016-07-11 21:29
2016-07-11 21:31
so is this european teams like fnatic nip navi ect ect or noob faceit teams?
2016-07-11 21:42
200k tournament, all depends if they wanna play
2016-07-11 22:04
oh so eu and na qualifiers with real orgs?
2016-07-11 22:24
Ukraine bia 
I think they will play, why not, it's a big tournament. And also it's important to promote their orgs in Asia
2016-07-11 22:38
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Finland f0pZ 
Too ez 4 ence
2016-07-11 21:49
wca sucks
2016-07-11 21:49
Aleksib | 
Finland f1nch 
What is UCC
2016-07-11 21:55
Uprise Champions Cup
2016-07-11 22:23
wasted spots, wasted money.
2016-07-11 21:56
Ez for North American team MVP.karnal
2016-07-11 22:06
ez for Gambit
2016-07-11 22:07
Easy scam chinese tournament, even more scammy than me
2016-07-11 22:14
So only 2 EU teams will attend? ROFL.
2016-07-11 22:20
a chinese tournament that could have a grand final other than tyloo/cz? incredible
2016-07-11 23:16
Canada mellowk 
Wonder who will bother going to the qualifier, I doubt there will be tier 1 teams there.
2016-07-12 00:05
2016-07-12 00:23
the finnish esport org i bet my house and liquors on ENCE
2016-07-12 00:26
Me too
2016-07-12 01:13
Well that's interesting, most t1 teams have August off
2016-07-12 00:24
China Maltose 
i heard that WCA 2015 final was a really bad tournament, hope they can improve sth this year :|
2016-07-12 04:13
China Tomaten 
2016-07-12 05:22
Asian CS >>>>>>NA CS
2016-07-12 04:23
Singapore Trisha 
Leggo mvp.karnal ^~^
2016-07-12 04:57
Can someone explain to me what is "off-season"? They decide to rest in the next few months?
2016-07-12 06:07
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
Sk to afraid of tyloo
2016-07-12 07:37
What the frack is an off-season in CS?
2016-07-12 08:17
Finland Kahvipollo 
ez winland
2016-07-12 09:01
INB4 asia rape EU and NA cs there ))))))))) BEWARE OF ASIAN PEOPLE THEY LIKEY RAPEY NEWCOMEY )))) BTW GL TO MVP KARNAL and TYLOO lets rape EU and NA
2016-07-12 11:38
Finland Hunajaperse 
Ence got this 1 ez
2016-07-12 12:08
Not sure why they're concerned about playing in the off season, its not like they're qualifying for any tournaments lately anyway "A number of players, such as Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert and Nicolai "glace" Jensen, have expressed concern about the European qualifiers taking place during the off-season. HLTV.org has reached out to these players for further comment"
2016-07-12 12:37
Everyday is off-season for Cloud 9. Stop complaining and try getting better at the game.
2016-07-12 14:02
Europe smaletski 
EZ for FalleN
2016-07-12 15:30
2 na spot isnt a waste?
2016-07-12 16:28
LLL goes to china????
2016-07-12 16:30
Tyloo rekt Sk last time and will probably do it again. Inb4 SK blames off season like all the other t1-t2 teams who are afraid of tylooo Ez 4 tyloo
2016-07-13 20:07
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