Intel Extreme Masters

The Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) is a series of international esports tournaments held in countries around the world. These Electronic Sports League (ESL) sanctioned events, sponsored by Intel, include events in Starcraft II, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Quake Live, League of Legends and Hearthstone.[1] The body that owns the league is Turtle Entertainment. The League has existed for 13 seasons as of 2019. The season ten tournament finals took place in Katowice, Poland.[2] Previous events have been held in Chengdu, Dubai, Hanover, and Los Angeles, among other cities.[3]

Intel Extreme Masters
2014 – present Logo
SporteSports
League of Legends
StarCraft II
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
Founded2007
CountryWorldwide
Most recent
champion(s)
League of Legends: Flash Wolves
StarCraft II: Jun "TY" Tae Yang
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: Fnatic
Official websitehttp://en.intelextrememasters.com/

History

The Intel Extreme Masters are a product of the ESL. In 2006, when the Intel sponsored European tournament saw room for expansion outside of Europe, especially in North American markets, Intel provided funds for a worldwide tournament, billing it as the Intel Extreme Masters.[4] In 2007, when established, the IEM established a format of many smaller qualifying events, leading up to a large final event that is held at CeBIT. All of the Grand Finals have been held at CeBIT. Starting in 2008, the Tournament was billed as being worldwide, boasting participants from Europe, North America, and Asia.[4] Although Counterstrike 1.6 was the only game offered in the first season, the variety of games has increased greatly, to the four that were offered during Season 5. World of Warcraft was offered during Season 4, but was dropped for Season 5. The Season 5 Finals will be held at CeBIT and will included a US$130,000 prize pool.[5]

Games offered in Intel Extreme Masters: Counter-Strike (Seasons 1–6), Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne (Seasons 1–2, 3: Asian Championship Finals — CS1.6 and Asian Championship Finals — WoW, 4: Global Challenge Chengdu, 5: Global Challenge Shanghai), World of Warcraft (Seasons 2: Global Challenge Dreamhack, 3–4), Quake Live (Seasons 4–5), StarCraft II (Seasons 5–6), League of Legends (LoL) (Seasons 5: World Championship (LoL Invitational), 6)

IEM seasons

Season I

(Finals: 15–18 March 2007 at CeBIT 2007)

Season II

(Finals: 6–9 March 2008 at CeBIT 2008)

Season III

(World Championship(Finals): 3–8 March 2009 at CeBIT 2009)

  • Global Challenge Games Convention:
    • World of Warcraft: Germany's Nihilum Plasma
  • Global Challenge Los Angeles:
    • Counter-Strike: Sweden's SK Gaming
    • World of Warcraft: Spain's x6tence
  • Global Challenge Montreal:[6]
  • Global Challenge Dubai:
  • Asian Championshiphttp: — WoW:[7]
  • European Championship:
    • Counter-Strike: Denmark's mTw
    • World of Warcraft: Bulgaria's iNNERFiRE
  • American Championship:
    • Counter-Strike: Brazil's Made in Brazil
    • World of Warcraft: the United States's Trade Chat
  • Asian Championship: CS1.6:[8]
  • World Championship:
    • Counter-Strike: Sweden's fnatic
    • World of Warcraft: Korea's H O N

Season IV

(World Championship(Finals): 2–6 March 2010 at CeBIT 2010)

  • Global Challenge Gamescom:[9]
    • Counter-Strike: Germany's Mousesports
    • Quake Live: the United States's Shane "rapha" Hendrixson
    • World of Warcraft: the United Arab Emirates's Ensidia
  • Global Challenge Chengdu:[10]
  • Global Challenge Dubai:
    • Counter-Strike: Sweden's Fnatic
    • Quake Live: the United States's Shane "rapha" Hendrixson
  • European Championship:
  • American Championship:
    • Counter Strike: the United States's compLexity
    • Quake Live: the United States's Tim "DaHanG" Fogarty
    • World of Warcraft: the United States's compLexity Black
  • Asian Championship:
    • Counter Strike: Korea's WeMade FOX
    • Quake Live: China's Fan "Jibo" Zhibo
    • World of Warcraft: Korea's Button Bashers
  • World Championship:

Season V

(World Championship(Finals): 1–5 March 2011 at CeBIT 2011)

  • Global Challenge Shanghai:
    • Counter-Strike: Sweden's fnatic
    • Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne: Korea's June "Lyn" Park
    • DotA: China's: EHOME
  • Global Challenge Cologne:
    • StarCraft II: Sweden's Stefan "MorroW" Andersson — Mousesports
    • Quake Live: Germany's k1llsen
  • American Championship:
  • European Championship:
    • Counter-Strike: Sweden's fnatic
    • Quake Live: Russia's Anton "Cooller" Singov
    • StarCraft II: Sweden's Jeffrey "SjoW" Brusi — Team Dignitas
  • World Championship:
    • Counter-Strike: Ukraine's Natus Vincere
    • Quake Live: the United States's Shane "rapha" Hendrixson
    • StarCraft II: Korea's Jung "AcE" Woo-Seo — Team StarTale
    • LoL Invitational: Germany's myRevenge

Season VI

(World Championship(Finals): 6–10 March 2012 at CeBIT 2012)

