Season 7 of SMITE esports is coming up fast, and it’s almost time for the SMITE Challenger Circuit qualifiers! These qualifiers are open to any team that’s aspiring to join Phase 1 of our semi-pro SCC circuit for NA or EU.
Keep reading for more details on the Challenger Circuit qualifiers, including eligibility requirements, tournament schedules, & how you can participate.
SCC 2020 Qualifiers Details
The SMITE Challenger Circuit Qualifiers will run from February 8 until February 29, 2020. Here’s a brief look at the format for these qualifiers:
- Three weeks of open bracket
- Single Elimination
- Best-of-one (Bo1) matches until semifinals and finals
- Best-of-five (Bo5) semis and finals
- Final week of closed group stages with the top teams from each region
- Round robin format
- Best-of-three (Bo3) matchups
The top 4 teams per region from Weeks 1-3 will qualify for the group stage. The seeding for each region’s group stages will break down as follows:
- Group 1:
- Week 1 Seeds: 1 & 4
- Week 2 Seeds: 5 & 8
- Week 3 Seeds: 9 & 12
- Group 2:
- Week 1 Seeds: 2 & 3
- Week 2 Seeds: 6 & 7
- Week 3 Seeds: 10 & 11
The group stages will follow a round robin format with Bo3 matches. The top 3 teams from each group will qualify for the SMITE Challenger Circuit in their region.
This open bracket is 100% crossplay, so it is open to players on PC, XB1, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. Console players will have the option to use KBM if desired.
While teams can only participate in the NA bracket or the EU bracket, there is no region locking for these qualifiers. Any international players who are able to compete on NA or EU servers will be allowed to participate in the Challenger Circuit qualifiers. However, once you have played in a region’s qualifiers, you are locked to that region for the remainder of qualifiers.
How to Participate in the SCC 2020 Qualifiers
Participating in the SMITE Challenger Circuit qualifiers is easy! As long as you have a team of 5 players, you’re welcome to sign up for any week of the open bracket. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can get involved.
Step 1: Join the SCC Qualifiers Discord Channel
If you want to compete in the Challenger Circuit qualifiers, you’ll need to join the SCC Discord channel. This channel will be used for all communications around the SCC qualifiers — including announcements, rules, registration reminders, and chatting with tournament administrators.
Step 2: Register to Participate for Your Region
Once you’ve joined our Discord channel, all that’s left to do is wait for registration to open! Your tournament admin will send out sign-up reminders in the Discord when registrations are open.
Registration for both NA and EU teams will open on Saturdays at 10:00 AM ET. Sign-ups for both regions will close at 11:00 AM ET. Games will be played immediately after sign-ups close.
Below is a more detailed schedule of which days you’ll be able to participate in the SCC qualifiers.
|Open Bracket (Week 1)||February 8, 2020||10:00 AM ET||NA/EU|
|Open Bracket (Week 2)||February 15, 2020||10:00 AM ET||NA/EU|
|Open Bracket (Week 3)||February 22, 2020||10:00 AM ET||NA/EU|
|Closed Group Stage (Week 4)||February 29, 2020||10:00 AM ET||NA/EU|
After a sign-up link has been posted in our Discord channel on the dates and times listed above, your team captain will need to fill it out completely.
Step 3: Play!
After the check-in form is accurately filled out and submitted, wait for your tournament admin, your tournament administrator will use the SCC Discord channel to communicate with all teams and run the qualifiers. They will post a bracket for your team to see your matchup, then give you the rundown on all tournament rules and instructions for how to play your games.
SCC Qualifiers FAQ
Can I compete in the SCC Qualifiers if I’m not a resident of North America or Europe?
Yes! You are allowed to compete in the Challenger Circuit Qualifiers if you are not an NA or EU resident. However, please note that all games are played on NA or EU servers. So if you live outside those regions, you must be able to play on an NA or EU server to compete.
Can I compete in the SCC Qualifiers if I’m on console?
Yes! The Challenger Circuit qualifiers are open to all players on all systems — including PC, XB1, PS4, and Switch. Console players will be permitted to use KBM if desired.
Do SML teams from Season 6 need to compete in the SCC Qualifiers?
Yes. Because the Challenger Circuit is a new league, former SML teams will not be grandfathered into the SCC and will need to re-qualify in order to participate.
Are there any other requirements for participating in the SCC Qualifiers?
There are no account level or age requirements for participating in the SCC Qualifiers. However, you must be old enough to play the game according to the SMITE Terms of Service (13 years old) and you must have an account that is in good standing. You must also have a team of at least 5 people to participate.
I missed the check-in time! Can I still play in the tournament?
If you or your team misses the registration period, you cannot participate in that week of qualifiers. But you are still welcome to sign up for subsequent weeks of the open bracket if you show up on time!
We can’t wait to see what talent hits the Battleground to fight for those coveted SMITE Challenger Circuit spots. If you have any questions about the participation process or how you can get involved, reach out to us on Twitter @SmitePro or in the SCC Discord channel. Or visit our blog for more information about the SMITE Challenger Circuit. GLHF!