The thrill of competition
The KARDS eSports scene features a highly competitive and active community of players, dedicated to becoming the best in the world. Through regular broadcasts featuring the top players, analyzed and cast by KARDS experts, viewers get the chance to get a glimpse at the decks and tactics employed by the most elite KARDS players worldwide.
The Officer Club Championship (OCC) is a series of elite tournaments and features two major parts: OCC: Clash and OCC: Ultimate. These tournaments feature cash and in-game prizes with the OCC: Ultimate prize pool currently at 3,000 USD. All OCC tournaments are covered with full live broadcast productions and available on KARDS Twitch and KARDS YouTube channels.
The World Championship is an annual tournament where we crown the KARDS World Champion. Competitors qualify through ladder based in-game qualifiers that are open for anyone to enter. Through several tournament stages, competitors are whittled down to the top 4 who join us in Iceland, home of KARDS developer 1939 Games, to battle it out in a LAN environment with the goal of earning the title of KARDS World Champion and the lion's share of the 10,000 USD prize pool.
The OCC: Clash is a monthly tournament between the highest ranked players in the in-game Officer Club ranked ladder.
The OCC: Ultimate is a quarterly tournament featuring the most elite KARDS players of the previous three months, who earn their place in the Ultimate through OCC: Clash tournaments.
Every year, a new KARDS World Champion is crowned. This is our biggest celebration of the passion and competitive spirit of the KARDS community and as such, we take it pretty seriously!
The KARDS World Championship features a 10,000 USD prize pool. In 2023, the top 4 players will be flown out to Iceland, home of the creators of KARDS, 1939 Games. The Grand Finals will be played on location on the top of the world in a LAN environment in the bunker studio!
All players in the game can participate in the open qualifiers for the World Championship directly through the client. During certain qualification periods, a special queue is open to all players where they can earn points towards their World Championship qualification in an effort to earn their spot among the elite 128 players entering into stage two of the World Championship: The Knockout Stage.
Throughout the year, players may earn a pre-qualification to the top 128 player Knockout Stage. The top 4 players from the 2022 World Championship as well as winners of all Officer Club Championship tournaments, KARDS Open tournaments, and in-game seasons from September 2022 through August 2023 are pre-qualified to participate in the Knockout Stage.
During the Knockout Stage of the tournament, the top 128 players are randomly seeded into 16 groups. There, they play a single round robin of best of three series to determine the top two players from each group who qualify for the top 32. These top 32 players face off in a Double Elimination bracket until we get to the top 4 players who will be flown in for an exclusive trip to Iceland to compete for the World Championship in KARDS in a LAN environment.
Once in Iceland, the top players duke it out in a best of 5 Grand Finals series over the course of two grueling days of competition until a victor emerges who is crowned the new KARDS World Champion!