The Grand Finals are not so far away so it’s about time we all jump aboard the hype train tank. Our first stop: revealing the 12 elite teams that will be competing at the Wargaming.net League’s biggest tournament of the year and inducting these commanders into the shiny new website.
So, who has been deemed the best of what the world has to offer, ready to battle for glory and a chunk of the $300,000 prize pot?
Representing Europe are Virtus.PRO, who took second place at the previous Grand Finals and Schoolbus who won the WGL EU Grand Finals and Rumble in the West. The aggressive and unpredictable Reforn and the young gunners YaTo represent China. ELONG, the runners-up of the last two WGL APAC Seasons and ARETE, the champion of three WGL APAC Seasons, arrive from Asia. Representing Russia are Natus Vincere, previous Grand Finals champions, and WGL Season 2 Champions HellRasiers. North America have RUlette, the winner of the WGL Season 4 Finals in the CIS, and the threatening eLevate. The two wildcards are Kazna Kru, winners of the European WGL Season Finals, along with newcomers Santa Claus and Six Deers.
You’re probably wondering which of these teams will be facing off. Well, if you missed the live seeding show that took place on the official Wargaming.net League Twitch stream, we can reveal the seeding list below.
|Group A||Group B|
|SCHOOLBUS (EU)||ARETE (APAC)|
|YATO (CN)||HELLRAISERS (CIS)|
|RULETTE (NA)||KAZNA KRU (WC)|
|Group C||Group D|
|NATUS VINCERE (CIS)||ELEVATE (NA)|
|ELONG (APAC)||VIRTUS.PRO (EU)|
|RG.RAZER (CN)||WPSC6 (EC)|
Day 1 will have the regional teams duking it out between each other in the group stages. These teams will have been whittled down to eight going into Day 2. The top two teams from each group will advance to the single elimination tournament. First it’s the quarter finals, then the semi-finals, and then on to the final to the grand champion.
If you fancy diving into all the Grand Finals intel, you can check out the website. There is also loads of other great information such as a rundown on each of the 12 teams and the EXPO XXI center, learn where they can watch the action online via Twitch.tv, and even share their predictions on who’ll be the champions.