StarCraft II World Championship Series 2017 announced with $2 million prize pool

Changes are coming to the StarCraft II World Championship Series 2017 (Blizzard)
Changes are coming to the StarCraft II World Championship Series 2017 (Blizzard)

Blizzard has revealed details for the StarCraft II World Championship Series 2017, releasing the full schedule of events for the upcoming season.

The company intends to continue the WCS Circuit, streamlining the structure to four championship events that offer direct seeds into the end-of-year WCS Global Finals. Players will be able to qualify for each championship event through open brackets or regional challenger events. Some regions will be regaining ladder qualification.

Blizzard has confirmed that 2017’s structure will continue through 2018, although an exact schedule has not yet been confirmed.

“Our hope is that presenting a multiyear plan as well as the entirety of next year’s schedule this early can help players better manage their schedules and pursue opportunities with certainty and confidence,” the company said in a press release.

There will be three 2017 global events for “Korean and Circuit players to clash” in: IEM Katowice, GSL vs. the World, and WCS Global Finals. WCS events will run at DreamHack Austin, Summer, Valencia, and Montreal, granting winners direct entry to the Global Finals and distributing circuit points among players.

Blizzard has also partnered with AfreecaTV to continue running the Global StarCraft II League, with seasons and tournaments to run “more linearly” through 2017. Three GSL seasons will make up the WCS Korea competition, which will be open to all players. The first place winner of each GSL season will earn a seed in the WCS Global Finals. The three GSL winners will be joined by five players with the most points in the WCS Korea standings. Points can be earned from playing in GSL or weekend tournaments.

The qualification methods for other regions such as Latin America, China, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand/South East Asia will be revealed at a later date.