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Venue
 

January 18th - 20th
Spodek
Aleja Wojciecha Korfantego 35
Katowice
Official Website
Final Standings
 
StarCraft II
1st First - $6.500
2nd Dream - $3.300
3rd-4th Socke - $1.700
3rd-4th PartinG - $1.700
5th-8th TLO - $1.100
5th-8th Kas - $1.100
5th-8th Daisy - $1.100
5th-8th YoDa - $1.100
9th-12th MaNa - $900
9th-12th LucifroN - $900
9th-12th Nerchio - $900
9th-12th Grubby - $900
13th-16th mOOnGLaDe - $700
13th-16th Bly - $700
13th-16th Verdi - $700
13th-16th VortiX - $700
17th-20th Snute - $650
17th-20th Tefel - $650
17th-20th jookTo - $650
17th-20th Golden - $650
21st-24th Tarson - $600
21st-24th Siphonn - $600
21st-24th DieStar - $600
21st-24th ParanOid - $600

League of Legends
1st Gambit Gaming - $15.500
2nd Azubu Blaze - $8.500
3rd-4th Fnatic - $4.500
3rd-4th Azubu Frost - $4.500
5th-6th MeetYourMakers - $3.000
5th-6th SK Gaming - $3.000
7th-8th Team Curse - $2.500
7th-8th Absolute Legends - $2.500
Tournament System
 
StarCraft II
Four Groups of Six (Bo3)
Top 3 advance to Playoffs
Playoffs Single Elimination (Bo5)
Top 2 qualify for World Championship

League of Legends
Two Groups of Four (Bo1)
Top 2 advance to Playoffs
Playoffs Single Elimination (Bo3)
Winner qualifies for World Championship
Statement regarding Verdi and SC2TV.ru
01.03.2013 17:53
 
The ESL has looked into a couple of situations that occurred during Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, which took place in January 2013.

As a result, the Russian player Verdi received a penalty for unsportsmanlike behaviour. As a result, he will be docked 5% of his prize money.

Additionally, our Russian broadcasting partner SC2TV.ru has been cautioned as a result of streaming content which was not directly related to the Intel Extreme Masters tournament during the event.

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Choose the winners of Katowice's SSD contest!
25.01.2013 16:01
 
During Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, we asked you to depict your favourite moment of the tournament in order to win the awesome prizes Intel and Patriot have provided us with.

Because two games were part of the event, we have decided to give you the chance to win no matter in which game your favourite moment had happened!


As such, the best five submissions for StarCraft II and the best five submissions for League of Legends have been selected out of the hundreds of submissions we received!

Now it's up to you, the community, to decide which of the contestants was the best!

The polls will close on January 28th - the winning submission of each game will receive prizes!

League of Legends

Below are the five best submissions for League of Legends - the winning contestant will receive the following prizes:

Intel SSD 120 GB
Patriot USB Stick 8 GB
Patriot Limited Edition Intel Extreme Masters RAM 8 GB

Contestant 1




Contestant 2



Contestant 3



Contestant 4



Contestant 5

"Asian BUG song"
First match tourned on, and GG played with "Asian KING KONG",
Moscow boys thanked they can win, but they were wrong and becouse of this i created this song,
They didn't ban Kha'zix and that was wrong, they can't win with "Asian KING KONG".
Alex Ich let Kha'zix got feed, and that was wrong, becouse you cant win with feed "Asian KING KONG".
Kha'zix got quadra kill, and that was wrong, becouse they can't win with "Asian KING KONG".
Nexus got crashed rly fast, and that was wrong, becouse it is end of this song.
It wasn't KING KONG and i was wrong, it was a Feed BUG, and Moscow boys now need a big hug.


Select your favourite submission in the poll below!


[LoL] To the poll


StarCraft II

Below are the five best submissions for StarCraft II - the winning contestant will receive the following prizes:

Intel SSD 120 GB
Patriot USB Stick 8 GB
Patriot Limited Edition Intel Extreme Masters RAM 8 GB

Contestant 1




Contestant 2



Contestant 3



Contestant 4




Contestant 5






Select your favourite submission in the poll below!


[SC2] To the poll



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First and Gambit Gaming triumphant in Katowice
20.01.2013 22:38
 
Sunday was the day of the grand finals in Katowice. First from Korea took the StarCraft II crown while Gambit Gaming from Russia won League of Legends. After four days of eSports action with ten-thousands of visitors at Spodek, Intel Extreme Masters Katowice have finished.

The next Intel Extreme Masters will take place from the 28th of January to the 3rd of February in Sao Paulo, Brazil and feature a $50.000 League of Legends tournament.


Gambit Gaming become Azubu's nightmare

Korea versus Europe & Russia, that was the setup for Sundays remaining matches. In the first semi final Azubu Blaze faced European powerhouse Fnatic. The Koreans took the 1:0 lead, but Fnatic came back and forced a third and deciding game. There Azubu Blaze proved to be too strong, becoming the first finalist.


