At the end of Phase 1 of HGC ANZ Premier, Downfall Gaming disbanded and the eight slot in the Premier Division opened up for contest. The following format for qualification for this slot has been decided in conjunction with discussions between the ANZ HotS community, Gamestah and Blizzard ANZ.
Two Stage Qualifier
The first stage for qualification will take place on Wednesday 20 June 2018, which is the date of the first week of Open Division competition. Teams will play in a five-round best-of-1 (bo1) Swiss bracket. At the end of the fifth round, the four teams at the top of the bracket will advance to the second stage.
The second stage will consist of a single elimination, best-of-three (bo3) bracket, to be played on Thursday 21 June 2018. First round matches in this bracket will pair 1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd. The winners of each match will advance to the final, and the winner of that will take the eight slot in Premier division.
Broadcasting of the Swiss Bracket matches on Wednesday night will take place on GamestahTV1 on Twitch, as will the first round of the Single Elimination bracket on Thursday.
The final match in the Single Elimination bracket will be broadcast on Blizzard_ANZ on Twitch, immediately after the scheduled HGC ANZ Premier matches for that night have completed.
Gamestah would like to thank the ANZ HotS community for engaging actively in the decisions regarding the Phase 2 qualifier!