Season VII

  • Global Challenge Gamescom:
    • LoL: Russia's Moscow Five
    • StarCraft II: Korea's Jung "Mvp" Jong-Hyun — Incredible Miracle
  • Global Challenge Singapore:
    • LoL: the European Union's MeetYourMakers
    • StarCraft II: Korea's Ju "Sting" Hoon — Western Wolves
  • Global Challenge Cologne:
  • Global Challenge Katowice:
    • LoL: Russia's Gambit Gaming (ex-M5)
    • StarCraft II: Korea's Kang "First" Hyun-Woo — Incredible Miracle
  • Global Challenge Brazil:
    • LoL: Korea's Incredible Miracle
  • World Championship:[11]
    • LoL: Korea's CJ Entus Blaze
    • StarCraft II: Korea's Choi "YoDa" Byung-Hyun — Incredible Miracle

Season VIII

Intel Extreme Masters Season VIII
Event Dates Game Winner Runner-up Ref
Shanghai 25–28 July 2013 League of Legends Team WE Invictus Gaming [12]
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Revival Oz
New York 10–13 October 2013 StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Life NaNiwa [13]
Cologne 23–24 November 2013 League of Legends (Pro) Gambit Gaming Fnatic [14]
League of Legends (Amateur) Copenhagen Wolves Ninjas in Pyjamas
Singapore 28 November – 1 December 2013 League of Legends Invictus Gaming CJ Entus Frost [15]
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm herO san
São Paulo 28 January – 1 February 2014 League of Legends Millenium paiN Gaming [16]
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm herO MC
Cologne 13–16 February 2014 StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm HerO Polt [17]
World Championship
Katowice
13–16 March 2014 Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Gnimsh Artosis [18]
League of Legends KT Rolster Bullets Fnatic
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm sOs herO

Season IX

Intel Extreme Masters Season IX
Event Dates Game Winner Runner-up Ref
Shenzhen 16–20 July 2014 Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Amaz Azeri [19]
League of Legends Team WE EDward Gaming
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm TaeJa Solar
Toronto 28–31 August 2014 StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Flash Zest [20]
San Jose 6–7 December 2014 League of Legends Cloud9 Unicorns of Love [21]
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm herO Rain
Cologne 18–21 December 2014 League of Legends Gambit Gaming Counter Logic Gaming [22]
Taipei 28 January – 1 February 2015 League of Legends yoe Flash Wolves Taipei Assassins [23]
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Life Maru
World Championship
Katowice
12–15 March 2015 League of Legends Team SoloMid Team WE [24]
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Zest Trap

Season X

Intel Extreme Masters Season X
Event Dates Game Winner Runner-up Ref
Shenzhen 16–20 July 2015 Heroes of the Storm MVP Black Virtus.pro [25]
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Classic PartinG
Gamescom 5–9 August 2015 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Team EnVyUs Team SoloMid [26]
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm INnoVation soO
San Jose 21–22 November 2015 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Natus Vincere Team SoloMid [27]
League of Legends Origen Counter Logic Gaming
Cologne 18–20 December 2015 League of Legends ESC Ever Qiao Gu Reapers [28]
Taipei 29 January – 2 February 2016 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive The MongolZ Renegades [29]
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void sOs ByuN
World Championship
Katowice
4–6 March 2016 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Fnatic Luminosity Gaming [30]
League of Legends SK Telecom T1 Fnatic
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Polt Snute

Season XI

Intel Extreme Masters Season XI[31]
Event Dates Game Winner Runner-up Ref
Shanghai 28–31 July 2016 StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void uThermal Neeb [32]
Oakland 19–20 November 2016 League of Legends Unicorns Of Love Flash Wolves [33]
Counter Strike: Global Offensive Ninjas in Pyjamas SK Gaming
Gyeonggi 17–18 December 2016 League of Legends Samsung Galaxy Kongdoo Monster [34]
Overwatch Luxury Watch Red Lunatic Hai
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void INnoVation Stats
World Championship
Katowice
25–26 February & 3–5 March 2017 League of Legends Flash Wolves G2 Esports [35]
Counter Strike: Global Offensive Astralis FaZe Clan
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void TY Stats

Season XII

Intel Extreme Masters Season XII[36]
Venue Dates Game Champions Runners-up
Qudos Bank ArenaSydney, Australia[37] 6–7 May 2017 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive SK Gaming FaZe Clan
SNIECShanghai, China[38] 27–30 July 2017 Starcraft 2 Rogue herO
Oracle ArenaOakland, United States[39] 18–19 November 2017 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Ninjas in Pyjamas FaZe Clan
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds *aAa* Gaming Tempo Storm
2018 PyeongChangPyeongChang, South Korea 5–7 February 2018 Starcraft 2 Scarlett sOs
Spodek ArenaKatowice, Poland[40] 2–4 March 2018 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Fnatic FaZe Clan
Starcraft 2 Rogue Classic

Season XIII

Format

IEM utilizes a fair number of offline qualifiers. During Season 5, qualifiers were held for North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia regions.[41] Those who qualify for the finals are placed into two groups of six, of which the top two advance. The first place member of each group goes directly to the semifinals, and the second and third place members go into the quarterfinals.[42]

Organisation

The Intel Extreme Masters are run by the ESL which is owned by Turtle Entertainment GmbH. Turtle Entertainment is based in Cologne, Germany.

See also

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