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IEM Chicago 2018 - First Meeting After FaceIT Major

More than a month has passed since FaceIT Major London 2018 came to an end. The best teams from all over the world managed to take part in Blast Pro Series, ESL One NY 2018, and Epicenter CS:GO 2018. But none of the previous tournaments brought all the top teams together. Astralis didn’t come to Moscow or New York, and other teams from the TOP-5 of HLTV rating weren’t present in Turkey.

The upcoming tournament in Chicago will gather 16 teams, nine of which are members of the TOP-10 HLTV rating.

The Intel Extreme Masters Season XIII - Chicago will take place from 6-th till 11-th November. The capacity of the Wintrust Arena, the place of the tournament, is 10 000 people. The prize pool of the tournament is 250 000$.

Wintrust Arena

Tournament Participants

Each tournament of the Intel Extreme Masters series generates tonnes of vibrant and memorable moments. Ten teams out of 16 that came to Chicago were invited personally and six teams came through regional qualifications.

Teams who got a personal invitation:

  • Astralis
  • Natus Vincere
  • FaZe Clan
  • Fnatic
  • BIG
  • Team Liquid
  • MIBR
  • Mousesports
  • NRG
  • Renegades

Team-winners in regional qualifications:

  • AVANGAR - Europe
  • North - Europe
  • eUnited - North America
  • Luminosity Gaming - South America
  • MVP PK - Asia
  • Team - Shuffle
Teams Intel Extreme Masters Chicago 2018

Tournament Format

IEM – Chicago will be held in two stages (as usual) – group and playoff.

Group Stage: 6th-8th November:

Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:

  • Each group has eight teams;
  • The group stage is seeded based on ESL CS:GO World Rankings;

The initial matches are Bo1.

All following matches are Bo3.

The top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs:

  • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals;
  • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as High Seeds;
  • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as Low Seeds;

Playoffs Stage: 9th-11th November

  • Single-elimination bracket;
  • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3;
  • The Grand Final is Bo5;

You can follow Intel Extreme Masters Season XIII – Chicago broadcast in the official ESL streams.

Our guess is that this tournament will really impress with a lot of beautiful matches. The Ukrainian fivesome from Na’Vi certainly dreams payback to Astralis and FaZe Clan following losses in finals at recent tournaments. Team Liquid must show their best again to regain their position as the world’s top team.

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MIBR and Mousesports will finally be able to face off against the strongest teams and, despite regular changes to the European team, both teams are expected to show top Counter Strike skills.


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Also eight teams are battling at the DreamLeague Season 10 tournament in the Dota 2 discipline. The prize value of the tournament is $300 000, 500 DPC points and a pass to The Kuala Lumpur Major.

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