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Sometimes it might be fun to enter a tournament every once in a while, but I don't really know where to start. How does one go about finding online amateur-level tournaments?

I am hoping for something like a simple news feed / calendar that links to upcoming public tournaments. I am hoping for something nice and accessible, and avoid having to "become involved with" a forum or community and spend a lot of time searching.

Basically something to supplement ladder play with a different dynamic, and a tangible end result.

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This is something I am very interested in too, with divisions across multiple lower leagues. –  gbsod Jun 10 '11 at 4:13
weird i didn't realize you could open a bounty on someone else's question. –  tenfour Jun 10 '11 at 9:11

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Team Liquid has a list of tournaments: http://www.teamliquid.net/tournaments/

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This single page does answer the question most specifically. I just wish there were more 'weekend warrior' type events. Something akin to 7/5 a-side soccer, amateur but competitive weekly tournies but for those less inclined to physical activity. –  gbsod Jun 16 '11 at 4:34

You can try out either Sc2-tournament.com - they host amateur tournaments only so far.

Also Playhem.com

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For European tournaments (mostly in French) you can use Wannawar.com They are lots of amateur-level tournaments but also decent good-level tournaments.

However, I believe Wannawar don't host non European tournaments ATM.

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One Idea that worked very well is starting up a local tournament at my company.

For an amateur trying to break into the scene there are many high level tournaments (for example Gosu Coaching holds a weekly tournament, as does US Craft Cup), but frequently for amateur players these are out of their skill range.

Instead, if you take the time to organize a tournament at you company you may quickly find a tournament more your caliber. What's more you can even form some sort of after hours gaming league where you compete against other companies.

I wasn't allowed to discuss this before, but we did (with the help of Day9) set up an After Hours Gaming League, where I do participate in show matches.

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There are a few sites that run there own amateur tournaments as you are probably aware of by now. For European tournaments in English, http://www.n00bgaming.com is good. You can also challenge people in a 1v1 for a wager on there. It's a new site though so not that many members yet.

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ESL has weekly tournaments for bronze/silver and gold/platinum.

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