Dutchrank E-sports Championships

Get ready for an e-sports sensation! On Saturday December 3rd Dutchrank is hosting a multi-game event featuring some of the most popular e-sports tournaments in the Netherlands. Come visit to enjoy some high-level StarCraft, Hearthstone and Smash Melee. Of course you could also try your hand at some games yourself – there’s even a Fireside Gathering to play in. Keep reading for more details about all that the Dutchrank E-sports Championships has to offer!

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DSCL Open Finals

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At the event, the finals of the most prestigious Dutch StarCraft tournament will be played: the Dutch StarCraft League’s DSCL Open Finals. The yearly DSCL Open is an international tournament,  so many players from all across Europe participate in the online qualifiers and group stage. Only the best 8 players are invited to the finals event, and this year 5 different nationalities will be represented. Ever since 2013 we’ve had a Dutch champion – but this year the international finalists are stronger than ever… See this page for all information about this tournament. There’s also going to be a presentation by Eelke Spaak from the University of Oxford on the collaboration between Google DeepMind and Blizzard to create a StarCraft AI!

Open Series of Hearthstone Finals

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The finals of Fireside Gatherings’ Open Series of Hearthstone will be played on location, featuring 16 of the best Hearthstone players from the Benelux. They have all performed well in many previous tournaments in order to claim a spot at the finals event. Who will be the winner of the very first edition of the OSOH? Come visit to find out! See this page for all information about the OSOH. And there’s more: starting at 12:00h all visitors can enter an official Tavern Hero Qualifier! Bring your own device – participation is free, and you could qualify for the Hearthstone Winter European playoffs. Sign-ups open at 11:30h at the venue.

Smash Melee tournament

logoDo you like Smash? The Netherlands has one of the most active scenes, and thanks to OGD ict-diensten the Dutchrank E-sports Championships will feature a Smash Melee tournament featuring the very best players in the Netherlands! That said, anyone is free to sign up and see how well they do, or to just come visit to see the action unfold. All info about the tournament and how to sign up can be found on this page. If you’re new to Smash and would like to try it out, check out this handy guide on the Smash NL community website.

 

AFK Rotterdam: free-to-play setups
logo afkWant to challenge your friends to a game of Street Fighter, MK XL or Super Smash Bros? Or maybe warm up for the Smash Melee tournament? Thanks to AFK Rotterdam you can! They’ll be coming to the event with multiple free-to-play console setups, and all visitors are welcome to step in for a game.

Afterparty
After the StarCraft finals the crew, players and visitors are all invited to join us for drinks in Alphen aan den Rijn! Just stick around after the finals and we’ll walk to a nice nearby bar together for some merrymaking.

Schedule
Want to know what’s when & where? The free-to-play consoles from AFK and the merchandise/admin/goody stand will be in the bar lobby all day. Other times & locations are:

  • 11:00 – Hearthstone group stage (theater)
  • 11:45 – Surprise piano performance (bar lobby)
  • 12:00 – Smash Doubles (bar lobby)
  • 12:00 – Tavern Hero Qualifier (second lobby)
  • 13:00 – StarCraft group stage (bar lobby)
  • 13:45 – Surprise piano performance (bar lobby)
  • 14:00 – Smash Singles (bar lobby)
  • 14:00 – Hearthstone playoffs (theater)
  • 18:30 – StarCraft semi-finals (theater)
  • 20:30 – Presentation on Google DeepMind StarCraft AI (theater)
  • 20:45 – StarCraft finals (theater)
  • 22:00 – Drinks in the city

Sponsors

The following parties are helping us out tremendously in bringing you this event:

 

OGD is helping us out financially, and by hosting the Smash Melee tournament!

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Blizzard is supporting us by providing the prize pool for the StarCraft tournament!

Blizzard is supporting us by providing the prize pool for the StarCraft tournament!