Moments ago the World Elite won the final of the $32,000 League of Legends tournament over CLG with 2-1.
The well-known Chinese team was hard to judge at the start of the tournament because the information about the Asian scene are limited. They went on and dominated their group, including a win over the later final oppoent CLG. And again the Americans were not able to beat the team from China which secures itself a spot at the Global Championship Finals in 2012 and $12,000.
[14:53] Line-ups for the FINAL round of the League of Legends Final.
Hotshotgg - Galio
Elementz - Janna
Chauster - Ezreal
saintvicious - Lee Sin
Bigfatlp - Cassiopeia
Yjlm - Gangplank
Yms - Singed
Wx - Vayne
lf - Taric
Misaya - Orianna
[14:53] Line-ups for the 2nd round of the League of Legends Final.
Hotshotgg - Kennen
Elementz - Sona
Chauster - Caitlyn
saintvicious - Warwick
Bigfatlp - Orianna
Yjlm - Gangplank
Yms - Singed
Wx - Vayne
lf - Taric
Misaya - Annie
[14:53] Hotshotgg before the final: We are very confident because we studied the opponent so much that we feel we know them in and out. We hope for a 2-0.
[14:36] The line-ups for the first round of the final
Hotshotgg - Jax
Elementz - Janna
Chauster - Nasus
saintvicious - Udyr
Bigfatlp - Zilean
Yjlm - Fiddlesticks
Yms - Gangplank
Wx - Ezreal
lf - Allister
Misaya - Karthas
[13:34] The Counter-Strike tournament is over. Fnatic wins the final against mousesports with 2-1 while WinFakt takes the 3rd place.
[12:53] The line-ups for the deciding 3rd round.
CandyPanda - Kog'Maw
ocelote - Gargas
Wickd - Nasus
Snoopeh - Gangplank
Nyph - Janna
Max - Malzahar
PDD - Galio
Lucky - Fiddlesticks
CR - Sona
iLY - Ezreal
[11:48] eFuture, WinFakt, Team Immunity have gathered behind mousesports to watch their second map, inferno, in the final against Fnatic. The Swedes are leading 1:0 after a 16:10 win on nuke.
[11:44] Line-Ups for the 3rd place match round 2 are:
CandyPanda - Urgot
ocelote - Brand
Wickd - Galio
Snoopeh - Nocturne
Nyph - Janna
Max - Gragas
PDD - Lee Sin
Lucky - Gangplank
CR - Sona
iLY - Vayne
[10:48] Line-Ups for the 3rd place match are:
CandyPanda - Caitlyn
ocelote - Akali
Wickd - Cho'Gath
Snoopeh - Warwick
Nyph - Taric
Max - Karthus
PDD - Garen
Lucky - Gangplank
CR - Sona
iLY - Kog'Maw
[10:35] The action has started with Final mousesports vs. Fnatic, 3rd place WinFakt vs. eFuture and 3rd place SK vs. eHome. The crowd around the pro-area is growing and team shouts and cheers are filling the air.
[09:57] The maps for the 3rd place Counter-Strike match will be: Train, Tuscan & Nuke, if needed. WinFakt captain lurppis: We couldn't really prepare due to the internet at the hotel, which made it impossible to load demos. We don't know too much about them and only watched their match against Anexis on the stream. I have faced some of their players in the past but in the current line-up they are unknown to us. The maps favor us because we got the remove the maps we wanted.
[09:36] Welcome to the final day of the Global Challenge Guangzhou. Today we have the Grand Finals and 3rd place matches for League of Legends and Counter-Strike. Counter-Strike and the League of Legends 3rd place match will start in less than 30 minutes, at 10AM CST.
The 3rd place match for League of Legends between SK Gaming and eHome will be played earlier on Thursday, at 10:00 CST. This was decided to ensure that the whole tournament day will be on time as possible for the fans, viewers and players.
Due to the closing time of the Ani-Com & Games at 17:00 local time and the possible length of League of Legend matches we want to make sure that we can finish Thursday with its deciding matches in Counter-Strike and League of Legends on time.
The final between CLG and World Elite remains scheduled for 14:10 CST. Make sure you tune in to the live coverage of the day with Joe Miller and ZenontheStoic on ESL TV.
The first ever Counter-Strike MVP title and the League of Legends "I CARRIED GUANGZHOU" titles will be given out after each of Wednesdays finals. Six players are nominated for both games and it is up to YOU to decide who gets the title, hardware package and the exclusive hoodie.
MVP - Counter-Strike & I CARRIED GUANGZHOU
Six Counter-Strike & League of Legends players will be nominated for their outstanding performances in Guangzhou, or for the most stylish players that took part in the competition.
Vote for CS1.6 MVP (closed)
Vote for LoL MVP (closed)
Prizes for MVP of CS
Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition CPU
BenQ XL2410T Display
Exclusive, unique MVP Hoodie
Not even two months ago PuMa won the first Global Challenge of this season in Cologne with a clear 3-0 over MC. Now he is in the semi finals of the GC Guangzhou against his teammate IdrA. We sat down with him to learn some more about this very talented player. Thanks go out to SK.Reis for translating.
China is not that far from Korea, but how different does it feel for you?
The biggest different for me is the food. The Chinese food is much fattier than the Korean. It also smells different here, not just the food but in general.
Did you expect your teammate IdrA to win against RevivaL?
I did not really care about that game because I was focused on my own match that day against JYP. After I learned the score though, I was almost shocked that IdrA won in such a convincing fashion.
How do you feel about going up against your teammate IdrA?
Well, IdrA is of course my team mate but I want to win this tournament and that makes him just another player I have to beat to beat if I want to take the first place.
How do you rate the level of the Chinese players that you saw in Guangzhou?
I watched the Chinese whenever I could and they don't play any different than the rest of the world. I guess their problem is that the number of very good players in China is smaller and means less high level competition and practice.
What do you think about elfittajas performance in his first IEM SC2 event?
I didn't manage to watch him a lot but what I heard from other players is that he has a unique style that differs from most other Protoss players.
If you win against IdrA, you'll meet a Protoss in the final. How do you like that match-up?
I think TvP is currently my strongest match-up. The only map loss I had in the past was against MaNa at the GC Cologne. I feel very confident for a final against a Protoss.
How do you like IEM compared to other events?
Since I won the Global Challenge Cologne I felt that if I go to China, that I also had to show a very good performance in Guangzhou. In general I don't differentiate a lot between events. Each of them is a tournament where I want to play as good as possible and ultimately win.
There are people who say that you play 1-1-1 and can't play macro games. How do you feel about that?
When I won the NASL, I never did the 1-1-1 or All-Ins. It was always macro games. The thing about macro is, that the games always lead up to the same point; huge armies and the chance for the enemy to come back. With 1-1-1 the chances to win are higher and I invest a lot of time to think about my 1-1-1.
You have been very successful outside of Korea. Do you feel you have what it takes to eventually make it into Code S?
Yes I think so 100%. Even though I am part of Team EG I practice a lot with Korean Code S players and I know that I have what it takes to play in Code S.
You mentioned Team EG and soon your mates HuK and IdrA will join you in Korea. Do yo look forward to practice with Idra and HuK them?
Yes I am very excited about it. I think it is important to have full-time practice partners and with those two I will be able to practice against a highly skilled Protoss and a highly skilled Zerg. For the future I definitely want to win the GSL and also maintain my performance in foreign events.
Do you think the current StarCraft 2 pros like youself, Nestea, MC or MVP will still be on top when the current StarCraft 1 pros switch to SC2?
I think that is hard to predict for the next years. I see my own chances as very good. The current StarCraft 1 pros will definitely be top notch, but being great in StarCraft 1 is no guarantee that you will be good in StarCraft 2. I was part of eSTRO and know how good the StarCraft 1 pros are.
