The competition is already roaring in Korea, and IEM Katowice will light up our first global tournament by the end of the month. We are pleased to present the complete ruleset for the 2017 World Championship Series. Below, we have summarized some major updates and information that are included in the ruleset.
WCS 2017 Official Rules
You can find the point and prizing breakdown for IEM Katowice here:
The following is the points and prizing for events in the Korea region:
And the Circuit splits:
Further details about the GSL vs. the World event will be shared at a later date. The already earned points from IEM Gyeonggi and GSL Code S Season 1 will be added throughout today.
The residency requirements for those wishing to compete outside of their home region have remained largely the same from 2016 to 2017. If you are a player attempting to compete in a region in which you do not have citizenship, please reach out to the Blizzard Esports Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Eligibility Changes for 2017
Japan added to Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau Region
2016 was in the first year Japanese players were eligible to participate in the WCS. While we appreciate their contributions to the ANZ & Southeast Asia region, we’ve examined the player experience and decided that due to server location it makes sense to home Japan in the Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau region. We hope this will provide a better experience for all players.
Official announcement: https://wcs.starcraft2.com/en-us/news/20563603/StarCraft-II-World-Championship-Series-2017-Announced/
The dates for WCS 2017 tournaments were also included in the document: