Over the weekend, Wargaming announced the creation of the World of Tanks Australia and New Zealand Premier League. This “newly created esports league” has been designed to include teams representing each and every state and territory of Australia and the North and South islands of New Zealand.
Running as a 12-week tournament, and beginning on September 11, 2020, the World of Tanks Australia and New Zealand Premier League will see teams competiting for a $10,000 AUD prize. The finals will take place on November 27, 2020.
Teams will be created by finding the best players in the region and through a Premier League draft.
World of Tanks Australia and New Zealand Premier League
According to Wargaming;
Teams will be built from the best of the best of each State, Territory and Island. Trials will be open to every single ANZ resident and will be held on August 28th 2020 in a state by state, one-versus-one qualifier. The top three forming the base of each team, with the additional three players being picked in a Premier League Draft, hosted on the WorldofTanksANZ Twitch Channel on the 1st of September.
Each of the teams will have their own name, colours and logo in addition to a unique camo. Each team will have five main players as well as some reserves and all in all, there will be 10 teams.
The format for the World of Tanks Australia and New Zealand Premier League is as follows;
- 10 Teams (pending sufficient level of applications)
- Team size: 5 players + 1 reserve
- 5v5 Tier X
- Brothers in Arms tanks only (excluding EBR and Reward Vehicles)
- Four rounds (Attack/Defense) in an hour period, 10-minute battle duration with intervals
- Played the Friday of each week from 6PM till 11PM UTC+10
- Win = 3 points, Draw = 1 point, Loss = 0 points.
Applications to take part are now open and will close on August 25. Players will apply as an individual and will represent their State, Territory or Island. Applicants will be graded based on performance. To register, click here.
The Draft will be similar to the NBA’s. Those applicants who aren’t automatically included in a team will be graded based on their WTR rating from the past year at Tier X. The top 30 will be included in the Draft and will be able to be selected by any team regardless of their State, Territory or Island.
After the initial three players on each team are picked, each team will be weighted on combined WTR, with the higher teams receiving a lower pick in the Draft, and the lower teams receiving higher picks in the Draft.
Each team will then have their draft selection seeded in three rounds of ten. Each team will select a Captain before the Draft and have ample opportunity to scout the available 30 players for selection.
Wargaming has announced HyperX as the sponsor for the season and will provide players with an accesories pack and will also provide giveaways for viewers. Wargaming is also partnering with Fortress Melbourne to make the Premier League as big a success as possible.
The season kicks off on September 11 with the Grand Final held on November 27.