Intel Extreme Masters Overview
Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) is a tier of international tournaments started in 2007. This championship is a product of the Electronic Sports League.
Starting from 2008 the mid-season events are held all around the world in cities like Malmo, Chicago or Shanghai. This year’s finals took place in Katowice, Poland.
By far IEM has 15 seasons finished, that include games such as Counter-Strike 1.6, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Warcraft III, World of Warcraft, Quake Live, Dota, StarCraft II, League of Legends, and more.
The 16th season is ongoing since 3rd June and it will end in February 2022. Intel Extreme Masters season XVI will have a combined prize of $1,765,000.
The sponsors of this year’s event are Intel, Acer Predator, MTN DEW GAME FUEL, Euronics
List of the IEM season XVI 2021:
|Summer||2021-06-03 to 2021-06-13|
|Cologne||2021-07-06 to 2021-07-18|
|Fall: Oceania||2021-09-29 to 2021-10-03|
|Fall: CIS||2021-09-29 to 2021-10-03|
|Fall: South America||2021-09-29 to 2021-10-03|
|Fall: Europe||2021-09-29 to 2021-10-10|
|Fall: Asia||2021-10-05 to 2021-10-10|
|Fall: North America||2021-10-05 to 2021-10-10|
|Winter||2021-12-02 to 2021-12-12|
The format for an IEM tournament whether we are talking about Cologne or Winter tournament has play-ins, group stages and playoffs.
Play-ins are double-elimination brackets. The first games are Bo1 (best of one) and the following are Bo3 (best of three). If the tournament has play-ins, the top 8 teams from it will move forward to Group Stages.
Group Stages two double-elimination format. All games are Bo3 and every group has 8 teams. The seeding depends on the competition but it can be something like EPT Rankings and ESL World Rankings.
The top three teams from each group advance to Playoffs.
- The 3rd place squads go to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds.
- Group stage 2nd place squads advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
- The winners move to the Semifinals.
The playoffs are usually a single-elimination bracket. The Grand Finals are Bo5 and the Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3.
The total prize pool for this season is $1,765,000, and the biggest prize in a single tournament is at Katowice, $1,000,000.
This year’s season, the first winners are Gambit Esports at IEM XVI Summer and Natus Vincere at IEM XVI Cologne.
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