The top 64 players on each Ladder (constructed and limited) at the end of each season will get a ladder ticket that allows them to participate in this season’s Cosmic Crown Showdown. The showdown is broken up into two Stages which will take place in-client under the “Special” tab of the tournament screen.
A Constructed Swiss tournament (with best 2-out-of-3 matches) for qualifying ladder players. The top 8 players from this Stage will move on to Stage 2.
A Single-Elimination Draft tournament (with best 2-out-of-3 matches). The winner of Stage 2 will walk away with exclusive cosmetics and the lion’s share of the prize pool.
Note that we keep the 9th and 10th placed players from the Swiss tournament on Day 1 as standbys for the Single Elimination portion of the Cosmic Crown Showdown on Day 2. Should one or more of the finalists fail to show up for Stage 2, the 9th placed player will have a chance to join (2 minute response limit), before the 10th placed player will have a chance to do so (2 minute response limit). After this, the tournament will commence, even if there are fewer than 8 players present to avoid long wait times for the finalists.
Players who qualified for the final stage but don’t show up will be rewarded with the in-game rewards corresponding to the 9th place of Day 1.
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