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We’re less than a week away from the first rounds of the Splatoon 2 World Championship and Nintendo has finally shared details about the first half of the tournament.

Teams will start out slinging ink in Turf War. Those who advance to the Semifinals and Grand Finals will be transported into the realm of Ranked Battles. As for rules, Nintendo has pulled certain regulations from Splatoon tournaments all over the world. What will remain the same no matter what mode the teams are playing is that the secondary (sub) ability for gear will be disabled. There’s no stacking here!

Below is the full itinerary (time, maps, and rules) for the Seeding and Semifinals:

Opening Rounds (Seeding) – Monday 6/11 @ 3:30 p.m PT

  • All games will be played in Turf War
  • Teams will play 2 matches in a mini-seeding bracket
  • After play, the teams will be ranked by win-loss record
  • Of the two teams that finish 1-1, the higher seed will go to the team that won the first match
  • Four stages will be available. Once a stage is selected, that stage may not be selected again
  • After the first 2 matches, 2 stages will remain. The team that selects the remaining (third) stage will be selected by coin toss
  • Stage Selection: Wahoo World / Piranha Pit / Manta Maria / Arowana Mall

Semifinals Matchups – Monday 6/11

  • Matchups will include #1 vs #4 and #2 vs #3
  • The team that is first to reach 3 wins (out of 5 games) wins the match and advances to Grand Finals
    • 1st game: Splat Zones – MakoMart
    • 2nd game: Clam Blitz – Sturgeon Shipyard
    • 3rd game: Tower Control – Snapper Canal
    • 4th game: Rainmaker – Kelp Dome
    • 5th game: Tower Control – Inkblot Art Academy

Grand Finals – Tuesday 6/12 @ 1:00 p.m PT

  • The team that is first to reach 4 wins (out of 7 games) wins the championship
  • Ranked Battle stages to be shared prior to Grand Finals

Be ready for this international showdown next week. You can watch the livestream on Nintendo’s E3 site, as well as its YouTube and Twitch channels. Happen to be in the Los Angeles area? You can attend the event on a first come, first serve basis and even get some swag if you’re a My Nintendo member!


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)