WCS Europe Challenger is ready to start - without MVP
All Challengers have been determined and the race to the WCS Global Finals will be opened next week on Tuesday, January 21st. Saturday and Sunday saw the final two qualifiers, where fourteen new players emerged to get their spot in the 2014 WCS. - One of which was the winner of the first ever major StarCraft II tournament back in 2010 (IEM Cologne at gamescom): MorroW, who never before qualified for WCS.
Sunday's final Wildcard Qualifier was the only chance for new Korean players to make their way into WCS Europe, as the previous qualifiers were exclusively for citizens of the European region, Middle East and Africa. However, the Korean hopefuls had their dreams of qualifying shattered as they went up against a strong European crowd. Even reigning IEM World Champion, YoDa, and runner-up, First, were unable to make it.

Qualifiers are underway and Season 1 of the 2014 World Championship Series Europe is ready to fire its starting shots and start the race to the WCS Global Finals. We'd like to present the schedule for the upcoming months of WCS Europe, including all Challenger matches as well as Premier League's Round of 32.

2014 WCS Season 1 Europe - Challenger Participants

Qualified players for 2014 Challenger Season 1
Eugin "Strelok" Oparyshev
Dennis "HasuObs" Schneider
Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen
Samuli "elfi" Sihvonen
Piotr "sLh" Michalski
Alex "ABomB" Thomas
Jens "Snute" Aasgaard
Nikolai "stakimaN" Nedeltchev
Pavel "Revolver" Belov
  Jung "jjakji" Ji Hoon
Andreas "KrasS" Ullrich
Aleksandr "Bly" Svusuyk
Anton "Zanster" Dahlström
Alexander "Mekar" Jonsson
Artem "VERDI" Avramenko
Stefan "MorroW" Andersson
Marcin "DieStar" Wieczorek
Dennis "StrinterN" Christensen
  Rickard "SortOf" Bergman
Viktor "Miniraser" Malmberg
Kevin "Harstem" de Koning
Jon "BabyKnight" Andersen
David "Lilbow" Moschetto
Gabriel "HeRoMaRinE" Segat
Dan "hOpe" Gustafsson
Julian "Lambo" Brosig

2013 WCS Season 3 Europe: Challenger League 1st-24th
Johan "NaNiwa" Lucchesi
Yoan "ToD" Merlo
Mark "Adonminus" Ioshpa
Patrick "Bunny" Brix
Park "ForGG" Ji Soo
Matic "Starbuck" Dejak
Andrey "LiveZerg" Guldyashov
Artem "sLivko" Garavtsov
  Vesa "Welmu" Hovinen
Silviu "NightEnD" Lazar
Samayan "BlinG" Kay
Dmitry "Happy" Kostin
Antoine "Dayshi" Stievenar
Svyatoslav "HappyZerg" Vlasyuk
Sébastien "FireCake" Lebbe
  Tobias "ShoWTimE" Siebe
Kang "San" Cho Won
Lee "Daisy" Jong Hyuk
Mihaylo "Kas" Hayda
Marc "uThermal" Schlappi
Łukasz "Tefel" Czarnecki
Dario "TLO" Wünsch

Originally, only twelve new players were to be determined last weekend. Due to the retirement of duckdeok from StarCraft II, as well as Lucifron quitting WCS, two more spots became available. Having gathered the most WCS points in WCS Europe 2013, MVP takes duckdeok's place and advances to the Premier League. MVP's and Lucifron's Challenger spots have been filled with the seventh and eighth place finishers of yesterday's Wildcard Qualifier.

2014 WCS Season 1 Europe - Premier League Participants

Jang "MC" Min Chul
Jeong "Genius" Min Soo
Son "StarDust" Seok Hee
  Mun "MMA" Seong Won
Juan "VortiX" Moreno Durán
Artur "Nerchio" Bloch
  Kristoffer "TargA" Marthinsen
Jung "Mvp" Jong Hyun

Later this week, we are going to draw and announce the Challenger match-ups, which will take place on January 21st, 22nd, 23rd as well as February 4th, 5th and 6th. To learn more about WCS 2014 and all its changes, visit starcraft2.com/wcs.
otacon, Monday, 13/01/14 14:11
comments (2)
Great news, thanks for keeping us updated :) But what about the date and time of the ro16 and playoffs? would love to know the date for these!
RayBeans wrote:
Great news, thanks for keeping us updated :) But what about the date and time of the ro16 and playoffs? would love to know the date for these!
We'll announce them very soon.
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