Player & Team compensation for Guangzhou
After the Intel Extreme Masters China had to be cancelled, teams and players will be fully reimbursed. They will also receive points for the season ranking and better seeding for the qualifications to the next event.
On Tuesday last week we had to announce that the Intel Extreme Masters China would be canceled. Following this step we will reimbursed all players and teams for cancellation fees and costs incurred due to arranging travel to Intel Extreme Masters China.
In addition all qualified teams and players will receive the minimum amount of points for the Intel Extreme Masters Season Ranking, which they would have received for attending the event.
Once the qualification for the next event has started, these teams and players will also be seeded into the last stages.
Intel Extreme Masters China canceled
Due to the cancellation of the Anime Comics and Games show in Guangzhou, China, we regret to inform that the Intel Extreme Masters China tournament will not take place.
The ACG will not be taking place on the dates which were originally scheduled for September 30 - October 4. The official statement by ACG quotes problems with the increased expected visitor traffic and manpower shortage due to the holiday season in China. Unofficial sources in China report that the cancellation was connected to the current political unrest between China and Japan and the nature of the ACG show which heavily features Japanese culture, causing security concerns.
With the venue not being available for the Intel Extreme Masters tournament, no alternative solution could be found for ESL and Intel to deliver a high standard tournament in Guangzhou on the same dates.
ESL's Director of Pro Gaming Michał Blicharz has issued the following statement:
"We were all looking forward to going to China yet again as last year's tournament in Guangzhou, at the same venue, was a great success for us. Fans from all over the world surely remember Greg "IdrA" Fields' successful run through the tournament as well as the first ever encounter between Western League of Legends teams and their Chinese counterparts.
We are terribly sorry to disappoint esports fans that were expecting to enjoy the event, especially all Chinese esports fans. Unfortunately, the circumstances that forced the cancellation upon us were entirely beyond our control, though we understand and respect the decisions made by the Anime Comics and Games organizers.
Despite this setback, we are working very hard on delivering more fantastic events for esports fans around the world. We will soon announce more Intel Extreme Masters tournaments, including another one in Asia."
The teams and players that have already qualified for Intel Extreme Masters China and booked their travel will be contacted by ESL about compensation.
mousesports qualify for final LoL qualifier
The second League of Legends qualifier for both EU West and EU East & Nordic has concluded yesterday. Mousesports along with 3 other teams move into the final qualifier.
With yesterday's European qualifiers concluding, the final four teams to move on into the Crossrealm Qualifier have been determined.
On the EU West side of things, mousesports and IWantCookie have moved on, while on EU East & Nordic, Team Acer as well as pentakill.gr have made it through their qualifiers.
On to the final qualifierThe final qualifier, refered to as the Crossrealm Qualifier, will feature a total of 8 teams - 4 from EU West and 4 from EU East & Nordic. It will take place on Saturday, September 1st.
These teams will battle it out for two slots for the Intel Extreme Masters China, taking place September 30th to October 4th in Guangzhou:
Stream on ESL TVFind out who of these 8 great teams gets to fly to China to show the rest of the world what they're capable of, as the qualifier will be shown on ESL TV.
Commentary will be done by our very own Jason 'ButButButILY' Kaplan, starting at 16:00 CEST.
Familiar names qualifying for China
The qualification process for both Europe and America has concluded and the participants of Intel Extreme Masters China from these regions have been determined.
Some of the best players of Europe and America have participated in the Intel Extreme Masters China qualifiers, knowing that only a couple of them could make it to the final stage, and even less would actually qualify for the Intel Extreme Masters China, taking place September 30th to October 4th at the Ani-com & Games in Guangzhou.
Europe's participantsA total of 5 slots were available for European players - and more than 64 players out of Europe's elite fought for them.
Left over are 3 faces we have already seen perform at gamescom, be it in the Group Phase or the Open Bracket, namely DarKFoRcE, sLivko and fOrGG - along with 2 new faces to the Intel Extreme Masters - Snute and sYz.
