Intel Extreme Masters returns to Katowice, Poland in early March next year for the annual World Championship. The Spodek arena will once again see thousands of fans witness top-notch CS:GO and League of Legends played by some of the world's best teams. In addition to this, we are thrilled to announce that joining the game lineup will be StarCraft II in the form of the first ever WCS Winter Championship!
Intel Extreme Masters Katowice will be the first WCS Circuit Championship, during which a total of 32 players will battle it out for a share of the US$150,00 prize pool. The winner will receive a WCS Global Playoffs seed at BlizzCon and 10,000 WCS points, which will dictate seeding and global rank.
The slots for the WCS Winter Championship will be distributed as follows:
Regional challenger (8 slots)
- Two for Europe, Africa and the Middle East
- Two for North America (USA and Canada)
- One for Latin America
- One for China
- One for Oceania, Southeast Asia and Japan
- One for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau
Server qualifiers (14 slots)
- Eight for Europe
- Six for America
Citizens from hosting nation eligible
WCS standings invites (8 slots)
2015 WCS standings will be used for Winter Championship
In order to compete in the WCS Circuit Championship, players must be citizens or residents of one of the eligible regions listed above.
The format of the WCS Winter Championship will be a single elimination bracket with best-of-five matchups except for the grand final, which will be a best of seven.
StarCraft II at Intel Extreme Masters Taipei
Before the Katowice tournament, a $25,000 8 player invitational will take place at Intel Extreme Masters Taipei at Taipei Game Show where top Korean performers of the 10th Intel Extreme Masters season will compete along other legendary players. You can read more about the event over here.
Join us for incredible StarCraft II and more in Katowice!
The WCS Winter Championship at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice will be first of its kind and the first big highlight of the year for the StarCraft II competitive scene. Prepare for some amazing matches and tons of excitement - keep an eye on our social media for information about ticket sales!
For more information about the WCS, visit the official website and remember to follow Intel Extreme Masters on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest updates regarding the event.