The DSCL Open is the flagship among the tournaments hosted by the Dutch StarCraft League. Every year a large national and international group of players signs up, and the very best of them advance to an offline finals event. The finals have been held in the World Forum (The Hague, 2013), the Brabanthallen (Den Bosch, 2014), the Melkweg (Amsterdam, 2015) and, in 2016, in Theater Castellum in Alphen aan den Rijn. Check out Liquipedia for results of the past years, and our albums of photo’s from the events.
DSCL Open 2017
In 2017, we’ll host the tournament for the 5th year running. The DSCL Open of 2017 will have a similar format to previous years, with one difference: the addition of a separate ‘local’ track to the offline finals. The finals will be held in the E-sports Game Arena on Saturday, December 9th.
A total of 8 players will qualify for the finals event through the traditional online track, consisting of a series of qualifiers and an online group stage.
The qualifiers are single-evening online tournaments starting at 19:00h CEST on the following dates:
- September 11th (Monday) – Optimus, TomikuS and RiSky qualified.
- September 20th (Wednesday) – Tarrantius, BlueCheese and Gerald qualified.
- September 25th (Monday)
- October 4th (Wednesday)
- October 9th (Monday) – last-chance qualifier
Sign up on Battlefy via the links above! The first four qualifiers are open: anyone (whatever their nationality or skill level) can sign up. These qualifiers are single-elimination with all matches best-of-one (Bo1) except for the quarterfinals (Ro8), semifinals (Ro4) and 3rd-place match, which will be best-of-three (Bo3). The finals will not be played since both finalists as well as the 3rd-place finisher qualify for the online group stage.
The last qualifier is different: only players who’ve made it to the Ro8 in previous qualifiers but have not yet qualified (so between 5 and 20 players) may enter. The format is single-elimination Bo3, except when 8 or less players enter, in which case it will be double-elimination Bo3. The top two players qualify for the online group stage. In total, 14 players advance to the online group stage.
[BONUS] Players from the Benelux who play in the DSCL Open qualifiers may also qualify for the $1.000 WESG Benelux tournament at Firstlook Festival! For all information about that, see this page.
Online group stage
Previous DSCL Open winners Harstem and uThermal will receive invites for the online group stage, bringing the total number of participants to 16. These players will be divided over 4 double-elimination groups to determine which 8 players advance to the offline finals. The online groups will be played in October and November, on dates to be determined in consultation with players and casters.
Beside the 8 players who earn their ticket for the finals through the online track, 4 more players can make their way there through the newly introduced local track. Selected StarCraft II-tournaments in the Benelux from September through November will be giving out qualification points for the DSCL Open local track, and in the end the top-4 players will receive invites for the finals event.
For a list of Local Track tournament, the points distribution and the current ranking, see DSCL.nl/local-track. If you know of a StarCraft II-tournament for Benelux players that should be included, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A total of 12 players will be invited to the single-day finals event in the E-sports Game Arena in Alphen aan den Rijn on December 9th: 8 players from the online track, and 4 players from the local track. At the finals these 12 players will be split up into two 6-player Bo3 round robin groups. The best 3 players from each group advance to single-elimination playoffs. The #1 from each group advances directly to the semifinals (Bo5), while #2’s and #3’s will play one extra round (Bo3). The finals are Bo7. For all results, see Liquipedia.
Visitors are more than welcome at the finals event! Next to the live-commentated StarCraft-II matches the event will feature other StarCraft related content like showmatches and presentations.
The tournament features a €1.250 prize pool which will be divided over the top-12 players as follows: €400 for 1st place, €200 for 2nd place, €100 for 3rd/4th place, €75 for 5-6th place and €50 for 7-12th place.
The full rules for the DSCL Open of 2017 can be found on DSCL.nl/rules. All participants are expected to be aware of them, so look them over! If you have any questions contact the Tournament Director via email@example.com.
The whole of the DSCL Open of 2017 will be broadcast live at Twitch.tv/DSCLeague. Join in and let yourself be heard in the chat!