Final - Azubu Blaze 0:2 Gambit Gaming


Afterwards it was another Azubu team, Frost, in the second semi final, this time against Gambit Gaming. The Russians who had barely made it out of the group stage showed their trademark aggressive play and managed to take down the Koreans with 2:0. A sensation in the eyes of many viewers.

1st - Gambit Gaming - $15.500 -2nd - Azubu Blaze - $8.500


The final was then a rematch from the group stage, which Azubu Blaze had won two days ago. This time it turned out quite different though, as the Russians also took down the second Azubu team in two straight games. The I CARRIED KATOWICE title went to xPeke after his incredible Nexus kill in the deciding group stage match against SK Gaming.



Nomen est omen First

The StarCraft II tournament began with the remaining two quarter finals. Yesterday First and Socke had already advanced yesterday, today the final four were completed. Dream showed the strength of Korean Terrans once more, when he took out his countrymate Daisy with 3:1. Afterwards PartinG showed why he is regarded as one of the strongest players in the world at the moment, taking down fellow Code-S player YoDa with 3:0.


Final First 3:1 Dream


It was time for the semi finals and First continued with Socke what he started with TLO yesterday: Beating German players 3:0. Afterwards it was time for Dream vs. Parting, with the latter being the heavy favorite. But Dream wanted to have none of it and won the series convincingly with 3:1.

1st First - $6.500 - 2nd Dream - $3.300


In the all-Korean final the strenght of Dreams Terran strenght met its master when First took him down in four maps, thus living up to his name and winning Intel Extreme Masters Katowice. The SICK NERD BALLER title went to Socke, who showed an amazing performance after he had entered the tournament as a late replacement, ending up with a top 4 spot in the end.

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VOTE for the MVPs of Katowice
20.01.2013 15:33
 
It is time for YOU to vote for the MVP's of Katowice. Who will be the SICK NERD BALLER and WHO CARRIED KATOWICE? You can vote for one of six players in each game. The polls will close after the respective finals have ended.

A free registration at the ESL is required to cast your vote.


WHO CARRIED KATOWICE?

xPeke from Fnatic
CloudTemplar from Azubu Frost
RapidStar from Azubu Frost
Ambition from Azubu Blaze
Alex Ich from Gambig Gaming
Makler from MeetYourMakers

VOTE WHO CARRIED KATOWICE


SICK NERD BALLER

First
Socke
Dream
PartinG
MaNa
Kas

VOTE FOR SICK NERD BALLER


The winner will receive not only the title but also the following prizes:

Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition CPU
Exclusive & unique custom made hoodie

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IEM Katowice: xPeke brings Fnatic into the Top 4
19.01.2013 21:40
 
Day 3 at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice saw the StarCraft II playoffs and Group B in League of Legends. The latter ended in a dramatic finish between SK and Fnatic. In StarCraft II the last Zergs were eliminated. Socke continued his strong run and advanced to the semi final.

Tomorrow the winners of Intel Extreme Katowice will be determined.


League of Legends

The day began with the second Azubu team, Frost, winning their opening matchup against SK Gaming. The Koreans followed in the foot steps of their sister team and won all of their three matches, taking first place in Group B. The second place came down to the last match of the day between SK Gaming and Fnatic. The two European top teams fought a fierce battle and SK looked like the winner for a long time. Fnatic did not bow down though and fought their way back into the game. In the end it was xPeke who killed the Nexus alone in a truly amazing fashion, causing the audience at Spodek to errupt into the loudest cheers of the tournament so far. Tomorrow the semifinals will take place.





StarCraft II

It was playoff time in StarCraft II and the day began with MaNa, one of the best Polish players, taking on TLO. The German was one of only two Zergs who had managed to survive the group stage and he continued his good run by winning a close series with 3:2. Next up a Terran mirror between LucifroN and Kas, with the latter winning convincingly with 3:0. After MaNa's loss, Nerchio was the last Polish player in the tournament. He faced Daisy but was without a chance against the Korean Protoss, who won with 3:0. The last match of the first playoff round was between Korean YoDa and WarCraft III legend Grubby. The Dutch was down 0:2 when he managed to win his first map, trying to start a comeback. But YoDa recovered immediately, winning the fourth map and advancing to the quarter final.

The first two quarter finals were also played out today. First from Korea faced TLO and left the last remaining Zerg in the tournament no chance. 3:0 was the final score. His opponent in tomorrow's semi final will be German Protoss Socke who continued his strong run by beating Kas in a thrilling 5 map game.



General Information

You can visit the event from the 18th to the 20th of January, admission is free.

All travel information can be found here.


Live on ESL TV in Free HD

All streams, brackets and the schedule


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Win one of two Intel SSDs!
19.01.2013 16:05
 
Intel Extreme Masters Katowice is underway and offers you a chance to win one of two Intel SSDs.

