The second cup of set 7 began during the weekend with the top 160 players from NA showing their skills in a battle that gives them a monetary reward and qualifiers points for the main event later during the year.
The Jade Cup, similar to the previous Astral Cup, has a four-day format that began on the weekend of July 30 and ends on the weekend of August 6. While some players were auto-qualified, others have to go undergo through multiple lobbies against tough opponents to have a chance to reach the final day to earn a share of the prize pool of $7,500 and qualifier points from 6 to 35 depending on the player's placement during the tournament.
Day 1 (July 30): 128 players play 6 games with lobbies being reseeded every 2 games. Top 64 move on to Day 2.
Day 2 (July 31): 64 players play 6 games with lobbies being reseeded every 2 games. Top 32 move on to Day 3, joining the 32 auto-qualified players.
Day 3 (August 6): 64 players play 6 games with lobbies being reseeded every 2 games. Top 32 move on to Day 4.
Day 4 (August 7): 32 players play 5 games with lobbies being reseeded every 2 games. Top 8 move onto the Final Lobby. Final Lobby: The 8 remaining players play an additional 2 games without a point reset. Top 8 qualify to Day 3 of Jade Cup. Top 4 qualify to Dragonlands Mid-Set Finale.
Weekend 1 event recap
Broccóli emerged victorious after the second day of the cup, finishing his matches with a score of 43. He alongside 31 other participants qualified for the third day of the tournament next week, where they'll be matched with 32 auto-qualified players to play 6 games and determine the final top 32 who will head into the final day of the tournament.
The most popular Dragons picked during the tournament were Aurelion Sol (148 games), Shi oh Yu (130 games), and Sy'fen (118 games). The most succesful Dragons picked during the tournament were Aurelion Sol (top 4 62%), Shyvana (top 4 57%), and Ao Shin tied with Daeja (top 4 53%).
While the first two days had no official broadcasts, the last two days of the tournament during the next weekend will do. You can tune in to watch the remaining 64 players clash against each other starting on August 6 at 1Pm PDT.