ESL have announced that the final place at ESL One Cologne will go to the winner of the Chinese qualifier.
The surprise qualifier gives the best Chinese teams the chance to make it to one of the biggest western LAN events. It will feature both open and closed portions and is being organised in partnership with 5eplay. HuoMao will be in charge of the broadcasting.
Eight teams will come from open qualifiers that will take place next week. All matches in the opens will be best of ones, with the first rounds taking place on Tuesday May 23rd. The competition will run until the 25th, when the eight teams will be finalized.
The eight teams from the opens will join TyLoo, Vici Gaming, Eclipse, UYA, New4, EMP B.O.O.T and Flash Gaming, who have all been invited to the closed qualifier. All matches in the closed qualifier will be a best of three, with a single elimination format. The first round of matches will take place mostly on June 7th, with the semifinals and final ending the competition on June 9th. The team that wins the final will grab the last spot at ESL One Cologne.