Western qualifiers for Blade & Soul’s $135K esports tourney are this weekend

Not many MMORPGs take a stab at true esports these days. There’s World of Warcraft, of course, but other titles, like Guild Wars 2, have long since given up. Not Blade & Soul, however. NCsoft has kept up B&S’s esports globally, and indeed, the 2018 season is soon coming to its explosive conclusion.

“The Intel Blade & Soul Tournament 2018 World Championship Qualifiers and Semifinals are September 7–9, with the Finals happening on September 15. The top North American and European teams decided at the World Championship Qualification Tournament will be heading to Seoul, South Korea, and facing off against teams from Taiwan, Vietnam, Russia, Japan, China, Thailand, and South Korea to determine which region and team can claim the title of 2018 Blade & Soul World Champion.”

Wanna watch? The NA and EU qualifiers are this very weekend. For the best of the best after that, you’ll want to tune in on Twitch starting at 5 o’clock in the morning (EDT) on September 7th for the first qualifying event. The semifinals are late at night on the 8th, and then the finals? Set your alarms again; they’re at 5 a.m. EDT on September 15th.

Worth pointing out is that Intel and NCsoft put a nice chunk of change on this tourney: The prize pool sits at $135,000 US.