America's participantsAfter Europe's players have set the trend of familiar players of this season qualifying for another Intel Extreme Masters events, America has joined in. All three players that have successfully qualified for our upcoming event in China, had already qualified for gamescom before.
Their names? DeMusliM, KiLLeR and viOlet.
A list of players qualified from Europe and America can be found below.
Only Asia is leftWith the European and American qualifiers for the Intel Extreme Masters China concluded, only Asian qualifiers are still coming up. Details about these are still to be announced.
This means that the only way for players outside of Asia to obtain a spot in the tournament is to sign up and play their way through the open bracket.
Open Bracket China Registration
The registration for the open bracket at the Intel Extreme Masters China is now available. 24 of the 32 spots are available through these sign-ups, closing at midnight on September 16th. The other will be filled at the venue itself. The open bracket will be played out on the 30th of September, the first day of the Ani-com & Games. The top 8 will advance into the $31.800 main tournament.
Players who succeed in qualifying for the main tournament have a guaranteed $600 in prize money.
How to register?In order to register for the open bracket, please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Link to your Battle.net profile
List of tournament achievements, if available
Date of Birth
Date and Time automatically adjust to your local timezone
Signup fee is 50 Euros, to be paid via PayPal
The fee includes a trade show visitor ticket, valid for entire duration
If you qualify for the main tournament via the open bracket, $600 are guaranteed
A visa will be needed and has to be requested ahead of time to enter China. This is especially critical for American and European players.
The Open Bracket F.A.Q.Every StarCraft II tournament in the new season of the Intel Extreme Masters will feature 24 players. 16 of those will qualify online and 8 will qualify through an open bracket tournament played on the first day of the event.
How can I participate in the Open Bracket?
There will be 32 spots in the open bracket. The open bracket is reserved for players that were unable to participate in the event qualifier or got knocked out early. 16 spots will be available for booking for known SC2 professionals.
The other 8 spots will be distributed between players that sign up in person one day before the event on a first come - first serve basis. This is aimed to make sure both top pros and aspiring local players still have a chance to compete in the main event.
Open bracket spots will be made available after the conclusion of the Intel Extreme Masters online qualifiers so that players that have not qualified online could still compete at the event.
How will it be played out?
The open bracket tournament will be divided into 4 double elimination brackets of 8 players each. The winners of the upper bracket and the lower bracket will be seeded into the main event with a high and low seed, respectively. The double elimination bracket finals will not be played out.
How do the open bracket players fit into the main event?
The main event will have 24 players with 4 groups of 6 players. It will start only after the open bracket has concluded and the 8 main event participants from the open bracket are known.
Each group will consist of 4 players qualified online, 1 high seed open bracket player and 1 low seed open bracket player (from a different open bracket).
A total of 12 players, top 3 from each group, will advance to the playoffs, with group winners getting a free win in the 1st round. It is the same system as the one used at the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship.
The qualifiers so far
The first League of Legends teams have made their way into the finals on September first, and the final StarCraft II players qualified for the third stage of theirs.
Qualification process is at its peak as tonight will already determine the 5 European and 3 American StarCraft II players to qualify for the Intel Extreme Masters China, taking place September 30th to October 4th.
Along with that, Europe's top League of Legends teams will be playing their deciding matches for the two European slots for the Intel Extreme Masters China.
StarCraft II qualifiers are almost overStage 1 and 2 of the StarCraft II qualifiers in both Europe and America took place during the past two days and the players to play out the third and final stage have been determined.
Here's information about the final qualifiers happening tonight, August 29th 2012.
Stage 3 Europe
A list of all European players that have made it to Stage 3 can be found below.
Note that a total of 5 of these players will qualify for Intel Extreme Masters China.
Stage 3 America
A list of all American players that have made it to stage 3 can be found below.
Note that a total of 3 of these players will qualify for Intel Extreme Masters China.
League of Legends still has more to comeOnly two of the European League of Legends qualifiers (one in each of the regions West and Nordic/East) have been played so far.
Another one for each of the regions is coming up tomorrow evening, August 30th 2012 - with the final crossrealm qualifier taking place on September 1st.
Who has qualified for the final qualifier?
