The overwhelming response to the Intel Extreme Masters Gamescom open bracket for StarCraft II signups has forced us to reconsider our policy.
Almost all applicants for the open bracket have been accepted, exceeding the originally planned number of 16 players to 27. The signups included three-time GSL champion NesTea, four-time GSL champion Mvp, Intel Extreme Masters and double GSL champion MC and a score of other top Korean and European players.
Furthermore, five players local to Germany have been pre-signed up for the local spots based on their prior results in ESL competitions (Socke, ReaL, XlorD, ClouD and DBS). These players have applied for the invite slots and, in normal circumstances, would not have been rejected. The remaining places will be given out next week at the ESL Office in Cologne.
The first ever Open Bracket at the Intel Extreme Masters will be played out at the 15th of August at gamescom. The format will be four double-elimination brackets with eight players each. The WB and LB winner of each bracket will advance into the main tournament. In other words: only 8 players from the Open Bracket will make it into the actual tournament.
Below you can see the full list of players who have confirmed their participation.
List of players signed up for the Open Bracket
LucifroN Tarson fOrGG Mvp
Killer Grubby Bly Strelok
DeathAngel JYP AcE ClouD
Socke ReaL XlorD TBD
DBS Oz Nestea YongHwa
MC Adelscott AureS White-Ra
PuMa Bomber NaNiwa TargA
TBD TBD TBD TBD
For future Intel Extreme Masters events, the open bracket spots will have up to 24 spaces for invited players and the remainder will be filled with players registered in person the day before the event.
The 5 remaining spots
The remaining five spots will be given out next week, on the 14th of August.
Players who are interested in signing up have to come to the ESL Office in Cologne and pay the sign-up fee of 50€.
If you are interested in signing up, here's a list to provide you with everything you need to know.
ESL Office: Siegburger Straße 189, Cologne, Germany
August 14th 2012, 17:00 to 18:00 CET
Spots are limited, so be there early!
What do you need?
50€ sign-up fee
Your ID card You have to be at least 16 to sign up
What do we need to know of you?
Your full name
Your nick name