With a reported 156 teams in attendance, the CWL Seattle open bracket is packed with teams full of potential who will battle it out with hopes of taking one of four spots in pool play.
As the final open event of the season, it is the last opportunity for teams outside the Pro League to prove they can compete at the top level, and earn enough pro points to have a chance of attending the LCQ for the World Championship.
With another $200,000 prize pool, there is also a potentially big pay day for one of these teams, but considering only the top 8 teams get paid out, it will be no easy task for an open bracket team.
Once again there will be four spots available in pool play for the top teams from the winners open bracket, while the last standing teams in the losers open bracket will move on to the championship losers bracket.
And while the group play spots are currently occupied by the Pro League teams, there are still some rosters who will expect nothing less than qualifying for pools from the open bracket.
Lightning Pandas, Enigma6, eLevate and Ghost Gaming are likely the top North American teams in open, and it would be expect at least two or three will make a serious run for a pool play spot.
Top European teams including Heretics and Giants, with Heretics potentially facing a match against Ghost to make it in to pools.
A record number of APAC teams will also be in attendance, as TabooESC and Japanese team Rush Gaming will both have tough routes to make it to pools.
The much anticipated Rush Gaming will actually come up against the top Spanish side Heretics in their very first match of the Open Bracket, meaning one of these teams will be making a losers bracket run immediately.
Enigma6 arguably have the easiest route to pool play, but any single match can always be a potential banana skin.
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