Wargaming has planted the eSports flag in Warsaw, Poland, and declared it the new capital of competitive gaming. From April 8-9, the city will be hosting the WGL: The Grand Finals 2016 for the third time in a row. This massive, annual competition will attract 12 World of Tanks finalist teams, who will be battling out for the ultimate title of World of Tanks Grand Finals 2016 champion, and a share in the US$300,000 prize pool.
To qualify for The Grand Finals each year, each region servers send its best two teams via their own qualifying finals. Namely, they are:
EL Gaming (China)
Gold Bass (Korea)
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
Natus Vincere (Ukraine)
Hell Raisers (Russia)
Wombats on Tanks
Red Canids (Brazil)
China (one team)
- First place – $150,000
- Second place – $75,000
- Third place – $35,000
- Fourth place – 20,000
- Fifth to Eighth place – $5,000 each
For 2016, there have been a couple of important changes. This was part of the shake-up after EL Gaming’s stunning success at last year’s Grand Finals – and subsequently changing the competitive dynamics of World of Tanks. While the 7v7 lineup remains, the battle time has been increased to 10 minutes (previously seven). This allows for a more exciting aggressive play by the teams. Crucially, the introduction of Tier X tanks will also be an eye-opener for spectators. No doubt, The Grand Finals 2016 will see teams adopt a more offensive type of style, than the ultra defensive tactics seen in the past two Grand Finals.
The game mode of choice for Grand Finals 2016 will be Attack/Defense. One team protects two base capture zones, while the other team attempts to capture them, or destroy their tanks.
Which team will you be rooting for? To catch the matches live, head over to Wargaming EU’s Twitch channel.
(Editor’s Note: We have updated the Twitch channel to the correct URL. We apologise for the error!)