Announcing TESL Champion Series

In an effort to expand the competitive play efforts of Legends, we’re excited to announce our new series of tournaments we’re working on in tandem with the community: TESL Champion Series.

If the name sounds familiar… it should. The Champion Series has been a fantastic community-driven effort that we’re excited to work with in a more official capacity as we look to expand Legends growing competitive scene.

To get things started, over the past weekend, we ran the first qualifier – a beta of sorts for the remainder of the program. We’re happy with how the tournament played out, but we’ll be evolving the program in the coming weeks.

So what’s to come in the Champion Series? Here’s a quick overview of the schedule and additional details participating players will want to be aware of.

Tournament structure

Our current season for Champion Series will feature will feature three Championship Events, each preceded by two qualifying events. The season will also culminate with a Grand Final comprised of top players from each of the Championship events.

Qualifier Details

Each Qualifier is a 64-person single elimination tournament with the following rule sets:

  • 3 Deck Last Man Standing - This format has players bring three decks to a tournament. Each round is a Best of 5 where when a player loses with a deck, they are unable to use it again. Once a player is out of decks, they lose the match
  • Deck Submission —This will occur at least two hours before tournament start. Participating players will submit their decks to one of our favorite sites, Legends Decks.
  • How to Qualify for a Championship Event – From each Qualifier, the Top 8 Players will qualify for the next Championship Event.
  • Streaming -- We encourage players to stream their matches during the qualifying matches with the hashtag #TESLCS. Working directly with the tournament organizers, streams will be able to feature code giveaways for viewers.

Championship Details

The season features three Championship Events featuring 16 players in a single elimination tournament with the following rule sets: 

  • 3 Deck Last Man Standing - This format has players bring three decks to a tournament. Each round is a Best of 5 where when a player loses with a deck, they are unable to use it again. Once a player is out of decks, they lose the match
  • Deck Submission —This will occur at least two hours before tournament start. Participating players will submit their decks to one of our favorite sites, Legends Decks.
  • Streaming – Our organizers for the TESLCS will broadcast the semi-finals & finals on the series’ Twitch channel. Streamers are encouraged to broadcast the first two rounds on their own channel using the #TESLCS hashtag. Note: Streaming of the semi-finals and finals will be broadcast with a 15-minute delay to discourage any foul play.

Grand Final Details

The grand final will feature a winner-take-all format consisting of 4 competitors, 3 of which being the 1st place finishers from each of the preceding Championships.

The fourth competitor will be decided by Champion Points, which will be distributed at all three Championship events! At the end of the third Championship, the player with the highest cumulative Championship Point total will be automatically invited to the Grand Final.

Championship Points will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st Place - Automatic invitation to the Grand Final
  • 2nd Place - 7 Championship Points
  • 3rd/4th Place - 4 Championship Points
  • 5th-8th Place - 2 Championship Points
  • 9th-16th Place - 1 Championship Point

Schedule

The full schedule for this season of the TESL Champion Series – including registration dates – is listed below.

Registration opens the Wednesday prior to the upcoming qualifier and closes on Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm ET.

  1. Qualifier 2: Event Date: 3/18 – Registration: 3/14 – 3/17
  2. Championship 1: Event Date: 3/25
  3. Qualifier 3: Event Date: 4/1 – Registration: 3/24 – 3/31
  4. Qualifier 4: Event Date: 4/8 – Registration: 3/31 – 4/7
  5. Championship 2: Event Date: 4/15
  6. Qualifier 5: Event Date: 4/22 – Registration: 4/18 – 4/21
  7. Qualifier 6: Event Date: 4/29 – Registration: 4/25 – 4/28
  8. Championship 3: Event Date: 5/13
  9. Grand Final: Event Date: Currently slated for TBD 

IMPORTANT: Making the top 8 of a qualifier and qualifying for a Championship will prevent you from playing in the other qualifier for that Championship, although you are welcome to play in qualifiers for the next Championship! Winning a Championship and locking your place in the Grand Final will prevent you from playing in future qualifiers and Championships. This is to ensure that the maximum amount of players are able to participate in and attempt to qualify for these events.

How to Register

Check out the community’s Google Form to join the action. 

Prize Details

The prizing will be under a winner-take-all format. With the winners of each championship having the opportunity to join the official Bethesda Stream Team!

Qualifier Prize: $250

Championship Prize:

  • 1st Place - A. $1000 cash or B.Gaming PC package worth $2000 + An official Bethesda Stream Team invitation!
  • 2nd Place - $300
  • 3rd Place - $200

(Championship Points are also awarded to places 2-16, as discussed above)

Stream Team members will be streaming 2x a week with promotion, collaboration, and support across all official Legends community outlets!

Never streamed before? No problem! Aside from the hardware, our teams will set your channel up with everything you will need- so you can hit the ground running. Custom banners, graphics, cover art and much more to be provided.

We hope you enjoy TESL Champion Series. We’ll be actively looking at feedback from the players, viewers, and fans to see how we can improve the series over time. For the latest on the Champion Series, follow the tournament scene on Twitter and Twitch. See you on the battlefield!