DSCL Nationals 2018

Update December 1st: congratulations to uThermal for winning the 2018 DSCL Nationals! Check out Liquipedia for the full results, Flickr for the photo’s and YouTube for the VODs. Sign up for our newsletter if you want to know when the next edition comes around!

The DSCL Nationals will conclude on December 1st 2018 at a FINALS EVENT in the Esports Game Arena. Entrance is free. The whole event will be streamed live on Twitch.tv/DSCLeague, but the best way to enjoy the finals is to come to the arena! Check out the photos from last year if you need proof of how much fun you’ll have. Besides the tournament matches, the audience will be treated to a presentation of gaming-related science (like all previous years), a pubquiz and a side-tournament for those who want to show their skills. Schedule:

  • 10:00h – Doors open
  • 11:00h – Matches start
  • 12:00h – StarCraft II tournament for visitors starts (open signups on location, goody prizes)
  • 15:00h – Presentation ‘The future of StarCraft AI’ by LetaBot creator Martin Rooijackers
  • 15:30h – StarCraft/DSCL pubquiz with goody prizes
  • ~19:30h – Finals start + DSCL T-shirt giveaway

Groups for the finals are right here. Follow along on Twitch.tv/DSCLeague as well as on our Russian (Twitch.tv/PsinSin) and German (Twitch.tv/MarthTV) streams which feature matches that aren’t covered by the English stream!


Crowdfunded prize pool

For the prize pool this year we’re relying on you – the community! A certain tournament director will be out of a job soon, so we could really use help funding the prize pool. That’s why we set up a campaign on Matcherino where anyone can help fund this year’s DSCL Nationals. The contributed donations (and proceeds from merchandise) will be split over the 12 participants in the following ratio:

  • 1st place – 32% – €450,09
  • 2nd place – 16% – €225,04
  • 3/4th place – 8% – €112,52
  • 5/6th place – 6% – €84,39
  • 7/12th place – 4% – €56,26

If you have no PayPal or do not want to use Matcherino, you can contribute to the prize pool by donating directly to account number NL03 SNSB 0705 8249 69 of the Stichting E-sports Nederland (BIC: SNSBNL2A). Mention ‘DSCL prize pool’ in the description of your transfer, and the donation will be added to the prize pool.

Final tally December 3rd: in total €405 has been donated directly via bank transfer and $1133,50 (€1001,54) via Matcherino, for a total prize pool of €1406,54. Our biggest prize pool yet! To those who choose to contribute in whatever way: THANK YOU!

The tournament

The DSCL Nationals have a simple format. 12 players enter a 1-day tournament where they’ll play round robin groups of 6, from which 6 players advance to an elimination bracket to decide the winner. ‘But how can I be one of these 12 players?‘, you ask? Let me tell you! There’s two ways: either be Harstem or uThermal, because previous winners get an invitation.

Otherwise: play in qualification tournaments. Several tournaments in September, October and November award DSCL-points to their participants, and we’ll keep a ranking at DSCL.nl/ranking.  After the final qualification tournament the top-4 players from the ranking will get a direct invite to the DSCL Nationals. The numbers 5 through 16 from the ranking will play an online group stage (3 double elimination groups of 4 players) in the second half of November, from which another 6 players advance to December 1st. As long as you get top-16 in the ranking you have a shot, so clear your calendars and sign up for the qualifiers!

The following tournaments award points for the DSCL Nationals ranking:

All the qualification tournaments have been played, and the online groups have been announced!