First off, congratulations to all the teams that qualified for the upcoming North American online competition structure. This article is designed to give you an overview of what the structure will look like. Let’s start with the pro tier, PCS1 NA Group Stage. The Group Stage will qualify 16 of the 24 teams to the PCS1 NA Grand Finals, more details on the global PCS structure can be found here. The league will consist of 24 teams, the 16 teams that participated in the PCS NA Charity Showdown and the bottom 8 teams from the PCS NA Charity Showdown Qualifier round of 16. For those teams that did not qualify, we’ve got the NA Challenger Series for you, which gives you the chance to qualify for the PCS2 NA Group Stage. Keep reading to find out more!
PCS1 NA Group Stage
PCS1 NA Group Stage will begin Friday, May 29th and take place each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday over the next three weekends. Teams will be placed into groups of 8 (Groups A, B, and C). Seeding from these groups will be a snake draft determined by final placings in the PCS NA Charity Showdown and the Ro16 during the PCS NA Charity Showdown Qualifiers. Each group will play 2 days of matches each weekend, 5 matches a day, with the matchups changing daily. At the end of the 3 week group stage, the top 16 teams overall will move onto PCS1 NA Grand Finals while the bottom 8 teams will face relegation against the top Challenger Series teams in the NA Challenger Cup.
Important Rule Changes
We’ve received feedback that players desire the option for substitutes. Moving forward, rosters will now consist of five (5) players. The 5th player is considered part of the main roster and subject to the same roster locks and requirements as the rest of the team. Make sure you read the rulebook for details on exactly how the 5th roster slot works.
No player that is part of a PCS1 NA Group Stage roster is allowed to participate in the Challenger Series
Roster changes will be allowed for a short period between the PCS NA Charity Showdown and the beginning of PCS1 NA Group Stage. Rosters for Week 1, both of the full five (5) players and the four (4) players who will be active for the week, must be submitted by Wednesday, May 27th at 11:59 pm PDT. For each following week, the rosters must be submitted by 11:59 pm PDT by the Wednesday prior to the first Match Day of the week. This means the 4 players from the 5 man team that will play that weekend must be submitted. No roster changes will be allowed until after PCS1 NA Grand Finals. All roster rules still apply including, but not limited to, the majority of the roster (3+ members) must be citizens or permanent residents of the US or Canada and all players must be 18 years of age or older before or on May 29, 2020. For full requirements please refer to SUPER.
PCS1 NA Group Stage Qualified Teams
The 24 teams participating in the PCS1 NA Group Stage are:
Please note that God Squad chose not to participate in the final 2 matches of the PCS NA Charity Showdown Qualifier and, in accordance with the PCS rulebook, have been disqualified and replaced by Any Trolls in Chat.
Prize Pool Breakdown
We have two different types of prize pools for PCS NA. The PCS1 NA Group Stage prize pool of $50,000 is split fairly evenly between the top 16 teams, with chances for teams to earn bonuses based on their performance.
In addition to the $47,000 listed above there is a $500 cash bonuses for the following achievements:
- $500 each to the player with the highest kills, assists, knocks, and damage
- $500 to the team with the most chicken dinners
- $500 will go to the tournament MVP who will be determined by the community.
The $200,000 Prize Pool for PCS1 NA Grand Finals is more of a top heavy prize pool where a single misplay can make the difference between thousands of dollars.
NA Challenger Series 1
The NA Challenger Series 1 will begin on May 27, 2020 and will support up to 64 teams. You already know how qualifiers work. 12 matches a week, 6 matches a day. Top 8 from each lobby move onto the next round. The top 8 teams from the round of 16 will move onto the NA Challenger Cup to compete against the bottom 8 teams from the PCS1 NA Group Stage fighting for a chance to be one of the 24 teams in the PCS2 NA Group Stage. Sign up for the NA Challenger Series!
NA Challenger Cup 1
The NA Challenger Cup 1 will act as the relegation competition for the PCS2 NA Group Stage. The bottom 8 teams from the PCS1 NA Group Stage and top 8 teams from NA Challenger Series 1 will compete against each other, not only for a spot in the PCS2 NA Group Stage but also for their share of the $15,000 prize pool. The NA Challenger Cup 1 will take place over two days with a total of 12 matches on June 20th & 21st and the Top 8 teams will qualify to the PCS2 NA Group Stage.
NA Challenger Cup Prize Pool
In addition to the $14,000 listed above there is a $500 cash bonuses for the following achievements:
- $500 each to the team with the most kills
- $500 to the team with the most chicken dinners