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Intel Extreme Masters Season XI World Championship Report (Completed)

Lord Matus
Intel Extreme Masters Season XI World Championship Report (Completed)
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The next important championship will start on March 1. The organizers of the event are one of the best in esports tournament management.

Intel Extreme Masters Season XI World Championship is scheduled on March 1 – 5. The championship will take place in Katowice, Poland. Spodek Arena will host the event. Recently, it also hosted IEM XI World Championship по League of Legends. The prize pool of IEM Season XI World Championship in CS:GO discipline is $250,000.

The organizers of the event decided to modify the traditional format of such events. 12 teams will participate here. The tournament will be played in 2 stages: group stage and play-off. The group stage will be played in Round Robin system, and the matches of group stage will be played in best-of-one (bo1) format. The teams will be divided into 2 groups with 6 players in each. After the end of the group stage, 3 best teams of each group will move to play-off stage which will be played in Single Elimination format. The teams that will take 2 and 3 places in groups will move to the quarterfinal. All play-off matches are best-of-three (bo3).

Group seeding

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Group A

Astralis
OpTic Gaming
FaZe Clan
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Fnatic
Immortals
Group B

SK Gaming
Virtus.pro
North
Cloud9
Natus Vincere
Heroic
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Rosters

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Group A

Astralis (Xyp9x, dupreeh, device, Kjaerbye, gla1ve)
OpTic (Hiko, RUSH, mixwell, NAF, tarik)
FaZe (NiKo, allu, karrigan, rain, kioShima)
NiP (pyth, f0rest, GeT_RiGhT, Xizt, friberg)
fnatic (flusha, olofmeister, JW, krimz, dennis)
Immortals (steel, hen1, fnx, boltz, lucas)
Group B

VP (Snax, pashabiceps, byali, TaZ, NEO)
SK (FalleN, coldzera, felps, TACO, fer)
North (aizy, MSL, cajunb, k0nfig, Magisk)
Cloud9 (autimatic, n0thing, shroud, Stewie2K, Skadoodle)
Na'Vi (s1mple, flamie, seized, Edward, Guardian)
Heroic (MODDII, JUGI, Snappi, valde, niko)
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In Group A, the main favorites to move to the play-off is Astralis. Other teams are of the same level, so each of them will try to pass to the play-off stage.

FaZe Clan deserves a special attention. It has bought NiKo for $500,000 from mousesports. This will be the first serious challenge for Nikola Kovac as a member of FaZe Clan. It will be interesting to watch over the European mix.

In Group B, Virtus.pro, SK Gaming and Natus Vincere have the best chances to pass to the play-off.

In this group, Virtus.pro will demonstrate what they are capable of and perhaps they will become the champions of the second big tournament in a row. Natus Vincere passed the group stage for several times, but left tournaments in quarterfinal. It will be more difficult for them to pass the group stage IEM Season XI World Championship, as they have a rather tough schedule. However, their fans and the players themselves have missed the championship titles in the big tournaments.

The success of SK Gaming is under a question. fer told in his Twitter that he trapped to the hospital with backpain.

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PlacePrizeTeam
1st$104,000Astralis
2nd$44,000FaZe Clan
3th-4th$24,000Immortals
3th-4th$23,000Heroic
5th-6th$13,000North
5th-6th$13,000Natus Vincere
7th-8th$7,000Fnatic
7th-8th$7,000Virtus.pro
9th-10th$5,000Cloud9
9th-10th$4,000Ninjas in Pyjamas
11th-12th$4,000SK Gaming
11th-12th$2,000OpTic Gaming
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 March 1 — Group Stage (Group A)  
TimeTeamsResultsScore
10:00OpTic Gaming vs Astralis0:112:16
10:00Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Fnatic0:114:16
11:15Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Astralis0:124:28
11:15FaZe Clan vs Immortals1:016:6
12:30OpTic Gaming vs Immortals0:18:16
12:30FaZe Clan vs Fnatic1:016:11
13:45Astralis vs Immortals0:112:16
13:45OpTic Gaming vs Fnatic0:110:16
15:00Ninjas in Pyjamas vs FaZe Clan0:16:16
15:00Astralis vs Fnatic1:019:17
16:15Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Immortals0:114:16
16:15OpTic Gaming vs FaZe Clan0:112:16
17:30Immortals vs Fnatic1:016:14
17:30FaZe Clan vs Astralis0:18:16
17:30OpTic Gaming vs Ninjas in Pyjamas0:113:16
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 March 2 — Group Stage (Group B)  
TimeTeamsResultsScore
10:00Natus Vincere vs Virtus.pro1:016:9
10:00Cloud9 vs SK Gaming1:016:9
11:15Natus Vincere vs SK Gaming1:016:12
11:15North vs Heroic0:117:19
12:30North vs Virtus.pro1:016:13
12:30Cloud9 vs Heroic1:016:7
13:45SK Gaming vs Heroic1:016:5
13:45Cloud9 vs Virtus.pro0:14:16
15:00Natus Vincere vs North0:112:16
15:00SK Gaming vs Virtus.pro0:114:16
16:15Cloud9 vs North0:112:16
16:15Natus Vincere vs Heroic0:112:16
17:30Heroic vs Virtus.pro1:016:14
17:30North vs SK Gaming0:18:16
17:30Cloud9 vs Natus Vincere0:16:16
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 3 March — Play-off (Quaterfinals)  
TimeTeamsResultsScore
11:35North vs Immortals1:214:16
19:15
6:16
15:25Astralis vs Natus Vincere1:016:11
16:2
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 March 4 — Play-off (Semifinals)  
11:30FaZe Clan vs Immortals2:0\n

16:9
16:10

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15:20Heroic vs Astralis0:2\n

12:16
12:16

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 March 5 — Grand Final  
TimeTeamsResultsScore
17:30FaZe Clan vs Astralis3:116:9
12:16
12:16
13:16
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Broadcast talent

Stage Host: Oliver James «OJ Borg» Borg D'Anastasi
Desk Host: Alex «Machine» Richardson
Reporter: Mitch «Uber» Leslie

Analysts

Janko «YNk» Paunovic
Joona «natu» Leppanen
Chad «SPUNJ» Burchill

Commentators

Matthew «Sadokist» Trivett
Henry «HenryG» Greer
Jason «moses» O'Toole
Lauren «Pansy» Scott

Observers

Heather «sapphiRe» Garozzo
David «Prius» DJ Kuntz

Facebook Live-er

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