After six competitive weeks of qualifier action, the final challenge for top StarCraft II players hoping to compete in the Red Bull Battle Grounds has arrived: the final Playoffs takes place this weekend, beginning now and running through Sunday.
This year’s Red Bull Battle Ground- has featured competitive play with StarCraft II’s Archon mode, a unique new multiplayer experience that will be included in the upcoming Legacy of the Void standalone expansion pack. Two players take over one army, controlling it co-operatively against another two-player team’s army.
The Red Bull Battle Grounds Playoffs will host eight teams that have won a series of qualifiers over the summer. Featuring an original tournament set-up that allows teams to challenge other teams directly, each team will start off with three lives and the last two teams standing will be named victors.
The top two teams from this weekend’s Playoffs will advance to the Grand Finals on September 19 in Washington D.C, where they will face off with two other teams: one featuring 2014’s reigning Red Bull Battle Grounds champion Bomber with a teammate to be named later, and winners of the Toronto qualifier, viOLet and MaSa. With the likes of prestigious StarCraft II veterans such as TaeJa and MC taking the stage at the Playoffs this weekend, Archon Mode will redefine StarCraft II’s competitive gameplay as players are forced to work as a team. Fans will witness first-hand how this impacts top-level eSports, as Legacy of the Void releases to the public later this year.
As not everybody can make it out to Santa Monica, Hardcore Gamer will be hosting a livestream of all of the weekend’s festivities. Simply keep this page open and watch it all unfold below: