IEM Global Challenge creeping closer, grab your popcorn

Gijs Verhoeff
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Yup, that's right. There's more entertainment going on.

But this one is interesting. It was interesting before because it was supposed to be 2020 Counter-Strike's return to the LAN environment, but unfortunately the c-word got in the way. Again.

Not only does it feature the absolute top tier of teams CS:GO has to offer right now - and BIG - but once you read that list out, there is no way your mouth won't start watering. For those of you too lazy to look that list up - which is, let's admit it, most of us - we'll help you out.

It's composed of Heroic, Vitality and FURIA, who got there through winning ESL Pro Tour tournaments, and Astralis, Complexity, Liquid and NAVI, who acquired their ticket through the ESL rankings. BIG comes in as the last participant, replacing Chaos through the ESL World Ranking.

Sadly for Complexity, they'll be without poizon who had to get emergency surgery. We hope he comes back stronger, although that'd be scary from a player that sports a 1.10 rating in 2020.

TL;DR verdict for IEM Global Challenge: We like the simplicity of this tournament for a change.

$500K on the line, eight teams, two groups, and a playoff bracket that fits on a piece of A4 paper.

And if it involves the winners of big tournaments like IEM Beijing-Haidian and IEM New York for example, there's no way it'll be boring. Right?

December 11, 2020

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