The Assembly Winter 2018, sponsored by Omen by HP and Red Bull, is set to host four Finnish teams competing for their share of €10,000 EUR ($12,050~ USD) in the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre. Gigantti and ENCE eSports have been invited to the tournament, with the final two teams to be sourced from two qualifiers held this month.
The single elimination qualifiers will be held on the 13th and 14th of January and are only open to Finnish teams. The top team from each of these qualifiers will then go on to play at Assembly Winter alongside Giggantti and Ence on the 2nd and 3rd of Feburary, with the main tournament played across a double elimination bracket. All matches will be played in a best-of-five maps format. Games will be streamed in English and Finnish, with the broadcast talent and stream links yet to be announced.
The €10,000 EUR ($12,050~ USD) will be allocated as detailed below:
- 1st - €5,000 ($5,975~ USD)
- 2nd - €3,000 ($3585~ USD)
- 3rd - €2,000 ($2,390~ USD)
- 4th - €0
An award for the most valuable player of the tournament will be handed out by Red Bull alongside this prize money.
The Finnish Overwatch scene was one of Europe's strongest in 2017, producing Contenders Season One champions Gigantti as well as hosting multiple LAN tournaments. NYYRIKKI Esports, Nemesis and FC Lahti Menace are some of the current favorites to claim one of the two available spots at the LAN event, although signups for the qualifiers are still ongoing.