To celebrate our 50th IEM event, we’ve turned up the heat for our World Championship event in Katowice, Poland. Sixteen of the world’s best StarCraft II professional players will battle it out, with only one taking home any of our US$100,000 prize money. As if that wasn’t tough enough, competitors will only have one chance to prove themselves: the single elimination bracket will allow for no mistakes.
“Every season the IEM was one of the hardest tournaments to win all year. In 2014 we would like to take it to a new level of extreme. True champions are born when they express their talent in the most extreme situations,” said Michal Blicharz, Managing Director of Pro Gaming at ESL. “We wanted to create the most high-pressure tournament this audience has ever seen.”
Those who finished first and second at IEM Shanghai, New York and Singapore have already been invited, all expenses paid, to the World Championship in Katowice. With IEM Sao Paulo and Cologne still ahead, a further four places will be decided in the coming weeks. So far, the players qualified for the US$100,000 event are:
Kim “Revival” Dong Hyun (winner IEM Shanghai)
Kim “Oz” Hak Soo (runner up IEM Shanghai)
Lee “Life” Seung Hyun (winner IEM New York City)
Johan “naniwa” Lucchesi (runner up IEM New York City)
Kim “herO” Joon Ho (winner IEM Singapore)
Kang “san” Cho Won (runner up IEM Singapore)
The six remaining places will be decided through a series of invites and open qualifiers with more information on the specifics coming in near future. All qualified players will have their flights and hotel paid for.
The final stop of this years Intel Extreme Masters tour will play out in the Spodek Arena (Katowice, Poland), an 11,500 capacity indoor arena typically used for sports events and music concerts. Head over to TicketPro to secure yourself a ticket to what is garaunteed to be an intense couple of days filled with games from some of the best StarCraft II players around.