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    Surprise Winner in WoW tournament 23.11.2008 21:48    
  TCSA with spectacular win

What a surprise. SK Gaming USA played flawless World of Warcraft on this Sunday and beat everybody to win 15,000USD and a spot in the Global Finals at CeBIT in March. It was an exciting tournament with lots of close matches. It'll be interesting to see, how these top American teams will fare against their European and Asian competition.

The final World of Warcraft Rankings for North and South America

1st: SK Gaming USA (15,000USD) and a slot for the Global Finals
2nd: compLexity (6,000USD) and a slot for the Global Finals
3rd: Evil Geniuses (3,600USD) and a slot for the Global Finals
4th: Gravitas Gaming - WoW (2,400USD)
5th - 6th: fnaticMSI.WoW (1,500USD)
5th - 6th: Got Game West (1,500USD)


You can replay the whole WoW tournament in our YouTube videostream. ESL TV prepared plenty of VoDs for you to watch.
 

    About TCAS' play style 23.11.2008 21:37    
  Why are these unknowns so good?

SK Gaming USA is rocking the competition today and everybody wonders why. Our ESL staff member Luke looked into the affair and presents some explanations:

"A question that might be on quite a few of your minds is how has Trade Chat Allstars managed to make it this far with their RMP primary RMPaladin secondary setup? The answer is both clever and frustrating; frustrating in the fact that Arcane is currently the most broken thing in this game when played at level 70 yet clever in the fact that Realz is utilizing a shiv build to deal ridiculous amounts of mostly unmitigated nature damage. After speaking with him briefly I learned that Instant Poison has a much higher scaling rate with AP than I had previously thought. He has a noticeable advantage versus high armor targets and rogues in evasion.

The fact that he also uses a spell penetration enchant on his cloak to nullify most of the effects from Mark of the Wild is what truly impressed me. While most people would argue that this team is just utilizing the "cheapest" possible tactics to win their games, I would argue that they are simply here to win this tournament and they are armed with the class knowledge to do so. If they stick together, teach Scoti how to iceblock, get some more LAN experience and really refine RMP at level 80 we could see a dangerous foe entering the competitive scene. Of course, this tournament isn't over and 1st place is yet unclaimed."

The deciding match vs. compLexity is currently live on ESL TV!
 

    Azael interviewed 23.11.2008 21:33    
  ESL TV interview with Azael from EG

This interview with Azael from Evil Geniuses was conducted before the Lower Bracket Final.

 

    WoW Participants for Global Finals 23.11.2008 21:01    
  TCAS, EG and GotGame advancing to Global Finals

With the first Loser Bracket round in the World of Warcraft tournament done, we now know who the three participants from America for the Global Finals at CeBIT.

Here's what the participant lineup looks like at the moment.

Americas: 3 teams
Asia: 2 teams
Europe: 7 teams (to be determined)

If you wonder why the Americas have 3 slots at the Global Finals. That's because of Global Challenge results, with the top two teams each gaining an additional slot for their continent. The exact distribution is as follows:

2 slots for Asia: 2 base slots
3 slots for Americas: 2 base slots, 1 by Gravitas Gaming - WoW (2nd Montreal)
7 slots for Europe: 2 base slots, 2 by Nihilum Plasma (1st Leipzig, 2nd Los Angeles), 2 by SK Gaming WOW PvP EU (2nd Leipzig, 1st Montreal), 1 by x6tence.wow (1st Los Angeles)

As you can see, there are still some Global Finals slots to be distributed. This is when the two remaining Continental Finals will take place:

    Asia: January 16-18, Chengdu, China
    Europe: February 13-15, Hamburg, Germany
 

    eSports fans in focus 23.11.2008 19:33    
  Video interview with Team Noktyn

Do you know Noktyn? In 2007, he was part of the most successful WoW-team and got nominated for an eSports Award. Now he's back, managing Pandemic that were unfortunately eliminated from the tournament yesterday. Noktyn has a big fan club consisting of many family members and friends. They had been cheering for him all day long, so ESL TV took the opportunity to interview some of the most enthusiastic WoW fans that you have ever seen.

 

    Pictures: MIBR wins, WoW tensions 23.11.2008 19:28    
  Tension - Exhilaration: Sunday's Pictures

There's a lot of tense, exciting matches today. Take a deep breath and scroll through our picture gallery. See these timeless moments on your home screen.



Sunday's pictures
 

    WoW: First Global Finals Participants 23.11.2008 19:17    
  America's first WoW finalists

Evil Geniuses and compLexity made it. They both qualified for the World of Warcraft tournament at the Global Finals at CeBIT in March. After LB Round 1 we'll also give you the third participant, as well as an overview of how the field of participants for the Global Finals is determined.
 

    cogu video interview 23.11.2008 19:08    
  It's cogu again

Here we are with another interview with cogu. After the text interview earlier today, ESL TV also sat down with the Brazilian star player to ask him a couple of questions. Enjoy!

