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Fourth WCS Qualifier Today!
The StarCraft II World Championship Series 2013 in Europe is about to start. We'd like to share the dates and format of the upcoming season. 24 players will be invited to the European Premier Division, eight more will be determined via online qualifier. This is your chance to get a spot in the Premier Division of WCS Europe's first season.

WCS Europe - Season 1 Schedule & Format

Since there was no preceding season to qualify players for Season 1 of WCS Europe, invites and online qualifiers will be done differently from how they’ll be done in future seasons. By participating in any WCS EU Qualifier, players are not allowed to participate in another region for 2013.

Invites for Premier Division
For this inaugural season 24 players will be invited to compete based on their performance in past StarCraft II tournaments. These 24 participants were announced last Thursday.

Online Qualifier
From 14th to 17th of April four online qualifiers will be held with up to 512 on Mon/Tue and 1024 participants on Sun/Wed. Every day the top 2 will qualify for the Premier Division of WCS Europe's first season. These 8 players join the 24 invited ones and form the very first Premier Division.

  April 14th: Qualifier #1 (Brackets)  April 15th: Qualifier #2 (Brackets)
  April 16th: Qualifier #3 (Brackets)   April 17th: Qualifier #4 (Brackets)


Qualifier structure
The first and fourth qualifier on Sunday and Wednesday will be limited to 1024 participants and there will be a maximal amount of 512 players on Monday (#2) and Tuesday (#3). The brackets of all qualifiers will be seeded based on a WCS dedicated ranking as well as the all-time Go4SC2 ranking.

The Check-in starts at 17:00 CEST, one hour before the official start of the cup. As soon as we have a full bracket (512 on Monday/Tuesday and 1024 on Sunday and Wednesday), the Qualifier will start.

Admin support
If you have any problems during the cup, including reporting match results or not being able to find your opponent, contact an admin in the Cup Chat. For any questions open a support ticket.

Group Stage #1
32 players will be divided into 8 groups with 4 players each. The format used will be the Dual Tournament Format, where you need two wins to advance or you will drop after two losses. 16 players will qualify for the second groupstage while 16 players will drop to the Challenger Division. All matches of group stage #1 will be played online.

  April 23rd: Group A  April 24th: Group B
  April 30th: Group C  May 1st: Group D
  May 2nd: Group E  May 7th: Group F
  May 8th: Group G  May 9th: Group H

Group Stage #2
16 players will be divided into 4 groups with 4 players each. Again, the format used will be Dual Tournament Format. 8 players will advance to the playoffs. All matches of group stage #2 will be played in the ESL TV studio in Cologne, Germany.

  May 14th: Group A  May 15th: Group B
  May 16th: Group C  May 17th: Group D

Playoffs
For European playoffs of World Championship Series all eight participants will meet at our ESL TV studio in Cologne to compete in a single elimination bracket over two days. Top 5 players qualify for Global Finals of the season.

  May 25th: Playoffs Round of 8
  May 26th: Playoffs Round of 4 & Grand Final

Live Streams
Enjoy the glorious matchups in the WCS qualification by following the live broadcast on ESL TV, for free in HD. Our main stream is in English but we provide a variety of local streams for your entertainment. Availability of local language streams subject to change.

  ESL TV
  RotterdaM and MrBitter
  ESL TV Poland
  ESL TV Spain
  GameSocial TV
  Take TV
  gamesports Mori
  InstarcraftTV
  SC2 TV RU
  EmpireTV

Players qualified for WCS through ESL Qualifiers
These are the players that qualified through the ESL Qualifiers and join the list of the 24 invited players.

  Qualifier 1: Happy
  Qualifier 1: Dayshi
  Qualifier 2: Feast
  Qualifier 2: Bunny
  Qualifier 3: KrasS
  Qualifier 3: Strelok
  Qualifier 4: Siw
  Qualifier 4: Shuttle



otacon, Wednesday, 17/04/13 01:14
  Links
Brackets Qualifier 1
Brackets Qualifier 2
Brackets Qualifier 3
Brackets Qualifier 4
Live stream on ESL TV
www.starcraft2.com/wcs
 
comments (15)
 
 
So good that these don't cost any money to participate in! :D
What about the Divisions that compare to code A, and code A qualifiers?
Doesn't say if you can play in more than 1 qualifier or not =P
Cipher wrote:
Doesn't say if you can play in more than 1 qualifier or not =P

Dont see why not.
Storm wrote:
What about the Divisions that compare to code A, and code A qualifiers?
There will be additional qualifiers for the Challenger division, they will be announced later

Cipher wrote:
Doesn't say if you can play in more than 1 qualifier or not =P
You can play in all until you qualify
WHO will cast These series? is there the possibility for other streamers than esl to cast that too?
NephewJ wrote:
WHO will cast These series? is there the possibility for other streamers than esl to cast that too?

There will be several streams, including ESL TV, all will be at http://global.esl.tv/game/sc2/
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kk, just wanted to ask, too, who's gonna cast. Hope some good casts besides ESL TV inc °_°
omg, silly problem, I can't find where to "confirm-change" my birthdate. I`m over 16
ImagnDragons wrote:
omg, silly problem, I can't find where to "confirm-change" my birthdate. I`m over 16

Edit your ESL profile, top left, hover over your name, edit profile
Hi guys! ESLSpain's commentator here! Thanks for all the support yesterday and let's have an awesome day today as well ♥

www.twitch.tv/ESLSpain !
Can I be a Random Race in Qualifier ???
KoreanPizzaBoy wrote:
Can I be a Random Race in Qualifier ???


Sure, as long as you play all matches as "Random", correct me if I am wrong.
I wonder how many zerg wil qualy through this xD
 
 
 
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