Starting July 11, Red Bull Battle Grounds Atlanta will host 128 competitors at Center Stage Theater for three days of premiere StarCraft II tournament play.
If you haven’t registered to compete yet, here’s five reasons why it’d be in your best interest to do so. Immediately.
1. 4,000 WCS Points For the Taking
For the first time in the storied history of Battle Grounds, the competitions victor will now earn points towards Blizzard’s World Championship Series, which determines who will qualify for 2014 WCS Global Finals at BlizzCon. In all, 4,000 WCS points are up for grabs, which is sure to have drastic implications on the season moving forward.
2. The Opportunity to Best Polt, a Former WCS Champion
Players will have a once-in-a-lifetime shot at knocking out former WCS champion Polt, who will try to earn a seat at the Grand Finals in Washington, D.C., after falling to Scarlett at Day Three of Battle Grounds North America. He’s trying to take your spot, and it’s your job to let him know that that seat’s saved.
3. Compete in Atlanta’s First Ever Major StarCraft II Tournament
Strangely enough, one of the most storied and culturally diverse cities the U.S. has to offer has been inexplicably absent from StarCraft II’s competitive scene. After July 13 however, that will no longer be the case, and rightly so. Atlanta’s supposed to be the city where the players play, isn’t it?
4. Secure an Invite to the Battle Grounds Grand Finals
PartinG and sOs were invited to this season’s Grand Finals event after finishing Top 2 at Battle Grounds NYC last November. Now that we’ve found a champion in North America thanks to Scarlett’s Day Three stunner against Polt, competitors have a better idea of what’s at stake: the opportunity to trounce seven of the best players StarCraft II has to offer and win your share of $50,000 at the big show.
5. $25,000 in Prize Money Waiting to be Claimed
Everyone’s gotta pay the bills, and emerging from Atlanta triumphant would net you quite the pay check. The Top 32 competitors will finish in the money while the Top 16 will walk away with WCS points – a full breakdown of which can be found below.
Prize Money and WCS Points Breakdown
1st: $8,000, 750 WCS points – Invitation & all-expense-paid trip to $50,000 Battle Grounds Grand Finals in Washington DC – September 20 & 21.
2nd: $4,000, 400 WCS points
3rd/4th: $1,700, 375 WCS points
5th-8th: $800, 250 WCS points
9th-16th: $400, 125 WCS points
Registration is now open for Atlanta and both single-day tickets and three-day passes are available for spectators. If you can’t make it to Atlanta, you can stream all the action live from BattleGrounds.RedBull.com