This weekend, 240 of the world's best Apex Legends players will gather in Kraków, Poland, to compete among the game's most elite teams.
A total of 80 trios will compete for a $500,000 prize pool. As the name of the series suggests, players secured spots at the competition via invitations from EA. The first place team will earn $105,000, with $75,000 for second place and $60,000 for third, according to EA's official rules for the Apex Legends competition.
With so many diverse teams from around the world, there's no clear front runner. However, TSM's team, comprised of TSM_Reps, TSM_ImperialHal and TSM_Albralelie made a strong showing at the Apex Legends ESPN X Games Tournament.
The events will take place over the course of three days in a double-elimination format with a Winners bracket and a Losers bracket. This means teams are unable to advance if they fail to achieve top ten placement in any two brackets. Teams can earn points from both match placement and kills.
The first three rounds consist of three matches, while a fourth round consists of four matches. There's currently no set number of matches for the fifth and final round.
The first round consists of four groups of 20 teams. The top ten teams in each group proceed to the next round in the Winners bracket with the remainder headed to the Losers bracket.
Round two's Winners bracket, comprised of two groups of 20 teams, pits teams that placed top ten in their respective brackets against one another. The top ten teams from each group will move on to round three's Winners bracket. Losers will fall into a separate bracket.
The third round's Winners bracket consists of one group of 20 teams. After this round, the bracket's top ten teams will advance to the finals. The losers will play a fourth round.
Round one's losing teams will also face off against each other in a second round. The top ten teams from each of these two groups of 20 will move on to play each other in round three. The other ten teams from each group are eliminated.
By the third round, all of the teams remaining in the Losers bracket will have placed below top ten in at least one bracket. Teams that place top ten in the round three Losers bracket will play a fourth round against the losers of round three's Winners bracket. The remaining teams face elimination.
The top ten teams from round four will then join the top ten teams from the Winners bracket in the finals.
The finals feature a "match point" format. Teams receive a score threshold at which they become "match point eligible." A team wins the series upon a win after reaching "match point eligible" status, with the remaining teams being ranked accordingly.
While the event highlights competitive play, it's likely EA will share news about Season 3. Fans can expect a new season sometime in the new few weeks.
Previous seasons have introduced one new legend per season. Leaked information combined with Season 2 teases indicates that the Season 3 legend could be Crypto, though it's yet to be confirmed.
Fans can tune in starting at 7 a.m. EDT/4 a.m. PDT every day, from Friday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Sept. 15. The finals will then take place on Sunday, Sept. 15, starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT / 8:00 a.m. PDT.