There has been much dismay about a lack of Open Brackets in the StarCraft II scene and in the eSports scene in general losing it's openness.
At IPL we value underdog and breakout stories; obviously Scarlett got her break out performance at IPL4 and has since blossomed into the best North American player.
Such success stories are why we still hold online qualifiers, and have plans to for the forseeable future.
We are pleased to announce our Open Qualifier for the Heart of the Swarm Invitational at IPL6.
North American Online Qualifier
12:00 PM PST February 20th 2013
European Online Qualifier
15:00 CET February 20th 2013
Korean Online Qualifier
15:00 KST February 21st 2013
Heart of the Swarm Live Open Bracket
10:00 AM PST March 29 2013 at IPL6
The map pool has been decided and we will have 5 maps in the Bo3, single elim bracket, with 1 veto for each player:
GSL Akilon Flats
KeSPA Neo Planet S
Blizzard Howling Peak
Blizzard Cloud Kingdom
The winner of each Online Qualifier will receive flight and hotel to compete at IPL6 in the Heart of the Swarm Invitational.
The top 4 players of the Heart of the Swarm Live Open Bracket will receive spots in the Heart of the Swarm Invitational.
We are also here to announce additional information on IPL6:
Prize Pool for Wings of Liberty: $75,000
1st - $32,000
2nd - $16,000
3rd - $9,000
4th - $5,000
5th / 6th - $3,000
7th / 8th - $2,000
9th - 12th - $1,000
13th - 16th - $500
17th - 24th - $250
Prize Pool for Heart of the Swarm: $25,000
1st - $12,000
2nd - $6,000
3rd / 4th - $2,500
5th - 8th - $500
If you have any questions, feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or post them in the comments below.