The fourth iteration of Red Bull Home Ground is officially here. For the first time, the offseason tournament is headed out of Europe and will be hosted in Tokyo, Japan, at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena.
This edition will run from Nov. 2 to 5, hosting three teams from Japan. Of the other five slots, one belongs to DRX DRX Korea Rank #1 and the other two are equally assigned to rosters from North America and EMEA. FENNEL FENNEL Japan Rank #3 and FUT Esports FUT Esports Europe Rank #4 received their slot after winning the Japan and EMEA qualifiers, respectively.
Red Bull is steering clear of the round-robin format it used in the last two years. This year, Home Ground will opt for a modified swiss stage, which will only host two rounds of Bo1 matches. The first round of matches was seeded by placing the first seed against the eighth, the second against the seventh, and so on. In the second round, teams will be matched by opposite seeds and first round results.
The top six teams at the end of these two rounds will move to the playoffs.
The eight group stage teams were seeded according to their current roster and 2023 achievements. The Home Ground 4 seeds are:
- FNATIC FNATIC Europe Rank #1
- DRX DRX Korea Rank #1
- Cloud9 Cloud9 North America Rank #5
- FUT Esports FUT Esports Europe Rank #4
- 100 Thieves 100 Thieves North America Rank #8
- ZETA DIVISION ZETA DIVISION Japan Rank #2
- SCARZ SCARZ Japan Rank #1
- FENNEL FENNEL Japan Rank #3
The top two teams from the group stage will be placed into the semifinals, while the remaining four will battle amongst themselves in the quarterfinals. The first two rounds of the playoffs will be Bo3, while the grand final will be a Bo5.
Red Bull has not disclosed the prize pool for Home Ground 4.
Friday, November 3
- 09:00 PM PDT | 05:00 AM CET | 01:00 PM JST - Round 1: Cloud 9 vs. ZETA DIVISION
- 10:00 PM PDT | 06:00 AM CET | 02:00 PM JST - Round 1: FUT Esports vs. 100 Thieves
- 11:00 PM PDT | 07:00 AM CET | 03:00 PM JST - Round 1: DRX vs. SCARZ
- 12:00 AM PDT | 08:00 AM CET | 04:00 PM JST - Round 1: FNATIC vs. FENNEL
- 01:00 AM PDT | 09:00 AM CET | 05:00 PM JST - Round 2 Match 1
- 02:00 AM PDT | 10:00 AM CET | 06:00 PM JST - Round 2 Match 2
- 03:00 AM PDT | 11:00 AM CET | 07:00 PM JST - Round 2 Match 3
- 04:00 AM PDT | 12:00 AM CET | 08:00 PM JST - Round 2 Match 4
Saturday, November 4
- 08:00 PM PDT | 04:00 AM CET | 12:00 PM JST - Quarterfinal #1
- 11:30 PM PDT | 07:30 AM CET | 03:30 PM JST - Quarterfinal #2
- 03:00 AM PDT | 11:00 AM CET | 07:00 PM JST - Semifinal #1
Sunday, November 5
- 08:30 PM PDT | 04:30 AM CET | 12:30 PM JST - Semifinal #2
- 12:00 AM PDT | 08:00 AM CET | 04:00 PM JST - Grand Final
PDT times prior to midnight refer to the previous day.
English Broadcast Talent
- Iain Chambers (Host)
- Tom “Tombizz” Bissmire (Commentator)
- Mitch “MitchMan” McBride (Commentator)
- Seth “Achillios” King (Commentator)
- Clinton “Paperthin” Bader (Commentator)
VLR.gg is covering all of Red Bull Home Ground 4 in our event hub, which includes our live match ticker and stats to comb over. The event also features pick'ems, which close as soon as the first match kicks off.