Intel® Extreme Masters has a long-standing relationship with StarCraft® II and we thrilled to once again welcome world's top players to the city of Katowice to compete for the coveted trophy, and a lion's share of the US$400,000 prize pool.
Below, you'll find everything you need to know about qualifying and playing at the tournament.
here will be 4 global qualifiers, all consisting of 2 stages. 11 players who will top the second stages of the qualifiers will be invited to the group stage (Ro24):
- 3 from KR qualifier #1
- 2 from KR qualifier #2
- 3 from EU Qualifier
- 3 from NA qualifier
*All qualifiers are open to all participants, with no regional restrictions regarding citizenship or residence, but they will be held in the Battle.net regions they are announced. KR = Asia, EU = Europe, NA = Americas.
How will the Qualifiers work:
Stage 1 - Open for all
- Single elimination bracket - Bo3
- Deciding matches (Ro16) - Bo5 (top 8 qualify to the closed qualifier)
Stage 2 - 16 players (8 qualified from stage 1, 8 from regional WCS results (Blizzcon, then WCS points): Asia+Oceania / Europe+Africa / Americas
- Double elimination bracket - Bo3
- Deciding matches - Bo5 (top 3 qualify to the main event group stages (Ro24))
Sign up Links:
Asia server qualifier #1 -
Asia server qualifier #2 -
Europe server qualifier - >>>SIGN UP<<<
- Stage #2 - Sunday, Jan 22 5:00pm GMT (GMT+00:00)
Americas server qualifier - >>>SIGN UP<<<
- Stage #1 - Monday, Jan 23 12:00am GMT (GMT+00:00)
- Stage #2 - Tuesday, Jan 24 12:00am GMT (GMT+00:00)
Important: This Qualifier will be played on the "old" mappool, which includes Abyssal Reef, Ascension to Aiur, Odyssey and Battle on the Boardwalk
Questions regarding eligibility:
As stated in the official announcement "All qualifiers are open to all participants, with no regional restrictions.", but, the qualifiers will be played on the announced Battle.net regions.
IEM Season XII - World Championship