Official World of Tanks eports tournament action and events are all organised by Wargaming.net, the game’s creators. Starting in 2013, Wargaming.net organised the pro-league action into different regions; North America (NA), European (EU), Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and the Asia Pacific region that now includes Korea and China (APAC).
The Wargaming.net League is sponsored by the Electronic Sports League (ESL) with 12 teams from each region, except NA which only has 10. In the forthcoming 2017-18 season, there will be just 8 teams in the top pro leagues. Each pro season has a couple of phases, starting with a round robin format in each region, with only the top eight teams of the region battling through to phase 2. Here they play another round robin esports tournament, with the top two teams automatically through to the regional season finals, with teams in 3rd to 6th place progressing to the regional season quarter finals. Everything ends with the incredible action at the Wargaming.net World of Tanks Grand Finals. Each year this event is massive, with intense fighting across different maps, all to be crowned champions, with a prize pot of $350,000 for the 2016 WGL Grand Finals.
2016 GRAND FINALS – IT ALL STARTED HERE
The 2016 grand finals were the biggest Wargaming.net esports event, taking place in the Polish city of Warsaw. 12 teams competed, two from NA, EU, CIS and APAC, and just one from China. The remaining three teams were wild card or joker teams, with Wargaming.net choosing three teams from outside the pro league that have particularly impressed over the season.
Don't Miss the Grand Finals
At the Grand Final, these teams play ‘Assault Mode’ and both possess two base capture circles. In ten minute matches, one team on the offensive aims to obliterate their opposition, or capture their bases. The other defends their bases and seeks to wipe the other team off the map. The 2016 Grand Final saw Natus Vincere beat 2015 champions Hellraisers in the final, winning a closely fought final 7-6. That final battle was spectacular, with Natus Vincere’s Inspirer facing off against Hellraisers’ Applewow and Grifon and coming out a victorious underdog. Natus Vincere’s win netted them an impressive $150,000 with Hellraisers’ $75,000 small consolation for losing out in such dramatic action.
The Grand Finals usually take place in Moscow, towards the end of May, and feature three teams from Europe, four teams from the CIS, three from Asia, and two from North America – all competing for their part of the $300,000 prize pool.
Regular Players Fielded Throughout
Europe generally fields DiNG, Kazna Kru; Oops – The Tough Giraffes; APAC sends Team Efficiency, EL Gaming, YaTo Gaming; NA is represented by Elevate and eClipse. But the real smart money is generally on a Natus Vincere win, generally qualifying for any tournament. This is along the former Hellraisers team – now renamed TORNADO ENERGY – Not So Serious, and Brain Storm.