IEM Season VIII - Cologne
Single elimination bracket
IEM Season VIII - Cologne is the fifth event of IEM Season VIII, organized by ESL and held at the ESL studios in Cologne that also host WCS Europe. It is a Tier 2 event, giving 4000 WCS points for the 2014 WCS Global Finals. ReDeYe returns as host, while ESL casting regulars Apollo, Kaelaris and ToD are joined by Ret.
There are 8 spots for players from all over the world divided to regions as follows:
- 4 spots for the europeans
- 2 spots in the American Qualifier.
- 2 spots in the Asian Qualifiers.
- Stage 1:
- Two double-elimination brackets of eight players each.
- Top 2 of each bracket advance to Stage 2.
- Stage 2:
- Four groups of four players played out in dual tournament format, consisting of the 4 Stage 1 winners, 8 qualifiers and 4 invites based on the WCS Ranking.
- Top 2 of each group advance to Stage 3.
- Stage 3:
- Single-elimination bracket of eight players.
- Quarterfinals and Semifinals are played in best of 5
- Grand Finals is played in best of 7
$25,000 and 4,000 WCS Points are spread among the players as seen below:
|3rd-4th||$2,000||375||Rain||SK Telecom T1|
|5th-8th||$1,000||250||Classic||SK Telecom T1|
* Players must advance one round in order to claim WCS points for that placement. Being seeded through qualifiers counts as advancing one round. The German ESL Pro Series did not count as a Qualifier.
- The tournament was delayed during the finals because of Blizzard server maintenance, pushing play into the wee hours of the morning (the conclusion came at about 3 AM local time), making stamina more of a factor.
- The quality and variety of gameplay showcased in this tournament, especially at the semifinals stage, were regarded by many as the highest of all Heart of the Swarm tournaments to date.
|Stage 1 players (16)|
|Protoss (8)||Terran (1)||Zerg (7)|
|Dual tournament #1 (8)|
|Dual tournament #2 (8)|
|Stage 2 players (16)|
|Protoss (8)||Terran (6)||Zerg (2)|
|From Dual tournaments (4)|
|From WCS rankings (4)|
|Through qualifiers (8)|
Dual Tournament #1
Dual Tournament #2
|February 14, 2014 - 13:00 CET|
|Group A Matches|
|February 14, 2014 - 18:00 CET|
|Group B Matches|
|February 15, 2014 - 13:00 CET|
|Group C Matches|
|February 15, 2014 - 18:00 CET|
|Group D Matches|
- IEM (December 9, 2013). "IEM Cologne StarCraft II tournament in February 2014". Intelextrememasters.com. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
- "2014 WCS Player Handbook". Blizzard. Retrieved 2014-01-31.