MC won the Sick Nerd Baller title at GamesCom, does PuMa want to win it?
Of course I would like to win that title, but it is based on popularity and has nothing to do with skill for me.
Last question: Why the red hair?
*laughs* That is the result of a communication problem between me and my hairdresser. I wanted to have a more blond-brown color and ended up with this. The color is really hard to swallow. In the future I'll definitely have to change it again.
[17:07] SK Gaming and CLG will go the full duration of three maps to decide who will face World Elite in Wednesdays final.
[16:05] The Counter-Strike Grand Final tomorrow is mousesports - Fnatic. The Swedes won their semi final over WinFakt with a clear 2-0. After both teams left the pro-area feels a lot less crowded with only the teams and some players remaining.
[15:39] The SICK NERD BALLER Vote is closed. Wait till after the Grand Final between IdrA and elfittaja for the announcement of the winner.
[14:10] Fnatic in their team jerseys look like the old and established while WinFakt in their regular clothes, including one big hole right below the butt, look like some young guns that want to stir things up. And that is exactly how it is.
[13:45] The rivalry between Fnatic and WinFakt is so intense. They sit on opposite corners of the players area but frequently shout at each other or even stand up to make a pose towards the enemy. For this one has to love eSports.
[13:34] Want to know how much SC2 players care for the 3rd place match? As soon as some PCs were free in the pro-area, iaguz PiG, Strelok and Jinro left the stage and started playing.
[12:59] mouz|Zonixx: The game against eFuture was not really hard for us. We were well prepared, had watched every demo possible and in the end showed quite clearly, that we were the better team. For the other semi final I expect Fnatic to win, but WinFakt is capable of an upset. 2:1 for Fnatic in the end though.
[12:32] All StarCraft 2 VoDs can now be found in the replay thread
[12:14] WinFakt arrived some time ago and are warming up while Fnatic is yet to be seen.
[11:27] elfittaja is our first StarCraft 2 finalist. He managed to come back after being down 0-2 against HasuObs, winning with 3-2 in the end. He will now either meet IdrA or PuMa.
[10:18] Met Hotshotgg for breakfast this morning and he made the following quote: I almost hated LoL when I was going for highest ELO on solo queue. I felt like I was going crazy. - Oh, and the guy looks a little bit like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo.
[09:30] Welcome and good morning to 4th day of the GC Guangzhou. Today we will bring you the 1/2 Finals the 3rd place match and the Grand-Final. In and the 1/2 Finals will be played. Let us take a look at todays matches
The second SICK NERD BALLER of the current Intel Extreme Masters season has to be found and crowned. Six players are up to be voted on by YOU, the community.
SICK NERD BALLER - StarCraft II
Six StarCraft II players are nominated for the award for either impressing in their matches and dominating their opponents or for showing off something unique, special and impressive. A true Nerd Baller does not always win, but he will always be able to earn appreciation and win over the community.
Group A of the League of Legends tournament saw a three-way-tie between SK Gaming, eHome and iG. According to the rules at the Intel Extreme Masters, SK and eHome advanced.
The reason to this was explained by admin David Shawn Kugelmann:
In case of a tie between two or more teams in the groupstage the time coefficient will be used to determine which team advances. The time coefficient is determined by adding the duration of all losses and subtracting the duration of all wins of all tied teams among each other. This rewards fast wins and long losses.
The time coefficient of iG was exactly 1 minute and 53 seconds worse than eHome's. That's why they are out of the tournament.
Timezones: PDT +16 | EDT +12 | CEST +6
Streams: ESL TV
Reddit: SC2 | LoL
StarCraft 2 Replays
You can find all StarCraft 2 replays in this thread which will be updated continuously.
[17:50] Quite surprisingly CLG lost to World Elite. Both teams will still advance to the semi-finals, which look like this:
SK Gaming vs. CLG
eHome vs. World Elite
[17:50] The venue is closed for around one hour now, but we are still here and going strong to bring you the League of Legends matches of the group stage. Right now CLG and World Elite are fighting. Players from SK Gaming are still here and watching to study their potential semi-final opponents.
