Serral, Elazer, and Cure advanced from the European server qualifier of IEM Katowice, earning round-of-24 seeds at the main event as well as flights and accommodation. Just one online qualifier remains for IEM Katowice, Korean server qualifier #2, where two final seeds will be awarded. Korean qualifier #2 is set to take place on January 15-16.
The main IEM Katowice tournament will be held between February 24th and March 1st. It is set to be the first event in the newly announced ESL Pro Tour—the official successor to the previous World Championship Series system. Twelve of the spots in the 24-player main event will be awarded through the online qualifiers. The remaining twelve spots will be awarded through the live, "open bracket" portion of the tournament.