Let’s begin with the specifics of the qualifiers, starting with a recap. As mentioned in the announcement thread, we will have a total of 6 qualifiers: 2 each for Europe, South Korea, and a combined “rest of the world”, with the “rest of the world” qualifier being hosted on the North American server. For ease of reference, I’ll be shortening the “rest of the world” qualifier to the NA qualifier moving forward.
Here’s a reminder on what the schedules for each qualifier look like:
|Region||Start Time||Est. End Time||Qualified|
|Korea #1||Apr 30 4:00am GMT||May 01 10:00am GMT||Top 3|
|Europe #1||May 01 11:00am GMT||May 02 6:00pm GMT||Top 3|
|N. America #1||May 01 5:00pm GMT||May 03 12:00am GMT||Top 2|
|Korea #2||May 07 4:00am GMT||May 08 10:00am GMT||Top 2|
|Europe #2||May 08 11:00am GMT||May 09 6:00pm GMT||Top 3|
|N. America #2||May 08 11:00pm GMT||May 10 6:00am GMT||Top 2|
We’re expecting about 6 rounds to be played each day for EU and NA, and closer to 3-4 for KR, depending on registrations of course.
For the region restrictions, we are locking each qualifier to residents and citizens of that region. In the event of dual citizenship, or citizenship in one region and residence in another, it will be up to the player to decide which region’s qualifier they would like to participate in. They will have the choice, but will not be allowed to participate in qualifiers for different regions once they have registered. We will be requiring proof of residency and/or citizenship for all players who qualify.
And, just to be extra clear, here’s a list of countries that are part of each regional qualifier:
|EU||All countries listed on this page, INCLUDING Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates|
|NA||All countries not listed in the KR and EU lists|
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on to the new information! We’re running our qualifiers through ESL Play this time around, which will help automate the seeding process. This will allow for similar levels of competition as the ESL weekly cups. The specific tournaments should be visible early next week, on the StarCraft competitions page. That will be the place to go to sign up and play! Once the tournaments are visible there, you’ll want to follow all of the listed processes, rules, and schedule to take part in your qualifier.
For all of the community casters looking to provide coverage for the qualifiers, please fill out this community casters form at least 24 hours before the qualifier(s) you’re planning on covering begin. We’re issuing a blanket approval on everyone who applies to begin with, but may revoke that on a case-by-case basis if we expect there to be a negative impact on the players, staff, other casters, or TSL. For non-English coverage of the main event (beginning on June 12!), please also fill out the form, and we’ll be in touch after the qualifiers wrap up.
That should be everything on the Qualifiers, but we also got confirmation of the EPT points earlier this week! We’re happy to once again provide them and tie into the greater ecosystem of SC2, plus sweeten the prize pool that much more! Just to be extra clear, these EPT points are only for our main event, and will not be awarded during the qualifiers.