'THE EVIL 8' & 'CHALLENGERS' LEAGUES
The Evil 8 takes the top eight teams in North America and Europe respectively and separates them into a new Vainglory league. These teams will play each other in eight-team tournaments each weekend during the season, accumulating points.
Parallel to this league, all other Vainglory competitive teams will play in community Challengers, run during the season by independent organizations VGL and VIS. Challengers will play 32-team bracket tournaments each Tuesday/Wednesday with an application process and format that teams are used to from prior seasons.
The benefits for players and fans of the new eSports structure are immense:
- The region’s best teams will play each other much more often,giving viewers on a weekly basis the match quality and excitement they’ve come to expect only from the end-of-season Live Championships.
- New and developing teams will no longer run into a “Quarterfinals brick wall” where they’re virtually guaranteed to lose upon being matched against an experienced pro org.
- By clearing out the top eight, many more teams will be able to win whole tournaments, which is critical to team maturation, growth and earning prize money!
That said, teams who prove their quality week after week will not be limited to only playing in Challengers. At midseason and near end-of season, we’ll hold high-stakes Challenge Battles where the top three teams in Challengers (based on points earned in Challengers tournaments) will battle the bottom three teams from the Evil 8 (based on Evil 8 points standings) in head-to-head best-of-five showdowns. If the Challenger team wins, they knock the Evil 8 team into Challengers and assume their spot in the Top 8 league.
'EVIL 8' SPLITS
The Evil 8 season will be broken up into two splits. At the end of each split will be a Challenge Battle. Evil 8 points are wiped out after Split 1, so a Challenger team entering Split 2 is at no disadvantage whatsoever in the second half of the Evil 8 season.
There are two paths to qualifying for the Live Championships:
- Evil 8 teams that finish in the top five of Split 2 are guaranteed a spot.
- End-of-season Challenge Battle winners (whether from bottom three of Evil 8 or top three of Challengers) are guaranteed a spot.
After the end-of-season Challenge Battles will be a “Seeding Week,” which will give any newly promoted teams an opportunity to improve their championship tournament seed. The combined points from Evil 8 Split 2 and Seeding Week will determine the final Live Championship seeding.
The first-ever official Vainglory World Championships will happen during Autumn season, featuring the world’s best 12 teams based on region and performance over the past esports year.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VGL & VIS ‘CHALLENGERS’ LEAGUE
- Go to vaingloryesports.com every week during the season to apply for the upcoming 32-team bracket tournament.
- You do not have to track whether VGL or VIS is operating that week; simply go to vaingloryesports.com where there will be a very clear APPLY NOW button for the next week of play.
- Be sure to apply each week by entering your in-game team! Playing during Week 1 does not guarantee a spot in future tournaments.
- Selections for each 32-team tournament will be based on the Ranked player rating of the top three players of each in-game team, plus past performance as a secondary criteria. (This is the same criteria used in past seasons.) While VGL and VIS Challenger tournaments will be run independently, SEMC/Twitch will solely handle all team selections based on the criteria above as an extra service to help ensure the most accurate, informed selections possible.