Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Teams

The world’s highest ranked teams and eligible Intel Grand Slam event winners will be invited to play along the best teams qualified from around the world. Qualification details will be posted at a later date.

Main Tournament Schedule

Group play: February 27, 28, March 1
Playoffs round 1: March 2
Playoffs semi finals: March 3
Grand final: March 4

Format

16 teams will compete for 8 spots in the playoffs.

  • Two GSL groups of 8 teams
  • Group 2nds play group 3rds in the first round of playoffs
  • Group winners are seeded directly into the semifinals

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Prize Pool
Total $500.000

Teams to be Announced

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Qualifier Info

IEM World Championship Slot Distribution:

  • 8 invitations
  • 4 slots from the European qualifier
  • 2 slots from the North American qualifier
  • 1 slot from the Asian qualifier
  • 1 slot from the Oceania qualifier

Oceania Qualifier - 1 team to Katowice

Two open qualifiers:

Unlimited slots, single elimination best-of-one bracket with the final match being a best-of-three. The winner of each qualifier goes to closed qualifier.

One closed qualifier:

6 slots (4 invited, 2 from open qualifier). Double elimination best-of-three bracket with the final match being a best-of-five (1:0 advantage for the team coming from upper bracket).

Closed qualifier bracket:

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Schedule
  • Open Qualifier #1 - 6th-7th of January
  • Open Qualifier #2 - 17th-18th of January
  • Closed Qualifier - 20th-25th of January

Asian Qualifier - 1 team to Katowice

Two open qualifiers:

Unlimited slots, single elimination best-of-one bracket with the final match being a best-of-three. The winner of each qualifier goes to closed qualifier.

One closed qualifier:

6 slots (4 invited, 2 from open qualifier). Double elimination best-of-three bracket with the final match being a best-of-five (1:0 advantage for the team coming from upper bracket).

Closed qualifier bracket:

Click here!

Schedule
  • Open Qualifier #1 - 7th-8th of January
  • Open Qualifier #2 - 16th-17th of January
  • Closed Qualifier - 19th-22th of January

North American Qualifier - 2 teams to Katowice

Two open qualifiers:

Unlimited slots, single elimination best-of-one bracket with the final match being a best-of-three. The winner qualifier of each goes to closed qualifier.

One closed qualifier:

8 slots (7 invited, 1 from open qualifier) single elimination best-of-three bracket

Schedule
  • Open Qualifier #1 - 20th-21st of January
  • Open Qualifier #2 - 25th-26th of January
  • Closed Qualifier - 30th of January

European Qualifier - 4 teams to Katowice

Two open qualifiers:

Unlimited slots, single elimination best-of-one bracket with the final match being a best-of-three. The winner qualifier of each goes to closed qualifier.

One closed qualifier:

12 slots (8 invited, 4 from open qualifier) double elimination best-of-three bracket

Schedule
  • Open Qualifier #1 - 23rd-24th of January
  • Open Qualifier #2 - 31st of January - 1st of February
  • Closed Qualifier - 3rd-4th of February