Ontop of the SSDs, each winner will get a 8 GB limited edition Patriot memory kit as well as a 8 GB USB stick.

All you have to do is depict your favourite moment of the tournament in whichever way you want. Sing a song, make a video, draw a picture, be creative!

No matter if you're a StarCraft II or a League of Legends fan, you can submit an entry regarding your favourite moment in your favourite game!


You can submit your entries until Monday, January 21st. The polls will then be up and be open until Wednesday, January 23rd. Please mark whether your entry is for League of Legends or StarCraft II.



Here's a summary of what you have to do:

1) Depict your favourite moment of the tournament (as a song, video, image, doesn't matter!)

2) Send your submission with [LoL] or [SC2] in title to contest@intelextrememasters.com

3) Vote for your favourite submission, as a poll with the best submissions will be created on Facebook next week.

The winning submission for your favourite StarCraft II moment will win one SSD, an 8 GB limited edition Patriot RAM kit and a 8 GB USB, the winning submission with your favourite League of Legends moment will receive the same prizes.

You can submit your entries until Monday, January 21st. The polls will then be up and be open until Wednesday, January 23rd.

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Day 3 - Who follows Azubu and Gambit?
19.01.2013 12:33
 
Day 3 at Spodek with Intel Extreme Masters Katowice. StarCraft II Playoffs and League of Legends Group B are on the agenda. Check out the official eventwebsite and follow us on Twitter for constant updates throughout the day.


Live on ESL TV in Free HD

All updates on Twitter






General Information

You can visit the event from the 18th to the 20th of January, admission is free.

All travel information can be found here.

Katowice Venue Capacity Issues - Statement Inside
19.01.2013 11:48
 
Statement from Michal Blicharz, Director of Pro Gaming at ESL, regarding the capacity issues at Spodek that occured on Friday.

Dear community,

I would like to address the complaints about long queues to get into the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice venue.

When we planned the event our objective was to make it as accessible as possible. This is why we decided to grant free entry to anyone that wants to come and enjoy esports at the highest level.

This is the first standalone event of this magnitute in the history of ESL and we adopted a moderately cautious approach. There were concerns that we would not be able to attract enough people, so we did not want to sell tickets.

The mistake we made was that we never predicted or even dared to dream that so many people would come flocking to the event. Our optimistic projections had 25,000 people showing up on three days. To compare, New York City Comic Con has 100,000 visitors over 3.5 days and is a well-established show with a few years' track record.

After the venue filled up at its full 10,000 capacity, we are obligated by law not to allow more people inside until some people leave. The seating was completely full with people sitting on chairs, standing next to railings and sitting on aisles between chairs.

Allowing any more people in would cause serious safety issues that every event organizer needs to treat very seriously. The queues outside formed for this reason. There is a huge screen outside the venue where people could still watch the game (and did). Obviously I wish that no one had to watch it there.

We acknowledge all the issues that the people have had yesterday and we apologize for them. We have read all the comments that we could get our eyes on and we have talked to all the relevant parties to try and fix them. We are doing our best to deal with them, but we cannot change the fact that there are more people coming to the event than we dared dream of.

Once again, I apologize to everyone who was affected. This is a lesson for us and we will learn from it, I promise.

- Michal "Carmac" Blicharz


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Day 2 - Azubu Blazin' through
18.01.2013 22:46
 
Day 2 of Intel Extreme Masters Katowice saw the start of the League of Legends and StarCraft II main tournament in front of a completely filled Spodek arena. Thousands of fans came to watch their favorite players and teams and created an amazing atmosphere.

League of Legends

After the first day as StarCraft II only, today it was time for the first group of the League of Legends tournament. Korean team Azubu Blaze showed why they are one of the favorites, by topping their group 3:0. The search for the second place team became a real thriller. Reigning World Champion Gambit Gaming, the former Moscow Five team, looked like they would come in last after starting the tournament with two losses. In the end they made it by winning their last game against MeetYourMakers and coming out on top of a three-way tie between them, MYM and Curse. Tomorrow Group B will be playes out, featuring Azubu Frost, SK Gaming, Fnatic and Absolute Legends PL.

Advanced to Playoffs
Azubu Blaze
Gambit Gaming



StarCraft II

The entire groupstage of StarCraft II was played out today and it was not a good day for Zerg. Initially 10 of the 24 players were Zerg but in the end only TLO and Nerchio managed to make it into the playoffs. In return 4 out of 6 Terrans and 6 out of 8 Protoss managed to advance. The new TeamLiquid player Snute fell short, as did VortiX from Spain. One of the most dominating performances of the day came from a player, who started out as a replacement. Socke, who attended the event for Stephano, dropped no set and only one map in Group C, advancing in first ahead of YoDa and Nerchio. Tomorrows playoff matches are the following:



General Information

You can visit the event from the 18th to the 20th of January, admission is free.

