The ESL support the amateur/semi-pro scene with its Weekly Cups. One of the most disputed cups is the Americas Open. It was known as "NA Open Cup" and recently got rebranded and now embraces, officially, the whole American continent.
Everything else is the same.
All players no matter where you are from or what league you are in are welcome to compete!
- It Runs every Sunday at 5PM CST;
- The Prize Pool still is $50 - winner takes all;
- Ro128 and Ro64 matches are Bo1;
- Ro32, Ro16, Ro8 and Ro4 matches are Bo3;
- Finals is a Bo5.
The best way to stay up to date on when the Cups take place and communicate during the cups is to join the ESL NA group in SC2.
NOTE: With the new interface the ESL NA group chat can be accessed by the command "/join ESL NA".
About the Game Servers in the Americas region:
The rules concerning the game servers were update:
Since the ESL Americas Open is organized by the ESL NA, the main " game server" within the Americas region to be used on the tournament will be:
ODR1-S2 - Central United States
After signing up and checking in, all players in any edition of the Americas Open agree with this rule. And there is only one exception to that:
If both players are from geographic locations that are favored by a game servers different from the one stated before, they are allowed to play on the respective one.
In case of two players from South Korea facing each other, they are allowed to select the "AU1-S2 - Australia". The same is valid to the case of two Brazilian players, they are allowed to play on the "SA1-S2 - Brazil" game server.
In order to have a match played outside the Americas region, in the case of two European players facing each other, they must contact and admin in-game before switching regions.
In the case of any different combination:
- NA vs EU
- NA vs KR
- KR vs EU
- SEA vs NA
- SEA vs EU
- SEA vs LatAm
- LatAm vs KR
- LatAm vs NA
- LatAm vs EU
The default game server is the one stated before: ODR1-S2.
And this is the important part: When you host a game, do not stay in a party with your opponent. Just create the lobby, right click his name on the chat and hit "invite to game".
ESL Americas Open now awards OSC points
Starting with the edition 44, the Americas Open, together with its standard $50 prize pool, will award players with OSC points. This is a part of the interaction of the ESL Americas Open and the http://www.sc2sea.com/showthread.php?t=9480.
The Oseanic StarCraft 2 Championship Series (OSC) is the Oceanic, South East Asian, North American and Chinese regional championship, which follows a yearly season format, where players earn points for placing in all partnered tournaments.
The top 32 players ranked via the OSC Player Leader board at the end of the season are then invited to play in the 2 day minimum $5000+ Grand Finale to determine the yearly champion!
So, the prize pool is:
- 1st place = $50 USD + 60 OSC Points
- 2nd place = 30 OSC Points
- 3rd/4th place = 15 OSC points
- 5th-8th = 5 OSC points
- 9th-16th = 2.5 OSC points