With this weekend's conclusion of the Americas Summer Playoffs, we now know all 16 participants in the upcoming HCT Summer Championships in Los Angeles. The tournament will be held in Blizzard's newly minted LA Arena in Burbank, California.
Notable participants include 2016 World Champion, Pavel; Dreamhack Summer Champion, Orange; and 2015 Americas Champion Purple. But you may also recognize some of the Asian names from this list such as JasonZhou and OmegaZero who repeatedly qualify for the seasonal championships. Surrender and Tom are also known for their high level of play.
As per usual, the Top 4 players from the Summer Championship will earn a berth at the 2017 HCT World Championships.
Both full weekend ($40 USD) and single day ($15 USD) tickets are available for purchase through Universe on a first-come, first-serve basis. All attendees will receive the Thrill of Victory card back, and full weekend (three-day) ticket holders will also receive the HCT Year of the Mammoth duffel bag.
With a total prize pool of $250,000, you can catch the action Friday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 15. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. PDT daily, and the broadcast begins at 8:30 a.m. PDT each day. Group stage matches will take place on Friday and Saturday. The top two from each group - these have not been drawn yet - will advance to the playoff bracket which will be completed on Sunday and a winner will be crowned.
Deck lists must be submitted by October 3 at 9:00 AM PDT. Shortly after the deadline we should be able to tell you what each player has opted to bring.