IEM Season IX - Shenzhen
IEM Season IX - Shenzhen is the first event of IEM Season IX, organized by ESL. It is casted by Apollo, mOOnGLaDe and qxc with Lilsusie as host and interviewer. They were joined by Kaelaris and ReDeYe for the playoffs. Game observing is done by FunKa.
There are 8 spots for players from all over the world divided to regions as follows:
- 2 spots in the European and African Qualifier
- 2 spots in the American Qualifier
- 3 spots in the Asian Qualifiers
- 1 spot in the Chinese Qualifier
- 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 and 4 invites based on overall tournament results.
- 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:
* Players must advance one round in order to claim WCS points for that placement. Being seeded through qualifiers counts as advancing one round.
|Stage 1 players (16)|
|Protoss (6)||Terran (1)||Zerg (7)|
|Dual tournament #1 (8)|
|Dual tournament #2 (8)|
|Stage 2 players (16)|
|Protoss (6)||Terran (5)||Zerg (5)|
|From Dual tournaments (4)|
|Through qualifiers (8)|
* Polt could not go due to his passport expiring and was replaced by Illusion. MaSa could not go due to family reasons and was replaced by puCK. viOLet & HuK were asked before puCK but they both declined.
|July 17, 2014 - 11:30 CST|
|July 17, 2014 - 13:30 CST|
|July 18, 2014 - 10:00 CST|
- Spoiler-Free Official YouTube VODs @ SC2Casts
- Replays packs for Open bracket, Ro16 and playoffs
- Replays with tournament statistics and charts on sc2geeks.com