StarCraft II Heats up Brazil with IEM Sao Paulo

The first WCS Global Event of 2014 takes center stage this week as Intel Extreme Masters-Sao Paulo tempts qualifying and invited players from all over the world with $25,000 in prize money and 4000 WCS points on the line.

The opening stage of the tournament will feature 16 players competing in two eight-player brackets, where the top two finishers in each bracket move on to the next stage of the tournament. Stage 2 is where you’ll see more familiar WCS names like TLO, Polt, and Bomber arranged in four four-player groups. From there it’s the familiar WCS format of best-of-three, round robin group play before we get to a final, single elimination bracket with eight players vying for the IEM Sao Paolo championship.

Stage 1 Players

valterlorra Polenguinho
x4ndr3 tonho
Kelazhur bush
Barba Telivolts
Nikachu Gadernal
SaintSeiya WM
Ferllo MoSkA
Dakkon Shakti


Stage 2 Players

MC Bomber
Tunico ABomB
hellokitty jjakji
TLO puck
MajOr herO
Polt Bbyong

Check out the official IEM-Sao Paulo website for more info on your favorite players.

The live stream will be hosted by Paul ‘ReDeYe’ Chaloner with James ‘Kaelaris’ Carrol, Shaun ‘Apollo’ Clark, Yoan ‘ToD’ Merlo, and Kevin ‘RotterdaM’ van der Kooi casting all of the matches. Watch the action over at beginning Wednesday, January 29 at 5:00 a.m. PST.

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WCS America: Season 1 Challenger Matches Released

Now that the Season 1 Qualifiers are now finished, WCS America Challenger Matches for Season 1 will begin next Tuesday, January 21st. Broadcasts begin at 3 p.m. PST each day on the WCS America channel on Twitch. The winner of each match will advance to Premier League, and the loser will need to qualify again next season. The match schedule is as shown below:

Tuesday, January 21 – 3:00 pm PST

Time Match
3:00 pm PST HuK vs Bails
Apocalypse vs desRow
Scarlett vs Cowman
Top vs viOLet
aLive vs KoMA
MajOr vs Kane

Wednesday, January 22

Time Match
3:00 pm PST Sage vs Has
Alicia vs Courage
Arthur vs iAsonu
Jim vs Bomber
Ian vs puCK
Minigun vs SaroVati

Tuesday, January 28

Time Match
3:00 pm PST HyuN vs Jig
qxc vs SeleCT
NesTea vs KingKong
TheStC vs CatZ
Neeb vs EnDerr
Revival vs Slam

Wednesday, January 29th

Time Match
3:00 pm PST Sen vs Check
Illusion vs Astrea
drunkenboi vs TooDming
Tassadar vs Xigua
CranK vs PiG
Suppy vs MaSa
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