5 out of the 8 teams that will be attending this event have already been announced. They include Gambit, NRG, Virtus.pro, Hellraisers and TyLoo. The final 3 slots will be filled through China, Asia and ANZ (Australia-New Zealand) qualifiers.
With 4 out of the 8 teams attending originating from Asia, this is a good chance for them to test their mettle against reigning European and American teams.
All qualifiers have a similar format
Open qualifiers will start with a single elimination format, where bo1s will be played up till the semi finals. Semi finals will be bo3.
Both semi-final winners will advance to the Closed Qualifier, where they will fight against 6 invited teams.
The closed qualifier will have a double-elimination bo3 format. Only one team from the closed qualifiers will earn a spot at IEM Shanghai.
The schedule for the qualifiers is as following
For more details and sign-ups, check out IEM's official announcement here