22.12.2017
Announcing the Asia and Oceania qualifier details for IEM World Championship Katowice in CS:GO!
Calling teams from the Asia and Oceania region - this is your chance to compete at the world’s largest esports event.

Intel® Extreme Masters returns to Katowice on March 2-4 with us US$500,000 CS:GO tournament featuring the world's top teams. Eight out of the 16 competing teams will come from qualifiers, including 1 team from the Asia, and 1 team from the Oceania qualifier. Here are all the details about both.

Asia qualifier

  • 1 slot for IEM Katowice 2018
  • 2 open qualifiers (unlimited slots, single elimination bo1 with final match being bo3, winner of each goes to closed qualifier)
  • 1 closed qualifier (6 slots, double elimination, 4 teams invited + 2 from the open qualifiers)
  • Teams invited to the closed qualifier: TyLoo, The MongolZ, B.O.O.T, Flash Gaming.

List of countries allowed to participate in the Asia qualifier can be found here.

SIGN UP FOR THE OPEN QUALIFIER HERE

Open qualifier schedule

  • Open Qualifier #1 - January 7-8 (start time: 13:00 SGT)
  • Open Qualifier #2 - January 16-17 (start time: 13:00 SGT)

Closed qualifier schedule

  • January 19 at 15:00 & 18:00 SGT - upper bracket Ro6 & RO4 (bo3)
  • January 20 at 15:00 & 18:00 SGT - LB Ro4b & UB Ro2 (bo3)
  • January 21 at 15:00 & 18:00 SGT - LB Ro2a & LB Ro2b (bo3)
  • January 22 at 21:00 SGT - grand final (bo5 with 1:0 advantage)

Please note that teams will have to communicate in English with tournament administrators, and will be playing on servers located in Singapore.

Oceania qualifier

  • 1 slot for IEM Katowice 2018
  • 2 open qualifiers (unlimited slots, single elimination bo1 with final match being bo3, winner of each goes to closed qualifier)
  • 1 closed qualifier (6 slots, double elimination, 4 teams invited + 2 from the open qualifiers)
  • Teams invited to the closed qualifier: Grayhound Gaming, Chiefs Esports Club, Tainted Minds, Formerly Kings Gaming Club

SIGN UP FOR THE OPEN QUALIFIER HERE

Open qualifier schedule

  • Open Qualifier #1 - January 6-7 (start time: 12:00 AEDT)
  • Open Qualifier #2 - January 17-18 (start time: 19:00 AEDT)

Closed qualifier schedule

  • January 20 at 12:00 & 15:00 AEDT - upper bracket Ro6 (bo3)
  • January 21 at 12:00 & 15:00 AEDT - upper bracket Ro4 (bo3)
  • January 22 at 18:00 & 21:00 AEDT - lower bracket Ro4b (bo3)
  • January 23 at 18:00 & 21:00 AEDT - UB Ro2 & LB Ro2a (bo3)
  • January 24 at 20:00 AEDT - lower bracket Ro2b (bo3)
  • January 25 at 20:00 AEDT - grand final (bo5 with 1:0 advantage)

Good luck!

We wish all of the participants the best luck in the upcoming qualifiers and cannot wait to see the very best in Katowice! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the IEM Twitter and Facebook as we post all event updates, including sign up links, as well as the EU and NA qualifiers info on which will be published at the beginning of 2018.

Tickets to the event can be found here if you want to witness world-class CS:GO in person!