The ESL organisers are proud to present to you esports fans a Counter-Strike event, IEM Shanghai. The CSGO tournament that will take place between 1 until 6 August at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. The top eight squads from around the world will battle for a prize pool worth $250K.
IEM Shanghai is the fifth Intel Extreme Masters event held in China so far. The Vice President of Pro Gaming at ESL, Michal ‘Carmac’ Blicharz said the major is “another step towards building up CS: GO as a truly global esports title. The passion behind the fans and players will make for an amazing esports experience that ESL looks to create, and we aim to make this event unforgettable.”
In one of the recent CSGO matches brought to you by the organisers ESL was IEM Sydney, that took place in May 2018. The Semi-finals saw Tyloo lose to Faze Clan with a score of 1-2 while Astralis beat Mousesports with a record of 2-1. The two dominating CS teams, Faze managed to defeat the Danish star players Astralis with an unbeatable score of 3-0, winning the first prize of $100K.
The IEM Shanghai will not be a part of the Intel Grand Slam since it is going to will take place during the holiday break. The teams will be given a spot in the group stage according to the ESL CSGO World Rankings to participate in the IEM. Group Stages will kick off from the 1st till 3rd August, with both groups having four Counter-Strike units that will compete in matches with two double eliminations. The top teams will then progress to the Playoffs. The main event will take place between the 4th until 6th August in a single elimination bracket with the Semi-finals bo3, and the Grand Final will be a bo5.
Counter-Strike teams invited to IEM Shanghai
The Poles may not be in the top 10 of the world’s best, but since March 2018, they have been consistently ranking in the top four places in several esports competitions. VP managed to finish in second place at the recent CSGO Asia Championships 2018, the European qualifier of the IEM Sydney and V4 Future Sports Festival – Budapest 2018. In the past few tournaments, Virtus. Pro beat Tyloo, Heroic, Avangar and Red Reserve. How will they fare at the IEM Shanghai?
The North American team, NRG rank in 7th place according to hltv.org. Over the past few months, the energetic CS unit has ranked in 3rd-4th at the Esports Championship Series Season 5 Finals while in second place at the StarSeries & i-League CSGO Season 5. Participating in recent matches NRG has beaten the likes of Rogue, G2, Faze Clan, Hellraisers, Renegades, Team Liquid and North. Will NRG go through the group stages?
Another CS team that rank in the top four of tournaments has to be Gambit Esports. The European unit benched the pro player seized to acquire mir temporarily on trial. They have achieved a win over North at the European qualifiers of ESL One New York 2018. Participating in esports competitions, Gambit defeated Renegades, Complexity and Ago Esports, will they improve on their communication with their new player in time for IEM Shanghai?
This team is known for their players who raise hell on their opponents. Some of their significant achievements was winning first in European qualifying matches such as ESL One New York 2018, CIS Minor Championship – London 2018, Bets.net Masters: Season 1 and so many others. They have defeated top esports units like Euronics Gaming, Nemiga, Virtus. Pro, North and Heroic.
The Chinese esports team, Tyloo have recently participated in premier events like the CSGO Asia Championships 2018, StarSeries & i-League CSGO Season 5 and IEM Sydney. The pro team has beaten top units like MVP.PK, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Cloud9.
Three CSGO teams have gone through the Qualifying matches of IEM Shanghai. Representing Asia is BOOT dreamscape, Chinese region 5Power Gaming and the ANZ team has yet to be announced as qualifying matches are ongoing. Who will win the IEM Shanghai? Stay tuned watching the live matches so that you can make your best CSGO betting.