Patience, INnoVation, and Maru broke through the North American server qualifier to earn spots in the group stage (round of 24) of IEM Katowice. With Serral already seeded into the IEM main event as the reigning BlizzCon champion, Korean pros were largely unchallenged in the online qualifier. While top NA players such as SpeCial and Neeb were able to take series off Korean players, they were ultimately eliminated several rounds away from qualification.
Three more players will earn group stage spots through the European server qualifier (January 7-8), while five spots will be up for grabs in two Korean server qualifiers (January 9-22). The $400,000 IEM Katowice main event will be held between February 25th and March 3rd, beginning with the round-of-76 double elimination tournament (visit IntelExtremeMasters.com for more information on the tournament format).