First time after the COVID-19 pandemic Counter-Strike is making its return to the North American stadiums with Intel Excessive Masters Dallas.
Like with most issues in our lives, on-line CS took a giant hit in the course of the pandemic, extra so for the North American scene. With the heavy affect of Covid-19 particularly within the US, the aggressive scene of NA has been in a steep decline. And with essentially the most tier-1 groups relocating to Europe, there haven’t been many occasions held within the US or Canada.
In addition to the continual on-line competitions, the final LAN event with an viewers was the DreamHack Open Anaheim 2020. DreamHack Open Atlanta 2021 which was to be held in November 2021 was canceled as a result of event calendar being overwhelming. However on Could 30, the NA crowd will as soon as once more welcome tier-1 CS:GO again.
Intel Excessive Masters Dallas Format
IEM is as all the time a part of the ESL Professional Tour and the Intel Grand Slam. Of the 16 members, 5 of them had been chosen and invited among the many everlasting ESL companions, eight both qualifying through ESL Rankings or regional qualifiers. Three groups had been later added to the event as a substitute for groups that couldn’t make it.
These 16 groups are positioned in two double-elimination format (GSL) teams of eight groups. The primary video games are Bo1s the remainder will likely be Bo5s. The highest three groups from every group advance to the Playoffs:
- Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
- Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals because the Excessive Seeds
- Group stage 3rd place groups advance to the Quarterfinals because the Low Seeds
Playoffs are single-elimination brackets with the Quarterfinals and Semifinals being Bo3s, and the Grand Last being a Bo5 sequence. Groups who managed to advance to the Higher Bracket Spherical 2 will acquire factors in the direction of the ESL Professional Tour, and for the BLAST Premier in the event that they handle to get a 1-8 placement.
Group Phases of IEM Dallas 2022 will begin on Could 30, whereas the Playoffs will start on June 2, 2022.
Group A is the top-heavy one in every of our two teams, as the highest two groups of the event are on this one. Whereas the rank-3 ENCE will likely be heavy favorites to achieve the playoffs, the group to be careful for should be FaZe.
FaZe will not be solely the winner of the final IEM in Katowice, with a stand-in nonetheless, however they’re additionally simply popping out of a powerful run and victory on the PGL Antwerp Main. Particularly with the absence of NAVI, they’re trying like heavy favorites to take all of it.
In fact, NAVI and Entropiq had been changed by BIG and Movistar Riders final week on account of visa problems, as nearly all of these rosters are comprised of Russian gamers.
— Intel® Excessive Masters (@IEM) May 23, 2022
Group A Could 30 Schedule
- G2 Esports – Movistar Riders at 8:00 AM PST
- MOUZ – ENCE at 8:00 AM PST
- FaZe Clan – LookingForOrg at 9:10 AM PST
- Astralis – Crew Vitality at 9:10 AM PST
- One of many Decrease Bracket Spherical 1 video games at 12:40 PM PST
- One of many Higher Bracket Spherical 2 video games at 12:40 PM PST
Group B is extra unsure in comparison with Group A. NAVI not being right here meant the group misplaced a heavy favourite to win, so proper it’s more durable to make a name. However FURIA and NIP are in all probability the groups most would look to qualify within the prime 2.
Each groups had a reasonably good Main, however whereas FURIA misplaced in quarters to the event shock Spirit NIP was eradicated by the eventual champions. Coincidentally Heroic was additionally eradicated in the identical stage by NAVI, nevertheless, yesterday IEM introduced that Danes additionally received’t be in attendance on account of pre-travel Covid-19 points.
That is primarily based on the substitute guidelines which could be discovered right here: https://t.co/CAnB27sb1l@Team__Spirit, do not need the required visas to journey to the US and are unable to simply accept an invitation. pic.twitter.com/DMbB1PjILx
— Intel® Excessive Masters (@IEM) May 28, 2022
One other group to observe for this group is Cloud9. The NA org had acquired the profitable Gambit roster on April 24, simply forward of the Main with massive ambitions. However, the Main itself wasn’t nice for C9, as they couldn’t get previous Imperial within the Legends Stage. Intel Excessive Masters Dallas could be the right alternative for this roster to point out what they’re able to as soon as once more.
Group B Could 30 Schedule
- FURIA Esports – Imperial Esports at 10:20 AM PST
- Crew Liquid – Cloud9 at 10:20 AM PST
- Ninjas in Pyjamas – BIG at 11:30 AM PST
- MIBR – Complexity at 11:30 AM PST