A strong mix of experienced pros and relative newcomers have advanced from the field of 175 players to the single elimination round. There, they’ll have a chance at the $8,000 first prize.
The first round, played tonight, will eliminate a further eight players, before the top eight return tomorrow for the finals.
Among those up-and-coming players who are looking for a breakout performance are David “JustSaiyan” Shan, “Fr0zen” of Team Hearthlytics, and Gale Force Esports‘ Terrence Miller who topped the table after the nine rounds.
The top 16 isn’t without a few unknowns. “Jasm,” “Vinz,” “Insanity,” and “JBillyB” will be looking to complete a Cinderella story against the heavily favored opposition.
Among those who failed to qualify are world champions Sebastian “Ostkaka” Engwall and James “Firebat” Kostesich, as well as Wang “TiddlerCelestial” Xieyu, Jason “Amaz” Chan, and Aleksandr “Kolento” Malsh.