Apex Legends Preseason Invitational Tournament

Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment have announced the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational, which is going to be the first-ever official Apex Legends tournament. It will be an invite-only tournament and will feature a total of 80 teams from all over the world. Prepare yourself for three days packed with action and excitement.

Apex Legends Preseason Invitational

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Dates and location of The Invitational

The Apex Legends Preseason Invitational is currently scheduled to be held in Kraków, Poland. It will be a three-day event, and will be held from September 13th till the 15th. Teams that are interested in participating in this tournament can simply apply for it by sending an email to [email protected] with their Origin ID. Keep in mind that the spots are limited, so you will have to act quickly in order to secure a spot.

Confirmed prize pool

The organizers have also confirmed that the prize pool for this tournament is going to be $500,000. This means that the 80 selected teams are going to compete for half a million dollars. The winning team will receive $105,000, the second team will get $75,000, while the third, fourth and fifth team will get $60,000, $48,000, and $39,000 respectively. Although interested teams will have to pay a $150 registration fee, it will be worth it if they make it to the top 5.

Apex Legends competitive scene is surely rising. It is important to know that the invitational isn’t the only big tournament of Apex that is going to be held in the coming months. In August, we will get to see a major Apex Legends tournament at the 2019 X Games. However, unlike the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational, the X Games tournament is going to feature some invited teams as well as some local teams who earned a spot through the qualifiers. In any case, both tournaments are going to help give a boost to Apex’s competitive scene.

Apex Legends Preseason Invitational Format & Overview

Just like every other Battle Royale out there, Apex Legends is also struggling to find a perfect format for their events. Let’s go over the basics. Every elimination will provide 1 point for the team. Placement points, on the other hand, will look like this for every round played:

  • 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 points

When it comes to format, a double-elimination bracket has been put in place, winners and losers bracket. All 80 teams will start their journey in the Winners bracket(Round 1). This bracket consists out of 3 rounds. Each round is consisted of a set number of matchups between the teams in a group.

Top 10 teams with the highest series scored in the round will advance through to the next round of the Winners bracket.

As for the grand final, there is no match limit for the final match. Once a team reached the minimum number of total points in the finals, the next match will be a “match point eligible” for that team.

This basically means that the first team to win their “match point eligible” game will be declared the Preseason Invitational Champion. After the winner is declared, placements from 2nd-20th will be based on a total number of points. Keep in mind that there is no limit to the number of teams who can be “match point eligible”.

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Participating teams in the Preseason Invitational 2019

4Head
Aequilibritas eSports
AKIHABARA ENCOUNT
Alistar
Alliance
Athaim
Athletico
BDS esport
BRICK SQUAD
Chaos Esports Club
CLG
Complexity Gaming
COOLER Esport
DREAMIT
EBC
Echo Fox
Estral E-Sports
Excellence
Fierce
FlyQuest
FNATIC EU
FNATIC NA
G2 Esports
Gambit Esports
Game Arena Esports
GamersOrigin
Gen.G Esports
Halocline Gaming
Herbania
HRO
HSL Esports
Isurus Gaming
Justice Esports
K1CK eSports
KamiKaze
Lazarus
Luminosity Gaming
Misfits
Monkey Business
MVP
Myztro Gaming
NAGANO1998
Natus Vincere
North
NRG Esports
One Above All
PENTA
Pittsburgh Knights
QLASH
Quasar Generation Blue
Quasar Generation Red
Reciprocity
Ringers
Rogue
Samsung Morning Stars
SEGELBERT
Selector
Sentinels
Sinister Esports
SJ Gaming
SJP2
SoaR Gaming
Spacestation Gaming
SUCCUBUS
SUPA KICKA
Susquehanna Soniqs
T1
Team 789
Team FiRE
Team Liquid Blue
Team Liquid White
Team Secret
Team Singularity
Tempo Storm
Third Impact
Triumph Gaming
TSM
Virtus.pro
Winstrike Team
Wyvern

Predictions – What should you keep in mind?

Since there are 80 teams competing in this Apex Legends event, I do not think that there are any safe bets. However, I can point you in the right direction and possibly, help you out in the long run.

So what would be the smart bets for Apex Legends Preseason Invitational? I would advise you to keep throw a couple of dollars on Alliance. They looked really good on Faceit Pro Series as they were constantly placed in the top 5.

Complexity Gaming is another squad that you should have on your mind. These guys are competing in a very stacked NA Faceit Pro Series, and in my personal opinion, they acquired decent results over the course of 2 months.

Even though Isurus is competing in a very bad South American region, I simply do not know what to expect from them. They looked really good in their last events and I would not be surprised if these guys pull off an upset in Poland.

Where to watch the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational?

You have the possibility to see the Invitational 2019 directly below, or on different platforms: Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and Mixer. 

Each day of the event, the Broadcast will begin at 1:00 p.m. CEST, while the Gameplay will begin at 1:30 p.m. CEST

If you prefer to attend the event in person, you have to buy the ticket online here (the cost is around $25) and you’ll have to go to the Planet Auvergne in Kraków, Poland. During the event, all the attendees will receive branded merchandise and meal vouchers.