WCA 2014 - The most lucrative WC3-tournament ever

Recently, the 3.2 million dollar event World Cyber ​​Arena 2014 has been announced, to be held as an unofficial successor to the World Cyber ​​Games from October 2 to 5 in Yinchuan, China. For WC3 it is with almost $ 100,000 in prize money the most lucrative tournament ever.

In the group stage, a total of 16 players are divided into four groups. Here they play in best-of-one against each other. The top two of each group will advance to the playoffs, which will be held in a Round of 8 double-elimination grid.
The main criterion for the invitations was the performance of the last one to two years. What happens to the remaining four free slots, is still not 100% sure. The only certainty is that there is a Chinese qualifier, where 16 players in the double-elimination Grid compete against each other.
Nostalgia is likely to arise especially in one match: There will be additionally a show match, where "the king of the Orcs" Manuel 'Grubby' Schenkuizen competes with Human-legend Xiaofeng 'Sky' Li.
During the actual tournament Sky will be only a caster in the chinese stream. Together with Zhuo 'TeD' Zeng, the human player will comment the games. For all other WC3-fans, who don't understand chinese, Neo and RemoDemo from Back2Warcraft will stream and cast the matches in english live from Yinchuan, China.

WCA 2014 participants 12/16:
Xiang 'TH000' Huang
Xuwen 'Infi' Wang
Jiankai 'Yumiko' Yu
Weiliang 'Fly100%' Lu
Xixi 'Zhou_Xixi' Zhou
Jingyang 'EleGaNt' Ren
Fazhen 'WFZ' Wu
Sergey 'HawK' Sherbakov
Nikita 'nicker' Pomadov
Ilya 'Sonik' Malysh
Richard 'WarchiefRich' Stuttard
Daniel 'Cechi' Cechmanek
1st place: ~ $48,760
2nd place: ~ $24,380
3rd place: ~$16,250
4th-8th place: ~$1,625
Mappool: AI, AZ, CK, DR, EI, LR, NI, TR, TM

Some of the players of chinese Qualifier:
120 (Tara521)

sources: readmore.de , WCA official page