We are thrilled once again to have StarCraft II featured during the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship, which will be the first WCS Global event of 2017. It's a legacy we cherish as IEM embarks on its 32nd StarCraft II event. As the players continue their journey for valuable WCS points, fans can expect to see world-class plays and moments we'll remember for many years to come.
The tournament will be the first out of three WCS Global events and the biggest gathering of top tier StarCraft II players of the year. The IEM World Champion will be the first of eight crowned players to secure a spot in the WCS Global Finals. WCS points will also be up for grabs for those who don't make it to the top, which means IEM will set the pace as players vie to reach the WCS Global Finals in 2017. You can read more about the 2017 WCS on the WCS site.
Here are all the details about the upcoming tournament, which has the largest prize pool in StarCraft II IEM history:
February 27-March 5
We'll see six days of great StarCraft II action! The full schedule will be as follows:
We welcome StarCraft II fans to join us for the matches taking place on March 3-5!
76 player tournament
With the upcoming ladder season planned to begin on the 24th of January, we do not believe there to be sufficient time for players to be fully prepared. Therefore we will play our qualifiers on the old map pool and then adjust to play the main event on the latest official map pool.
Qualifier map pool
• Daybreak • Vaani Research Station • Echo • Habitation Station • Overgrowth • Newkirk Precinct • Whirlwind
Main event map pool
Abyssal Reef • Bel'Shir Vestige • Cactus valley •Honorgrounds • Newkirk Precinct • Paladino Terminal • Proxima Station
We're pleased to announce that this tournament will have the largest prize pool in StarCraft II IEM history-US$250,000! It will be distributed as follows:
Wednesday, January 25 - European server Open Qualifier
Saturday, January 28 - European server Final Qualifier
Thursday, January 26 - North American server Open Qualifier
Sunday, January 29 - North American server Final Qualifier
Friday, January 27 - Korean server 1 server Open Qualifier
Saturday, January 28 - Korean server 1 Final Qualifier
Sunday, January 29 - Korean server 2 Open Qualifier
Monday, January 30 - Korean server 2 Final Qualifier
The open qualifiers will be played in a single elimination best-of-3 format, with the qualifying round (Ro16) matches being best-of-5. The top eight players advance to the final qualifier. These qualifiers are open for everyone from every region, but keep in mind that the time zone and server belong to the name-giving region.
The final qualifiers will be played in a double elimination best-of-3 format with the qualifying rounds (the third round of the upper bracket and the fifth round of the lower bracket) having best-of-5 matches. Participants of each final qualifier will consist of:
Top three players from each final qualifier will secure a fully paid trip to Katowice and a spot in the 24 player Group Stage.
Bracket stage sign-up will be available for 64 intrepid players at the conclusion of all online qualifiers. Due to the limited number of spots, preference will be given to players based on region, 2016 WCS performance, and in-game ladder performance.
We wish all of the participating players the best of luck and cannot wait to see the very best compete in Katowice for the $250,000 prize pool! Be sure to join us on March 3-5 to witness world-class StarCraft II matches live! Grab a ticket while you can!