Here are the relevant details about the upcoming main event of the 2020 Hive Workshop Cup, the professional Warcraft III tournament played on the community-made maps:
Double elimination. All games are Best-of-3, except the Grand Final which is Best-of-5. Discord link.
Each player gets to ban one map only (none in the Grand Final). The players then take turns vetoing maps to determine the first map. The player who is higher in the grid gets to ban/veto first. After the first map is played, the loser picks subsequent maps.
The mapool consists of the 5 winners of the 6th Melee Map naking contest, namely Tortoise Haven, Shattered Exile, Talonrift Coast, Zul'Alor, Last Snow, as well as Brightwater Oasis and Gold Port from last year. Download the special, zoomed version of all 7 maps >> here <<. Big thanks to WC3Champions for providing the zoom feature!
Three medalists of last year's cup were invited, Happy, Foggy and Hawk. 5 more players qualified from the 5 open qualifiers: Neytpoh, Sonik, TGW, Sheik and Blade. Just before the main event, Foggy declined his invite due to the need to practice for WGL qualifiers. Two unqualified finalists played one another in a wild-card match, Cash and Starshaped. Cash emerged victorious, securing the replacement slot.
Games start on 18:00 CET on both 12th November and 13th November.
On the 12th, first the upper half of the grid is played: two Quarterfinals simultaneously, then the Semifinal, then Loser's round one. Afterwards, the lower half of the grid is played in the same way. This concludes day 1.
On the 13th, all games are played sequentially. Starts with two games of Losers round 2, then Losers round 3, then Winner's Final, Loser's Final and Grand Final.
Grid and seeding
The players were seeded from two pots of 4 players, using the current Elo ranking.
The quarterfinal pairs are as follows: HawK vs Cash, Neytpoh vs Sheik; Happy vs Sonik, Blade vs TGW.
Prizepool of 500€ distributed as (place\€): 1\240, 2\120, 3\60, 4\40, 5&6\20.
A recap of quailifers
5 qualifier were played during from 26.October to 9.November. Each of the qualifiers was centered on one map (e.g. on 26 October it was Tortoise Haven) and featured a prize-pool of 50 euro, all going to the winner. See here for a report on those.
Special thanks to the amazing Back2Warcraft for being partners and co-organizers of the tournament!
Onto the Hive Cup! Long live Warcraft!