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IEM Chicago 2019: Top 10 Facts About The Event And Its Participants

Most teams’ tournament schedules in July, before the player break, have been enormously tough. ESL One: Cologne, Good Game League, BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles. Two StarLadder Berlin Major Qualifiers, the EU Minor and Americas Minor, kicked off today and the CIS Minor and Asian Minor start in a week.


Today, we’re talking about the tournament which signifies the start of Intel Grand Slam Season 3IEM Chicago 2019. We’ve put together the top 10 most interesting facts about the upcoming event and its participants. We’ll wager you won’t have known the sixth one. Enjoy!


1. Intel Grand Slam Season 3


Intel announced that IEM Chicago 2019 will be the tournament to start the Intel Grand Slam Season 3


Since Season 2, won by Team Liquid in Cologne, the rules have slightly changed.


Now to earn the IGS S3 crown, teams will need to win either four ESL/DH hosted tournaments including IEM Katowice or ESL One: Cologne or six tournaments excluding the ones in Katowice and Cologne. 


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As before, $1,000,000 is at stake. Good luck, teams! 🙂



2. The FREEDOM Match


On July 9, tournament organizers declared the hosting of a FREEDOM Match in Chicago.


It’s going to be a Team Moses (NA) vs. Team Anders (EU) match. Organizers revealed that each roster, except for the Talent, would include a CS:GO Pro, an ex CS:GO Pro, a CS 1.6 Pro, and an IEM Chicago participant. One by one, the members of each team were announced. In the end, we got this matchup:


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The fifth member of each roster will be revealed a bit later.


3. Team Liquid’s Flawless Performance


If Team Liquid win IEM Chicago 2019, it’ll be their fifth consecutive victory at big tournaments since June 2, 2019. 


Since their second-place finish at cs_summit 4, Team Liquid have won four big tournaments in a row (DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019, ESL Pro League Season 9, ESL One: Cologne, and BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles). 


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We’re looking forward to seeing if their win streak continues.


4. MIBR’s and Vitality’s Different Paths


The invited teams, MIBR and Vitality, confirmed their places at IEM Chicago on May 30, 2019. 


Other teams had different storylines.


By the same time, Vitality had won Charleroi Esports 2019, cs_summit 4, and entry to ESL One: Cologne, and were on an upward trajectory. The trend has remained up until now: since May 30, Vitality have had impressive results, winning ECS Season 7 and placing 2nd at ESL One: Cologne


As for MIBR, their story is totally different. 


They were struggling back then, and things have gotten even worse. At ECS S7 and EPL S9, they finished top 7-8. In Cologne, they were knocked out of the tournament with an 0-2 record in 13th-16th place. The best result they’ve achieved was 5th place (out of 6 teams) at BLAST Pro Series LA


It’s too early to judge yet whether felps’ replacement with LUCAS1 from Luminosity Gaming was for the better. But, benching coldzera and bringing in their coach, zews, is definitely a huge step backward for the Brazilian roster. This lineup is not the type IEM Chicago’s organizers wanted to see at their tournament.


5. Visa issues for ForZe


ForZe, the winners of the GG.Bet Chicago Invitational, will not participate in the main event. The team was unable to confirm that all players had visas by the date required by the TO. The request for two additional days to resolve the issue was declined. 



Heroic, the team which placed 2nd at the EU Quals, will take ForZe’s place at IEM Chicago.


6. NA Qualifiers turmoil


The NA Qualifier for IEM Chicago was fraught with turmoil.


Luminosity got through the Open Qualifiers in 1st but withdrew from the Closed Quals due to their players being in Brazil; the team was replaced by Riot Squad Esports.

– eUnited made it through the Open Qualifiers #2 but withdrew from the Closed Quals due to scheduling conflicts with the Berlin Americas Minor; the team was replaced by New Identity.

– As Ghost Gaming were disbanded, Masters of Panic replaced them in the Closed Quals


Team Envy were the ones who took advantage of the circumstances, beating New Identity in the Grand Final, and winning the coveted spot.


7. Sonic’s first time


IEM Chicago 2019 is going to be the first event with Aran “Sonic” Groesbeek on Team Envy and his first S-tier event ever. He joined the team on June 2, 2019 and won entry to the main event in less than a month.



8. Multifunctional n0thing


Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert will not only participate in the FREEDOM Match but will also be one of the talents in Chicago. It’s going to be his second appearance in a row on the analyst desk in 2019 after BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles. Well, we always knew Jordan was overflowing talent. Check them out in our video.




9. Vitality and G2: The French rivalry 


The recent high-level performances from both Team Vitality and G2 show that the French CS:GO scene is now on the rise. The funny thing is that these two have faced each other only twice: at the WESG 2018 North-West Europe Quals and at Charleroi Esports 2019.


According to rating, Vitality are #2 while G2 are #9. But the rankings couldn’t ever take away from a good old regional rivalry, especially when the rivals are Vitality and G2.


The teams start in different groups, but they have a good chance of meeting in the playoffs.


10. ENCE’s revenge 


The bitter memories from ESL One: Cologne are still fresh for ENCE as they had an early exit this year. They were knocked out of the tournament due to back-to-back losses to Heroic and Vitality. Ironically, ENCE have a chance to get revenge, as in Chicago they are in the same group with both of them. That means the Finnish squad will face at least one of those two. 


We’re looking forward to watching the teams’ play. IEM Chicago is the last chance to see some tier 1 teams in action before a more-than-one month break preceding the Berlin Major. Do you need any other reasons to follow the tournament? We don’t.


Well, if you miss anything, you can always find all the most important info about the tournament in our review. 


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