 

    In-Eye demos from Grand Final 23.11.2008 19:03    
  Watch mibr's winning play from their perspective

We have more demos for you. All Made in Brazil in-eye demos from the Grand Final have been uploaded. Just head on over to the match to download the files.

We already uploaded several others from playoffs and group stage. If you want anything specific real quick, just post a comment into this news. We'll upload all remaining in-eye later next week. Here's what we already have:

 

    MIBR wins Intel Extreme Masters in America 23.11.2008 18:01    
  First Intel Extreme Masters tournament win for MIBR

We have a winner! Made in Brazil wins the Americas' Continental Finals in Intel Extreme Masters Season 3. In their fifth Intel Extreme Masters tournament, it's their first ever victory in the Grand Final. Together with ex-compLexity and Turmoil Gaming the Brazilians will represent the continents on the Global Finals at CeBIT in March. There they'll face the world elite in Counter-Strike and fight for a giant prize money purse.

The Final Counter-Strike Rankings for North and South America

1st: Made in Brazil (25,000USD)
2nd: ex-compLexity (10,000USD)
3rd: Turmoil Gaming (6,000USD)
4th: OLD MOB (4,000USD)
5th - 6th: Team EG (2,500USD)
5th - 6th: Team zEx (2,500USD)
 

    Celex Text Interview 23.11.2008 17:13    
  Celex about rage and his team's performance

Here with have Celex with us, answering a few questions about the infamous Montreal video and his performance in Philadelphia.

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Hello celex! You had a very successful match yesterday. How do you feel about it?

It feels great to eliminate Fnatic because they have been one of our biggest threats for a long time, so this is giving us a lot of confidence for today.

How was it like when your teamates said "Don't break anything, DONT BREAK ANYTHING!", after your victory?

It was actually pretty funny, we always get really excited when we play. I made sure to put my headphones down gently before I got up and celebrated. Everyone was joking saying stuff like "You probably shouldn't stand behind him, he might throw some headphones at you" But it was all in good fun lol :D

How do you feel your chances are with the tournament today?

After beating Fnatic, it really gives us a lot of momentum and I think we are going to do fine, I don't know if we are going to be able to do anything to GGE, but this time I will actually be happy with a 2nd place finish :)

What importance does this ESL tournament have for you as a pro World of Warcraft player?

It's been really great to be able to attend these events. ESL is a lot different than MLG and not in a bad way. The car show in Montreal, and the expo here in Philly, it's really cool to be able to play in these types of venues even though it is a bit loud sometimes.

Why did you have this emotional break out in Montreal?

Well, it was our 4th time to get 2nd place and I was just really frustrated because we were so close. I know it won't happen again because I know I made myself, and my team look bad. I think a lot of people understand that these tournaments aren't just a game, it's for a lot of money and pride and it would have felt really good to beat the best Euro PMR but props to them, they are an amazing team.

What are your goals for the future?

I think our main goal for now is just to get top 3 in this tournament so we can go to Germany. I really hope WoW will be very competitive come 2009, if it is, then we will be shooting for winning multiple tournaments. Hopefully we get to go to some international tournaments, would be awesome to go to Germany or China or something.


Attention members of the press. You are allowed to re-use this interview and also translate it into your local language. Please use a link back to this microsite in the introduction of the interview.
 

    cogu speaks out 23.11.2008 16:27    
  cogu about a pro gamer's life

Hi! How was your flight and why did you fly via Amsterdam?

We had a good flight. We had to change the plane three times and we lost our luggage. It was not here when we arrived. We got it back the other morning, it was sent to our hotel. I don't know why we came to Amsterdam on that flight. We spent 4 hours there in the gold member lounge, used the computers and had something to eat from Serways.

You wore soccer jerseys instead of your clan shirts because your luggage was lost. Where did you buy these?

3 months ago in Amsterdam. Our first stop to Europe is always Amsterdam because we fly with KLM.

We have heard that there is pressure on the team because of the performance. How do you feel about it?

I think it is alright. When we started playing tournaments at the Intel Extreme Masters in Los Angeles we had a good start but it got worse. We expected to win at least one ESL tournament but we didn't. We also entered WCG but did not reach group stage. That was pretty shocking for us.

Do you expect a change of lineup now?

I have no idea. Let's see how we are going to do after these two tournaments, IEM in Philadelphia and Dreamhack. KIKOOOO is in charge and he decides who stays. We spent 3 month outside of home without our families and that was a pretty hard time, stressful. We always come back home only for a few days and then we are off again for tournaments and bootcamps.

Why do you train at Inferno Online?

They have the best internet in Europe in Sweden and we can play European teams like at a LAN. Inferno Online are also our sponsors next to DBA and steelseries.

Thank you for the interview, cogu.

Thank you to ESL, ESL was always nice to mibr. I hope we can take this tournament and thanks to the sponsors and to everyone that is watching!


Attention members of the press. You are allowed to re-use this interview and also translate it into your local language. Please use a link back to this microsite in the introduction of the interview.
 

