Gainward SC2 Tournament
The Gainward StarCraft 2 Tournament, presented by Absolute Korea, was an open tournament offering $8,600 in prize money for anyone with a Korean battle.net account. Applicants for the 768 player pool were Diamond League players determined by their ladder score.
The tournament was held at Sindorm Intel E-Sports Stadium, the same location as the GSL qualifiers. The format used bo3, single-elimination in 24 groups of 32 players each online; the 64 players at the offline finals used bo3 until the semifinals and finals, for which bo5 was used.
Seeded players, based on recommendation and previous results, were: FruitDealer, NesTea, Kyrix, RainBOw, NaDa, MarineKing, Genius, and Choya.