September 18, 2019

Apex Legends Preseason Invitational

Apex Legends Preseason Invitational is the first-ever international tournament held by Electronic Arts (EA) and Respawn Entertainment. It was the largest scale event of Apex Legends with extremely talented players from around the world. Participants were playing in teams of three to compete for the mouth-watering prize pool of $5 hundred-thousand. The tournament occurred from September 13 to 15 in Kraków, Poland at Alvernia Planet. EA’s social media platforms were streaming the show for online spectators.

Format

Points were distributed based upon the performance of the team according to the following criteria:

  • Eliminations provide 1 point.
  • 1st place = 12 points
  • 2nd place = 9 points
  • 3rd place = 7 points
  • 4th place = 5 points
  • 5th place = 4 points
  • 6th – 10th place = 2 points
  • 11th – 15th place = 1 point
  • 16th – 20th place = 0 point

Brackets

The tournament uses a double-elimination format with a Winners Bracket and Losers Bracket. Teams are initially placed in the Winners Bracket Round 1. Winners Bracket consists of three rounds. Each round consisted of a set number of matchups between the teams in a group. Ten teams with the round’s highest series scores in each group advance to the next round in the Winners Bracket or the tourney finals. Remaining teams fall to the corresponding Losers Bracket.

Grand Final

When a team reaches a minimum of 50 total points in the finals, the next match becomes “Match Point Eligible” for that team. The first team to win a match after they are Match Point Eligible is declared the Preseason Invitational Champion. After the winner is declared, the 2nd – 20th are ranked by the total points accordingly.

Day One Recap

Teams fought each other in tough, intense battles with many close calls and low health clutches. Day one concluded with teams classified in the winner and lower brackets. Fans and pros found the first day extremely entertaining, exhilarating, and competitive.

Day Two Recap

Teams fought against one another to take a spot at the top of the bracket to participate in the grand finals. Competition intensified and it was clearly noticeable that players were putting their sweat into it.

Day Three Recap

By far, the best and most entertaining of it all was day three. The moment everybody had been longing for. Grand Finals commenced with individuals putting there best into it. Players used every brain cell to play the game strategically to gain the upper hand. Extreme amounts of fighting finally ended the day. TSM took home the trophy and $105 thousand.

Apex Awards

Apart from the tournament awards, individuals were awarded for outstanding performances based on the highest total kills. Three players received the same number of kills splitting the $10 thousand award. The kill winners were claws and 9impulse of Na’vi and Selly of Wyvern.

Overall Rankings

Credit: Aashir Ahmed

Rankings: Liquepedia

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