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2015 WCS Season 1

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[e][h]2015 WCS Season 1
League Information
Germany Cologne
United States Burbank
France Poitiers
Premier Leagueremier League
2 Group Stages,
Single-elimination Playoffs
Challenger Leaguehallenger
Single-elimination Bracket
Prize pool:
$281,000 USD
Start Date:
End Date:
Liquipedia Tier:
South Korea  Polt
South Korea  Hydra
Germany  ShoWTimE
Denmark  Bunny
Player Breakdown
Number of Players:
Premier League 32Challenger League 64
Number of Players:
Qualifiers & Challenger Maps
Premier League Maps


The 2015 WCS Season 1 is the first season of the new WCS after the unification of WCS America and WCS Europe into a unique championship.



Tournaments in each region will provide a certain number of spots into the WCS Challenger Leaguehallenger for a total of 64:

  • 28 spots for Europe, Middle East & Africa
  • 16 spots for the United States & Canada
  • 8 spots for China
  • 4 spots for Latin America
  • 4 spots for Oceania & South East Asia
  • 4 spots for Taiwan, Hong Kong & Macau

WCS Challenger[edit]

  • The WCS Challenger Leaguehallenger has the same region lock as the qualifier.
  • In each region, qualified players will face each other in a single Best-of-five match.
    • The winner of the Bo5 is seeded to Premier Leagueremier League.
    • The loser of the Bo5 is eliminated and may qualify through next season's qualifiers.

WCS Premier League[edit]

  • All 32 players, whatever their results, will start the next season in the WCS Challenger Leaguehallenger.
    • The Champion is the exception and will be seeded in next season Premier Leagueremier League.
  • Group Stage #1 (Round of 32): Dual Tournament format.
  • Best-of-three.
  • The 4 players of each group are split into two pairs and play each other.
  • The winners of these matches will then face each other in the Winners' match.
  • The winner places first in the group and advances to the Round of 16.
  • The losers of the initial matches face each other in the Losers' match.
  • The loser places fourth in the group and is eliminated.
  • The loser of the Winners' match and the winner of the Losers' match will face each other in a fifth match.
  • The winner places second place in the group and advances to the Round of 16.
  • The loser places third in the group and is eliminated.
  • Four groups are played in the ESL Burbank studio in the US, and four groups are played in the ESL Cologne studio in Germany.
  • The 16 Players advancing from the RO32 will compete onsite at a live venue location for the Season Finals event
  • Group Stage #2 (Round of 16): Dual Tournament format.
  • Best-of-three.
  • The 4 players of each group in Round of 16 will face off similar to Round of 32.
  • Quarterfinals: Single-elimination playoffs.
  • Quarterfinals: Best-of-five.
  • Semifinals: Best-of-five.
  • Finals: Best-of-seven.


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Prize Pool[edit]

WCS Premier League[edit]
Place Prize (USD) Points
1st $30,000 2,000
2nd $15,000 1,250
3rd-4th $10,000 900
5th-8th $8,000 600
9th-12th $6,000 400
13th-16th $6,000 300
17th-24th $4,500 150
25th-32nd $4,500 100
Total $217,000 12,250
WCS Challenger[edit]
Place Prize (USD) Points
1st-32nd $0 Premier League
33rd-64th $2,000 50
Total $64,000 1,600