IEM Season V US - Regular Season Cup
As part of the Intel Extreme Masters Season V, US Regular Season Cups are a series of 4 weekly online tournaments held by ESL to qualify for the IEM Season V - American Championships. The winner will receive $100 and the top 4 will go through to the Group Stage. It seems to be eligible to enter these events, you must either have won a minor ESL cup previously, or must be high ranked on the ESL Ladders.
The format is a standard single-elimination with Bo1s played until the round of 8. The rounds of 8 and 4 will be Best of 3 and the finals will be Best of 5.
Starting with the lower seed, each player will "toss" out a map from the map pool. That map is no longer allowed to be picked for play for that match. This alternates between players until 3 maps remain. The higher seed picks one of the 3 maps as the first map of the match. The lower seed picks one of the 2 remaining maps as the second map of the match. The 1 remaining map is then used as the tie breaker map if a third map has to be played for the match.
Held on the 1st of August 2010, the first cup saw two of America's best, qxc and HuK qualify for the group stage alongside unknown Silver and solid terran ThisIsJimmy.
Following the first cup, there was much talk surrounding unknown player Silver. While many thought he was a smurf, it was revealed that he was a former Warcraft III player. The community began to praise his intelligence in-game and he instantly became a fan favourite for many after defeating top players from each race, IdrA 2-0, qxc 2-1 and HuK 3-2.
Held on the 8th of August 2010, Cup two decided qualifiers 5-8.
Held on the 15th of August 2010, cup three decided qualifiers 9-12.
There was much drama in Cup 3 including Caster arguments, forced rematches, in-correct byes and games not being played. The whole situation is explained and outlined here.
Held on the 22nd of August 2010, Cup Four decided qualifiers 13-16.
Following the Regular Season cups, this online event will cut the remaining 16 players down to 8. These 8 will all qualify for the IEM Season V - American Championships.
After the current Cup qualification, there will be four groups of four with every map win worth $25 and Group Winners earning $75. The winner of each group earns a spot at the American Championships while 2nd place and 3rd place must face for relegation matches between groups for a spot in the American Championships.
On Monday, August 23, 2010 DJWheat will be hosting a special episode of "Weapon of Choice" which includes broadcasts of last qualifying cup's Finals match along with a selection show. DJWheat will be publicly drawing the groups to allowing all players to see who they will face in the Group Stage Live On-Air. Group Stage Matches will take place August 29–30.
IdrA was replaced with Bubba.
The winner of each group will win $75 and each player will receive $25 for each map win.
|Protoss (4)||Terran (9)||Zerg (3)|
The groups were drawn by djWheat live on his Weapon of Choice show on the 29th of August. For unspecified reasons, IdrA withdrew from the competition and was replaced by Bubba. Many believe it is due to his participation in the 2010 TG Sambo Intel StarCraft II Open Season 1.
|Group A Matches|
|Group B Matches|
|Group C Matches|
|Group D Matches|
*Players with an equal amount of match wins were ranked according to their head-to-head results.