UPDATE: Red Bull has since announced via press release that Natus Vincere Natus Vincere Europe Rank #26 have replaced Guild Esports Guild Esports Europe Rank #5 for Home Ground #2. The article below has been updated to reflect this.
Red Bull has announced the second edition of the Red Bull Home Ground tournament which will feature 15 invited EMEA teams and one team from an open qualifier. The main event will run from November 4-7 while the open qualifier will be held from October 18-21.
Home Ground refers to the unique Bo5 format of each series. Teams choose a single "home map", and should a team win both their pick and their opponent's pick (e.g. a 2-0), they'll immediately win the series. If neither team wins both maps, the series will continue as a Bo5.
The 15 invited EMEA teams are:
- G2 Esports G2 Esports Europe Rank #7
- Natus Vincere Natus Vincere Europe Rank #26
- Team Liquid Team Liquid Europe Rank #2
- Giants Gaming Giants Gaming Europe Rank #4
- TENSTAR TENSTAR Europe Rank #8
- Acend Acend Europe Rank #3
- Futbolist Futbolist Europe Rank #18
- Fnatic Fnatic Europe Rank #6
- SuperMassive Blaze SuperMassive Blaze Europe Rank #12
- Team Heretics Team Heretics Europe Rank #9
- FunPlus Phoenix FunPlus Phoenix Europe Rank #11
- Gambit Esports Gambit Esports Europe Rank #1
- BIG BIG Europe Rank #19
- Team BDS Team BDS Europe Rank #10
- Anubis Gaming Anubis Gaming MENA Rank #1 (Red Bull Campus Clutch)
Details and signups for the open qualifier can be found here.