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Sign up for the open bracket of San Jose now!

As in previous seasons, we will host an open bracket for some of our StarCraft II spots, giving hopefuls who didn’t manage to qualify for whatever reason a second chance at proving that they’re worthy of being among the world’s best gamers.

Remember that this season we have introduced a small change to how the open bracket works in terms of slot distribution. Last season we promised local players half of the spots while giving the other half to the rest of the world. This season we have a clear number of slots distributed to certain countries.

For San Jose, the following slot distribution applies:

  • 2 United States of America
  • 4 North America
  • 2 South America
  • 2 Asia
  • 2 Europe
  • 4 Global

The slots will be filled on the basis of player applications. Timely applicants will be accepted in order of WCS ranking (as of September 29th, 2014). Below is a summary of what you need to do to apply.

Important note for all applicants:
The open bracket as well as the first part of the group stage of the StarCraft II tournament at Intel Extreme Masters San Jose are being played in the ESL Studios America in Burbank, a five-hour car drive away from the venue in San Jose. This is only for the first two days (3rd/4th of December) - after one day reserved for the transfer (5th of December), the players who make it will join the crowd in San Jose on 6th and 7th December. Please keep this in mind for booking flights as well as hotels. The transfer from Burbank to San Jose is included for those players making it to the next stage.

How to sign up:
In order to sign up for the Intel Extreme Masters San Jose Open Bracket, please send a mail to openbracket@esl.eu with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Nickname
  • Race
  • Link to your Battle.NET profile
  • Link to your ESL profile
  • List of tournament achievements, if available
  • Date of Birth (players are required to be 16 or older)
  • Phone number (incl. Country Code)

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 5th 2014, 24:00 PST

Additional Information
Access to the venue is provided in case you are accepted.

If you make it through the Open Bracket, a share of the prize money is guaranteed!