All travel information can be found here.


Live on ESL TV in Free HD

All streams, brackets and the schedule


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Day 2 - Start of the Group Stages
18.01.2013 11:32
 
On the second day of Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, the main tournaments in StarCraft II and League of Legends will begin. Show start is at 12:00 CET. Eight League of Legends teams and 24 StarCraft II players will compete for a total of $82,000 in the next three days.


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All streams, groups, brackets and the schedule


IEM Katowice - The Participants



[20:45] League of Legends has finished for the day. In a dramatic finish, Gambit Gaming managed to advance behind Azubu. The reason was a three-way tie between Gambit, MYM and Curse, who all sat on 1:2. Among each other their stats were 1:1 each and the added match times gave Gambit the slight edge in the end.

Socke is the surprise of the day so far. The Stephano replacement is up 3:0 in his group and will most likely advance to the playoffs.

[18:45] Azubu Blaze just won against MeetYourMakers in a 40 minute game. That gives the Koreans the top spot in the group, followed MYM and Curse, with 1:1 each and Gambit Gaming at the bottom with 0:2.

In StarCraft II groups C and D have begun. Polish Pro Series champion Nerchio is leading C together with Socke and YoDa, all are 1:0 in matches. In Group D First, Daisy and Kas are currently occuping the top 3 spots, but a lot of matches are still to be played.

[17:59] Group A and B in StarCraft have been decided. These are the players who will advance:

Group A
Dream
TLO
Grubby

Group B
PartinG
LucifroN
MaNa

[17:08] A lot has happened since our last update. MeetYourMakers won over Curse in just 22 minutes. Right now Gambit Gaming is facing Curse, both teams are in need for their first win in the tournament. So far it is very even game.

PartinG's scoresheet is no longer clean. He lost his fifth match to LucifroN. The Spanish Terran is now in 2nd place, followed by MaNa, who just lost to Bly from the Ukraine.

In Group A four players are currently with 2 wins and 1 loss. This could be a close one in the end.

[15:24] The second League of Legends game is about to start between American Curse and Polish MeetYourMakers. The support for the local team is expected to be huge.

[15:06] What a first game from Azubu Blaze. They take down Gambit Gaming with a whooping 22:3 kills.

[14:58] Great performance from Azubu Blaze so far, dominating Gambit Gaming in the early and mid game.

Meanwhile PartinG has upped his stats to 3:0 wins and 6:0 in maps in Group B. Grubby has taken the lead in Group A with a 2:0 win over Snute.

Group C is about to start with Socke vs. Verdi, the surprise qualifier from the Open Bracket yesterday.

[14:32] The first League of Legends game is about to start. Azubu Blaze from Korea will face Gambit Gaming, formerly known as Moscow 5. They are the reigning Intel Extreme Masters World Champion and it will be exciting to see how they do against this top notch Korean team.

In StarCraft II the PC of Snute crashed in the 2nd map against Grubby. The map is now replayed. PartinG remains the only player with 2 wins in the tournament at this point.

[13:47] PartinG continues his impressive performane by taking down MaNa 2:0. Spanish top Terran LucifroN won his first match vs. American Siphonn with 2:0. PartinG, LucifroN and MaNa are leading in Group B so far.

[13:10] The games are live and the first scores have come in. PartinG won his opening match against Bly with 2:0 and faces MaNa right now, who has the support of thousands of Polish fans who are already in the venue. Seats are in short supply. Grubby won against Tarson and Dream against TLO, both 2:1. MaNa won his opening match against Tefel with 2:0.

[12:22] The first stage match of the day will be PartinG vs. Bly. The Korean superstar is one of the favorites to win the event, but he has a long way to go. Meanwhile Dutch WarCraft III legend Grubby is facing Tarson from Poland.

[11:30] Welcome to Day 2 in Katowice. The players are flogging into the venue and get ready for action. The action will start with StarCraft II Groups A and B at 12:00 CET.

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Day 1 - StarCraft II Open Bracket
17.01.2013 12:14
 
Intel Extreme Masters have entered Katowice. Today is all about the StarCraft II Open Bracket. A total of 8 players will advance to the main tournament, which will start tomorrow. The League of Legends tournament will also start on Friday.


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Advancing Players
Verdi
TLO
ParanOid
DieStar
MaNa
Daisy
Tefel
Tarson

[20:42] Tefel and Tarson are the last two players to advance into the main tournament. Both won their games with 2:0.

[19:50] MaNa and Daisy are players #5 and 6 who secure their ticket to the main event. That leaves only two more. One will be played out between funkay and Tefel. The other between Tarson and the winner of Noispaxen vs inLove.

[19:04] Tefel is keeping his tournament chances alive by beating MeGo with 2:0. He will face the loser of Daisy vs. funkay, which is the next match.

[18:38] Two more players have qualified for the main tournament, ParanOid and DieStar. That means also that Dutch Zerg ret is out of the is out, as he lost to ParanOid in the deciding match.

