"The Battle" is Coming
"The Battle" is an open online tournament that will give many teams the opportunity to rise to fame and also test their skills at Overwatch. The tournament will feature four online qualifiers before proceeding into the group stages. The total prize pool of the tournament will be $4,000.
Each of the four open qualifiers will have 32 teams competing in a single elimination, best-of-one format. The top four teams from each qualifier will advance to the first group stage, which will begin one day after the final qualifier is over.
The qualifier dates are as below:
First Qualifier - June 5
Second Qualifier - June 8
Third Qualifier - June 12
Fourth Qualifier - June 15
The first group stage will begin once the fourth qualifier is over, and more precisely, the day after, lasting until June 30. It will consist of four groups, each with four groups that advanced from the qualifiers. The format here will be round robin style in best-of-three series. The winner of each group will advance to the main event in July, and the teams on the third and fourth place will compete in the second group stage, starting on July 1 and lasting until the 17.
This group stage will have two groups, featuring a double elimination bracket with the aforementioned teams, that did not manage to proceed at once. Just like the first group stage, this will be another best-of-three series and the top two teams from each group will qualify for the playoffs.
Once all the eight teams have been finalised, the main event will take place, starting on July 18 until July 24. The main event will be played on a double elimination bracket, best-of-three format, up until the finals which will be best-of-nine.
The prizepool is distributed as follows:
First Place - $2,000
Second Place - $1,000
Third & Fourth Place - $500
You can find the registration links and read the full rules here. Registration is open up until the day before the qualifier starts so make sure you register and have your shot at fame and a couple thousands dollars.