The third and final Challengers Open of the season is here.
The Boston Open will be the last chance that Challengers players have to earn Pro Points ahead of Champs in August.
The event will take place at the Helix Esports Facility in Foxborough, MA.
All teams taking part in the event will compete for a total of $75,000. The prizing is the same as the previous two Open tournaments this season. The top 16 teams in the tournament will take home prize money.
Fifth and sixth: $3,750
Seventh and eighth: $2,250
Ninth to 12th: $1,875
13th to 16th: $1,500
The tournament will take place from Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 10.
Teams will be allowed to check-in from 5pm EST today (July 7).
The tournament is more spread out than the previous two Opens have been, with no CDL Major clashing with the event.
As with the other tournaments this season, it will be played as best of threes up until the T32 stage.
Friday, July 8
12:00 PM EST – Winners Round 1 Heat 1
1:00 PM EST – Winners Round 1 Heat 2
2:00 PM EST – Winners Round 2 Heat 1
3:00 PM EST – Winners Round 2 Heat 2
4:00 PM EST – Losers Round 1 Heat 1
5:00 PM EST – Losers Round 1 Heat 2
6:00 PM EST – Winners Round 3
7:00 PM EST – Losers Round 2
8:00 PM EST – Losers Round 3
Saturday, July 9th
10:00 AM EST – Winners Round 4 & Losers Round 4
11:30 AM EST – Losers Round 5 & Winners Quarter Finals
1:00 PM EST – Losers Round 6 & Winners Quarter Finals
2:30 PM EST – Winners Quarter Finals
4:00 PM EST – Losers Round 7 & Winners Quarter Finals
5:30 PM EST – Losers Round 8 & Winners Semis
7:00 PM EST – Losers Round 8 & Winners Semis
Sunday, July 10th
10:00 AM EST – Winners Finals & Losers Round 9
11:30 AM EST – Losers Semis
1:00 PM EST – Losers Finals
2:30 PM EST – Grand Finals
4:00 PM EST – Grand Finals (if necessary)
Matches from the Boston Open will be streamed live on YouTube. The streamed action will begin on Saturday.
Teams to look out for
Toronto Ultra Academy NA and EU
Both of the Toronto Ultra Academy teams will have to be on top of their game this weekend.
Ultra NA have made a change ahead of the event. They’ve brought in Adam “Assault” Garcia to their starting lineup.
Their change comes despite winning the Elite Stage 4 less than two weeks ago.
It’ll be incredibly interesting to see how they fare with Assault in their lineup.
On the EU side of things…
Every team from the European region really struggled at the Toronto tournament. It was the complete opposite to the Minnesota one earlier in the season.
With the introduction of Connor “Weeman” Chilton to their squad ahead of Elite Stage 4, Ultra EU are still looking to hit the ground running.
They missed out on Elite Stage 4 playoffs with their new-look team and will hope that this event is the momentum builder for them before heading to Champs.
The dark horse of the entire tournament. Led by Paul “Breszy” Breszynski, this team shocked everyone to take home the European crown in Elite Stage 4.
Flanked by Cal “Chaaxter” Glamville, Enzo “Cobra” Mekentichi and Jordan “abuzah” Francois, the French have taken the scene by storm.
Their lowest placement since the Toronto Open has been 4th. They are on such a rich vein of form and will be looking to continue that out in Boston.
Boston Breach Academy
Doug “Censor” Martin, Dan “Ghosty” Rothe, Sean “Seany” O’Connor and Kyle “Volants” have been the centre of attention since their incredible run in the Toronto Open.
They had countless epic encounters north of the border. They went to the line with James “Clayster” Eubanks and his team. They ended up placing in the top six teams of the event.
Censor and co. will be back with a vengeance in Boston as they enter their home event. Recently signed as the Breach Academy, the expectation that is on their shoulders will be that much more.
You can find the 2022 Challengers Rulebook here.
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