Sixteen of the world's best gamers will be playing on the first day of Intel Extreme Masters New York in the tournaments first Stage, in an attempt to grab one of the four spots in Stage 2, where they'll be joining the eight already qualified players and four players that have been seeded based on their previous tournament performances.
New York's Stage 1 is not a joke. With Korean top players such as San and Life, as well as previous Intel Extreme Masters New York champion DongRaeGu, it's a tough playing field for any of the sixteen players that will have to battle their way out of the two eight players double elimination brackets for one of the four spots in Stage 2.
With the four players from the first Stage, which will be played out on October 10th, the first day of the event, only four more players are missing to make up the final groups for Stage 2. These four wildcard slots were filled depending on players' previous tournament performances and are thereby players to be reckoned with.
Consisting of eight qualified players and four wildcard players thus far, Stage 2 of the tournament is already looking tough as nails, while the four players from Stage 1 will only be make it tougher. Although groups have not been drawn yet, here's a list of players in Stage 2 thus far.
Once again the Intel Extreme Masters will make their way to New York in 2013. After a successful event in 2011, we will bring the world's best gamers in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm to New York to play for $25,000 as well as all-important WCS points. The event will take place at New York Comic-Con, October 10-13.