[17:46] TLO has joined Verdi as the second player who advances into the main tournament. Right now two decisions are being played. ParanOid is facing ret and DieStar faces nordddi. In both matches the winner will advance while the loser goes home.

[17:16] After the connection problems have been resolved, the Open Bracket is back in action. TLO is currently leading 1:0 against DieStar. The winner is in the main tournament, the loser still has a chance to enter through the LB.

[16:15] Verdi managed to win 2:1 over ret, the first big upset of this Open Bracket. Afterwards the internet connection in the area where Spodek is located started to become unstable. At this point in time we are still investigating and trying to solve the issues.

[14:34] But the Dutch Zerg is equalizing the score to 1:1. ParanOid has won his match against OKai with 2:0.

[14:31] Russian Protoss Verdi might be the first surprise of the tournament. He is currently up 1:0 against ret.

[13:50] The Team Liquid players ret and TLO both won their respective opening matches with 2:0. For ret the next match is against verdi from Russia. The winner will secure his spot in the main tournament.

[13:35] The first surprise of the day is ParanOid losing 2:1 against Verdi. Two heavyhitters are live now, with TLO who is facing nordddi and ret facing HaPe.

[12:40] Open Bracket I is live. ParanOid is up 1:0 against Verdi. Two players from each of the four Open Brackets will advance to the main tournament.

[12:10] Welcome to the first day of Intel Extreme Masters Katowice. The Open Bracket had to be re-seeded this morning due to some cancellations, like BabyKnight and Adelscott.

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Azubu Frost and Blaze in Katowice
14.01.2013 16:51
 
The two Korean teams Azubu Frost and Azubu Blaze have qualified for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice through the Korean qualifier on Saturday, January 12th.

They are taking the two Asian spots that were still left to be determined, while one American spot has opened up again due to Pulse eSports not being able to partiicpate. The team to replace them will be announced soon.

Similarly, in StarCraft II the players KiLLeR and Stephano will not be able to participate. KiLLeR's replacement will be the American Protoss player Siphonn, while Stephano will be replaced by the German Protoss Socke.


Azubu and Azubu

With the Korean qualifiers concluded, where both teams of the famous organization Azubu have beaten significant enemies such as Intel Extreme Masters Cologne champions SK Telecom T1 and LG IM, Azubu Blaze will be playing it out in Group A, while Azubu Frost has been seeded into Group B.

The team to replace Pulse eSports will take their spot in Group B.



Two Zerg players out, two Protoss players in

As KiLLeR and Stephano both will not be able to participate in the event, Socke and Siphonn, two Protoss players, will be taking their spots.

Siphonn will be in Group B replacing KiLLeR, while Socke, as 9th qualifying player through the European qualifiers, will be taking Stephano's place in Group C. Siphonn had beaten players such as Goswser, Ryze and KawaiiRice to get into Stage 3 of the American qualifiers.



Overview

With the most recent changes, here is an overview of the groups for both games.



Intel Extreme Masters Katowice

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice will take place January 18th-20th in the famous multipurpose arena complex Spodek, often used for some of Poland's largest sports events and concerts, in Katowice, Poland. The event will feature League of Legends and StarCraft II with a total prize pool of $82,000.

Travel information can be found here.

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Intel Extreme Masters Katowice - Schedule
09.01.2013 17:45
 
The schedule for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice has been finalized while the teams and players are getting ready for the event.

No matter whether you plan to attend the event live (which, by the way, free of charge!) or at home on stream, here is the schedule!




Schedule

17th of January from 12:00 CET
StarCraft II Open Bracket

18th of January from 12:00 CET
StarCraft II Group A & B

19th of January from 12:00 CET
StarCraft II Group C & D

20th of January from 12:30 CET
StarCraft II Play-offs

Schedule

18th of January from 13:00 CET
League of Legends Group A

19th of January from 13:00 CET
League of Legends Group B

20th of January from 12:00 CET
League of Legends Play-offs


The Open Bracket will be played out on January 17th starting at 12:00 CET and ending at approximately 22:00 CET - this is not open to the public.

The actual event starts on January 18th: StarCraft II starts at 12:00 CET and ends at approximately 22:00 CET; League of Legends starts at 13:00 CET and ends at approximately 20:30 CET.

The same applies to January 19th.

January 20th will feature the play-offs with starting time for League of Legends being 12:00 CET and StarCraft II at 12:30 CET.

The Grand Final for League of Legends is expected to start at 17:45 CET and finish by 20:30 CET, while StarCraft II Grand Finals will start at roughly 19:15 CET and end at 21:00 CET.

Please note that the schedule is subject to change and timeslots might be slightly altered.

