Watch the Cinderella story of Natus Vincere from Ukraine who took down the Counter-Strike 1.6 world elite teams fnatic, SK Gaming, mousesports and many more in their Intel Extreme Masters World Championship journey.
Although the Intel Extreme Masters Season IV is finished, here are some great moments of the events and games, which took place during the last month. While fragbite and again fragster gathered some crazy sequences of the CS1.6 World Championship, Team aAa and Dignitas had a closer look at the WoW European Championship.
After the Intel Extreme Masters come to a conclusion at CeBIT we would like to announce also the remaining winners of our raffle. The ESL TV Premium Keys have been already given out, Mr_JayR and thegab_ won a ROCCAT Arvo each, but the second main prize - a $1,250 Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor - goes out to mankey. While the ESL TV Premium winners got their keys directly, we ask all winners of these three hardware prizes to write a message containing your ESL account link to twitter.com/IEMtv.
Thanks for your support, enjoy your prizes and see you at Intel Extreme Masters Season 5!
On the last day of CeBIT 2010 the first Quake Live World Champion of the Intel Extreme Masters has been crowned. Shane 'rapha' Hendrixson from the United States of America topped all other participants including the three Continental Champions from America, Europe and Asia.
The final matches of the Quake Live World Championship are now available as VoD on ESL TV. Watch the best duellers in the world competing for the big trophy of the Intel Extreme Masters commentated by James '2GD' Harding, Joe Miller and Brian 'dkt' Flander. Furthermore demos of every single match have been uploaded. During the 30 groupstage and six playoff matches 95 maps have been played, which means there are 190 demos waiting for you.
For one week thousands and thousands of gamers followed the best players in the world becoming World Champions of the Intel Extreme Masters IV. This was made possible not only by ESL TV and our website but also by countless great eSports websites all over the world, who covered the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship live from CeBIT, Germany. We'd like to thank all of them for doing a really great job during the season and even topping it at the World Championship. Here is an overview with tons of interviews, pictures and videos of all editorial teams, who visited CeBIT in Hanover.
Thanks for your effort traveling to Germany and doing such a great job! Of course we want to thank all other websites, who wasn't able to visit our event, but also covered the Intel Extreme Masters Season and the World Championship. We hope to see you next season!
The crew already started setting down the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware but we are still working and finally got the number of visitors that came to Hanover, CeBIT, to see the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. With the number of 220,000 visitors over the past five days of CeBIT this was the biggest eSport in history.
We'd like to thank you all, the fans and visitors, for making this event the number one. Also we have to thank our partners Intel and Alienware. Without their support of the electronic sport an event like this would have never been possible.
See you all in Season 5 of the Intel Extreme Masters!
In a very equal match, Na'Vi took down fnatic on de_train. With the score of 16:13 the first map of this very last match of the Intel Extreme Masters Season 4 World Championship. The Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware is still packed and the audience is waiting for the Grand Final to continue.
The second map will be de_inferno and both of the teams will definitly do their best to win. Will it be the World Championship for Na'Vi or can fnatic make it to the third map? See it live on ESL TV or at CeBIT!
In a tensed Grand Final the US boy stays cooler than cooller
In a thrilling match the more than packed Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware just saw Shane 'rapha' Hendrixson and Anton 'Cooller' Singov gave everything to reach their goal of becoming World Champion in Quake Live.
On four maps both players focused a lot on keeping control and not doing any mistakes that could cost the title. So the results stayed below 10 kills on every single map. rapha was the one to keep control in three of the maps and so won the very first World Championship title.
Final Standings of Quake Live:
1st: Shane 'rapha' Hendrixson ($10,000)
2nd: Anton 'Cooller' Singov ($4,000)
3rd: Maciej 'Av3k' Krzykowski ($1,600)
4th: Alexey 'Cypher' Yanushevsky ($800)
Congratulations, Shane for winning this title and all the other players for the incredibly thrilling performance. We hope to see you around next time!
The match between Shane 'rapha' Hendrixson and Anton 'Cooller' Singov is just about to start. To have fair conditions for both of the players we did a short break after technical problems to be sure everything is solved.
We hope you enjoy the Grand Finals in both Quake Live and Counter-Strike!
If someone would have asked Team EG right before the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship, a save fourth place would have been a cool option after last years disaster. But Team EG fought a pretty amazing tournament and so placed in the Top 4 of this years World Championship.
In the 3rd place decider match vs. SK Gaming they were the one to win the first map. After the 16:5 on inferno SK Gaming was the team to gain strength. Both de_train and de_nuke went good for the Swedish powerhouse. So SK Gaming is the third placed team in this years World Championship.
Only minutes to go to the Quake Live World Championship Grand Final
Both Shane 'rapha' Hendrixson and Anton 'Cooller' Singov just walked in to the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware with tons of fans and visitors cheering. The space in front of the main stage is more or less taken and only a few spots to sit are left.
This will guarantee a perfect atmosphere for the very first Quake Live World Championship Grand Final. Right after the spectacular clash between rapha and Cooller the Counter-Strike Grand Final will heat the atmosphere to the maximum. So prepare yourself for some massive action with two Grand Finals in a row to close down the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware.
Our friends at Alienware provide us with the excellent hardware on which the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship is being played. As you know we have a running comment competition where you can win a ROCCAT Taito mousepad or a ROCCAT Arvo keyboard. Now Alienware adds to this 10 voucher codes with which you will get 5%-15% discount on purchases in the Alienware store. So now you not only have the chance to win ROCCAT hardware by commenting our news, but you can also get one of the 10 vouchers for a great discount on IEM's high-end tournament hardware. So keep the comments coming!
What a comeback! Shane 'rapha' Hendrixson is the challenger for Anton 'Cooller' Singov in the Quake Live Grand Final that is taking place here in the Intel Gaming Hall only minutes after the 3rd place decider match between cypher and av3k started on ESL TV Stream B.
While the complete hall is packed with visitors watching Quake Live on the main stage, Team EG just did a huge step towards the third place in Counter-Strike. On de_inferno the US boys won with 16:5 and are now heading for the 3rd place on de_train. Watch the game live on HLTV:
After Brian 'dkt' Flander dropped out of the tournament he had some time to watch the games here in the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware. But now he joins James '2GD' Harding at the commentators booth for the duel of rapha and cypher. Enjoy this special on our final day at CeBIT!
Another very thrilling last minutes. The map control changed quite sometimes and av3k was finally in a position to fight with the advantage on his side. But Cooller was the one to stay sharp and keep his 6:5 score.
Within seconds after the match the only thing you heard was "Best t9 ever!". In a thrilling match neither av3k nor Cooller were able to take the lead with more than 2 frags. The last 30 seconds made the crowd go mad. The score is 9:9. Within just the blink of an eye Cooller was able to take the lead, av3k tried to go for the draw but Coollers rockets hit to heavy.
Now it's 2:1 overall for Cooller and dm13 is live!
The award for coolest booth in the Intel Gaming Hall at CeBIT definitely goes to the guys from Nerd-FM. A couple of tech and gaming enthusiasts at Intel set up this great project, bringing you the nerd's perspective on CeBIT. And the brought support in form of girl nerd Mandy who is out to spread the message.
Check out the Nerd-FM website for lots of cool gimmicks:
The Short Cut Keyboard
Mandy Wafer Bill 32
Trailers and videos from the Intel Extreme Masters
Make sure to check by on the Nerd-FM website for more, especially lots of sexy Mandy pictures.
Our ROCCAT competition is still on. Post comments under the news on the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship microsite to have a chance of winning ROCCAT Taito mousepad or a ROCCAT Arvo keyboard. Competition is still open until Monday, March 8th, 10am CET.
To start the day there is nothing better than a very nice match. Cooller and av3k will be fighting for the Grand Final so this match is going to be epic. ESL TV will start the stream in a few seconds to tune in and see master and padawan face each other!
For some of the players this was something to cheer or cry about: A few minutes before the CeBIT closed down for the last night of sleep, it started snowing here in Hanover. About 5cm snow fell during the evening and colors the whole city and CeBIT venue in a perfect white. Let's see if we get some players to show some special motivation now we went back from about 10 Degrees to -3 outside the halls.
ESL TV is going to upload all Stream B VoDs next week
You asked and we got the answer: All VoDs of the Stream B matches, Quake Live mostly, are saved not here in Hanover but in our Office in Cologne. We are sorry to keep you waiting for these VoDs but we will do our best to deliver all the Quake matches and more as soon as possible next week.
The second relegation match has just ended. av3k, 2nd in the Intel Extreme Masters European Championship, has advanced to the semi finals where he will face his former mentor, cooller. Tomorrow all remaining matches of the World Championship play offs will be shown live on both the stage here in the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware and the ESL TV Stream.
t7: av3k [15:4] fox
ztn: av3k [9:1] fox
dm13: av3k [12:4] fox
We are looking forward to a superb final day tomorrow here at CeBIT with all the Quake Live matches and the CS Grand Final as cream on top. Stay tuned!
No chance for DaHanG in the Best of 5; av3k vs. fox next
rapha kicked out the second last Continental Champion in this years World Championship. DaHanG had no chance to stand rapha this time and is out of the tournament after losing three maps in a row. Now rapha is facing cypher in the semi finals that will be played tomorrow.
Now it's time for av3k and fox to fight for reaching the semis. cooller will be on the spot to see his possible opponent play. Tune in to ESL TV Stream B as the last days for all the Quake Live action!
Every single news comment can win a ROCCAT Taito or ROCCAT Arvo
Instead of the 10 ROCCAT hats we announced earlier to be raffled, we are now going for something even cooler. Now is your chance to win a ROCCAT Taito mousepad or a ROCCAT Arvo keyboard by leaving a comment under any news on our Intel Extreme Masters World Championship coverage page. Every comment can win! We will pick one random news for each prize and one comment under this news item will win. This news can be the winning news, but every other news has the same chances!
How can I increase my chances to win?
By leaving a comment under all the news about the event. There are dozens of news from Tuesday till Saturday that can be commented. Take the chance till Tuesday, 9th of March.
Key fact summary:
Comment the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship news
Every single news can be one of the two winning news items
From these two news one comment each will be picked
Be that lucky commentator to win one of the prizes
Closing Date: Tuesday, 9th of March
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fnatic to face Na'Vi to defend their World Championship title
Now we can look forward to a thrilling final: fnatic won the classic versus SK Gaming and is now the able to be the first World Champion ever who defendet their title. But the team of Na'Vi showed a almost perfect tournament so far and are more than just another step to take.
de_inferno: SK Gaming [06:16] fnatic
de_train: SK Gaming [06:16] fnatic
Tomorrow at 15:00 CET the Intel Extreme Masters will see the Grand Final of the World Championship in the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware. Join us in Hall 23 at CeBIT in Hanover or tune in to ESL TV, who will be your 1st row seat for all over CeBIT!
The Ukrainians from Na'Vi won the first semi final and advance to the Grand Final of the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. After a hard time on de_inferno, Team EG tried with full force to win on de_train. But only 13 rounds have been on their side in the end.
de_inferno: Team EG [05:16] Na'Vi
de_train: Team EG [13:16] Na'Vi
Now the Swedish semi final between fnatic and SK Gaming is hitting the stage. In a few minutes we will get to know which team will join Na'Vi in the Grand Final. Enjoy the show at CeBIT or on ESL TV's livestream!
de_inferno: SK Gaming [06:16] fnatic
de_train: SK Gaming [XX:XX] fnatic
de_dust2: SK Gaming [XX:XX] fnatic
After three days of Intel Extreme Masters at CeBIT we already found one World Champion in WoW but also some lucky winners of our raffle. A lot of ESL TV Premium Keys have been given out, Dan Bells, Tsvetan Tsetkov and Julian aka DankJr won a ROCCAT Taito each, but the first main prize - a $1,250 Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor - goes out to Sarah Deutschmann. While the ESL TV Premium winners got their keys directly, we ask all winners of these four hardware prizes to write a message containing your ESL account link to twitter.com/IEMtv.
You didn't win yet? No problem, there are still two days left where you can win more hardware from ROCCAT and another $1,250 Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition CPU. We are expanding the rules, so you don't need a twitter account anymore. You can also become a fan of ESL TV at facebook and like their Message of the day. Good luck!
1) Become a fan of ESL TV on FaceBook
2) Like the MOTD
3) Post the answer to the question in the comments on FaceBook
The people that followed the rules correctly on Twitter or on FaceBook will be taken into account when we raffle out the Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor.
Right now the second map, de_train, is about to start. Na'Vi showed up in good shape so far and destroyed Team EG 16:5 on de_inferno. The US boys have to win de_train to keep the chances to win this Best of 3.
de_inferno: Team EG [05:16] Na'Vi
de_train: Team EG [LIVE] Na'Vi
de_dust2: Team EG [XX:XX] Na'Vi
Tune in to ESL TV to see how de_train is going for Team EG and Na'Vi
Besides tremendous website and stream numbers, we had a new record attendance on site in Hannover. On Thursday, 42,000 people spectated the third day of the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. Numbers are likely to increase today, as the hall is already massively crowded early in the day.
Tim 'DaHanG' Fogarty was one of the top favorites in the World Championship. In an interview fragster.de asked the EG player about the accusations of Kevin 'strenx' Beeza and the recent changes in his playstyle.
After some very inconsistent but anyhow pretty good performances, fragster sat down with Magnus 'fox' Olsson to talk a bit about the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. fox provides an insight into his preparation for the Quake Live tournament, that consisted mostly of playing HoN. Furthermore, he explains how his goals for the tournament have changed dramatically.
Only minutes to go till the fourth day of the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will kick off. The Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware is filling and the fans are waiting to see the tournament continue.
The maps for the first match of the day are:
de_inferno: Team EG [00:00] Na'Vi
de_train: Team EG [XX:XX] Na'Vi
de_dust2: Team EG [XX:XX] Na'Vi
Only seconds ago cooller finished his match versus rapha. On the second and third map only the overtimes could decide the winner. Both times cooller was the one with the better feeling when to attack, getting rapha to lose both the map control and, in the end, the maps.
With this last result of Group A the Group Stage is over and the play offs bracket is ready. Tomorrow the two relegation matches will be played. Here are the matches that are waiting for all Quake fans out there:
In Group A we have a very special situation. Both rapha and cooller have stayed undefeatet till their very last match in which they will face each other. So the winner of this match will be not only the winner of Group A but also directly advance to the semifinals.
See the Group A matches live on ESL TV and ESL Radio:
Tomorrow morning starting at 10am CET the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship Counter-Strike play offs will go on. We will begin with Na'Vi, who dropped out mousesports, facing the American Champion Team EG. Right after this match fnatic will have to face SK Gaming in the battle of the Swedish powerhouses.
