Intel Grand Slam Season 3 Introduces Revamped Rules
Posted 17th July 2019 By: Derpina    276 Views
Esports News – The Intel Grand Slam (IGS) Season 2 is about to end. ESL,Intel Extreme Masters, and Dreamhack’s series of Major and Minor CS:GO events will conclude its seasonal run this year. The very first season saw Astralis claim the IGS title along with the $1,000,000 prize last year after winning four out of 9 tournaments. Team Liquid claimed Season 2 and dethroned Astralis by winning the title and the prize money in just 63 days. With the 3rd season coming right after the IEM Chicago 2019, everyone’s ready to crown another winner. However, the odds are different now as IGS Season 3 introduces updated rules.
The new set of rules for IGS Season 3 will be implemented after the last Major. This can threaten Team Liquid’s four straight victories if a new participant challenges their status. They broke Astralis’ season 1 record by 379 days, but we are yet to see if the two teams become rivals in pursuit of the 3rd IGS title.
Teams competing for season 3 can claim the $1M prize money by winning four out of 10 IGS tournaments hosted by ESL and Dreamhack—given that all those wins and trophies originate from designated Masters level competitions. For next year, the tournaments that fit the description include IEM Katowice, ESL One Cologne, and all potential Major run by the two companies. If the competing team fails to win four Majors, they still have a shot at the title by winning six tournaments in a frame of ten events.
The new season of IGS begins on Thursday at IEM Chicago. We expect Team Liquid to stay on top and extend their winning streak. If everything goes well, Liquid might win their sixth Major trophy in a row.
Three Major IGS-eligible events have already been announced by the organizers for 2019. So far, no event is designated at the Masters level, but all of them are IGS qualified. A new potential tournament, IEM Beijing, was teased by ESL in their recent press release.
In the meantime, here’s the current event schedule of IGS season 3:
United States IEM Chicago – July 18-21
United States ESL One New York – September 26-29
Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö – October 1-6
China IEM Beijing – November (date unconfirmed)
Denmark ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals – December 3-8