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Sign-Up for the Open Bracket Katowice
07.01.2013 15:40
 
The registration for the StarCraft II Open Bracket in Katowice is now open. It will close at midnight on the 12th of January. 32 places are available. The Open Bracket will be played out on the 17th of January live at Spodek in Katowice, Poland. The Top 8 players will advance into the $32.000 Intel Extreme Masters Katowice tournament which runs from the 18th to the 20th of January.

The Open Bracket at Intel Extreme Masters gamescom saw players like MVP, NesTea, PuMa, MC, LucifroN, NaNiwa and many more attend. MVP went on to qualify for the main tournament and ended up winning it.

Afterwards the Open Bracket at Intel Extreme Masters Singapore showed the likes of Oz, LucifroN, Mafia, Zenio and Sting. Sting, just like MVP, went on to win the main tournament after making his way through the Open Bracket.


Players who succeed in qualifying for the main tournament have a guaranteed $600 in prize money.

How to register?

In order to register for the open bracket, please send a mail to openbracket@esl.eu with the following information:

Full name
Link to your Battle.net profile
List of tournament achievements, if available
Date of Birth

Registration Deadline: 12/01/13 23:59 CEST
Date and Time automatically adjust to your local timezone if you are logged in.


Additional information
Price is 50 Euros, to be paid via PayPal
Price includes access to the venue
If you qualify for the main tournament via the open bracket, $600 are guaranteed

The Open Bracket F.A.Q.

Every StarCraft II tournament in the new season of the Intel Extreme Masters will feature 24 players. 16 of those will qualify online and 8 will qualify through an open bracket tournament played on the first day of gamescom.

How can I participate in the Open Bracket?
There will be 32 spots in the open bracket. The open bracket is reserved for players that were unable to participate in the event qualifier or got knocked out early.

Open bracket spots will be made available after the conclusion of the Intel Extreme Masters online qualifiers so that players that have not qualified online could still compete at the event.

How will it be played out?
The open bracket tournament will be divided into 4 double elimination brackets of 8 players each. The winners of the upper bracket and the lower bracket will be seeded into the main event with a high and low seed, respectively. The double elimination bracket finals will not be played out.

How do the open bracket players fit into the main event?
The main event will have 24 players with 4 groups of 6 players. It will start only after the open bracket has concluded and the 8 main event participants from the open bracket are known.

Each group will consist of 4 players qualified online, 1 high seed open bracket player and 1 low seed open bracket player (from a different open bracket).

A total of 12 players, top 3 from each group, will advance to the playoffs, with group winners getting a free win in the 1st round. It is the same system as the one used at the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship.

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Korean Qualifiers to determine final Katowice participants
07.01.2013 11:27
 
With the American League of Legends qualifiers concluding during the past couple of weeks, the qualification process for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice is almost through. Only the Korean qualifiers are left to be played.

Stephano is the 8th European

As Nerchio qualified for the event twice - once by making it through the European qualifiers, and once by becoming the Polish EPS champion - one slot remained to be filled.

It was given to the well known French Zerg Stephano, who had originally placed 8th in the European qualifiers.

Four more players will be determined by our Korean qualifiers taking place shortly.



Team Curse and Pulse eSports win the American qualifiers

Team Curse and Pulse eSports will be the teams representing North America in the city of Katowice.

As such, Pulse eSports will be making their debut on the big stage - as they have not attended any big offline events so far.

This leaves one spot to the event open for a Korean team which will be determined soon.

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice will take place January 18th-20th in the famous multipurpose arena complex Spodek, often used for some of Poland's largest sports events and concerts, in Katowice, Poland. The event will feature League of Legends and StarCraft II with a total prize pool of $82,000.

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IEM WoT Qualifiers - The finalists
07.01.2013 10:53
 
Two days ago we selected the last 2 teams which will represent our country in the World of Tanks Tournament at the Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice. Information who joined to Lemming Train and Evil Panda Squad teams you can read in the news below.

In the 2nd qualifier cup we had 47 teams and only two teams advanced to the final. In the Grand Final we will be able to see eight teams in total: four from Poland and four from other regions of Europe.

Finally here we have the 8 the best teams who will fight in the Grand Final. Who are the most skillful and luckiest teams? Check them out!



If you want to read more about the details of the qualifications rounds, visit the main website of the event. We expect Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice to bring us many positive and joyful moments. What it comes to World of Tanks, such event had never occurred in Poland yet, so it is a great opportunity to see it for the first time. We are very happy to invite all of you to Spodek in Katowice.

WoT Tournament page - WoT EU


The Grand Finals

The Grand Finals will be held during the Intel Extreme Masters Event in the south Polish city Katowice near the Czech-Polish border. The event will take place from the 18th to the 19th of January in the Spodek Arena. Europe's top 8 teams will be invited (all expenses covered) to play for a total prize money of €15,000. The matches will be streamed by ESL TV in Polish and English. Also all visitors have the chance to grab some free goodies provided to you by Wargaming.net.













