IEM Katowice 2020 EU Server Qualifier Coverage

Coverage 14.1.2020

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PREVIEW

We are diving into the new decade of StarCraft 2, starting off with IEM Katowice 2020 EU Server Qualifier! It’s a closed qualifier that consists of a double elimination bracket with 16 players – 8 from the Open Qualifier and 8 seeded players based on results in 2019. Three of these players will Qualify for the Main Tournament, starting on February 24th.

From the start of 2020, the ecosystem changed drastically, as ESL stepped in to the driver’s seat and announced the ESL Pro Tour. This means that the old WCS format, which the game used to have is in the past, and it now runs a circuit combining ESL and DreamHack tournaments. Each year ends in a Masters Championship, taking place at the IEM Masters Katowice. Instead of the StarCraft 2 yearly calendar ending in November, it will last until the 2021 Katowice tournament. This circuit has been confirmed to run for at least the next 3 years, which brings a lot of stability and job security for the players and talent alike.

FORMAT

Final Qualifier: January 14, 2019 – 20:00 EET

  • 8 players from the Open Qualifier and 8 seeded players.
  • Double-elimination bracket.
  • All matches are Bo3.
  • Deciding matches are Bo5.
  • 3 Players earn a spot at IEM Katowice 2020 Group Stage.

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