"IQ Cup"? What the hell is that?
For those who aren't as involved in the Chinese scene, "IQ Cup" typically refers to casual showmatch/stream matchs between two Chinese Starcraft community pillars, xiaose and F91. What makes it fun for Chinese viewers are their full random vs random matches, friendly yet savage banter and constant slip ups in mind games and strategy, it remains some of the most popular content they produce since 2012.
So you get the point, same deal: random vs random, casual matches, only bigger and more international.
Alright, I guess I'm in. What can I expect?
Just think about this:
Dark, INnoVation, Scarlett, herO, Leenock, Zest, Solar, TY
TIME, iAsonu, Cyan, Jieshi
Four Chinese qualifier spots: Coffee, Chick, Shana and LilTenacity
Playing random vs random in a 16 man GSL style tournament, for your entertainment.
This is SICK! When does it start?
Book your calendar then!
March 6th and 7th: Chinese qualifier (might not be streamed in English)
March 13th: Group A
March 14th: Group B
March 16th: Group C
March 20th: Group D
March 21st: Round of 8
March 23rd: Round of 4 and finals.
Broadcast starts 8pm KST...and judging by past records, expect schedule changes.
What are on the line then?
Not a lot by Kung Fu Cup standards, but still quite nice!
1st place: 10,000 CNY ($1453), plus an Alienware Aurora R5 desktop gaming PC (worth $1500-2000).
2nd place: 5,000 CNY ($727), plus an Alienware Aurora R5 desktop gaming PC.
3rd-4th place: an Alienware Aurora R5 desktop gaming PC.
Where can I watch it?
It will be streamed in Chinese at http://www.douyu.com/scboy, and our friend Lucas "Tenshi" Collard will be doing English coverage at http://www.twitch.tv/TenshiSC2, with occasional guest casters.