| Step 1|
One highest ranked team or player from each of the three Intel Extreme Masters regions (the Americas, Europe and Africa, Asia and Oceania) will be invited to the World Championship.
*Current teams/players are highlighted with
|| Step 2|
The top two teams or players from every Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge will be invited to the World Championship.
*Teams/players are highlighted with
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The remaining World Championship slots will go to the highest ranked teams or players in the season (those that haven't been invited in steps 1 and 2).
*CS/LoL to the 12th place / SC2 to the 24th place