[16:38] The match ups for tomorrows SC2 and Counter-Strike semi-finals are:
IdrA vs. PuMa
elfittaja vs. HasuObs
mousesports vs. eFuture
WinFakt vs. Fnatic
[14:45] SK.Ocelote: This event I will win the "I carried Guangzhou" MVP title, I am sure. *laughs*
[14:11] Joe Miller: I think the quality of the games in Group A was really good. eHome surprised me with their level of play. - eHome came as a stand-in for Bida Gaming and surprised many by taking the 2nd spot in Group A behind SK Gaming.
[14:07] Hotshotgg: We are well prepared for the event. We practiced a lot and studied our opponents as good as possible. - CLGs first match will be against Flash.
[13:47] CLG have arrived at the location and the amount of attention that Hotshotgg gets is insane. He has to pose for so many pictures and sign so many autographs. Will he carry Guangzhou.
[12:56] The next match on the stream will be SK Gaming vs iG. The teams are sitting back to back, it will be so intense.
[12:53] JYP is currently warming up with none other than IMMvp for his match later today against PuMa. Meanwhile elfittaja said after his 3-1 win over Strelok: I am really happy that I won. I was hoping to make top 8 and being in the top 4 now is amazing.
[12:25] The Gimli-Terran iaguz sits behind Strelok and looks like he really is a dwarf like that.
[12:20] WinFakt lurppis: We feel good about the next match against XCN. If we can't beat them, then we don't deserve to be here.
[11:41] The galleries from Saturday and Sunday are online - link
[11:33] SK Gaming surprisingly lost their first match against stand-in eHome. Commentator ZenontheStoic: eHome were a lot lot stronger than anyone expected. SK failed to acknowledge that throughout the match and got punished for that by eHome at every possibility.
[11:19] IdrA wins the first 1/4 Final against RevivaL with 3-1. His next opponent will be either PuMa or JYP. Can he go past another Korean and into the final?
[11:16] mousesports Gob B: We are very happy that we started with a win into the tournament. Our preparation and practice for de_tuscan really paid off. We were able to read their attacks very well. Especially Ninja did a great job on what is probably the hardest position on the map.
[11:11] The mousesports warcry errupts as they win their opening match against WinFakt with 16:6.
[10:51] The Chinese audience is just insane when it comes to League of Legends. So much excitement, cheer and appreciation. Very impressive.
[09:52] Due to a computer issue on one of WinFakts PCs the start of the first match will be slightly delayed.
[09:19] We took some player profile pictures. Finnish underdog elfittaja definitely has to work on his fighting pose for the future. His first match of the day will be 1/4 Final #2 against Strelok
[08:57] Team WinFakt and mousesports have both arrived are are starting to warm up for what will be the first Counter-Strike match of the day.
[08:37] Good morning and welcome from Guangzhou. The visitors are already lined up outside while those who work here are getting ready for another busy day. Today we have the StarCraft 2 1/4 Finals, Counter-Strike Group B and hopefully League of Legends.
[LoL] Tournament will take place - New schedule inside
The League of Legends tournament at the Global Challenge Guangzhou will start on Monday, day 3 of the event.
The issues have been resolved and we are confident that we can start the tournament soon. In order to make up for the lost time, both groups will be played today, two games at a time. Group A will start first.
The replacement for Bida Gaming will be eHome.
Cross Gaming vs. iG
SK Gaming vs. eHome (Live at ESL TV)
eHome vs. iG (Live at ESL TV)
SK Gaming vs. Cross Gaming
13:00 (Most important match will be broadcasted)
iG vs. SK Gaming
Cross Gaming vs. eHome
World Elite vs. Millenium (Live at ESL TV)
CL Gaming vs. Flash
World Elite vs. Flash
CL Gaming vs. Millenium (Live at ESL TV)
17:30 (Most important match will be broadcasted)
World Elite vs. CL Gaming
Millenium vs. Flash
At this stage three teams had 6 points each, in which case point 3.20 of the Intel Extreme Masters rulebook stipulates that the results of AU Team Immunity should be ignored and only the results of the tied teams are counted. This is to determine which teams were better in the most direct comparison.
STEP FOUR: IGNORE IMMUNITY AND FNATIC, RUN A NEW TIE-BREAKER:
At this point Fnatic is the clear leader with a +4 round difference between the tied participants (the results vs. Immunity are still discarded). eFuture and Anexis are still tied.
At this point there is a new tie-breaker where Fnatic is ignored and we start the tie-breaker from the first rule: "Points amassed between the participants themselves."
Anexis 12:16 eFuture
A tie-breaker with two teams is a straight-forward thing from now.
The entire rulebook of the Intel Extreme Masters is available here: Rulebook (.pdf) and the specific rule is on page 18.
We hope the process is a little bit clearer now. It was designed to deal with tie-breaker in the fairest way possible and is not unlike the UEFA Champions League tie-breaker rules (UEFA Champions League group stage: 1. Head to head points, 2. Head to head goal difference, 3. Away goals between tied teams, 4. Goal difference, 5. Goals scored, 6. UEFA co-effecient points).
Please note that we cannot access Twitter from China. All important updates will be here on the page.
League of Legends tournament suspended for today
[15:06] The League of Legends tournament will be suspended for today, Sunday the 2nd. We will continue working on a solution to fix the current problems and plan to start the tournament tomorrow at 10AM with both groups being played in one day.
ESL TV will now broadcast Counter-Strike.
[17:46] Chinese team eFuture won their last match against Anexis 16:12. Meanwhile fnatic won 16:4 against Team Immunity. We have 3 teams with 6 points but based on the rules fnatic and eFuture advance. Understandably the Danes are very disappointed.
[15:41] The StarCraft 2 Quarter-Final matches have been determined: Match 1: RevivaL - IdrA Match 2: elfittaja - Strelok Match 3: dimaga - HasuObs Match 4: PuMa - JYP
The semi-finals will be winner of match 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3.
[15:41] IdrA manages to come back and qualify for the play-offs behind elfittaja in group c. In Group D RevivaL and Strelok managed to qualify.
[15:13] fnatic wins over eFuture with 16:10 and keeps their play-off chances alive.
[14:56] elfittaja wins his group with 3 wins and no map loss after winning his last game against Jinro. A very impressive performance from the young Finnish player.
[14:25] And we are live with eFuture vs. fnatic.
[14:00] Next up in Counter-Strike is eFuture vs. fnatic. The Swedes have to win to stay in the tournament.
[13:58] elfittaja continues to dominate his group with 2 straight wins so far. Meanwhile IdrA also lost his second match, this time against Jinro with 2-1. elfittaja so far is the surprise of the event.
[12:46] In the unexpected top match of group C, elfittaja is leading 1-0 against Jim. Meanwhile RevivaL won the replayed second map against Strelok and they are currently playing the deciding 3rd map, live on ESL TV. The next live match will be Jinro vs IdrA.
[12:31] One of our cameramen just came back from some outdoor filming and reported that there is a queue outside that could easily be 2-3km long. China is insane!
[12:20] Next in Counter-Strike is Anexis vs Team Immunity. Due to the delay in League of Legends, ESL TV will show this match instead and cover CS until there is a solution to the LoL problem.
[12:18] While way won 2:0 against iaguz, the second map of Strelok vs. RevivaL will be replayed due to some errors that occurred during the match.
[12:06] eFuture just won their game against Team Immunity 16:7.
[11:51] Some SC2 scores - Jinro lost his first match surprisingly to Chinese player Jim with 0:2, leaving him and IdrA at the bottom of Group C for the moment. In Group D Strelok is currently leading 1:0 over RevivaL and way 1:0 over iaguz.