IEM Katowice - World of Tanks

   1st €7,000
   2nd €3,500
   3rd €2,000
   4th-8th €500


If there are still some open questions, feel free to ask us in the news comments or contact us via support.

World of Tanks in Katowice
21.12.2012 14:43
 
Four teams have been selected from Europe in World of Tanks competitions, promoted to the main event on Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice. Qualifiers were divided into four different regions: East, West, Nordic and Balkans where only one in each tournament could pass to the finals. What teams were the most skillful this time? Keep reading!

In the Grand Finale we will be able to see eight teams in total: four from Poland and four from other regions of Europe. Only one team from each region could pass to the Offline event with high prizes and rewards. Who are the most skillful and luckiest teams? Check them out!



If you want to read more about the details of the qualifications rounds, visit the main website of the event. We expect Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice to bring us many positive and joyful moments. What it comes to World of Tanks, such event had never occurred in Poland yet, so it is a great opportunity to see it for the first time. We are very happy to invite all of you to Spodek in Katowice.

WoT Tournament page - WoT EU


Tomorrow will be the 2nd qualifier cup in Poland where two last teams will be chosen to fill the best eight. Already qualified are:

Denial eSports
Evil Panda Squad

If you want to signup to the 2nd qualifier cup, you can do it here.

The Grand Finals

The Grand Finals will be held during the Intel Extreme Masters Event in the south Polish city Katowice near the Czech-Polish border. The event will take place from the 18th to the 19th of January in the Spodek Arena. Europe's top 8 teams will be invited (all expenses covered) to play for a total prize money of €15,000. The matches will be streamed by ESL TV in Polish and English. Also all visitors have the chance to grab some free goodies provided to you by Wargaming.net.













IEM Katowice - World of Tanks

   1st €7,000
   2nd €3,500
   3rd €2,000
   4th-8th €500


If there are still some open questions, feel free to ask us in the news comments or contact us via support.

American Qualifiers for Katowice
17.12.2012 14:18
 
Katowice is drawing closer and American qualifiers for StarCraft II have finished, whereas the League of Legends qualification will take place throughout the coming 7 days.

StarCraft II

In StarCraft II, the two Koreans Golden and jooktTo as well as the Chilenean KiLLeR have successfully qualified for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice.

Golden and KiLLeR were seeded into the third stage of the qualifier, based on their performance in previous Intel Extreme Masters tournaments. jookTo on the other hand made an impressive run through the first and second stage of the qualifiers.

The bracket for Stage 3 can be found here.



The South East Asian qualifier for StarCraft II has also concluded. mOOnGLaDe, known for his many appearances in Intel Extreme Masters events, will be coming to Katowice, as well.

League of Legends

League of Legends qualification will start with two cups. One on December 18th, another one on December 19th. Teams that move through these will get the chance to qualify for Katowice in the Final Qualifier on December 22nd.

A total of two American teams will qualify for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice.




















The Americas
18.12.2012 Cup 1 America Here
19.12.2012 Cup 2 America Here
22.12.2012 Final Qualifier America Here

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice will take place January 18th-20th in the famous multipurpose arena complex Spodek, often used for some of Poland's largest sports events and concerts, in Katowice, Poland. The event will feature League of Legends and StarCraft II with a total prize pool of $82,000.

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Qualification Overview Katowice
12.12.2012 14:21
 
European Qualification in both StarCraft II and League of Legends has finished for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice.

With the South East Asian qualifier for League of Legends already over, only 3 more teams are left to be determined for the event, while 9 more players will be determined for StarCraft II within the coming weeks.


Overview

League of Legends teams qualified so far come from the South East Asian and European qualifiers, while only European qualification has concluded for StarCraft II.



StarCraft II

The American qualification is already running and the first stage has concluded and players have moved into the second stage already.
The third stage will take place on Thursday, 13th December, and will determine the three American players to go to Katowice.

Details about qualification in South East Asia, China and Korea will be announced in the coming days. Five slots will go to the entire region.

League of Legends

American qualifiers in League of Legends will take place on the 18th, 19th and 22nd December. A total of two teams will be determined here.

As South East Asian qualification is already over, the last remaining slot for Asia goes to Korea. Details about this will be announced soon.

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice will take place January 18th-20th in the famous multipurpose arena complex Spodek, often used for some of Poland's largest sports events and concerts, in Katowice, Poland. The event will feature League of Legends and StarCraft II with a total prize pool of $82,000.

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The European Elite to fight for 7 Katowice spots!
07.12.2012 13:40
 
The best 16 players in all of Europe will clash on Tuesday, December 11th, to determine the 7 of them who will get to go to Intel Extreme Masters Katowice!

After the second stage of the European qualifiers, 8 people have made it into the final stage. They will meet the 8 seeded players in the third and final stage.


The third Stage

Stephano, MaNa, Kas, Grubby, Nerchio, sLivko, VortiX, LucifroN, that's just half of the amazing players that are trying to obtain a slot for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice.

