Activision have announced the World Series of Warzone, a new esport circuit for the popular battle royale with a $1.2 million prize program spread out across four major events.
The World Series of Wazone (WSOW) will invite everyone from seasoned CoD veterans, stream stars, and community members to compete over massive cash prizes. Anyone can compete but expect to see plenty of CDL orgs drop in with their Warzone teams.
The team-selection process is going to happen fast, with the first qualifier taking place on Monday, May 24. North American players age 18 and over can sign up for the first WSOW event, but be ready to stream your gameplay!
This will be Activision’s biggest Warzone circuit to date, but make sure you’re up-to-date on all of the rules and formats by reading below.
World Series of Warzone format
There’s going to be four total online Warzone competitions each with a $300,000 prize pool. The semi-invitational program will be split into two trios- and duo-based events for each NA and EU regions.
The first event will be based in North America for the World Series of Warzone: Trios NA, with 50 squads competing in a custom lobby of six matches. Points will be based on a squad’s kills and overall placement.
The performance of the squad will determine their share of $200,000, with the other $100,000 up for grabs in the Captain’s Cup.
WSOW team Captains and Captain’s Cup
There are going to be five captains in every WSOW event. The captains “will be selected based on their existing ties to the Call of Duty franchise to compete in the Captain’s Cup.”
These captains will hand-select their two teammates to join their own trio. The five captains will also draft their team of trio squads in a 9-round live draft via snake draft with each team having a total of 10 trios (or 30 total players per team).
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The five teams final score will be based on the aggregate point total of the 10 trio squads under each captain. The performance of each team will determine their split of the final Captain’s Cup $100,000 prize – $20,000 to the winning captain and $1,000 for each member of the winning captain’s team.
World Series of Warzone sign-up and qualifiers
WSOW players will include people invited by Activision, representatives from Call of Duty League teams, and winners from the official program qualifiers.
To try your hand in qualifying, you can participate in GameBattles’ World Series of Warzone Open Qualifier for trios. The winning 3-player squad will be invited to play in the WSOW: Trios NA, barring a background check by Activision.
The qualifiers will feature 64 trio teams playing in a single elimination format, with every round being best of two games. PlayStation, Xbox, and Battle.net players are eligible.
Registration for the World Series of Warzone Open Qualifier opens Thursday, May 20, at 12 PM PST / 3 PM EST. There will be four qualifiers taking place every day from May 24 to May 27.
The Qualifier Finals will be spread through two days on May 29 and 30, each with 32 teams competing to get into the WSOW draft.
Head over to GameBattles for a complete breakdown of everything you’ll need to participate.
Call of Duty World Series of Warzone: Trios NA
The first of the four WSOW events will be the NA Trios event to kick off the $1.2 million circuit.
The five WSOW captains will draft player squads on the event site on June 22. The live competition will kick off on June 23, with teams competing for the $300,000 prize pool.
Details for WSOW Trios EU, Duos EU, and Duos NA will be announced at a later date.