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The Intel Extreme Masters San Jose StarCraft II survival guide

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Intel Extreme Masters San Jose is almost upon us! If you're looking for a summary of all the latest on the StarCraft II proceedings, you've come to the right place.

Key information

All the important general information in one convenient place.
  • Where? SAP Center San Jose
  • When? 3rd to 7th of December 2014
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  • 16 of the best StarCraft II players compete for the Intel Extreme Masters San Jose title, 4,000 WCS points and a US$25,000 prize pool

Participating players

Twelve players have already battled through regional qualifiers to secure themselves a slot in the group stages. Here’s a recap of all qualified players competing at the SAP Center in San Jose aside from the final four open bracket qualifier slots, which have yet to be played out!
  • Rain | Group: A | Nationality: Korean | Qualifier: Asia
  • Scarlett | Group: A | Nationality: Canadian | Qualifier: America
  • Snute | Group: A | Nationality: Norwegian | Qualifier: Wildcard
  • First | Group: B | Nationality: Korean | Qualifier: Europe
  • Polt | Group: B | Nationality: Korean | Qualifier: America
  • Jaedong | Group: B | Nationality: Korean | Qualifier: Wildcard
  • ForGG | Group: C | Nationality: Korean | Qualifier: Europe
  • MajOr | Group: C | Nationality: Mexican | Qualifier: America
  • HyuN | Group: C | Nationality: Korean | Qualifier: Wildcard
  • herO | Group: D | Nationality: Korean | Qualifier: Asia
  • qxc | Group: D | Nationality: American | Qualifier: America
  • Bomber | Group: D | Nationality: Korean | Qualifier: Wildcard
You can find the full bracket here.

Talent lineup

In order to make this LAN experience amazing for the crowd and viewers, we have amassed some of the most talented and energetic hosts and commentators in the StarCraft II scene. Covering StarCraft II at Intel Extreme Master San Jose will be:

Full schedule

Here’s a quick summary of the Intel Extreme Masters San Jose StarCraft II schedule.

OPEN BRACKET (Wednesday, 3rd of December 2014)

  • 11:00 to 16:00 PST: Open Bracket I
  • 16:00 to 21:00 PST: Open Bracket II

GROUP STAGE PHASE 1 (Thursday, 4th of December 2014)

Group stage action will commence on December the 4th once qualifiers from the open bracket have finished. Play starts at 12:00 PST with the first two matchups of each group being played.
 



DAY ONE (Saturday, 6th of December 2014)

  • 11:00 to 21:00 PST: Group stage matches continue with the winner, decider and elimination matches for each of the groups.

DAY TWO (Sunday, 7th of December 2014)

  • 12:00 to 15:30 PST: Quarterfinals
  • 15:30 to 17:00 PST: Semifinal #1
  • 17:30 to 19:00 PST: Semifinal #2
  • 19:00 to 21:00 PST: Final
You can find the full schedule here.

Tickets

Still in the planning phase for your trip to San Jose? Here are your ticket options and what each tier will get you:
  • Upper deck [Weekend ticket: $37 | Day ticket: $23.25] - Access to event and a seat in the upper deck area of the SAP Center
  • Lower deck [Weekend ticket: $47 | Day ticket: $25.25] - Access to event and a seat in the lower deck area of the SAP Center
  • Premium [Weekend ticket: $147] - The Intel Extreme Masters San Jose Premium ticket gets you the best seats in the house as well as the following perks: the IEM San Jose event shirt, the ability to skip to the front of autograph lines, signed event artwork, entry into a raffle for a Maxnomic chair, a special mystery gift and much, much more


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Buy tickets to Intel Extreme Masters San Jose here!

ESL Fantasy

By creating a team in our ESL Fantasy league for Intel Extreme Masters San Jose, you can not only show off against your friends and colleagues - you can also secure yourself some awesome prizes, including:
  • An ASUS notebook
  • An ASUS Nomad backpack
  • ESL Shop vouchers
Click here to check out our detailed guide to ESL Fantasy for Intel Extreme Masters San Jose as well as a full prize list and terms and conditions.

Sign up for ESL Fantasy Intel Extreme Masters San Jose!

ESL coverage

We picked out a few of our articles covering additional topics leading up to the Intel Extreme Masters San Jose group stages.

General pre-coverage

Interviews

Social media

We assembled an overview with all the important social media accounts and hashtags to keep an eye on during the event: You can also find the Twitter accounts of the players and talent linked in their respective sections above!

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