The Mandatory.gg Cup returns, this time as part of Riot Games' Ignition Series, and boasts a €15,000 EUR prize pool to go along with it.
The tournament follows the first Mandatory.gg Cup, which took place in early April and saw fish123 beat out HypHypHyp and Ninjas in Pyjamas to take home €6,000.
128 rosters will participate in the single-elimination bracket, including 30 invited professional and influencer teams. Of the 128 teams, there will be many teams to follow, including appearances from nearly all teams from the WePlay! Invitational, such as G2 Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, fish123, and nolpenki.
Due to the open nature of the event, we can expect dozens of underdog teams looking to make their mark that you should watch out for. Our picks include the Turks of looking4org looking4org Europe Rank #9 , who recently won the CLUTCH BATTLES Grand Tournament, the recently-crowned Francophone roster Opportunists Opportunists Europe Rank #0 , StartedFromCS StartedFromCS Europe Rank #12 , BIG BIG Europe Rank #17 , and finally team xz team xz Europe Rank #15 , who will be be disbanding after the tournament.
The tournament will feature 128 teams, who face off in a Bo1 single-elimination bracket on Friday July 31. The quarter-finals and semi-finals will take place in Bo3 matches on Saturday, before giving way to the Grand Final, which will be played in a Bo5 on Sunday, August 2 at 7 PM CEST.
The €15,000 EUR (~$17,239 USD) prize pool will be distributed as follows:
- 1st: €10,000 EUR
- 2nd: €3,000 EUR
- 3rd-4th: €1,000 EUR
- Lauren “Pansy” Scott (Commentator)
- Leigh “Deman” Smith (Commentator)
- Michael “hypoc” Robins (Commentator)
- Adrien “Zerator” Nougaret (Commentator)
- Corentin “Kiiper0ne” Pagny (Commentator)
- Alexandre “Lutti” Delattre (Commentator)
- Players will be allowed to stream their matches before the quarter-finals.
The following is the tentative schedule outlined by Mandatory.GG. Note that, due to the size of the bracket, all these times are tentative and subject to change.
Friday, July 31
- 20:00 CEST / 14:00 EDT / 11:00 PDT - Round of 128
- 21:00 CEST / 15:00 EDT / 12:00 PDT - Round of 64
- 22:00 CEST / 16:00 EDT / 13:00 PDT - Round of 32
- 23:00 CEST / 17:00 EDT / 14:00 PDT - Round of 16
Saturday, August 1
- 15:00 CEST / 9:00 EDT / 6:00 PDT - Quarterfinals
- 18:00 CEST / 12:00 EDT / 9:00 PDT - Semifinal 1
- 21:00 CEST / 15:00 EDT / 12:00 PDT - Semifinal 2
Sunday, August 2
- 19:00 CEST / 13:00 EDT / 10:00 PDT - Grand Finals
Keep up to date on matches with the Mandatory.GG Cup event hub and our homepage. We'll update player stats as soon as they're made available to us and you'll be able to follow how well individual players are doing on our event players page. Additionally, you'll be able to check agent stats in real time on our new event Agents page.