ESL announced the dates for the upcoming Regional Minors of the Intel Extreme Masters Season XIII - Katowice Major 2019.
The first Major of 2019 will have its Minors played in January. The four minors will be divided to two which will be played at the same time. The European and CIS minor will start things off on January 16-20 to be followed by the Asia and Americas Minor on 22-26.
Minors' 3rd Place Play-in will be happening a day after. It will feature all third placers from the concluded Minors who will have one last shot for the 2 remaining vacant spots at the Major’s New Challenger Stage. All of the Minors will take place in Katowice, Poland.
For the uninitiated, IEM’s official Twitter page has a handy “Global Qualification Structure” that graphically explains the whatabouts on qualifiers towards the Regional Minors up to the Major proper.
They also have sets of visuals per region since each regional qualifiers have minor differences on the qualifier format.
Balance in CIS and EU
The Europe and CIS Minors will share the same format whereas eight invited teams will be joined by four more from the open qualifiers to play at the closed ones. The top eight of the EU and CIS closed qualifiers will then proceed to Katowice for their respective Minors.
North versus South
For America, the region will be divided to two closed qualifiers. North and South America will have eight and four invites and additional four and two teams from the open qualifiers at their respective closed qualifiers. Six teams from NA and 2 from SA will complete the 8 teams flying for the Americas Minors.
Rumble at the East
Asia will have quite a handful with their structure. Divided to five closed qualifiers namely Middle East, East Asia, Southeast Asia, China and Oceania, the Asia qualifiers will have 40 teams to feature – not counting participants who fell out of the open qualifiers. Each closed qualifiers will have 2 participants flying to Poland for the Asia Minor with the exception of SEA and Middle East which will only have 1 each.
Open qualifiers are already ongoing for all regions with their closed qualifiers to be played and completed before the year ends. All the rigorous preparations for the IEM Katowice 2019 Major are happening across all regions, which region do you think will have the best delegations come February?