The Intel Extreme Masters tournaments have always been circled on the e-Sports calendar as must watch events. This year's IEM World Championship will be no different, and we finally know which teams will be attending and what the groups will be. 12 teams will be split into 2 groups of 6 and will play round robin schedule with the #1 seeds advancing straight into the semifinals and the 2 and 3 seeds playing in the quarterfinals.
The IEM World Championship will take place from March 5th-9th in Hanover and the teams will be vying for a prize pool of $150,000 Teams qualified based on how they performed at other IEM events, and at the current point no North American team will be attending the World Championships. Even though no North American team will be represented at this event, it is full of high quality teams including both CJ Entus teams, Gambit Gaming, SK, Fnatic, and EG. The full rankings can be found here.
Here's a look at the complete groups, courtesy of the IEM announcement on ESL world:
Group A pits European powerhouses like Gambit Gaming and Fnatic against quality Korean foes CJ Entus Blaze and LG-IM. Group B features OGN finalist CJ Entus Frost along with Reapered's Korean crew SK Telecom T1 as they prepare to play the likes of Evil Geniuses and SK Gaming. These are just a few the highlight matches of the event, and this is before the quarter and semifinals are even set.
The stage has been set for what is surely going to be a terrific tournament that is just over the horizon. Can Gambit continue their dominance of any and all IEM events? Will the Koreans be bested by Europeans in Germany again? Let us know what you think in the comment section and be sure to stay tuned to Reign of Gaming for all of your LoL-related needs.
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