So set your alarm to get every minute of these upcoming classics!
Congratulations, Team EG to your World Champion title!
In a thrilling Grand Final Evil Geniuses took the lead and turned this into a 4:1 victory over Team Dignitas. Evil Geniuses are now the new Intel Extreme Masters World Champion and will be the team to beat from now on. Congratulations to the team and the organization for winning this prestigious tournament and taking home 25,000 Euro prize money.
As the tournament goes on teams drop out. Even the Intel Extreme Masters Continental Champions are not save from having to leave the servers before the very last match is played. Right now only three of our nine Continental Champions are still up to win the second title this season.
Continental Champions still able to make a Double
DaHanG (American Champion)
cypher (European Champion)
Team EG (American Champion)
Let's see if one of these stars is able to make this season shine even more!
What a match! Team EG managed to make the reigning champion of the Intel Extreme Masters fall. Button Bashers (ex H O N) didn't manage to addept to the style of the US boys and so have to go for the 3rd place decider match against mousesports.
In the Grand Final Team EG has to face Team Dignitas for the battle of the US and UK. We are all looking forward to a superb final and for crowning a brand new Intel Extreme Masters World Champion here in the packed Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware. Tune in to ESL TV to get all the big moments of this years first Grand Final here at CeBIT 2010!
First finalist of World Championship is determined
The first participant to enter a grand final of the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship is the British Team Dignitas. They just managed to beat SK Korea 4 to 1 and will wait for the winner of the next semi final to determine the first World Champion of this season.
See the last four matches of the WoW tournament now!
Right now the first semi final has started on stage. SK Korea is facing Team Dignitas to reach the finals. Right afterwards we will go on with the second semi, where mousesports will have to face the reigning World Champion Button Bashers. See which teams will make it to the final and who will come out to be the next Intel Extreme Masters World Champion!
cypher goes playoffs - fox and DaHanG in relegation
Group B ended - See the results now
Group B has just been ended by the deciding duel of DaHanG and strenx who had some problems in the last days. DaHanG showed why he trained a lot and won both t9 and dm19 against the French. So he claimed the 3rd place and advances to relegation, where he will face the 2nd of Group A.
The first two spots have been the battlefield of cypher and fox. But as cypher managed to win their direct match, he is on top of the group without a single match lost. fox now will have to face the 3rd placed player of group A.
Now we are looking forward to the semi finals as WeMade FOX is facing fnatic right now in the second relegation match. The Swedes are leading after the first map but maybe we see the next reigning champion fall?
de_inferno: fnatic [16:13] WeMade FOX
de_train: fnatic [00:00] WeMade FOX
Enjoy a day full of Quake Live on our additional stream
ESL TV Stream B belongs only to Quake Live for the rest of the day to bring you the best Quake Live matches of both Group B and the missing matches of Group A. Tune in to our additional CeBIT stream to see Quake Live matches till the end of the day. To make the stream even better we have got some of the pro players to co-commentate the matches. rapha is one of them, so enjoy the show!
In a tensed second map mousesports finally did it. With a good run as CT they stopped Na'Vi at least for now. The next map is de_tuscan and all the visitors in the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware are ready for more Counter-Strike action.
Right now mousesports is still playing Na'Vi on the stage of the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware. The match is getting more and more tensed as the European Champion really needs to win this map. After a very strong performance of Na'Vi on de_dust2, it's de_inferno now and mousesports fights hard but the Ukrainians are winning some of the important rounds and so winning the first half.
While mousesports is on the second map versus Na'Vi the Quakers have already finished playday 2 of Group B. So far only cypher and fox have managed to win both of their matches and so are leading the ranking. DaHanG and griffin both won and lost one match while dkt and strenx lost both of their games. If you are looking for the demos, have a look here.
Our admins are just uploading the latest demos of the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship Group Stage. You can find all the demos in the individual matches. We hope you get to see the matches you misses yesterday and will do our best to deliver the demos as soon as possible.
If you want to see todays matches that are not on ESL TV or on ESL TV Stream B, ESL Radio's Videostream is your place to be. Tune in to get the matches from the Pro Gaming Area in Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware live to your monitor.
In a few minutes the first CS relegation will start
Update: Due to a slight delay in the setup, the match will start at 10:15am CET.
What a start for the third day of the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship! mousesports and Na'Vi will be the first teams up on stage to bring the action to the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware. In the first of two relegation matches, these two teams will determine who will advance to the semifinals.
In a Best of 3 match both teams will have the chance to show their skills to the fans and the audience here at CeBIT and heaten the Intel Gaming Hall for all the action to come today. The highlight of the day: The World of Warcraft World Championship grand final.
See which teams will fight for the World Championship
With the last matches of the day ended, we now have the play off bracket filled. Tomorrow the relegation matches will bring a lot of tension in, as the teams have to win to keep the chance for the World Championship title alive.
Relegation Matches, Thursday 4th of March:
mousesports vs. Na'Vi
fnatic vs. WeMade FOX
Team EG finally did it and managed to take down the team of mousesports in the second relegation match. Again the decision was made in the very last arena, with Team EG shouting out loud in joy. Now we can look forward to very nice semifinals with the following matches:
SK Korea vs. Team Dignitas
Button Bashers vs. Team EG
Tomorrow we will see who out of this four top teams will make it to the throne Button Bashers is still keeping save and warm.
On top of the issues with the Quake Live LAN server (more details here) we were facing continuous DDoS attacks. Our IT team spent most of the last two days working with the provider of our internet line, Deutsche Telekom, to solve the issue. Björn Metzdorf, our Director IT, gives you more details about the DDoS attacks that occurred and had a tremendous negative impact on the tournaments. Björn has been responsible for more than 400 ESL events over the last 10 years.
Björn Metzdorf, Director IT
Since yesterday, we have been under attack by a malicious bot net. More than 1,000 IPs constantly flooded our data lines. For events of this size, we employ two redundant firewalls for our 100 MBit hard line by the German Telekom.
While our firewalls were able to block the incoming packets, the sheer amount of packet flood completely filled up the internet connection leading to our hall. You can see this on the attached graphs showing when the attacks happened today and their ferocity. This made it impossible to log on to the online parts of World of Warcraft, Counter-Strike and Quake Live, causing both drops and lags, and thus a tremendous amount of delay.
Unfortunately, just like on the streets, you can never be completely safe from criminals seeking to disturb and profit off of the general public. Still, we are constantly working on countering all attacks together with Deutsche Telekom and CeBIT organizer Deutsche Messe AG. Now, late on Wednesday we have been successful, so that World of Warcraft and Counter-Strike 1.6 are back on track and Quake Live can be resumed tomorrow.
Make no mistake: Making the tournament run smoothly and ensuring a consistent, high-quality coverage is our highest priority.
Will we see three Korean teams in the quarterfinals?
Right now mousesports is facing Team EG in the second relegation match live on ESL TV. If mousesports advances to the quarterfinals, we would have three out of four participants from Korea. The winner of this match will have to face the reigning World Champion of Button Bashers. Tune in to ESL TV to see how everything turns out!
In the first relegation match the European Champion, SK Sansibar, lost a tough match to Team Dignitas. The very last arena brought the result and the Germans were out of the tournament. Now Team Dignitas will face SK Korea in the quarterfinals.
The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship has experienced delays in the schedule due to technical difficulties with the Quake Live LAN server. The remaining Group A matches are moved to Thursday and will be finished after the Group B matches.
The players have been experiencing high pings (50+) on the LAN servers. The ESL IT staff have found no problems with the network (the server was also connected directly into the switch the Quake Live section was on, which did not help). There also seems to be nothing wrong with the server software that would cause this problem.
To address the issues we delayed the tournament matches and restarted it online later in agreement with the players (the ping to Frankfurt servers is less than 10). Later on, due to DDoS attacks on our network and one player's technical difficulties (which no player was able to solve), a decision was made to continue the tournament on Thursday.
At the moment id Software is working with the ESL IT to build another server in order to make sure that the game will be played on LAN for the remainder of the event. We are doing our best to address the situation.
I am very sorry that we were not able to deliver the optimal spectating experience today. I would like to sincerely apologise for the situation. We will do our very best and more to deliver the optimal spectating experience on three of the remaining days of the tournament.
The next match in the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware will be the classics know from football: Germany vs. the UK represented by SK Sansibar and Team Dignitas. See live on ESL TV how this classic will end and which team will have to face SK Korea!
Two SK teams still reaching out for the World Champion title
What a finish! Group B just ended with a big bang as SK Sansibar, Team EG and compLexity.Black ended all up with 2 wins and 3 losses behind Button Bashers with 5:0 stats on the 1st spot. But due to the won rounds SK and EG move on to the relegation.
SK Sansibar vs. Team Dignitas
mousesports vs. Team EG
There is no safe spot in the Group B so far. Button Bashers are still on a run with 4 wins in 4 matches but they can still be stopped. In their last match compLexity.Black (3:1 stat so far) can take over the direct qualification by winning the match.
One level below SK Sansibar and Team EG fight for the third spot but not in a direct match. Both teams have 2 wins and 2 losses so far and should not lose, if they want to keep their chances to win the World Championship. SK won the direct match and so would have the spot, if both teams win.
To better the chances, SK Europe can help their clan mates. If they win versus Team EG, SK Sansibar will have the third spot save. Even if they lose their match, a three way tie with SK EU and EG would still be on their side as they won against both of the teams.
Right now the World of Warcraft teams are playing their fourth playday. The Button Bashers won all their matches. So they are on a good way to defend their title as World Champion they won at last years CeBIT. Will they own the world wide scene once again?
Due to the problems with World of Warcraft and Quake Live we updated the schedule to have the latest changes in it to keep you up2date with all the times the matches start. Have a look yourself and see when which match is going to start:
Due to massive network problems caused by another and even more heavy DDoS attack, the Quake Live players have not been able to play their matches according to the schedule. Right now the first match has started again, with the American stars rapha and chance facing each other.
