CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce that in a sensational turn of events Elias “Shaggy” Sagmeister has won the first ever GWENT Open tournament, which took place at this year’s gamescom in Cologne, Germany.
Players participating in the tournament were fighting for pieces of a $25,000 prize pool, and for the first time ever — Crown Points, awarded for achievements during GWENT Masters and used to determine participants in official events of GWENT’s esports series. Both finalists of the gamescom GWENT Open would also secure a spot in the upcoming GWENT Challenger tournament, set to take place in December.
Sagmeister was the tournament’s Wild Card player, determined via the Wild Card Qualifiers held on-site at the GWENT booth a day prior to the main event. In it, 8 players who signed up to participate in GWENT Open, but did not place in the top 7 of the rankings when signups closed on August 1st, battled for the final spot in the tournament.
The main event began on Friday, August 25th, with 4 quarterfinal matches held to decide who would advance to the semifinals on Saturday, August 26th. Following a series of intense matches, the grand final of the tournament saw Elias “Shaggy” Sagmeister face off against Magnus “J0rah” Botscher. Their duel, after an emotional rollercoaster series of games, ended in a 3:0 victory for Sagmeister, who finished the tournament winning a total of $11,250. The final standings are as follows:
Elias “Shaggy” Sagmeister (Austria) — $11,250
Magnus “J0rah” Botscher (Germany) — $3,550
Jan “SuperJJ” Janssen (Germany) — $2,800
Maciej “Duofanel” Janik (Poland) — $2,350
Evgeny “eiSloth” Androsik (Belarus) — $1,400
Ze Hua “Hanachann” Zhao (China) — $1,400
Leandro “Lea92Fra” Franci (Italy) — $1,250
Marton “ChaiNCalleR” Magi (Hungary) — $1,000
You can watch the recording of the tournament on the official CD PROJEKT RED Twitch channel.
CD PROJEKT RED would like to thank all players who signed up to take part in the tournament, participated in the Wild Card Qualifiers, as well as fought in the main event, providing everyone cheering them on-site and watching live on Twitch with a truly amazing spectacle. GWENT Masters will come back for another round in November, when GWENT Open returns. For the complete overview of GWENT Masters, including the ruleset, tournament dates, and format, visit masters.playgwent.com.