StarCraft II returned to Katowice, Poland for three whole days to hold the World Championships for IEM Season VIII. This time around, there was a lot more at stake.
Looking back at the previous year, most of the big moves and moments happened during the summer and fall seasons, wherein new strategies and solutions came about in the World Championship Series and other premier tournaments. Some of them were derived from old builds, while others introduced new ways of playing in their respective matchups.
The last major StarCraft II tournament of the year had just concluded with sixteen of the best players from around the world throwing down in Northcon 2013, despite the weather conditions and other troubles.
While DreamHack Winter had finished, there was still another tournament going on at the other side of the world. The Intel Extreme Masters reached its third destination for their eighth season, and some top-level StarCraft II was played.
The last stop of the year for DreamHack couldn’t have been any more exciting as the best of the performers in StarCraft II in 2013 converged to determine who was truly the best.
Even though WCS Grand Finals had been long over, it was not the end yet for StarCraft II this year. After a successful event in Austin, Red Bull went on to have another one in New York City with some of the best players in the world.
Thirty-two players from all around the world crammed into one glorious apartment in Germany for one of the very best StarCraft II events. It was time again for the laidback special, HomeStory Cup.
It was the event to end all events for WCS as the top 16 players of the year converged in Blizzcon 2013 to find out who will become the ultimate champion of the year.
The best StarCraft II players in all three major regions came together and threw down in Toronto, Canada to determine the champion of this season’s World Championship Series.
Europe and Korea had finished their finals, so it’s now America’s turn to get their top six for the Global Finals and crown this season’s WCS America champion.