As the network ping was not working in any way for the players we decided to play the matches on the Quake Live online servers. Even though the ping is not the best possible, the players agreed on this solution to make the tournament go on.
ESL Radio will do their best to bring you the matches live on their Video Stream
The next big test for Na'Vi will happen soon on the main stage of the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware. What are the Ukrainians able to do against the Swedish powerhouse? Will they still be on top after this match?
The Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware is more than filled up and the matches are going on. While on stage the CS teams show their skills to the visitors, the World of Warcraft teams also play their group stage.
iNNERFIRE had a bad start so far with two losses to Button Bashers and SK Gaming. Now it will be hard for the former European Champion to qualify for play offs or relegation. See all the matches with commentary on our ESL TV B Stream to get the matches live and for free to your PC.
If there are any problems regarding the stream, please be patient. Our IT crew is already working on it so we can make you see the action.
In their second match Na'Vi, the former KerchNET, found their A play back they had shown at the European Championship Finals. With a score of 22:8 they brought the Koreans back to the ground. Now Na'Vi have good chances to keep a spot in the top 3, but still they have to face SK Gaming, MeetYourMakers and Roskilde Ravens.
Tune in to ESL Radio to see all the Quake Live matches
Right now the Quake Live players are setting up their Alienware PCs to play their first matches. They are just about to start but there is CS and WoW on the ESL TV stream? ESL Radio is your source for the first Quake Live matches. They set up a video stream so you can see all the matches.
Download the first in eye demos of yesterdays matches now!
Maybe you just found the first demos by scrolling yesterdays matches. Our admins have started to upload the replace to the matches. So if you are looking for a demo of one of the Frag eXecutors players winning versus mTw, you can find the demos in the official ESL match. If your favorite match has no demos so far just wait a bit. Our admins are doing their best to deliver all the demos as soon as possible.
Natus Vincere, SK Gaming and WeMade FOX just finished their first matches on the bright site of gaming. All these three won their starting match and give them selves a better start in the tournament. Right next Natus Vincere (Na'Vi) vs. WeMade FOX will be the next match up on stage and live on ESL TV. Which team will manage to keep their streaks alive?
While the last CS matches in the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware have been played, the WoW teams finished all their days matches in a rush. With a big run, winning all the 4 first matches in their group, SK Gaming qualified for the play offs of the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. Followed by mousesports (2nd) and Team Dignitas (3rd), who will play the relegation matches, the first three teams for the play offs have been found.
Tomorrow the next two SK Gaming teams have to play in Group B when the European Champion, SK Sansibar, and the 2nd EU team, SK Gaming, show up at CeBIT to fight for the World Champion title. How many SK teams will make it to the playoffs?
The US boys cheer while mouz and fnatic go for relegation
In the very tensed last playday Team EG overtook the first place in Group A and does the direct step to the play offs. Both fnatic (2nd) and mousesports (3rd) now have to win the relegation matches to be part of the final 8 teams fighting for the World Championship. The teams they will face will be determined tomorrow when Group B is finished. fnatic will play the 3rd placed while mousesports have to face the second.
Right now it's one of the hardest fights for the direct play offs spot ever. Team EG, mousesports and fnatic all have 9 points losing to one of the other top 3 teams. EG and mouz also have the exact stats with 68:52 and fnatic hanging behind by 64:56. Now we go for the the last matches where the top 3 are facing the bottom 3 to determine the superior team when very single round counts!
fnatic, mouz and EG to determine the direct play offs qualification
All the three teams have the change to have 9 points at the end of this play day. mousesports can even go to 12 be beating fnatic and more or less securing their spot on top before the match against Team EG. But if fnatic wins this prestige duel and EG takes down the Polish, the group will be very open for multiple placement possibilities of the power houses.
If the told scenario comes true, all teams are even with 9 points looking forward to their last match. The top 3 would be going to face the bottom 3 in the following matches:
mousesports vs. Frag eXecutors
Team EG vs. mTw
fnatic vs. oXmoze
Every single round might count in this matches. So let's look forward to a hard fight for the most important spot!
To make this evening even more tensed, right before the match of mousesports vs. fnatic, the reigning World Champion from Sweden just won their match against the Danes of mTw. At the score of 15:12 for fnatic trace was just about to make the impossible possible.
In a 1on4 situation on a deagle eco he managed to take three of the fnatic players down. Only cArn was able to stop him from bringing the Danes back into the game. The last two round went over to mTw but only made the score look better.
Now fnatic is just three point behind the European Champion, mousesports. In their group stage match they can now go for big points and put a lot of pressure on the Germans. Will they be able to get the revenge for the final from Bruehl?
We are sorry for all World of Warcraft fans who have waited for their stars to play their matches. After the problems with the DDoS attacks and a new solution for this, the WoW plazers experienced very hard lags and bad pings all the way. Our IT guys are working on this with high priority and will hopefully fix everything soon enough for the players to have time to play some matches.
