The NBA 2K League’s “The Ticket” Tournament with a $150,000 prize pool kicks off today. It will be a single-elimination tournament and the winner will get the added boost of being awarded an automatic spot in the NBA 2K League Playoffs.
The #1 seeded Blazer5 Gaming will be the team to watch for, as they come into the tournament with the top record in the league, and will be the clear favorites to win the tourny.
You can watch the entire tournament on NBA 2KL’s Twitch channel at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET.
Here is the full press release and schedule below:
NBA 2K League press release
NEW YORK – The NBA 2K League announced today the game schedule for its third and final tournament of the season, “THE TICKET”, scheduled for July 12-14 (July 13-15, PHL time). Streaming live on Twitch, all games take place from the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in New York City.
The single-elimination tournament begins on Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m. (Friday, July 13, 6am, PHL time) with a play-in game for the 16th and 17th seeds, which will be followed by games featuring the 1st -15th seeds and winner of the play-in game. Overall, the tournament will feature five games on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), four games on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) and seven games on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), culminating in the championship game at 7 p.m. ET (7am, PHL time). Seeding was determined by a team’s performance during the four weeks of regular-season games preceding “THE TICKET.”
The winner of “THE TICKET” will be guaranteed a playoff spot. In addition, the winning team will receive half of the $150,000 prize pool, with the remainder being awarded to the second to eighth place teams (first place – $75,600; second place – $24,800; third and fourth place – $12,800; fifth-eighth place – $6,000).
In addition to a playoff berth and prize money, the winner will acquire a coveted steel champion banner – with the goal of collecting all three banners that link together to form THE BANNER CHAIN. 76ers GC and Blazer5 Gaming each have a portion of THE BANNER CHAIN by winning the THE TIPOFF and THE TURN, respectively.
Following THE TICKET, there will be four weeks of regular season remaining for teams to secure their place in the postseason before playoffs begin on Aug. 17 (Aug. 18, PHL time). The playoffs run for two weeks, and the seven teams with the best regular-season records and the winner of the final tournament are guaranteed playoff spots. If the tournament winner has one of the league’s top eight records, then the top eight teams will make the playoffs.
(Times below are in EST)