Groups for the Quake Live finals in January have just been drawn:

Carmac: "top 50% deserve to go through"

Group winners will directly go to the semis, players who place 2nd and 3rd have to play a "quarterfinal". We know this mode from the previous Intel Extreme Masters Final in Cologne, 2010

Top 6 (excluding k1llsen who already secured a spot by winning the Global Challenge of Gamescom) will qualify for the Global Final later in 2011

Links: IEM V