We would also like to apologize to all the players who spend the afternoon more or less only for waiting. We will work hard to make this tournament as cool as everyone had hoped for and try to make you forget this bad start.
Just seconds ago mousesports won their third match here in the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware and steadied their first place in Group A. In a very tough match Team EG were not able to make the European champion fall. In the very first match round Kapio missed the frag on a defusing GoodForNothing only by milliseconds. But still the Germans managed to bring the game home.
Now we are looking forward fnatic vs. mTw as the next stage match.
Finally the next match is live on stage and ESL TV stream again. This time mousesports, who won first two matches, have to face the American champion, Team EG. The American champion managed to beat fnatic by 18:12 and showed how strong they are. Which Counter-Strike is better: The European or the American? See it live now on ESL TV!
As you might have recognized we have a huge delay in our schedule and haven't shown any World of Warcraft matches so far. As the day went on a massive DDoS attack both in number and frequency is stopping our connection from working in any usual way.
This effects all areas in the Intel Gaming Hall. The stage matches in World of Warcraft are waiting for a lag free possibility to play, the Pro Gaming Area has lags too so the Counter-Strike matches can't be played the way they should and our Press Area loses the internet connection completely every now and then.
Right now we are working with full force to successfully find a solution. We apologize to all players and fans.
As all of you know, only the best teams qualify for the World Championship of the Intel Extreme Masters. This week here at CeBIT is the place to be in 2010 to show your skills and make the audience in the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware cheer.
ave, even playing off stage, should the most impressive skills so far. After his headset broke right in the match versus Frag eXecutors he took a key holder and fixed the headset himself to play on. Even though they lost the match, this will be one of the moments to remember!
Due to some technical problems the World of Warcraft players were not able to play their first matches. But now we fixed everything and the clash of the two out of four SK teams here in the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware can finally be played. Tune in to ESL TV to see all the action happen.
The European Champion wins their first match 19:11
mousesports, who won the Intel Extreme Masters European Championship Finals, just opened the World Championship by winning 19:11 over oXmose. On de_nuke they played CT first and managed to win 13 rounds. cyx was the man of this side and managed to end it with 20:3 stats. For all results and uploaded demos check out the Group Stage page
Now it's time for the first World of Warcraft match in the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware. See the clash of SK's American and Korean teams next on ESL TV. Stay tuned!
While mousesports is playing: Get the times of the next games to start
By now we updated all the group stage pages for today. The matches are now all listed with the new times they are taking place. We once againg say sorry for the delay and hope you still enjoy the first day in the Intel Gaming Hall powered by Alienware.
Show will start with the first CS match of the day
mousesports vs. oxmose to start the show
Due to the delay we are moving the 1st CS playday to the end of the day. All the delayed matches will be played after the end of the regular plan. The WoW matches of playday 1&2 will replace the playday 3-5 in the schedule. These matches will played parallel to the CS matches of playday 4&5.
For better understanding we are working on an update of the full schedule right now.
Delay on the first day's start due to traffic jams in Hanover
We are sorry to tell you that the first day of the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will start with about one hour delay. Right now the players are stuck in the traffic jams all over Hanover. We can not give any time when the show will start at the moment but we will keep you up to date on when we are going to start the show.
Good news for all Quake Live fans. As you may know there will be 36 Quake Live matches at the World Championship, 30 groupstage matches and six more, which will determine Intel Extreme Master's first Quake Live World Champion. To give you the opportunity to follow as many games as possible and even choose your favorite matches ESL TV already set up a second stream. Now our friends from ESL Radio sweeten the CeBIT week even more by offering a videostream, which will feature ten more Quake Live matches. This minimizes the Quake Live action without stream to only three out of 36 matches.
Over at WoW Riot the famous blog World of Ming had an extensive look at the upcoming World of Warcraft World Championship. He analyzes all attending teams, their lineups and their chances to survive the groupstage. Enjoy reading!
Bad news from Taiwan. The runner-up of the Asian Championship Finals canceled their participation of the World Championship. We asked all teams, who attended the tournament in Taipei and came into consideration to replace UMX-Gaming. But no team was able to either enter the tournament or accept in time. Therefore we will see AGAiN at CeBIT. They won the 9th place decider match against Team ALTERNATE at the European Championship Finals and will have their first tournament under the flag of Frag eXecutors next week. This makes group A even more challenging!
Your guide to Core i7, Roccat products & ESL TV Keys
Intel Extreme Masters World Championship Raffle
For those that will follow the Intel Extreme Masters from home, it will be a week of great prizes. We have got 30 ESL TV Premium subscription keys, 10 Roccat hats, 5 hardware prizes from Roccat and two $1,250 Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processors to give away! All you need to do is follow the event actively on the Intel Extreme Masters website, Twitter and live on ESL TV.
Retweet the IEMtv Message of the Day (MOTD) on Wednesday, March 3th, or Friday, March 5th, to be eligible for the raffle.
During the WoW and the CS final our commentators will ask a question. Answer one of the questions along with your Twitter accound name under the respective news announcing the winners of the WoW or CS final.
