Honor of Kings Challenger Cup (HCC) 2022: Format, Teams, Prize pool, and more

The second season of the challenger cup is set to begin!

Honor of Kings Challenger Cup (HCC) 2022 is the second season of the Challenger Cup series. This is the highest tier domestic tournament of Honor of Kings in China. eStar Pro will be coming to this tournament as the winner of the previous season. The tournament will be held at an offline location in China which is yet to be announced by Tencent. Tencent Games and VSPN will be the organizers of this season. 

Honor of Kings Challenger Cup (HCC) 2022: Overview

Tournament Format

Group Stage

The group stage of the tournament will start on September 13th and end on September 18th. 12 qualified teams from KPL Summer, KGL Summer, and National Championship will take part in this highest tier domestic tournament. The teams will be divided into three groups of four teams each.

Honor of Kings Challenger Cup (HCC) 2022
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The group stage will be held in a single round-robin format. All the matches of this stage will be in Best of 3 (Bo3) format. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the playoffs while the bottom two teams from each group will get eliminated. 


The playoffs stage of the tournament will start on September 22nd and end on October 6th, 2022. The champions and runners-up of KPL Summer 2022 will directly be invited to the playoffs stage. The eight total teams will then battle among themselves, and one among them will be crowned the champion. This stage will be held in a single elimination bracket, where all matches will be played in a Best of 7 (Bo7) format. 

Honor of Kings Challenger Cup (HCC) 2022: Participating Teams and Prize pool

The following teams will be participating in the tournament. Wolves and eStar Pro will directly join the playoffs stage. 

  • Wolves
  • eStar Pro
  • Weibo Gaming
  • Gank Gaming
  • KuaiShow Gaming
  • EDward Gaming
  • Esports of Macau China
  • Ghost Owl Gaming
  • Mighty Tiger Gaming
  • WanZhen Esports Club
  • The Young
  • BOA
  • TC Grouping
  • Yu Ye Gaming

Prize pool

A total amount of $523,000 will be distributed among the teams and the players according to their performance. The prize pool distribution of the teams will be as follows:  


Where to watch

Fans can watch the matches of the tournaments on the official YouTube channel of KPL. Honor of Kings is the Chinese version of Arena of Valor, a 5v5 multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA).

Which team will you be supporting in the Honor of Kings Challenger Cup (HCC) 2022? Let us know in the comments below!

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