The first stop of Intel Extreme Masters Season 11 kicks off in Shanghai on July 28th with 16 players competing in a single elimination bracket. 12 of the players were determined through a series of qualifiers. The remaining four slots were to be filled by players receiving direct invitations based on their 2016 WCS points. As some of you already worked out, Polt was invited but we are sad to say, he cannot attend. Next in line was MaSa, who has gladly accepted the position to travel to China.
ShoWTimE - The most recent StarCraft champion - the WCS Summer Championship held at DreamHack Tour. The #2 seeded player in the 2016 WCS Circuit standings.
Elazer - The young rising star from Poland. Currently seventh in the WCS rankings. Elazer had a fantastic performance at the 2016 World Championship Katowice earlier this year finishing 5th-8th.
ViOlet - A former Intel Extreme Masters champion from 2012 returns to yet another tournament. This will be his 10th tournament with us.
MaSa - MaSa joins puCK and Neeb to complete a very strong North American line-up. So far this year in the WCS Circuit., MaSa has two semi-final finishes.
The full player lineup of players competing for IEM Shanghai championship is as follows: