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ECL '23 Winter: Wildcard team registrations are now open!


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SportsGamers,

It's time to get another great season of ECL action going, and this time the stakes have been upped even more! With up to 27 000€ in the prize pool across all divisions, now is the time to register your team for one of the biggest events of the NHL esports season!

We have now opened registrations for Wildcard teams! After reading this article, you will know if your team can apply for a wildcard spot and how this will affect your team’s players. If you haven’t read our general information yet, we suggest you head over to our ECL ’23 Winter information article.

 

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What does "Wildcard team" mean?

A Wildcard team is a newly created team consisting of experienced community members with such experience and skill that could warrant playing at a higher level than the one the current team would otherwise be assigned to. Alternatively, a team that has strengthened significantly over the offseason can also be considered a Wildcard team.
    
How many Wildcard spots are there?
There are four Wildcard spots up for grabs in the Pro division, while Lite holds 17 Wildcard spots.

 

Lite Qualifier Wildcard

How are the Lite Qualifier Wildcard spots decided?
Spots will be open for application to every team without restrictions. Wildcard spots will be filled in order of registration.

ECL '23 Lite Wildcard teams

  • TBD

Schedule

  • Lite Wildcard registrations: 14.-19.11.2022
  • Lite Qualifiers: 24.11-8.12.2022

* Sign-ups will close 23:59 CET on the last day mentioned unless otherwise specified. Additionally, players qualifying for the Wildcard spot must be on the team roster by the time the sign-ups close.

 

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Pro Qualifier Wildcard

How are the Lite Qualifier Wildcard spots decided?

If there are more Wildcard eligible teams than spots are available, Wildcard qualifiers will be played. The final format is determined by the number of teams and the lineups of the registered teams.

Pro Qualifier Wildcard requirements

  • Three former Elite starters
  • Four former Pro starters
    • A starter is defined as having played 16 or more games in the ECL '22 Spring season, or 20 or more games in the ECL '22 Winter season  

Pro Wildcard Schedule

  • Pro Wildcard registration: 14.-19.11.2022
  • Pro Wildcard Battle (if needed): 21.-22.11.2022
  • Pro Qualifiers: 24.11.-7.12.2022

* Sign-ups will close 23:59 CET on the last day mentioned unless otherwise specified. Additionally, players qualifying for the Wildcard spot must be on the team roster by the time the sign-ups close.

ECL '23 Pro Wildcard eligible teams

  • TBD

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*If you're an existing team that wants to change names, simply sign up with the old name and contact support for the name change. If you're having issues with signing up overall, please contact support.

 

Special rules for wildcard teams

  • To prevent teams from taking advantage, specifically recruiting players to bolster your chances in the qualifier that have no intention of remaining in the team beyond that, we have decided to enforce a soft roster lock post qualifier play.              
    • If a former Elite player wants to participate in a qualifier for a Wildcard Pro team, then they will be locked into that division at where the team ends up throughout the season
      • Transfer to a lower division is possible                            
    •  If a former Pro player wants to participate in a qualifier for a Wildcard Pro team, then they will be locked into that division at where the team ends up for 2 weeks (starting from the first game played in Pro that season)                              
      • Transfer to a lower division is possible
  • Wildcard Qualifiers and Lite & Pro Qualifiers are part of the season so it is good to remember that only one transfer is allowed during the season     
  • Teams with a Lite division spot can apply for Wildcard status for Pro Qualifiers without losing their spot
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