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StarCraft® II features at Intel® Extreme Masters return to South Korea

The last stop of year for the Intel Extreme Masters will be IEM Gyeonggi, taking place in the Goyang Sports Complex this December. The event will feature a stacked tournament with 16 Korean StarCraft II players competing for a US$35,000 prize pool as well as WCS points.

Format & Rules

IEM Gyeonggi will be a four day tournament for StarCraft II, with the group stages taking place between December 14-18 with the last two days of matches happening in the stadium.


Players should be advised that this event is part of WCS Korea for 2017. WCS points awarded will go toward 2017 WCS Korea standings, and all qualifiers and the event itself will take place in Korea on the Korean servers.
WCS Korea events are open to players of any citizenship. However, to ensure all qualified players will be able to attend the event, only participants who already have previously obtained visas, or participants from countries and regions with visa-free entry to Korea will be eligible for these qualifiers.
Full details on WCS 2017 will be announced soon.

Prize Pool

The prize pool will be a total of US$35,000 and will be broken down as follows:

  • 1st place: US$15,000
  • 2nd place: US$6,000
  • 3rd/4th place: US$2,500
  • 5th-8th place: US$1,500
  • 9th-12th place: US$500
  • 13th-16th place: US$250


Four players from WCS Korea will receive direct invitations based on their Global Finals results at BlizzCon. The remaining 12 will be determined via online qualifiers on the Korean servers.



Three online qualifiers will take place on Korean servers in order to determine 12 players who will join the Gyeonggi tournament. The format of all of the qualifiers will be single elimination best of three, with four players advancing from each qualifier.

  • First qualifier: Saturday, November 26th at 18:00 KST (1AM PDT, 10:00 CET)
  • Second qualifier: Sunday, November 27th at 18:00 KST (1AM PDT, 10:00 CET)
  • Third qualifier: Tuesday, November 29th at 18:00 KST (1AM PDT, 10:00 CET)

Tournament format

The sixteen players will be split into four groups of four. The group stage will be double elimination best of three matches. Top two players from each group (eight in total) will advance to the playoffs which will be a single elimination best of five bracket with the grand final being a best of seven.
The seeding for group stages will be based on results from this year's WCS Global Finals as well as each player's respective WCS ranking.

Map pool

• Daybreak • Vaani Research Station • Echo • Habitation Station • Overgrowth • Newkirk Precinct • Whirlwind


As always we will be working closely with our partners to bring you the best possible coverage of all the action. More details following soon.

Good luck!

We wish all of the qualifier and main tournament participants the best of luck and cannot wait to see some world-class StarCraft II played in South Korea. For all updates regarding the event, including ticket information, qualifier updates and more, be sure to follow IEM on Twitter and Facebook.