For yet another season, the Southeast Europe Championship returns for its 9th rendition. Aiming to further foster the competitive scene in the region by enabling gamers from different countries, cultures and backgrounds to compete and increase their skill, the SEC’s 9th iteration is coming sooner than ever.
The Championship’s 9th Season, much alike its seventh rendition, will be fully carried out online, starting as early as the 23rd of March.
Having heard the community’s feedback from Season VII, we thought it was about time to run another one. Being able to give the chance to even more teams to compete without having the obstacle of finding sponsors to subsidize them for LAN events is deeply embedded within SEC’s philosophy. We want you to succeed and we’ll do anything to remove all of the stumbling blocks out of the way.
In addition to our staple title, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, this season we are also bringing your our newest member to the family; Clash Royale. Over the past few months we’ve tested Clash Royale on numerous occasions, both through online and LAN events, and your voice was crystal clear; bring the game up to a competitive environment. And so we did.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
When it comes down to Counter Strike, the past few seasons it felt like we had disconnected SEC with our regional grassroots competition, the ESL SEE Go4 series. As such, this time around we are giving Go4 contestants the chance to compete on a professional level.
Out of the 8 participating teams, 5 will receive a direct invite to the BO1 regular season while the remaining 3 spots will be up for grabs through the regional qualifiers.
Two National Open qualifiers will be held on the 31/03 and the 07/04 respectively. The top finishers from every National qualifier will be joined by March’s TOP4 Go4CSGO SEE finalists. The number of teams that each region will feed into the regional finals will be decided depending on the region’s presence in previous seasons.
The TOP3 spots from the regional finals will advance to the BO1 regular season where alongside the 5 invited teams will contest for the TOP4 positions that will advance to the BO3 playoffs. The regular season is set to take place between the 11/04 and the 25/05 followed by the playoffs from May 30 until June 2.
Being its inaugural appearance in the Southeast Europe Championship, CR features a slightly more complicated format. During the qualifiers phase things won’t change a lot when compared to the two staples, as two National Qualifiers will be held on the 30/03 and the 06/04 respectively. The qualifiers will be played on a swiss format while the TOP4 spots from each will advance to the BO5 Double Elimination National Finals on the 13/04.
Each country will send its TOP2 finishers to the BO5 regular where they will be split into two groups in such a way that no two same country players will ever have to face each other. The TOP2 players from each group will advance to the BO5 Playoff, the stage which will crown the region’s first Clash Royale Champion.
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Whether you are a CS:GO fanatic or a Clash Royale aspiring champion, this season has you more than covered. If you feel ready to take on the challenge, find a date that suits you most, gather your friends - or yourself - and signup for your chance to make history!