Whilst European Overwatch still scans the horizon on a daily basis for their next major tournament, the HND Overwatch Invitational arrives to tide over teams and fans alike until Blizzard deliver us to the Promised Land. In the wake of the incredible conclusion of the European PIT Championship, the HND Invitational will continue to carry the torch and further showcase the depth and breadth of competitors in the European scene.
After fighting their way through grueling qualifiers, Alfa Squad, Owly Six, Team Singularity Gorillaz, böda socken earned their spots along with the 12 invited teams to compete for the €1,000 prize. With the teams now finalized, let's take a look at the format and groups tournament:
The 16 competing teams will be split into 4 groups with 4 teams each competing in a Double Elimination format with best-of-three matches. The top two teams from each group will then progress to the Playoffs. Playoffs will be played as a single elimination bracket with matches up until the semifinals will be played as best-of-three and the grand final in a best-of-five format.
The overall €1,000 prize pool will be split up accordingly:
- 1st: €600
- 2nd: €300
- 3rd: €100
Qualifier teams denoted by *
- English: twitch.tv/gosutv_ow
- French: twitch.tv/castersnest
- Russian: twitch.tv/overwatchruhub
- Polish: twitch.tv/highstyled
- Finnish: twitch.tv/tombhaonair
The action will get underway this Saturday, 22nd April from 8:00 EST / 14:00 CEST / 21:00 KST and as always we'll be covering all the action. So check out our event page and keep an eye on our match ticker.