Nerd Street Gamers announce Winter Championships circuit
The tournament organizer will run nine LAN events and six online tournaments that will lead into Fragadelphia 16.
Nerd Street Gamers have made public the details of their North American Winter Championships circuit, the existence of which was first teased in September during Fragadelphia 15.
Online weekly tournaments, six regional LANs, and three "Major" LANs will each offer a prize pool alongside leaderboard points towards qualifying for Fragadelphia 16, which will run from March 4 to 6. The top four teams on the leaderboard ahead of the tournament will all earn travel support and lodging to attend the event.
In a departure from Fragadelphia's regular formula, the main event will no longer offer open entry, and instead the top sixteen teams on the leaderboard will directly qualify. However, to keep the pathway to the tournament open to all, a 32-team, open entry last chance qualifier has been created, which will play out on March 3 and offer eight spots in Fragadelphia 16.
The eight teams from the last chance qualifier will meet the teams ranked 9-16th from the leaderboard on March 4, from which the top eight will advance to take on the teams who placed 1-8th on the leaderboard on March 5. A detailed breakdown of the circuit and its points distribution can be found here.
The three Major tournaments leading into Fragadelphia 16 will offer the highest sum of leaderboard points and a prize pool of $10,000 apiece, with up to 32 teams able to compete.
The locations, dates, and sign-up links for those are below:
The online events and regional LANs will offer $2,000 and $2,500 prize pools, respectively, with the former allowing up to 32 teams to compete, and the latter capping out at 16 teams.
The locations, dates, and sign-up links for the regional LAN events are:
Fragadelphia 16: Bakersfield, CA - October 16-17
Fragadelphia 16: North Brunswick, NJ - October 30-31
Fragadelphia 16: Brentwood, MO - November 27-28
Fragadelphia 16: East Falls, PA - January 8-9
Fragadelphia 16: Fullerton, CA - February 5-6
TBD Regional LAN - February 19-20
While the dates and sign-up links for the online tournaments* look to be:
Fragadelphia 16: Online #1 - November 6-7
Fragadelphia 16: Online #2 - November 20-21
Fragadelphia 16: Online #3 - December 4-5
Fragadelphia 16: Online #4 - December 18-19
Fragadelphia 16: Online #5 - January 15-16
Fragadelphia 16: Online #6 - January 29-30
*dates for the online tournaments may be subject to change based on conflicts with external events