While one of the 8 European slots is automatically given to the Polish EPS champion, which will be determined shortly, the 7 others are up for grabs on Tuesday, December 11th.



StarCraft II Qualification Katowice


European Qualification
Date Qualifier Bracket
04.12.12 Stage 1 Europe Here
06.12.12 Stage 2 Europe Here
11.12.12 Stage 3 Europe Here


Watch on ESL TV!

The second stage of our European qualification will be shown on ESL TV and commentated by our very own James 'Kaelaris' Carrol, 11th December 2012, at 19:00 CET.

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice will take place January 18th-20th in the famous multipurpose arena complex Spodek, often used for some of Poland's largest sports events and concerts, in Katowice, Poland. The event will feature League of Legends and StarCraft II with a total prize pool of $82,000.

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European teams for Katowice to be determined today
07.12.2012 12:06
 
With the initial two qualifiers for each region concluded, the four teams to move into the Crossrealm Qualifier for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice have been determined.

Poland's heavy involvement within the European League of Legends scene shows, as three Polish teams have managed to make their way into the Crossrealm Qualifier.

Along with Eclypsia, they will meet the four seeded teams and European powerhouses SK-Gaming, Moscow 5, CLG EU and Fnatic.


The Crossrealm Qualifier

Out of the eight teams in the qualifier, only three will advance to the main tournament in Katowice, Poland, and get a chance to compete for the $50,000 prize purse and the qualifying spot to the World Championship.

The fourth European team has already been determined, as they are the champion of the hosting nation, Poland: Meet Your Makers.



League of Legends Qualification Europe

European Qualification
Date Qualifier Bracket
05.12.2012 Europe West Qualifier #1 Here
05.12.2012 Europe East Qualifier #1 Here
06.12.2012 Europe West Qualifier #2 Here
06.12.2012 Europe East Qualifier #2 Here
07.12.2012 Crossrealm Qualifier Here


Watch on ESL TV!

The Crossrealm qualifier, featuring Europe's best teams, will be shown on ESL TV and commentated by our very own Joe Miller as well as the wonderful Jason 'ButButButILY' Kaplan, starting tonight, 7th December 2012, at 17:00 CET.

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Katowice Qualifier Dates
29.11.2012 16:26
 
The year 2013 will be initiated by the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice and as such, qualifiers will be taking place throughout the coming weeks. The first qualifier will start on December 4th, with the last ending around the 22nd.

UPDATE: The third stage of the European SC2 qualification has been moved to Tuesday 11th, from Sunday 9th December.

Every player and team is able to sign up and participate in the opening stages of our qualification with the chance to advance further and secure a spot to Katowice in the final.

A list of qualifiers and when they will take place can be found below. Additional and missing qualifiers will be announced in the near future.

StarCraft II



European Qualification
Date Qualifier Bracket
04.12.12 Stage 1 Europe Here
06.12.12 Stage 2 Europe Here
11.12.12 Stage 3 Europe Here

League of Legends



European Qualification
Date Qualifier Bracket
05.12.2012 Europe West Qualifier #1 Here
05.12.2012 Europe East Qualifier #1 Here
06.12.2012 Europe West Qualifier #2 Here
06.12.2012 Europe East Qualifier #2 Here
07.12.2012 Crossrealm Qualifier Here

Asian Qualification
Date Qualifier Bracket
09.12.12 Asia Qualifier #1 Here
10.12.12 Asia Qualifier #2 Here

American Qualification
Date Qualifier Bracket
18.12.12 Cup 1 America Here
19.12.12 Cup 2 America Here
22.01.12 Final Qualifier America Here
Brackets are still to be determined and will be updated accordingly.

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice

The Intel Extreme Masters Katowice will take place January 18th to 20th and will host both League of Legends and StarCraft II with a total prize pool of $82,000.

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Intel Extreme Masters in Poland for the first time
04.10.2012 12:01
 
From January 18-20, 2013, the Intel Extreme Masters will make its first stop ever in Katowice, Poland. Held inside Spodek, the countries most famous venue for major concerts and sporting events, the event will have a StarCraft II and a League of Legends tournament with a total prize purse of 82.000$.

"Poland is a country of great eSports traditions with two championships in the Intel Extreme Masters as well. Announcing an event in Poland fills me with great personal pride because I am Polish myself," says Michał Blicharz, Director Pro Gaming at Turtle Entertainment GmbH. "This event would not be happening if it wasn’t for the support and commitment from the city of Katowice and its President Piotr Uszok."


Intel Poland, George Woo, Carmac & ESL Poland


Katowice will be the fourth stop of the 2012/13 season of the Intel Extreme Masters. It started in August at gamescom in Cologne, Germany where Moscow 5 and MVP qualified for the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship at CeBIT 2013. Two more stops will take place in 2012 and will be announced soon.

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