Two users who got the one of the answers right and retweeted Wednesday's or Friday's MOTD will win the CPU.
After visiting last year's Dreamhack Winter the Intel nerds are finally back. One of them is Holly Kreie, Marketing Manager Gaming EMEA Intel GmbH. This time their old VW Passat including a caravan is moving to CeBIT to run several actions on place. They got their own booth at the Intel Gaming Hall in hall 23. Their trip and adventures will again find their place at this blog. A trailer is already online. Go and check it out!
Unfortunately the World of Warcraft team of Fnatic.WoW will not makte it to the World Championship at CeBIT next week. They placed third at the American Championship Finals and qualified with three other teams for the World Championship.
Since the fifth and sixth placed teams, compLexity.red and Loaded.WoW, aren't able to replace fnatic on short notice, a European team steps in. DnAW is the next team on the list, but isn't able to travel to Germany too. So finally Europe's seventh H2k-Gaming WoW was selected to fill fnatic's gap in group A.
There will be a second ESL TV stream during the World Championship at CeBIT. It will be available at the ESL TV page next week. Thereby we are offering you nineteen additional matches which will be shown live. So if your favorite game, team or player isn't on the ESL TV Stream have a look at the schedule and switch to the second ESL TV Stream (marked as 'ESL TV - B'). These matches will not be commentated by ESL TV, it's just the pure game action just like HLTV for all CS1.6 matches.
The latest WoWverload show featured a lot of interviews with players around the globe attending the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. James 'Toogood' Harding and David 'Shawn' Kugelmann presented a detailed preview on the World Championship. They talked to SK.Another, SK.noonia, coL.Yiska und coL.twixz during the show to give you some impressions of the players of the upcoming competition at CeBIT 2010.
World Championship is getting closer with each day. Both players and fans are very excited about the final stage of the Intel Extreme Masters IV. Many websites had a word with some of the attending players. Here are five interviews with some of the best CS and WoW players of the world.
Cameron 'fams' Carson caught up with Michal 'Carmac' Blcharz to talk a little bit about the impending World Championship, his work behind the scenes, WoW as an E-Sport, Quake Live and its inception into the Intel Extreme Masters, and more!
Due to university obligations Cyrus 'proZaC' Malekani, who placed 2nd at the Asian Championship Finals, is not able to join the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship at CeBIT. After a quite good performance and a lot of entertainment in Taipei, the p1mp will miss the big chance to shine in Germany.
Since all Asian players are not able to take part in the World Championship the replacement for his spot in Group B is no one else then Brian 'dkt' Flander, who placed 7th/8th in the American Championship Finals. He is now going to face starplayers like strenx, fox or cypher who will be a tough challenge for his piece of the $20,000 total prize money.
3 disciplines, 12 participants each and tremendous 108 matches! All of them will be played at the World Championship at CeBIT, which is only ten days ahead. Unfortunately we can't show every single match of the groupstages, but be sure to see all the playoff action. Furthermore there will be HLTV available for CS matches not shown on ESL TV and of course demos and replays of all CS and QL matches. So here is the schedule, pick your games!
During the Continental Championship and Global Challenges already hundreds of thousands dollars were distributed among the best players of the world, but the prize purse of the World Championship is even more impressive! A total of 170,000USD will be at stake for the best Counter-Strike, World of Warcraft and Quake Live players.
Today fnatic and myMYM bring you interviews featuring one well known French player and a rising star from Sweden. Bridet 'RiGo-' Mathieu and Johan 'face' Klasson talking about their goals at the World Championship.
Just two weeks until the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship taking place at CeBIT. It's for all the eSport pages out there to start their coverage. fragster.de and fnatic sat down with the Asian and American Quake Live Champions: Fan Zhibo and Tim 'DaHanG' Fogarty.
Match format, tournament structure, general information
Do you still wonder about the match format, the tournament structure or anything else about the tournaments at CeBIT? Here is a fully detailed explanation on what is going to happen during the World Championship.
Twelve teams participate, six in each group
Group stage will be played in Best-of-1
Playoffs will be played in Best-of-3 and Single Elimination
First team of each group directly advance to playoffs
Second and third play a relegation, winners advance to playoffs
Mappool: de_dust2, de_inferno, de_nuke, de_train & de_tuscan
World of Warcraft
Twelve teams participate, six in each group
Group stage will be played in Best-of-5
Playoffs will be played in Best-of-7 and Single Elimination
First team of each group directly advance to playoffs
Second and third play a relegation, winners advance to playoffs
Twelve players participate, six in each group
Group stage will be played in Best-of-3
Playoffs will be played in Best-of-5 and Single Elimination
First player of each group directly advance to playoffs
Second and third play a relegation, winners advance to playoffs
Mappool: qzdm6, qzdm13, qztourney7, qztourney9 & ztntourney1
Today the groups of the Intel Extreme Masters World Finals were drawn. This will certainly not be an easy path for anyone as the groups are packed with top class teams and players. Now see which candidates face each other first in the big tournament for the World Champion title in CS1.6, WoW and Quake Live!