Heading up the list of invites, we have titans like Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid and TI7 winners Newbee. The qualifiers' names are less immediately impressive, but that does not mean we should write them off. After all, safely navigating a regional qualifier is no mean feat.
Swiss stage:(March 4 - March 8)
The Swiss stage had just concluded and 16 teams have been whittled down to eight. After five rounds of play, the surviving teams are: VGJ.Thunder, Evil Geniuses, Newbee, Virtus.pro, Team Secret, Team Liquid, OpTic Gaming and TNC Pro Team. Surprisingly, we saw the highly fancied OG bow out with a 2-3 record. The biggest surprise so far has to be TNC, with the Filipino outfit clinching a spot in the quarter-finals with a 3-2 record.
Playoff Stages:(March 9 - March 11)
We will see the knockout stages play out over the weekend, and you'll be able to watch it all LIVE on GINX Esports TV! The play-off match-ups are: QUARTER FINAL ONE (March 9, 9 AM GMT): VGJ.Thunder VS TNC Pro Team QUARTER FINAL TWO (March 9, 12:30 PM GMT): Newbee VS Team Secret QUARTER FINAL THREE (March 9, 16:00 PM GMT): Evil Geniuses VS Team Liquid QUARTER FINAL FOUR (March 10, 9 AM GMT): Virtus.pro VS OpTic Gaming SEMI FINAL ONE (March 10, 12:30 PM GMT) WINNER OF QUARTER FINAL ONE VS WINNER OF QUARTER FINAL TWO SEMI FINAL TWO (March 10, 16:00 PM GMT) WINNER OF QUARTER FINAL THREE VS WINNER OF QUARTER FINAL FOUR THE GRAND FINAL (March 11, 12:00 PM GMT) If you can't catch all of the action live, make sure to check our website and social media feeds. We'll also be sure to catch you up on the tournament on Monday's episode of The Daily Download. And if you haven't followed us on Twitter yet, do so here.