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
Stage 2 Players
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 StarCraft2.com/WCS beginning Wednesday, January 29 at 5:00 a.m. PST.