Streams on ESL TVAll qualifiers will be shown and commentated on ESL TV.
The StarCraft II Stage 3 Europe qualifier will be commentated by James 'Kaelaris' Carrol tonight at 19:00 CEST.
Later tonight, at 2:00 CEST, the StarCraft II Stage 3 American qualifier will be commentated by Axel 'Axeltoss' Rodriguez.
On the League of Legends side of things our very own Joe Miller and Jason 'ButButButILY' Kaplan will provide the second qualifier a stream and commentary - tomorrow, August 30th at 19:00 CEST.
Danish Champion moves on to Stage 2
Stage 1 of the Intel Extreme Masters China qualifiers has concluded. Notable players to move on to Stage 2 include TITAN, TargA and Fraer as well as WCS successes BabyKnight, LoWeLy, Dayshi and PandaTank.
A total of 16 players have qualified for Stage 2 of the qualifiers, where they will meet the 16 players already seeded into the second stage.
Stage 2 is about to happenOnly 8 of the players below can make it into the third and most important stage of the qualifiers. Big names collide with big surprises of the past few months - who can make it?
On to Stage 3The third and final stage will feature those who successfully passed Stage 2 playing against the top seeded European players to try and qualify for one of the five European spots for the Intel Extreme Masters China.
The third stage will take place on Wednesday, August 29th starting at 19:00 CEST.
Tune in on ESL TVThe qualifiers will be streamed and commentated by Icicle, tonight on ESL TV, starting at 19:00 CEST.
Make sure to tune in so you don't miss any of the action!
Guangzhou SCII Qualification Dates - Europe
Today, the European qualifier dates for the Intel Extreme Masters China, taking place September 30th to October 4th, have been set. Taking place between Monday 27th and Wednesday 29th, the qualifiers are split into three stages, with the first stage accepting open sign ups.
Players will have to play through all three stages in order to successfully qualify for our next stop in Guangzhou, China. Excepted from this are players invited to the Stages 2 and 3, depending on their respective national rankings.
A total of 5 players will be able to qualify through the European qualifiers.
Stage 1The first stage of the qualification process will take place on Monday, August 27th starting at 19:00 CEST.
As mentioned above, the sign-ups are open for everyone.
The bracket can be found here.
Stage 2Whoever manages to go through the first stage will meet each other and players seeded based on national ranking in the second stage.
The second stage will take place on Tuesday, August 28th starting at 19:00 CEST.
Stage 3The third and final stage will then feature those who successfully passed Stage 2 playing against the top seeded European players to try and qualify for one of the five European spots for the Intel Extreme Masters China.
The third stage will take place on Wednesday, August 29th starting at 19:00 CEST.
Watch all of the qualifiers liveEvery of these qualifiers will be streamed and commentated on ESL.TV.
Don't forget to tune in as lots of top-notch players battle it out for one of five slots in the upcoming Intel Extreme Masters China.
eSports returns to Guangzhou
The Intel Extreme Masters will show its presence in Guangzhou again this year between September 30th and October 4th.
Merely 6 weeks after this season's first event at gamescom in Cologne, the circuits second stop will take place at Ani-con in the Jinhan Exhibition Center in Guangzhou.
Qualification for the event will take place in the two weeks after Gamescom.
Intel Extreme Masters ChinaOur main titles, StarCraft II and League of Legends will make their second Chinese Intel Extreme Masters appearance in the city of Guangzhou.
Players from all over the world will compete in both titles in an attempt to qualify for the World Championship that will happen at CeBIT in Hanover, March 2013.
Qualification DatesLike Gamescom Qualification, the Qualifiers for Intel Extreme Masters China will be split into three stages, with only the first stage allowing open sign-ups.
A list of the qualifiers and their dates (if known) can be found below:
The World ChampionshipThe season will once again conclude at CeBIT in Hanover (March 5th - 9th, 2013), where the best 24 StarCraft 2 players and 12 League of Legends teams will meet in the World Championship, fighting for the Intel Extreme Masters trophy. Last year's World Championship was a highlight for both live spectators and stream viewers - and we're doing everything to make it even better.