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The Intel Extreme Masters gamescom 2015 StarCraft II survival guide

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The Intel Extreme Masters are coming to gamescom this year to bring premier StarCraft II action to the big stage! Attendees of Europe’s biggest gaming trade fair can look forward to the second stop of the tenth Intel Extreme Masters season and the chance to see some of the StarCraft scene’s biggest names in action live. Check out what StarCraft at Intel Extreme Masters gamescom has to offer!

Key information

A quick summary of all the essential information about the five-day event.

Participating players

We already know eleven of the players, with five more to follow via the open bracket.

Race: Zerg | Group: A | Nationality: Korean

Race: Terran | Group: A | Nationality: Russia

Race: Terran | Group: A | Nationality: Korean

  • Open bracket player (TBD)

Race: - | Group: A | Nationality: -

Race: Terran | Group: B | Nationality: Korean

Race: Protoss | Group: B | Nationality: French

Race: Terran | Group: B | Nationality: Korean

  • Open bracket player (TBD)

Race: - | Group: B | Nationality: -

Race: Protoss | Group: C | Nationality: American

Race: Zerg | Group: C | Nationality: German

Race: Terran | Group: C | Nationality: Korean

  • Open bracket player (TBD)

Race: - | Group: C | Nationality: -

Race: Protoss | Group: D | Nationality: Korean

Race: Zerg | Group: D | Nationality: Polish

  • Open bracket player (TBD)*

Race: - | Group: D | Nationality: -

  • Open bracket player (TBD)

Race: - | Group: D | Nationality: -

*Replacing Rain, who unfortunately had to cancel.

Check out the open and group stage brackets right here.

Broadcast team

You’ll get to enjoy the best StarCraft II commentators live from the ESL studios in Cologne and the Intel Extreme Masters stage at gamescom.

The full talent lineup for the event is as follows:

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Full schedule

Find the complete overview of the Intel Extreme Masters gamescom schedule up to and including the quarterfinals here!

Wednesday, August 5th - Open bracket (ESL studios)

Thursday, August 6th - Group stages (ESL studios)

  • 12:00 to 16:30 CEST: Group A matches
  • 16:50 to 21:20 CEST: Group B matches

Friday, August 7th - Group stages (ESL studios)

  • 12:00 to 16:30 CEST: Group C matches
  • 16:50 to 21:20 CEST: Group D matches

Saturday, August 8th - Quarterfinals (ESL studios)

  • 15:00 to 16:30 CEST: Quarterfinal #1
  • 16:40 to 18:10 CEST: Quarterfinal #2
  • 18:20 to 19:50 CEST: Quarterfinal #3
  • 20:00 to 21:30 CEST: Quarterfinal #4

Sunday, August 9th - Semi and grand finals (gamescom)

  • 11:00 to 12:30 CEST: Semifinal #1
  • 12:40 to 14:10 CEST: Semifinal #2
  • 14:30 to 16:45 CEST: Grand final

Please note that times are subject to game length.

You can find a detailed match-by-match schedule over at the Intel Extreme Masters gamescom website.

Get your Intel Extreme Masters gamescom 2015 tickets here!

Prize money and WCS point distribution

A prize pool of US$25,000 is waiting for the StarCraft II players at Intel Extreme Masters gamescom. On top of that, there are also 4,000 WCS points up for grabs. Check out the distribution of both below.

Prize money

1st place US$10,000
2nd place US$4,000
3rd-4th place US$2,000
5th-8th place US$1,000
9th-12th place US$400
13th-16th place US$350
 
WCS points
1st place 750 points
2nd place 500 points
3rd-4th place 375 points
5th-8th place 250 points
9th-16th place 125 points

Social media

The fastest way to get the latest updates during the event is via the relevant social media accounts and hashtags.

For the Twitter accounts of the attending StarCraft II players, take a look at the participating players and teams section above!

Who’s your pick to win it all at Intel Extreme Masters gamescom? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook!