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Prize Money Overview
 
Quake Live ( $9,000)
1. cypher - $3,500
2. av3k - $1,500
3. Cooller - $1,000
4. strenx - $700
5. fox - $450
6. stermy - $350
7. calipt - $300
8. k1llsen - $200
9-12. noctis - $125
9-12. linkje - $125
9-12. Z4muZ - $125
9-12. Spart1e - $125
13-16. dem0n - $125
13-16. zsx - $125
13-16. draven - $125
13-16. GaRpY - $125

Counter-Strike ($50,000)
1. mousesports - $25,000
2. fnatic - $10,000
3. Roskilde Ravens - $5,000
4. SK Gaming - $2,500
5. KerchNET - $1,250
6. oXmoze - $1,150
7. mTw.dk - $1,100
8. MeetYourMakers - $1,000
9. AGAiN - $750
10. Team Alternate - $750
11/12. Millenium - $750
11/12. n!faculty - $750

World of WarCraft ($15,000)
1. SK Gaming Sansibar - $7,500
2. Dignitas - $3,500
3. SK Gaming EU - $1,500
4. x6tence - $800
5. iNNERFiRE - $500
6. Rocknroll pigtails - $450
7. H2k Gaming - $400
8. plan-B - $350
Venue
 
Counter-Strike & WoW
Password Cultra, Cologne, Germany
14th - 17th of January 2010
Quake Live
ESL TV Studios, Cologne, Germany
21st - 24th of January 2010
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The final VoDs of the European Championship
25.01.2010 11:31
 
Four days of Quake Live

One of the best Quake Live tournaments ended yesterday. 36 exciting matches have been played during the last four days. The top sixteen of Europe faced each other on 105 maps for 30 hours live on ESL TV. All videos of the show ar available at the VoD section.

If you prefer to relive the matches from an ineye perspective, head over to the groupstage overview, playdowns as well as the playoffs and download your favorite demo.

VoDs of the Quake Live European Championship Finals Day 3


cypher is the European Champion
24.01.2010 17:24
 
Runner-up in Dubai, Champion in Cologne

The European Champion of the Intel Extreme Masters IV is determined. The five maps of the grand final topped the five mapper for the third place one more time. After finished second at the Global Challenge Dubai cypher won the grand final this time.

Together with av3k, Cooller, strenx, fox, stermy as well as the American and Asian representatives we will see him competing for the World Championship title at CeBIT in five weeks.

European Championship Final Standings

    1st Place - Alexey 'cypher' Yanushevsky ($3,500)
    2nd Place - Maciej 'av3k' Krzykowski ($1,500)
    3rd Place - Anton 'Cooller' Signov ($1,000)
    4th Place - Kévin 'strenx' Baéza ($700)

Quake Live European Championship Gallery

Grand Final is here
24.01.2010 16:09
 
serious|cypher vs. serious|av3k

Why so serious? The first European Champion of Quake Live will be determined now. Some of the youngest players of this tournament made it to the grand final, both of them are playing for Serious Gaming. It will be the last and final match after four great days of Quake action.

The odds seem to be in favour of the Belarussian cypher. When Carmac asked some players who is going to win the game, only the German k1llsen believed in av3k. Both l1nkin and stermy said, that cypher will every map.

Grand Final - cypher vs. av3k
    ztntourney 8:1
    tourney9 7:9
    tourney7 6:7
    dm6 10:9
    dm13 6:4

Third place for Cooller
24.01.2010 15:55
 
Another lesson in Cooller school for strenx

The game for 3rd place ended after five exciting and close maps. After ztn and tourney7 Kévin 'strenx' Baéza was in favour of 2:0, so Cooller had to win the three following maps to win the entire game. While tourney9 had already many breath taking moments, it were the last minutes of dm6 and dm13, which had some of the most exciting moments of the whole tournament. strenx started amazing comebacks, equalizing the score and get the chance to win the best of five. But he made minor mistakes, which had major impacts just a second before the game ends. So Anton 'Cooller' Signov places third at the European Championship Finals and we will see the grand final now!

What happened on tourney7
24.01.2010 14:27
 
Restart to death

Wondered why the first map was repeated after three minutes played? Here is the story. Ten seconds after the match started the first time Cooller paused the game since he had wrong timer settings. Nothing important happended so far in the game itself. The next time it took longer until a new restart appeared. Cooller was 7 to 1 in favour and had map control. av3k wasn't happy about this and quitted the game blaming bad spawns. Cooller then offered a restart, av3k declined to go for the restart saying that Cooller is better on this map anyway, but Cooller persuaded him to take it.

Who joins cypher in the final
24.01.2010 13:23
 
mouz|Cooller vs. serious|av3k

The second semi final match lies just a few moments ahead of us. The Russian oldschool player from mousesports will face his young apprentice from Poland. Will we see an all (Bela)russian grand final or will two of the youngest top duellers compete for the European Championship title? Most of the players are betting on Cooller winning the semi final except Spart1e and Carmac's girlfriend (for patriotic reasons).

Semi Final #2 - Cooller vs. av3k
    tourney7 5:7
    tourney9 5:10
    dm6 8:7
    ztntourney 3:5
    dm13 -

Pictures of the final day
24.01.2010 13:11
 

Semi Final #1
24.01.2010 12:35
 
fnatic|strenx vs. serious|cypher

The final day is here and today we will see who is going to be the first European Champion of Quake Live. Four best of fives will be played until Europe's best dueler is determined. I asked some of the players who is going to win the first semi final.

  • l1nkin thinks, that strenx will win 3:2 (he changed his opinion, when he heard that this will be published)
  • Spart1e puts cypher in favor, but hopes that strenx gets lucky
  • :'s tip is 3:1 for cypher
  • : didn't want to commit on one player, but states, that cypher would win the tournament, if he could beat strenx, whether strenx would lose to Cooller

  • Semi Final #1 - cypher vs. strenx
      - ztnourney 11:3
      - dm6 17:6
      - tourney9 8:9
      - dm13 6:4
      - tourney7 -

    Enjoy yesterday's VoDs
    24.01.2010 11:36
     
    Quarter Finals and Playdowns

    Final day is here, but there are still 30 minutes until the show starts. So it's almost enough time to have quick look at yesterday's matches. All videos of the quarter finals and the playdowns are available at ESL TV's VoD section. Ineye demos of each map are already uploaded as well.

    VoDs of the Quake Live European Championship Finals Day 3


    Four matches left
    23.01.2010 20:26
     
    Who's going to win?

    Only one day of the European Championship Finals is left. While the tournament so far brought thousands of amazing moments, tomorrow will be even more epic. Cooller, strenx, av3k and cypher will determine the first European Quake Live Champion of the Intel Extreme Masters. The show will start at 12:00 CEST bringing you the first semi final between strenx and cypher. See you tomorrow, good fight, good night!

    stermy and fox at the World Championship
    23.01.2010 19:20
     
    The six European Quake Live representatives

    The two remaining slots of Europe are determined. Stermy and fox won to the German players calipt and k1llsen. Cypher, Cooller, av3k and strenx were already qualified by winning the quarter finals. By now ten participants of the World Championship Finals are found. rapha was the first player to qualify for CeBIT, when he won the Global Challenge Dubai. In mid December DaHang, chance and Vo0 qualified at the American Championship Finals in Edmonton. The last two spots will be given out at the Asian Championship Finals in Taiwan in two weeks.

    European QL Representatives at the World Championship Finals


    Time fillers in the players room
    23.01.2010 18:34
     
    Broken chairs and bad pizza

    For almost three days now you see the players competing each other on ESL TV. But what about the players who don't have to play right now or are already out of the tournament? Well, some of them are hanging around in the players room, where you can follow the stream on a big screen. Here is a short round-up what they did to kill time. Don't take it to serious, they didn't either.

  • Spart1e sleeps most of the time suffering from a hangover
  • zsx broke a chair
  • strenx is pissed, since he advanced to semi final and can't go out tonight
  • draven promoted strenx to lan hero for completing the Cooller school
  • GaRpY is busy with his notebook playing games (no Quake)
  • Nobody likes German pizza
  • Spart1e takes the risk naming Swedish pizza the best in the world sitting next to an Italian
  • Nobody wants to bet on k1llsen, while GaRpY bet on calipt after raising the odds
  • ESL TV is great (they didn't say it, but i see it in their eyes!!)

  • Quarter Finals are over
    23.01.2010 17:24
     
    Now it's about two World Championship slots

    In an amazingly close game av3k send his opponent k1llsen to the playdowns. It took him five maps to advance to the semi finals. Although the semi finals will be played tomorrow, there will be four more games today. The four losers of the quarter finals are battling for two World Championship slots.

    Saturday, 23th of January 2010
      23/01/10 17:00 CEST Playdown Match #1 - calipt vs. stermy
      23/01/10 18:00 CEST Playdown Match #2 - fox vs. k1llsen
      23/01/10 19:00 CEST Games for 5th and 7th Place
    Sunday, 24th of January 2010

    Last quarter final to be played
    23.01.2010 16:11
     
    k1llsen vs. serious|av3k

    With cypher, strenx and Cooller three semi final participants are already found. The last one will be determined in the upcoming match between k1llsen and av3k. The Polish youngster lost to another German during the groupstage. But this time he has to win, if he want to stay in the tournament.

    Quarter Final #4 - k1llsen vs. av3k
      ztntourney 1:9
      dm13 13:4
      tourney9 4:2
      dm6 4:7
      tourney7 1:14

    mousesports clash in the third match
    23.01.2010 15:18
     
    mouz|Cooller vs. mouz|fox

    The third quarter final is live. Due to bad luck both mousesports players have to compete with each other. So one mouse will be eliminated, but otherwise one will reach the semi finals for sure.

    Quarter Final #3 - Cooller vs. fox
      tourney9 3:17
      tourney7 14:1
      dm13 5:9
      dm6 9:0
      ztntourney 6:1

    Second quarter final, here you go
    23.01.2010 14:10
     
    stermy vs. fnatic|strenx

    In the second quarter final stermy will face strenx. The young, shaft loving Frenchman has to beat the experienced Italian to stay in the tournament.

    Quarter Final #2 - stermy vs. strenx
      dm6 1:6
      ztntourney 7:9
      dm13 0:15
      tourney9 -
      tourney7 -

    Semi Final welcomes cypher
    23.01.2010 13:58
     
    calipt dropped from the tournament

    The first quarter final is over and cypher advanced to the semi final and also qualified for the World Championship. Calipt still has the chance to do so too. In the playdowns he will face the loser of the upcoming quarter final. Since there are all in all six World Championship slots to be given out at this tournament, playdowns will determine two of them.

    Quarter Finals #1 about to start
    23.01.2010 13:16
     
    mTw|calipt vs. serious|cypher

    The playoffs are starting right now. Calipt will face Cypher to compete for advancing to the semi finals. On Thursday the German was already able to beat Cypher's teammate av3k. This match will be played in best of five mode, so there isn't a possibility to deny a map. But there is still a coin toss to decide who may begin to pick a map. Since cypher lost by choosing heads, calipt selected ztn.

    Quarter Final #1 - calipt vs. cypher
      ztntourney 6:8
      tourney9 5:21
      tourney7 5:12

    VoDs, configs and demos of Day 2
    23.01.2010 12:32
     
    Recap of the second day

    The groupstage of Quake Live's European Championship Finals ended yesterday. The four remaining playoff participants were determined in group C and D. The whole show is available at ESL TV's VoD section.

    If you prefer to relive the matches from an ineye perspective, head over to the groupstage overview and download your favorite demos out of 54 available ineye perspectives. And again we collected all configs of yesterday's participants as well.

    Configs of Group C/D's players

    VoDs of the Quake Live European Championship Finals Day 2


    Interview with Magnus 'fox' Olsson
    23.01.2010 12:06
     
    "Cooller is the hardest opponent"

    Magnus 'fox' Olsson had low expectations when he arrived in Cologne for the Intel Extreme Masters European Championship Finals and thought to be knocked out in the groupstage. But he managed to finish second in his group and is going to play against his teammate Cooller in the playoffs. fragster sat down with the Swede who explained why he did not put much time into his preparations.

    Interview with Magnus 'fox' Olsson

    Quarter Finals are here
    22.01.2010 21:29
     
    Playoffs to start tomorrow

    With Stermy beating fox in the last match for today all dies has been cast for drawing the quarter finals. All group winners will face a random runner-up except the one of their own group. Instead of best of three we will change to a best of five mode for the playoffs. So here are the quarter final fixtures.

    23/01/10 13:00 CEST Quarter Final #1 - calipt vs. cypher
    23/01/10 14:00 CEST Quarter Final #2 - stermy vs. strenx
    23/01/10 15:00 CEST Quarter Final #3 - Cooller vs. fox
    23/01/10 16:00 CEST Quarter Final #4 - k1llsen vs. av3k

    Finally a Swede advances to playoffs
    22.01.2010 20:38
     
    Stermy and fox qualify

    The third time in this tournament the top two is determined before all matches have been played. stermy and fox both won to noctis and dem0n resulting in having six points each. So again the last simultaneously played matches will decide who's placing first and third.

    Interview battle with Cooller vs. strenx
    22.01.2010 20:07
     
    A must see from yesterday's groupstage


    More videos:
    A short walk through the ESL TV studio location

    Another German wins his group
    22.01.2010 17:41
     
    k1llsen beats cypher

    A 2:1 victory puts k1llsen on the first place of his group B. In his last match he was able to beat Cypher, who placed second at the Global Challenge Dubai. After he lost the first map, he was able to start a comeback on the second one and made his victory perfect on the third map. If you didn't see it, download the demos, which are already available.

    Group C
    1st k1llsen
    2nd cypher
    3rd l1nkin
    4th zsx

    Interview with Pierre-Emeric 'link1n' Portier
    22.01.2010 17:02
     
    "I want to focus on 1on1 for 2010"

    Pierre-Emeric 'l1nkin' Portier didn't had a good start in the tournament. He had to face the serious Gaming player Cypher in the beginning and lost on two maps. In the interview with fragster.de right after the match he tried to explain the loss and talked about his goals for the year 2010.

    Interview with Pierre-Emeric 'linkje' Portier

    cypher and k1llsen advance
    22.01.2010 16:40
     
    Last matches determines winner of group C

    With k1llsen beating linkje we see the same situation in group C like we did in group B yesterday. Both playoff participants of group C are already found after finishing the second playday. So the final games of group C will only determine who is going to place first and third.

    First pictures from Friday
    22.01.2010 15:35
     
    Have a look at our Quake Live Gallery


    Quake Live European Championship Gallery

    Group C is here
    22.01.2010 14:55
     
    linkje, cypher, k1llsen and zsx

    The second day of the groupstage is here. Today group C and D will determine the four remaining participants of the playoffs. The first match was already played in time. Cypher managed to beat the Frenchman linkje. So we will see k1llsen vs. zsx now. When strenx talked to his fnatic teammates just moments ago, he expected to zsx winning the game, since he was impressed by his aim.

    VoDs, configs and demos of Day 1
    22.01.2010 14:32
     
    Everything you need!

    The first day of Quake Live's European Championship Finals ended yesterday. Twelve exciting matches were played in group A and B. Now you can watch all videos at ESL TV's VoD section. Furthermore we already uploaded all ineye demos of yesterdays matches.

    Just head over to the groupstage overview and download your favorite demos out of 54 available ineye perspectives. As a bonus we collected all configs of yesterday's participants as well, we will hand in draven's config later.

    Configs of Group A/B's players

    VoDs of the Quake Live European Championship Finals Day 1


    Day 1 ends with Group B
    21.01.2010 22:47
     
    Group C & D follows tomorrow

    The last matches of group B just ended moments ago. Cooller won to strenx after an amazing comeback on dm6 and kind of a rape on t9. While the match was already far from boring, the interview after the game was even more entertaining. If you missed it: watch the VoD asap!

    Group B
    1st Cooller
    2nd strenx
    3rd Z4muZ
    4th draven

    strenx and Cooller advance to playoffs
    21.01.2010 22:02
     
    Another Swede leaves the tournament

    After two playdays Group B's playoff participants are already determined. Both Cooller and strenx won their first two matches while draven and Z4muz lost their games. This moves strenx and Cooller into the final bracket. Their last groupstage match is just about who's placing first and therefore faces the potential weaker opponent in the quarter finals.

    ESL TV offers Premium Very HQ Betastream
    21.01.2010 20:50
     
    It's beta, but it's 2MBit/s

    Isn't even ESL TV's Premium Stream not good enough for you? The good internet connection at our office allows us to test a new Very HQ Premium stream. It's the first time ever we are offering the stream, therefore it is still beta. Got you interest? Click here and enjoy Quake Live on ESL TV on a 2 MBit/s stream. If you are facing problems, please give feedback in our english ESL TV forum.

    Group B is live now
    21.01.2010 19:50
     
    Cooller and Z4muz to open second group

    10 minutes ago the second group of the European Championship Finals started with Cooller and Z4muZ playing on ztn1. The Russian won a close game with 4 to 2. The second map is dm13 also known as Lost World with Z4muz earning first blood going into lead.

    Group B starting at 7:15pm CET
    21.01.2010 18:52
     
    Give yourself a small time-out

    The second group for today will kick off in 30 minutes, because the four players of group B are currently setting up in the ESL TV studio and we want to give them enough time to warm up. If you want to know why there was the big pause during the final matches of group A, well there appeared some problems with the server and we needed to wait for id Software fixing it. But as you saw at the last maps, everything is back and running smoothly.

    Spartie drops out of the tournament
    21.01.2010 18:34
     
    calipt and av3k advance

    Since both matches ended with 2:0 for av3k and calipt each, group A ended with a three way tie. Spartie, av3k and calipt all had two wins and one loss, but Spartie had lost one more map than av3k and calipt did. This deciding map, was the only one GaRpY won in the entire groupstage.

    Group A
    1st calipt
    2nd av3k
    3rd Spart1e
    4th GaRpY

    Decision in group A
    21.01.2010 17:22
     
    Everything is still possible

    The last two matches of the first group are starting now. After four matches played all four duellers have the opportunity to advance to playoffs, even GaRpY who lost his previous two matches. Both games will be played simultaneously to avoid unsportsmanlike agreements between two players helping another one into the playoffs. James and Joe will switch between both servers and show you the most exciting moments live on ESL TV!

    Almost 500 CS1.6 ineye demos
    21.01.2010 17:11
     
    PoVtastic!

    Yesterday we finished uploading all available ineye demos of the Counter-Strike 1.6 European Championship Finals which took place last weekend. Almost 500 demos from the ineye perspective of the players where uploaded to the respective matches. So head over to the groupstage overview and the playoff bracket, pick a game and relive the match with the eyes of your favourite players. Some demos were just too big for our matchmedia system, therefore we had to add them manually. Click to get them listed.

    calipt annoys av3k to a 2:0 loss
    21.01.2010 16:26
     
    av3k: I didn't care about tactic

    Only seconds ago calipt managed to beat the Polish star av3k. No one assumed the German could take this step, especially after he lost to Spartie pretty clear in his first match. mTw|calipt couldn't stop smiling when Carmac interviewed both player right after the match.

    When av3k was asked what the f*** happened, he said, that he didn't focus on his play and "just wanted to shoot him". With this loss he has to win his last match versus Spartie to keep the chance high advancing to the playoffs.

    First match is live now
    21.01.2010 14:49
     
    Spartie and calipt opened the tournament

    Since we had some tiny problems and GaRpY wasn't as punctual as he had to be, we chosed to start with the second match of Group B. Therefore Spartie and calipt are currently playing there groupstage match live on ESL TV. Tune in, if you didn't already!

    First pictures from Cologne
    21.01.2010 14:45
     
    Quake Live players setting up in the ESL TV studio


    Quake Live European Championship Gallery

    av3k and GaRpY to open the tournament
    21.01.2010 13:55
     
    Live in five minutes

    The Intel Extreme Masters European Championship Finals will start in a few minutes. The first match of today will be av3k vs. GaRpY . Eleven more matches will follow until day one of the tournament ends.

    Interview with Sebastian 'Spart1e' Siira
    20.01.2010 18:41
     
    Without Dahang I will place top 4

    The fnatic player Sebastian 'Spart1e' Siira had a very good start into the year 2009 with a second place at QuakeCon. But then his performance got worse from tournament to tournament. fragster sat down with the Swede and found out the reasons for his latest results at LAN events, including his biggest weakness when it comes to gaming.

    Interview with Spart1e at fragster.de

    All Quake Live matches live on ESL TV
    20.01.2010 17:28
     
    See every single frag of the tournament!

    The European Championship Finals for Quake Live will kick off tomorrow. 16 players in four groups four will compete for two playoff slots each. So there will be 24 matches played in best of three during the groupstage and additionally 12 matches played in best of five during the playoffs. This means a total of 132 possible maps, which will be shown all commentated live by Joe Miller and James Harding live on ESL TV.

    Schedule

    Thursday, 21st of January 2010
      14:00 CEST Gr. A - av3k vs. GaRpY
      14:40 CEST Gr. A - Spart1e vs. calipt
      15:20 CEST Gr. A - av3k vs. calipt
      16:00 CEST Gr. A - Spart1e vs. GaRpY
      16:40 CEST Gr. A - calipt vs. GaRpY
      Spart1e vs. av3k
       18:20 CEST Gr. B - Cooller vs. Z4muZ
      19:00 CEST Gr. B - draven vs. strenx
      19:40 CEST Gr. B - Cooller vs. draven
      20:20 CEST Gr. B - Z4muZ vs. strenx
      21:00 CEST Gr. B - Z4muZ vs. draven
      Cooller vs. strenx
    Friday, 22nd of January 2010
      14:00 CEST Gr. C - cypher vs. linkje
      14:40 CEST Gr. C - k1llsen vs. zsx
      15:20 CEST Gr. C - cypher vs. linkje
      16:00 CEST Gr. C - k1llsen vs. zsx
      16:40 CEST Gr. C - k1llsen vs. cypher
      linkje vs. zsx
       18:20 CEST Gr. D - fox vs. dem0n
      19:00 CEST Gr. D - stermy vs. noctis
      19:40 CEST Gr. D - stermy vs. dem0n
      20:20 CEST Gr. D - fox vs. noctis
      21:00 CEST Gr. D - fox vs. stermy
      dem0n vs. noctis
    Saturday, 23rd of January 2010
      23/01/10 13:00 CEST Quarter Final #1
      23/01/10 14:00 CEST Quarter Final #2
      23/01/10 15:00 CEST Quarter Final #3
      23/01/10 16:00 CEST Quarter Final #4
      23/01/10 17:00 CEST Playdown Match #1
      23/01/10 18:00 CEST Playdown Match #2
      23/01/10 19:00 CEST Games for 5th and 7th Place
    Sunday, 24th of January 2010
      24/01/10 12:00 CEST Semi Final #1
      24/01/10 13:00 CEST Semi Final #2
      24/01/10 14:00 CEST Game for 3rd Place
      24/01/10 15:00 CEST Grand Final

    Quake Like Groups are here
    19.01.2010 19:05
     
    Europe's Top16 duellers

    The Counter-Strike and World of Warcraft champions of Europe are determined. Time to find the best dueler of this continent. From 21st to 24th of January these 16 players will compete for the European Championship title and six slots for the World Championship Finals. Here are the drawn groups.

    Quake Live Groups


    Unfortunately Marius 'guard' Ivanauskas can't attend the event and therefore had to be replaced. Since Romain 'dem0n' Leclercq playced third in their group, he moves up to the European Championship Finals.

    9 Quake participants interviewed
    19.01.2010 17:13
     
    From av3k to Z4muz

    TEK9 kicks off their Intel Extreme Masters European Championship Finals coverage for Quake Live today as they quizzed the contenders from av3k to Z4muZ, picking the brains of nine of the potential favourites. TEK9 found out how they've prepared, what they're aiming for and who they're afraid of.

    Quake Live Interviews on tek-9.org

    More CS1.6 video highlights
    18.01.2010 14:16
     
    Seven amazing clips at fragbite.se

    mouz|gob b vs. fnatic - de_tuscan / Grand Final
    mouz|gob b vs. fnatic - Ace / de_inferno / Grand Final
    fnatic|GeT_RiGhT vs. Roskilde Ravens - de_nuke / Semi Final
    mTw|ave vs. MYM - de_dust2 / Groupstage
    n!b4d vs. Oxmoze - AWP-Ace / de_dust2 / Groupstage
    oXmoze|loduN vs. KerchNET - de_inferno / Groupstage
    fnatic|f0rest vs. mTw.dk - Ace / de_dust2 / Groupstage

    mousesports is European Champion in CS
    17.01.2010 21:27
     
    Second title for Germany

    The new European Champion of the Intel Extreme Masters is mousesports fom Germany. They were the first team to beat fnatic in this tournament. In an extremely close match mousesports showed some crazy comebacks after losing a anti eco round on de_tuscan.

    European Championship Final Standings


    Final decision on de_tuscan
    17.01.2010 20:13
     
    Third map in the grand final

    Mousesports needed just seven rounds to beat Roskilde's record from yesterday winning just three rounds in a best of three. But the Germans had much going for. They were the first team of this tournament which won a map against fnatic. The second map ended in favour of fnatic, although mousesports played already six times de_inferno during the last three days. So de_tuscan will determine the new European Champion of the Intel Extreme Masters.

    mousesports vs. fnatic
      de_inferno 16:09
      de_inferno 13:16
      de_tuscan xx:xx

    Roskilde beats SK Gaming
    17.01.2010 18:26
     
    3rd place for Danish Ravens

    Roskilde Ravens surprised everyone by reaching the playoffs and placing four positions better than mTw.dk. The Danish star team with zonic couldn't meet the expectations and didn't survive the groupstage. In the game for third place Roskilde took revenge for the match they lost to SK Gaming during the groupstage.

    Roskilde Ravens [2:1] SK Gaming
      de_inferno 14:16
      de_train 16:02
      de_nuke 16:11

    SK Gaming Sansibar is Europe's WoW Champion
    17.01.2010 16:17
     
    SK Gaming places first and third

    The World of Warcraft tournament has come to an end, a very close end. Both the game for third place and the grand final needed all seven maps to determine a winner. And both games ended in favour of a SK Gaming squad. The Germans of Sansibar are the successor of iNNERFiRE being the new European Champion.

    European Championship Final Standings


    fnatic's dsn talking about semi final
    17.01.2010 15:11
     

    Another German Team in a Grand Final
    17.01.2010 13:35
     
    WoW Final: SK Gaming Sansibar vs. Dignitas

    The World of Warcraft final participants are found. Dignitas and SK Gaming Sansibar won the semi finals and will now face eachother to compete to become the European Champion of World of Warcraft. First of all x6tence and the European team of SK Gaming will determine who's going to place third. All of them including the fifth placed team iNNERFiRE are already qualified for the World Championship Finals to be held at CeBIT in March.

    CS highlights of the relegation
    17.01.2010 12:14
     
    Six amazing clips

    New day, new video highlights made by fragster.de. If you can't await the Counter-Srike matches, watch these videos including scenes from Manuel 'Tixo' Makohl, Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen and Antonio 'cyx' Daniloski.

    Final day of the European Championship Finals
    17.01.2010 11:54
     
    Tune in on ESL TV!

    Sunday is decision day. The European Champions of World of Warcraft and Counter-Strike 1.6 will be determined today. The WoW teams will kick off the tournament with both semi finals followed by the grand final. Three hours later the remaining four Counter-Strike teams will compete for the third and first place.

    European Championship Finals - The final matches
      17/01/10 12:00 CEST SK Gaming WOW PvP EU vs. SK GAMING Sansibar
      17/01/10 12:40 CEST Team Dignitas vs. x6tence.wow
      17/01/10 13:20 CEST WoW Game for 3rd Place
      17/01/10 14:00 CEST WoW Grand Final
      17/01/10 14:40 CEST Roskilde Ravens vs. SK Gaming
      17/01/10 16:55 CEST mousesports vs. fnatic

    fnatic to face mouz in the Grand Final
    16.01.2010 22:57
     
    Easy money for the Swedes vs. Ravens

    I'm not quite sure whether fnatic is that outstanding or Roskilde Ravens is really that bad. After watching threat and Get_RiGhT it seems pretty clear, fnatic is in an extremely good shape. A tough challenge just ahead of mousesports in tomorrow's final match. Roskilde has to go for revenge against the next best Swedish team, SK Gaming, for the third place.

    See you tomorrow, there are champions to be crowned!

    mousesports reached the Grand Final
    16.01.2010 22:04
     
    Germans are back on top

    On de_dust2 mousesports needed 22 rounds less deciding the map to their favour. Since SK forced them into two overtimes on de_inferno which resulted in 46 rounds, 26 of them were won by mousesports.

    Now mousesports is back at the international cream of the crop, after two embarrassing performances at the Global Challenges in Chengdu and Dubai, where they didn't survive the groupstage. Especially their latest addition, madfragger Roman 'roman' Ausserdorfer, played a superb match and won various rounds for his team.

    Who will be their last challenge for the European crown?

    KerchNET placed fifth
    16.01.2010 21:10
     
    $100 more for the Ukrainians, hell yeah!

    While mousesports and SK Gaming are competing for advancing into the grand final, the game for the fifth place took place. But it wasn't far from being as exciting as the current live match on ESL TV. Especially the second map was very onesided. oXmoze wasn't able to get more than one round and lost 1:16 to to KerchNET.

    fnatic vs Roskilde to start soon
    16.01.2010 20:50
     
    Semi final #2 will go live right after the second map of mouz vs. SK

    To stay on time with the schedule we will start the second semi final as soon as the second map of mousesports vs. SK Gaming ends. You can follow the match via HLTV. ESL TV will join the match as soon as the first semi final is over. de_nuke, de_tuscan and de_inferno are the maps chosen by fnatic and Roskilde. Enjoy the thrilling first semi final and stay tuned for more!

    Overtime for mouz and SK
    16.01.2010 20:17
     
    First semi final, first map, first overtime

    30 rounds of the first map between mousesports and SK Gaming are over. It's the first map, de_inferno. Both teams gathered 15 rounds and overtime will decide who's going to be in favor. Remember the overtime rules? There will be MR5 and a startmoney of $16,000.

    Update: One overtime wasn't enough, but at the second one the Germans exploded and scored six rounds in a row. They need one more map to win the entire game.

    SK Gaming vs. mousesports
      de_inferno 20:26
      de_dust2 xx:xx
      de_nuke xx:xx

    Video highlights of Group B
    16.01.2010 20:07
     
    11 amazing moments

    Two days ago we presented the frag highlights of group A made by fragster.de. Now it's time for some impressions of the second group. Head over to fragster.de and watch 11 clips full of CS action featuring stars such as Bastian 'b4d' Gafron, Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund und Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg.

    WoW playoff participants
    16.01.2010 18:50
     
    Eight teams enter, four teams leave

    The World of Warcraft groupstage as well as the decider matches for 5th and 7th place are finished. Team Dignitas and SK Gaming EU survived in group A. The British Team Dignitas will face x6tence in the semi finals, the other semi final match will feature both SK Gaming squads. So SK Gaming is already in the grand final - somehow.

    WoW Playoffs on Sunday, 17th of January 2010
      17/01/10 12:00 CEST SK Gaming WOW PvP EU vs. SK GAMING Sansibar
      17/01/10 12:40 CEST Team Dignitas vs. x6tence.wow
      17/01/10 13:20 CEST WoW Game for 3rd Place
      17/01/10 14:00 CEST WoW Grand Final
    Now it's time for Counter-Strike 1.6. mousesports and SK Gaming are preparing their PCs and will start any minute.

    Three matches will determine WoW semi finals
    16.01.2010 17:04
     
    Groupstage ending is three games ahead

    Nine out of twelve matches of the World of Warcraft groupstage have been played. While SK Sansibar and x6tence from group B are already qualified for the playoffs, every team of group A still has the opportunity to place first or second. Because of that the three remaining matches will be played simultaneously to avoid a team choosing its semi final opponent by losing a match intentionally.

    Remaining Groupstage Matches
      16/01/10 17:00 CEST H2k-Gaming WoW vs. Rocknroll pigtails
      16/01/10 17:00 CEST SK Gaming WOW PvP EU vs. Team Dignitas
      16/01/10 17:00 CEST SK GAMING Sansibar vs. x6tence.wow

    WoW kicks in at European Championship Finals
    16.01.2010 11:31
     
    WoW groupstage about to start

    After two days of Counter-Strike 1.6 the World of Warcraft tournament is starting today. Eight teams in two groups of four compete for the top 2 in each group to advance to the playoffs. ESL TV will show every single match of the groupstage except for the third playday which has to be played in parallel.

    Today's WoW matches
      16/01/10 12:00 CEST H2k Gaming vs. SK Gaming
      16/01/10 12:30 CEST RocknRoll Pigtails vs. Team Dignitas
      16/01/10 13:00 CEST SK Gaming Sansibar vs. plan-B
      16/01/10 13:30 CEST x6tence vs. iNNERFiRE
      16/01/10 14:00 CEST H2k Gaming vs. Team Dignitas
      16/01/10 14:30 CEST RocknRoll Pigtails vs. SK Gaming
      16/01/10 15:00 CEST SK Gaming Sansibar vs. iNNERFiRE
      16/01/10 15:30 CEST x6tence vs. plan-B
      16/01/10 16:00 CEST Team Dignitas vs. SK Gaming
      16/01/10 16:30 CEST Games for 5th and 7th place

    mouz is 4th semi finals participant
    15.01.2010 23:33
     
    mousesports [2:1] KerchNET

    The last team of the European Championship Final playoffs is mousesports. They managed to win against the Ukrainians from KerchNET. Mousesports lost the first map of this best of three and KerchNET even was leading with 13 to 5 rounds on the second one. But the Germans came back amazingly, forcing KerchNET into the overtime, win the second map and take the game at the last map.

    European Championship Finals - Playoffs

    16/01/10 17:30 CEST CS 1.6 Semi Final #1: SK Gaming vs. mousesports
    16/01/10 19:45 CEST CS 1.6 Semi Final #2: Roskilde Ravens vs. fnatic

    Tomorrow you will see the World of Warcraft groupstage first, followed by the Counter-Strike 1.6 semi finals. See you, then.

    KerchNET's prematch statement
    15.01.2010 20:20
     
    KerchNet manager before facing mousesports


    Roskilde advances to semi finals
    15.01.2010 20:01
     
    Roskilde Ravens [2:1] oXmoze

    The first relegation match ended after three exciting maps. The Danish team won the first and third maps and will meet fnatic in tomorrow's semi final. They didn't had any chance on the second map, although they played de_inferno three times during the groupstage. So oXmoze drops out of the tournament, but will tomorrow compete in a 5th place decider match.

    Roskilde Ravens vs. oXmoze
      de_nuke 16:12
      de_inferno 01:16
      de_tuscan 16:05
    The second relegation match between mousesports and KerchNET is starting. Maps will will be de_dust2, de_inferno and de_nuke, if needed. Game for 7th place between mTw.dk and MYM is live now too.

    Interview with Carmac
    15.01.2010 19:45
     
    Carmac about European Championship Finals


    Relegation and decider matches
    15.01.2010 16:24
     
    Remaining match ups are determined

    All participants of today's remaining matches are found. The relegation matches will determine two more semi finalists, while the decider matches will played for possible replacements, if one of the World Championship participants can not attend. All of them will be played best of three.

    Live on ESL TV

    15/01/10 17:30 CEST CS1.6 Relegation #1: Roskilde Ravens vs. oXmoze
    15/01/10 19:45 CEST CS1.6 Relegation #2: mousesports vs. KerchNET

    Live on HLTV:

    15/01/10 16:45 CEST CS1.6 Game for 9th Place: Alternate vs. AGAiN
    15/01/10 19:45 CEST CS1.6 Game for 7th Place: mTw vs. MYM

    Groupstage finished
    15.01.2010 16:14
     
    fnatic tops group B

    The groupstage is finally over. fnatic won all of their games with a new addition to their lineup, even if this is kind of normal at this tournament. KerchNET and oXmoze made it to the relegation and mTw.dk gets the last World Championship slot, since they are equal with Alternate but won against them.

    Group B Map Statistics

      1st fnaticRC - Qualified for Semi Finals
      2nd KerchNET - Relegation match vs. mousesports / World Championship slot
      3rd oXmoze - Relegation match vs. Roskilde / World Championship slot
      4th mTw int. - Game for 7th Place / World Championship slot
      5th Team ALTERNATE - Game for 9th Place
      6th Teamedit

    HLTV demos of the groupstage
    15.01.2010 15:58
     
    Missed a game? Here you go!

    If you want to watch a game you missed, there is an easy way. Just pick your favorite match from the CS1.6 groupstage and download the HLTV demo. Due to the internet connection we can't upload ineye demos during the tournament, but be sure to get next week.

    Interview with AGAIN|neo
    15.01.2010 15:50
     
    AGAIN|neo talks about the first day of the European Championship Finals


    Map statistics of group B
    15.01.2010 15:45
     
    Almost equal map proportion

    When it comes to the maps, group B was much more diversified than the previous group. Even de_tuscan was used twice. Every team played at least on three different maps, four them even on four of them.

    Group B Map Statistics

      fnaticRC: 2x de_dust2, 1x de_inferno, 1x de_nuke, 1x de_tuscan
      oXmoze: 1x de_dust2, 1x de_inferno, 2x de_nuke, 1x de_tuscan
      KerchNET: 1x de_dust2, 2x de_inferno, 2x de_train
      Team ALTERNATE: 3x de_dust2, 1x de_inferno, 1x de_tuscan
      mTw int.: 1x de_dust2, 1x de_inferno, 1x de_nuke, 2x de_train
      Teamedit: 2x de_nuke, 2x de_train, 1x de_tuscan
    Overall map usage of Group B:
      4x de_dust2
      3x de_inferno
      3x de_train
      3x de_nuke
      2x de_tuscan

    Map statistics of group A
    15.01.2010 14:39
     
    Group A's made de_inferno the most popular map

    After group A is finished now, we had a quick look at the maps which were played during the 15 matches. The most popular map was de_inferno, which was chosen in six games. Millenium took part in all three matches on de_nuke, but did not benefit from that.

    Group A Map Statistics

    Overall map usage of Group A:

      6x de_inferno
      4x de_train
      3x de_nuke
      2x de_dust2
      0x de_tuscan

    Group A finished
    15.01.2010 14:05
     
    SK, Roskilde and mousesports survived the groupstage

    Only seconds ago the three remaining matches of group A ended. mousesports, SK Gaming and AGAiN won their games, but only mouz and SK benefits from their additional three points. The Polish team placed fifth and neither advances to the relegation nor receives a World Championship slot. Mousesports and Roskilde have to go through a relegation match this evening, while SK Gaming is already qualified for the semi finals, which will be played tomorrow.

    Stay tuned for the last matches of Group B to see which teams will meet in the relegation later today.

    Group A Standings

    AGAiN reformed seating arrangement
    15.01.2010 13:24
     
    Wind of change touches the Polish team

    After a disappointing first day it seems that the Polish players discussed their bad performance. Only one out of four games was won by the winner of the first Intel Extreme Masters season. Their solution is a new seating arrangement at least for the last groupstage match against Millenium. Neo's position changed from the far left to the half right. Therefore Loord, TaZ and kuben had to move left.

    Yesterdays arrangement
      Neo - Loord - Taz - kuben - pasha
    New arrangement
      Loord - Taz - kuben - Neo - pasha

    Day 2: 8 teams will leave the tournament today
    15.01.2010 12:01
     
    Groupstage ends today

    The second day of the Intel Extreme Masters European Championship Finals will start in about 30 minutes. The fifth playday of the groupstage determines which teams will advance to the playoffs or have to go through the relegation.

    While the winners of each group are set for the semi finals the second and third placed teams have to win a relegation match first. ESL TV chose MYM vs. mouz and Alternate vs. KerchNET to be shown on the stream commentated by Joe and Thorin. If you want to see one of the other groupstage matches, there will be HLTV.

    Today's matches on ESL TV
      15/01/10 12:30 CEST CS1.6 Group A - MYM vs. mousesports
      15/01/10 15:00 CEST CS1.6 Group B - Alternate vs. KerchNET
      15/01/10 17:30 CEST CS1.6 Relegation Match #1
      15/01/10 19:45 CEST CS1.6 Relegation Match #2

    Today's matches on HLTV
      15/01/10 12:30 CEST CS1.6 Group A - Roskilde Ravens vs. SK Gaming
      15/01/10 12:30 CEST CS1.6 Group A - Millenium vs. AGAiN
      15/01/10 15:00 CEST CS1.6 Group B - oXmoze vs. fnatic
      15/01/10 15:00 CEST CS1.6 Group B - mTw.dk vs. n!faculty
      15/01/10 17:00 CEST CS1.6 Game for 7th Place
      15/01/10 17:30 CEST CS1.6 Game for 9th Place

    First day of the tournament is over
    14.01.2010 22:25
     
    mTw.dk missed chance for advance to playoffs

    The first day of the Intel Extreme Masters European Championship Finals is over. KerchNET and oXmoze performed better than most people expected and have very good chances to reach the relegation and even the playoffs. The Danish superstars of mTw.dk didn't found their A play and even missed a relegation spot. Now they have to hope for the fourth place in their group to get to the World Championship at CeBIT in March.

    Tomorrow we will start with the last and final playdays of both groups followed by the relegation matches. Thanks for watching and good night. See you tomorrow!

    See some video highlights
    14.01.2010 21:25
     
    Frag highlights of the groupstage

    The German website fragster.de did a very quick job presenting impressive highlights of some matches which were played today. Several scenes from MYM vs. AGAiN and mousesports vs. Millenium are prepared for your pleasure.

    Video Highlights at fragster.de

    Last playday for today starts
    14.01.2010 21:17
     
    Group B's Playday 4 is here

    Any minute today's last groupstage playday starts. Every team of group B played three matches for now. fnatic is the only undefeated team and so already qualified at least for a relegation slot. On the other hand each team still has the chance to advance to the relegation and of course obtain a slot for the World Championship.

    Group B - Round 1
    14.01.2010 19:27
     
    mTw lost against oXmoze

    The first matches of Group B are already finished. KerchNET lost against fnatic and n!faculty against Team Alternate. Big surprise for all danish fans: mTw.dk couldn't defeat the French powerhouse oXmoze. The next matches are KerchNET vs. n!faculty, mTw.dk vs. fnatic and Team Alternate vs. oXmoze.

    KerchNET [14:16] fnatic
    mTw.dk [13:17] oXmoze
    Team Alternate [23:07] n!faculty

    Group A is finished for today
    14.01.2010 16:44
     
    Roskilde stays undefeated

    For today all four playdays of group A are finished. The Danish Ravens are already qualified for the relegation. mousesports can still eliminate MeetYourMakers or SK Gaming and qualify for the relegation. AGAiN and Millenium lost every chance to advance in the tournament. AGAiN can still hope for the ninth slot and might get to the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship as a replacement if one team drops. Therefore they have to get their their A play back in their last game and win against Millenium.

    Two more CS teams for CeBIT
    14.01.2010 16:16
     
    MYM and Roskilde qualified for World Championship

    Besides the prize money the European Championship Finals offer six spots for the World Championship. So a team need to place at least third in its group to qualify. If SK Gaming or fnatic reach top3 in their groups, even a fourth place would result in a qualification. After four played games each POPPERS! and MeetYourMakers can already book their tickets for CeBIT 2010. mousesports needs one point out of two matches to get the last spot in group A.

    Update: Our tournament director Baschi just informed me that MYM isn't qualified for the World Championship so far. If fnatic doesn't make it to the top3 in group B MYM has to win a game for the seventh place to qualify.

    More pictures from Cologne
    14.01.2010 16:11
     
    75 pictures (and counting) for your pleasure


    European Championship Finals Gallery

    Roskilde climbs on top of group A
    14.01.2010 14:03
     
    Danish dynamite

    After the first two rounds played the Danish team Roskilde Ravens is the only one winning both of its matches and is therefore on top of group A followed by the Swedish teams with a victory and a draw each. Millenium and even AGAiN already have two losses on their side and need to win their next games to keep the chance for reaching the playoffs.

    5th player of Guns are Drawn
    14.01.2010 13:40
     
    kubens gun seems to be drawn

    Two weeks ago the Polish star Neo announced the new organisation Guns are drawn. During the last days they revealed three more players including only one new player compared to their line-up over the past years. paszaBiceps replaced Luq, but the fifth player is still not revealed. Time to have a look at the Polish guys, since they are playing here in Cologne at the moment. Although they are still playing under the name AGAiN they're wearing t-shirts featuring a Guns are Drawn logo. And guess what, kuben is wearing this t-shirt as well.

    First decisions in Cologne
    14.01.2010 12:36
     
    Round 1 is over

    Three of today's matches ended some minutes ago. While Roskilde performed very well beating the Polish team AGAiN after only 18 rounds, the remaining two matches were extremely close. mousesports managed to beat Millenium in the last round, MYM wasn't lucky enough to do so too and lost the 30th round resulting in a draw against their Swedish colleagues from SK Gaming.

    Carmac interviewed by HLTV.org
    14.01.2010 00:09
     
    Learn about the Intel Extreme Masters

    In their talk with Michal 'Carmac' Blicharz HLTV.org touch on some of the hot topics of the past season, what exactly his role at ESL is and also where the HLTV coverage went.

    Interview with Carmac at HLTV.org

    Quake Like Seeding Pools & Schedule
    13.01.2010 17:21
     
    Europe's Top16 duellers

    While the Counter-Strike and World of Warcraft teams will determine their European Champions the next four days, the Quake Live community has to wait another week. From 21st to 24th of January these 16 players will compete for the European Championship title and six slots for the World Championship Finals.

    We will have 4 groups of 4 with top 2 going into the playoffs. To assure fair and balanced groups we've created four seed pools. The groups will be drawn at ESL TV during this weekends European Championship Coverage. cg_drawItemPickups will not be used during this tournament. A poll between all players resulted in use of cg_drawItemPickups 0, which otherwise draws timestamps when player pick up items and weapons.

    Quake Live Seeding Pools

    Schedule

      Thursday, 21st of January 2010
        21/01/10 14:00 CEST QL Groupstage - Group A
        21/01/10 18:20 CEST QL Groupstage - Group B
      Friday, 22nd of January 2010
        22/01/10 14:00 CEST QL Groupstage - Group C
        22/01/10 18:20 CEST QL Groupstage - Group D
      Saturday, 23rd of January 2010
        23/01/10 13:00 CEST Quarter Finals
        23/01/10 17:00 CEST Playdown Match #1
        23/01/10 18:00 CEST Playdown Match #2
        23/01/10 19:00 CEST Games for 5th and 7th Place
      Sunday, 24th of January 2010
        24/01/10 12:00 CEST Semi Final #1
        24/01/10 12:40 CEST Semi Final #2
        24/01/10 13:50 CEST Game for 3rd Place
        24/01/10 14:50 CEST Grand Final

    MYM steps in for infected H2k
    13.01.2010 11:34
     
    The runner-up of Dubai gets a second chance

    Unfortunately the Swedish team H2k Gaming had to cancel their participation in the European Championship Finals starting tomorrow. At least one of their players is infected and contagious. Therefore MeetYourMakers will travel to Cologne and replace H2k Gaming. The Swedes placed second at the Last Chance Cup, but even more impressive was their second place at the Global Challenge Dubai last year beating teams such as fnatic, AGAiN and Wemade Fox.

    CS group reviews at hltv.org & cadred
    12.01.2010 17:11
     
    Which teams will advance to the playoffs?

    Two days before the European top teams will clash at the Championship Finale HLTV.org had a close look on the Counter-strike groups. Read this tournament preview if you want to know why Nix0n predicts a group victory by mousesports. Cadred.org puts SK Gaming on top of group A assuming that the Germans will finish the group on a fifth place. Who's your favorite?

    European Championship Groupstage Preview at HLTV.org
    European Championship Groupstage Preview at Cadred.org

    The match schedule of ESL TV
    12.01.2010 16:46
     
    The most anticipated matches of the groupstage live on ESL TV

    Today we present the matches of the groupstage, which will be shown live on ESL TV commentated by Joe Miller, James Harding and guests such as Duncan 'Thorin' Shields and maybe some of the attending players. We will offer HLTV for matches that are not shown on ESL TV.

    Thursday, 14th of January 2010Friday, 15th of January 2010
      15/01/10 12:30 CEST CS1.6 Group A - Most exciting match of playday 5
      15/01/10 15:00 CEST CS1.6 Group B - Most exciting match of playday 5
      15/01/10 17:30 CEST CS1.6 Quarterfinal #1
      15/01/10 19:45 CEST CS1.6 Quarterfinal #2
    Saturday, 16th of January 2010
      16/01/10 12:00 CEST H2k Gaming vs. SK Gaming
      16/01/10 12:30 CEST RocknRoll Pigtails vs. Team Dignitas
      16/01/10 13:00 CEST SK Gaming Sansibar vs. plan-B
      16/01/10 13:30 CEST x6tence vs. iNNERFiRE
      16/01/10 14:00 CEST H2k Gaming vs. Team Dignitas
      16/01/10 14:30 CEST RocknRoll Pigtails vs. SK Gaming
      16/01/10 15:00 CEST SK Gaming Sansibar vs. iNNERFiRE
      16/01/10 15:30 CEST x6tence vs. plan-B
      16/01/10 16:00 CEST Team Dignitas vs. SK Gaming
      16/01/10 16:30 CEST Games for 5th and 7th place
      16/01/10 17:30 CEST CS1.6 Semi Final #1
      16/01/10 19:45 CEST CS1.6 Semi Final #2 & Game for 5th Place
    Sunday, 17th of January 2010
      17/01/10 12:00 CEST WoW Semi Final #1
      17/01/10 12:40 CEST WoW Semi Final #2
      17/01/10 13:20 CEST WoW Game for 3rd Place
      17/01/10 14:00 CEST WoW Grand Final
      17/01/10 14:40 CEST CS1.6 Game for 3rd Place
      17/01/10 16:55 CEST CS1.6 Grand Final

    h2k, iNNFERFiRE step in for WoW dropouts
    12.01.2010 16:34
     
    H2k steps in for RoX.Kis, iNNERFiRE for RNG Party

    Due to difficulties in obtaining a visa to Germany with some of the Russian players from RoX.KIS the team was forced to cancel their participation in the Intel Extreme Masters European Championship final. H2k-Gaming WoW will be filling in their slot in group A of the competition.

    Furthermore the reigning Intel Extreme Masters European Champion iNNERFiRE replaces the Hungarian team RNG PARTY who also dropped out of the competition.

    Schedule for European Championship Finals
    08.01.2010 18:12
     
    Your weekend is fully booked with eSport!

    Only six days until the European Championship Finals take off. Four days of the best Counter-Strike and World of Warcraft matches Europe has to offer. Here is the schedule for the highly anticipated event.

    Thursday, 14th of January 2010
      14/01/10 11:00 CEST CS1.6 Groupstage - Group A
      14/01/10 17:00 CEST CS1.6 Groupstage - Group B
    Friday, 15th of January 2010
      15/01/10 12:30 CEST CS1.6 Groupstage - Group A - Playday 5
      15/01/10 15:00 CEST CS1.6 Groupstage - Group B - Playday 5
      15/01/10 17:30 CEST CS1.6 Relegation Match #1 & Game for 7th Place
      15/01/10 19:45 CEST CS1.6 Relegation Match #2
    Saturday, 16th of January 2010
      16/01/10 12:00 CEST WoW Groupstage - Group A & B
      16/01/10 16:30 CEST WoW Games for 5th & 7th Place
      16/01/10 17:30 CEST CS1.6 Semi Final #1
      16/01/10 19:45 CEST CS1.6 Semi Final #2 & Game for 5th Place
    Sunday, 17th of January 2010
      17/01/10 12:00 CEST WoW Semi Final #1
      17/01/10 12:40 CEST WoW Semi Final #2
      17/01/10 13:20 CEST WoW Game for 3rd Place
      17/01/10 14:00 CEST WoW Grand Final
      17/01/10 14:40 CEST CS1.6 Game for 3rd Place
      17/01/10 16:55 CEST CS1.6 Grand Final

    Last Chance Cup for Europe's CS teams
    08.01.2010 13:41
     
    AGAiN, MYM, confis and Frag eXecutors compete for one spot.

    Four teams of the European Championship receive a second chance to qualify for the Championship Final taking place in Germany next week. Due to the disbandment of group B's winner Spirit of Amiga a final spot is available for the team which lost their relegation match.

    08/01/10 21:15 CEST - AGAiN vs. Confis.BigShock
    09/01/10 18:00 CEST - Frag eXecutors vs. MeetYourMakers
    10/01/10 18:00 CEST - Final match

    The winner of this tournament will join group A of the Intel Extreme Masters European Championship Final and compete for $50,000 and a spot at the World Championship.

    European Championship Finals: CS and WoW groups
    23.12.2009 19:48
     
    The World of Warcraft and Counter-Strike groups of the European Championship Finals are drawn.

    These teams survived the regular season and will now face each other in Cologne. Watch the competition for the European Champion title and prize money of 74,000 USD live at ESL TV January 14th to 17th.

    European Championship Finals Groups

    European Championship Finals Groups

    The relegation match between n!faculty and Power Gaming has to be replayed due to a rule violation and will take place in the coming days.

    European Championship Finals in January
    10.12.2009 22:53
     
    In January the cream of the crop in European eSports will meet in Cologne, to determine their Continental Champions.

    We will split up the European Championship Finals to show you as many matches as possible. From 14th until 17th of January, twelve Counter-Strike and eight World of Warcraft teams will meet in Bruehl, near Cologne in Passwort Cultra. One week later the sixteen best Quake Live duellists will battle for the European Champion title live at the ESL TV studios.

    Both events will not be public for visitors but fully covered by ESL TV, so you will not miss any game on your screen. A total of $118,200 is the prize pot the contestants of the European Championship of Intel Extreme Masters Season 4 are competing for. While $44,200 have already been and will be distributed as win bonuses during the regular season awesome $74,000 are at stake in Cologne January 2010.

    Additionally to the European Champion titles and the prize money there are 17 World Championship slots available for teams and players from Europe. While the top six of the Counter-Strike and Quake Live tournament will qualify for CeBIT 2010, only the five best World of Warcraft teams will get a ticket for the World Championship.

    European Championship Finals:
    Date: January 2010
    • 14th until 17th: CS1.6 & WoW
    • 21st until 24th: QL
    City: Cologne, Germany
    Prize Money: 74,000 USD
    Games: Counter-Strike 1.6, World of Warcraft and Quake Live
    Teams & Players: 12 CS 1.6 teams, 8 WoW teams and 16 QL players

     
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