IEM Season XII - PyeongChang
IEM Season XII - PyeongChang is the second event of IEM Season XII which hosts a StarCraft II Tournament, organized by ESL and held in PyeongChang, South Korea, with full support from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
- 5 slots available for Europe (1 North, 1 West, 1 South, 1 East and 1 Central).
- 2 slots available for North America, South America and South Korea.
- 1 slot available for Africa, East Asia, West Asia, China and Oceania.
- Each regional qualifier is separated into two stages.
- The first stage determines the eight best players from each region. Those that came out victorious in Stage 1 move on to the second stage of the qualifiers.
- In the second stage, the top 8 players of each qualifier compete against one another for the coveted qualifier spot in the Intel Extreme Masters PyeongChang finals.
- The following regions have two stages:
- All European qualifiers
- North and South America
- South Korea
- The first stage is played as a single elimination Bo3, until the tournament reaches the Ro16 at which point players play a best of five series, and the winners will advance to stage two.
- The second stage is a double-elimination best of three bracket. In regions with one qualifier slot (Oceania, China, and Europe), the grand finals are played as a Bo5 series where the player from the winner’s side of the bracket will begin with a 1:0 lead, and the winner of the tournament will qualify for Intel Extreme Masters PyeongChang.
- In regions with two qualifier slots (South Korea, North and South America), the upper bracket, lower bracket and grand finals are played as a standard best of 5 series, and both of the finalists earn a coveted qualifier spot.
- The following regions have a single stage, with their formats varying depending on the number of entrants:
- East Asia
- West Asia
- If 9 or more players enter the qualifiers in these regions, the tournament is played as a single elimination Bo3 bracket that concludes with a Bo5 final. In the event 8 or fewer players enter, the tournament is played in the same fashion as the two-stage tournaments above.
Casters, Hosts and Observers
150,000 USD and TBD WCS Points are spread among the players as seen below:
|Protoss (2)||Terran (0)||Zerg (2)|
|From the Africa Qualifier (1)|
|From the East Asia Qualifier (1)|
|From the West Asia Qualifier (1)|
|From the China Qualifier (1)|
|From the Europe Qualifiers (5)|
|From the North America Qualifier (2)|
|From the South America Qualifier (2)|
|From the Oceania Qualifier (1)|
|From the South Korea Qualifier (2)|