IEM Chicago 2019: Team-By-Team Preview
Posted 18th July 2019 By: Derpina    152 Views
Esports News – This year’s next big thing in the huy is approaching. IEM Chicago is set to start today to continue esports’ longest rivalries in America and Europe, and to mark the beginning of Intel Grand Slam Season 3. A total of 8 teams will compete for the title and the lion’s share of the $250,000 prize pool. 7 of them have to surpass Team Liquid’s track record.
The competition begins with the group stage—in which 8 teams were divided into two groups with 4 teams each. With the new Intel Grand Slam Season 3 rules, fans and players are in for an exciting and a more unpredictable tournament. Teams face face all their opponents in a BO3, double-elimination format. The top two teams from each group advances to the playoffs. Then, a single-elimination bracket welcomes the remaining CS:GO teams, and only the best of the 4 moves on to the semifinals and the grand final.
The best CS:GO team in the world today is Team Liquid. Everyone expects the team to bag the gold medal in this tournament. They reached first place in the global rankings seven weeks ago, and still hold the position up until now. Further, the unstoppable team recently won their first-ever Intel Grand Slam title after winning ESL One: Cologne 2019, ESL Pro League Season 9 – Finals, ESL Pro League Season 9 – Finals, and Intel Extreme Masters XIV – Sydney.
French team G2 Esports will compete against and alongside Team Liquid, one of their rivals from ESL Pro League Season 9, in Group A. Despite being beaten by the number 1 team, G2 Esports bested all other North American giants in their previous majors and minors. The team is expected to feature their MVPs and power players in IEM Chicago: Kenny “kennyS” Schrub and Richard “shox” Papillon.
The team once again features their all-Brazilian roster this season. Many believe that MIBR will find it difficult to get past other powerhouse teams in IEM Chicago because of their disappointing run from their recent minors and majors. Not to mention that Marcelo “coldzera” David, the best player of the team, benched himself from the roster.
Team Envy caught everyone’s attention when they recently acquired Finn “karrigan” Andersen, a former member of Faze Clan. But Karrigan didn’t stay too long, and he was replaced by Noah “Nifty” Francis as the team’s in-game leader. Up to now, Team Envy is still finding the group’s dynamic.
One of the most popular teams this season is Team Vitality. The are far from Liquid’s status, but they can challenge the team. Team Vitality loaded its IEM Chicago roster with seasoned players: Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, Dan “apEX” Madesclaire, and Cédric “RpK” Guipouy, to challenge the number 1 team.
Renegades takes the this season after reaching playoffs at the IEM Katowice Major in March. On top of that, they added new achievements on the list with their top-four finish at StarSeries & i-League Season 7. Although the team failed to bag any major and minor title from their previous tournaments, they are expected to make an impact in IEM Chicago.
Finnish team ENCE esports is an underdog-turned-favorite this season. Their impressive performance at DreamHack Masters Dallas and ESL One: Cologne earned them a position in the global rankings, but it was their first-place finish at BLAST Pro Series Madrid that the fans and analysts will remember.
Danish team Heroic was the one who beat ENCE esports in ESL One: Cologne, but it wasn’t the team’s main ticket to IEM Chicago. Their withdrawal from GG.Bet Invitational qualifier due to visa-related issues opened doors for Heroic to compete in other CS:GO major tournaments. They had a respectable run at ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals, ESL One: Cologne 2019 – European Open Qualifier #1, and GG.Bet Sydney Invitational.