The competition in the StarCraft II World Championship Series Europe Premier League over the past few weeks has been fierce. The early round matches have been full of creative strategies as well as nail-biting upsets. When the dust settled, StarCraft II players from Germany, Russia, Spain and France topped their round of 16 groups last week. Representatives from Korea, Ukraine and Denmark also advanced, rounding out the final eight players that will battle at the WCS Europe Regional Finals at ESL TV Studio One in Cologne, Germany. A total prize pool of $100,000 is at stake. The winner will take home the $20,000 first place prize, as well as 1,500 WCS Points which will push them up the current 2013 WCS Leaderboard, and help boost their chances to earn a seat at the Grand Finals, held at BlizzCon in November.
The shoutcasting team of James 'Kaelaris' Carrol and Shaun 'Apollo' Clark will be back in the studio, along with host Paul ’Redeye’ Chaloner, and a live studio audience. Games begin at 4:00 a.m. PDT on May 25 and 3:00 a.m. PDT on May 26, but make sure to catch the finals at 12:15 p.m. PDT on May 26 to find out who gains the title of WCS Europe Premier League Season 1 Champion. The top five players will advance to the cross-region 2013 WCS Season 1 Finals in Seoul, South Korea on June 7–9. More details about that event are coming soon. You can tune in at twitch.tv/wcs or, if you are in the Cologne area, purchase tickets to be part of the in-studio audience.
In case you missed any of the action, ESL has all of this season’s games up on their Video-on-Demand page. If you want to get caught up on all of last week’s best StarCraft II WCS plays, check out our new WCS Top 5 series below:
Click here for a bracket that you can print out, fill out, and score as you watch the Finals.