Teams invited to the Asia, ANZ and China closed qualifiers for IEM Shanghai have been revealed, alongside the playoff brackets.
IEM Shanghai 2018 will take place on August 1-6, with eight teams competing for the $250,000 prize pool. As the tournament will be taking place during the off-season, some of the biggest teams will be missing, and the event will not be a part of the Intel Grand Slam challenge.
Earlier this week, ESL revealed that the last three open spots for the event would be decided through three regional qualifiers, with ANZ, China and the rest of Asia having one spot at the LAN each.
Now, the closed qualifier teams and the brackets for each qualifier have been revealed. Four teams were invited to each closed qualifier, which will be played in a double-elimination BO3 format.
Two invited teams will be starting in round 1, where they will face open qualifier teams, and two will be waiting for their opponents in the next round of the upper bracket.
The teams and brackets are available below:
The winner of each regional closed qualifier will join the final team list for IEM Shanghai, which will look as follows:
Here are the brackets for the upcoming #IEM Shanghai 2018 qualifiers. 6 teams from each region (Asia / CN / ANZ) will battle it out over the course of the next 2 weeks for a spot to compete in front of all the Chinese fans at ChinaJoy!https://t.co/x7GTznkHFa pic.twitter.com/m1E5gIFsy7— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) June 14, 2018