    Counter-Strike Final coming up 23.11.2008 15:53    
  Who wants to win 25,000$?

Day 3 of Intel Extreme Masters' Continental Finals Americas is about to start, and it's going to be big. We start the day off with the Counter-Strike Grand Final between Made in Brazil and ex-compLexity. Both teams are already qualified for the Global Finals in March. But now they will decide who is winning the 25,000$ prize purse here in Philadelphia. Both teams have never won an Intel Extreme Masters event before, so either way it's going to be a first. Who will come out on top? Head over to the match comments and tell us.
 

    Text Interview with EG's d00bi0us 23.11.2008 00:34    
  EG's manager about CGS, drop-outs and his team's performance

We conducted an interview with EG's manager d00bi0us. He talks about his team's bad performance, his attitude against the returning CGS teams and the trouble with no-shows from one of his US players and his Canadian team.

Do you foresee any lineup changes as part of "working towards a better performance?"

All of the players on the team are up for their contract renewal, which was a talk that was going to happen after this event regardless of the result. The team hasn't made any final decisions and I can't say that this performance will weigh any heavier than any other result.

>>>Read the full interview here<<<

Attention members of the press. You are allowed to re-use this interview and also translate it into your local language. Please use a link back to this microsite in the introduction of the interview.
 

    Prize Money Distribution 23.11.2008 00:22    
  Important notice about prize money

A short clarification concerning prize money and penalty points. The American Main Round and the Continental Finals as its closing tournament are connected in terms of prize money. The teams get their match bonusses together with their event earnings.

On the other hand, teams will have their penalty points deduced from that total sum of prize money. For each minor point, 3% are deduced. A major penalty costs teams 10%. The money teams lose in that way is redistributed among all participants in the American Main Round that did not drop from the tournament prematurely. The calculation is rather complex and will last until probably Wednesday next week.

As soon as we have the finished calculation, we will publish it, so you can see exactly who won how much money.
 

    Interview with EG Kollektiv 22.11.2008 23:14    
  Interview with EG Kollektiv

 

    Global Finals Slots distributed 22.11.2008 23:00    
  First three teams to the Global Finals

It is decided. ex-compLexity is the third team to qualify for the Global Finals of Intel Extreme Masters. Three of the 12 participants are now known:

Americas: 3 teams
Asia: 2 teams (to be determined)
Europe: 7 teams (to be determined)

If you wonder why the Americas have 3 slots at the Global Finals. That's because of Global Challenge results, with the top two teams each gaining an additional slot for their continent. The exact distribution is as follows:

2 slots for Asia: 2 base slots
3 slots for Americas: 2 base slots, 1 by Made in Brazil (2nd Los Angeles)
7 slots for Europe: 2 base slots, 2 by SK Gaming (1st Los Angeles, 2nd Montreal), 1 by fnaticRC (1st Montreal), 1 by mousesports (1st Dubai), 1 by AGAiN (2nd Dubai)

As you can see, there are still some slots to be distributed. This is when the two remaining Continental Finals will take place:

    Asia: January 16-18, Chengdu, China
    Europe: February 13-15, Hamburg, Germany
 

    Nitrana from Pandemic interviewed 22.11.2008 21:44    
  Nitrana from Pandemic in the spotlight

 

    Heated war between Pandemic and fnatic 22.11.2008 20:59    
  Pandemic not happy about the situation vs fnatic
Some of you might wonder what happened during the Pandemic vs fnaticMSI.WoW match taking place right now. In a very heated situation during the match, according to Pandemic, at a point which could have quite a dramatic influence on the match, the server lagged for a few seconds and turned the game upside down. In a 2 versus 2 situation Pandemic claims to have lost their second player due to the "massive" lag.

Admins decided, however, to keep the match running and concluded that the lag did not alter the game very much.

Despite Pandemic criticizing the admins loudly, they get away without penalty points.
 

    MIBR and X3O demos 22.11.2008 20:30    
  In-Eye demos from hero and btt

Another 2 in-eye demos for your viewing pleasure. Here they are:

And still available are:

And remember: You can still request demos. Just head on over to that older news and post your wishes into the comments.
 

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Games: ,
Dates: November 21st-23rd
Format: Groups/Playoffs
Location: Philadelphia, VG Expo
Advance from: Wild card
Prizemoney: $80,000

World of WarCraft
1st Place: $15,000
      Trade Chat All Stars
2nd Place: $6,000
      Got Game East
3rd Place: $3,600
      Evil Geniuses
4th Place: $2,400
      Gravitas Gaming
5-6th Place: $1,500
      fnatic
5-6th Place: $1,500
      Got Game West

Counter-Strike 1.6
1st Place: $25,000
      mibr
2nd Place: $10,000
      X3O
3rd Place: $6,000
      Gravitas Gaming
4th Place: $4,000
      MoB Gaming
5-6th Place: $2,500
      EG.usa
5-6th Place: $2,500
      Team zEx

 

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