[11:41] eFuture vs. Team Immunity is currently being played in Counter-Strike Group A.
[11:31] They shouted louder and also came out on top in the end. Anexis wins the Counter-Strike opening match against fnatic with 16:14 on de_tuscan.
[11:23] Leaving the pro-gamer area is almost impossible right now. There are Chinese fans standing everywhere watching Anexis vs. fnatic and also checking out the League of Legends teams preparing.
[11:11] US superstar IdrA lost his opening match against Finnish darkhorse elfittaja with 0-2.
[10:36] IdrA vs elfi is now live with RotterdaM and MrBitter on ESL TV
[10:24] But Anexis are now silent team either. An even louder shout and now they too are ready to start the game.
[10:21] fnatic are in there traditional pre-match huddle and are a powerful shout sit down now to take on newcomers Anexis.
[9:53] The first games of today are [SC2] elfi vs. IdrA and Jinro vs. Jim, [LoL] CG vs IG and [CS] Anexis vs. fnatic.
[9:51] In case you missed yesterdays results, in StarCraft 2 Group A PuMa and HasuObs advanced and in Group B dimaga and JYP.
[9:45] The pro-gamer area is full today due to the start of the Counter-Strike and League of Legends tournaments. CLG arrived not along ago and Hotshotgg already had to pose for first pictures with fans.
[9:30] Good morning and welcome to the second day of the Global Challenge Guangzhou. Today we have StarCraft 2, League of Legends and Counter-Strike. The hall Ani-Com & Games is filling up fast and will be packed soon.
If you missed yesterdays StarCraft 2 games, check out this replay thread which will be updated frequently.
Due to the huge time difference not all of you will be able to watch the show live. And with this news there is no need to! You will get all replays of all matches in this news without any spoilers! As soon as a match has ended, we will upload the replays to the respective match and link all replays here.
You don't have to click on each match trying to ignore the score screen. Each match has three map links. If a match didn't need all three (or five at playoffs) maps, the remaining map links are empty. Download and watch them one by one, if you want to avoid any spoilers. Furthermore we will link all available VoDs. Please notice that some matches won't be streamed and therefore won't have a VoD. Have fun!
The Global Challenge Guangzhou started with a full day of StarCraft 2. The available seats were taken right from the beginning and it would stay like this until the last game was over. Throughout the day the fans became more and more vocal and especially when the Chinese players YHY and XiGua were on stage they cheered loudly. After some initial streaming issues all problems were resolved throughout the day.
In Group A it was not enough for YHY. He only managed to win against Australian underdog PiG but had to accept defeats against tournament favorite PuMa and HasuObs. The German came second in the end, only losing to PuMa who dominated his group. PiG was without a chance against this strong field and lost all of his three games.
The hot topic of the other group was RAIN who arrived with a few hours delay and had to play his games right off the bat. Against fellow Korean JYP he lost clearly with 2-0. Afterwards he faced the Chinese top player XiGua and the match became the first real best-of-three with RAIN managing to win 2-1 in the end and thus keeping himself alive in the tournament. His last match was against dimaga who had shown a real strong performance up to that point. And he continued it with a third straight victory, taking the first spot in his group. The last match of the day was between JYP and XiGua. The Korean went on to win 2-0, taking the 2nd spot in Group B.
Please note that we cannot access Twitter from China. All important updates will be here on the page.
[17:26] JYP follows dimaga into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over XiGua. That was it for the first day of the GC Guangzhou. The venue is empty by now since official closing time is 17:00 local time.
[17:14] dimaga also won his last game vs RAIN with 2-0. A very short tournament for RAIN who arrived late and a dominating performance from dimaga so far.
[16:40] The last live match for today will be XiGua vs JYP. Make sure you tune in on ESL TV.
[16:34] And RAIN manages to win 2-1 and keeps himself in the tournament for now. Next up are the decider matches dimaga vs. RAIN and XiGua vs JYP.
[16:12] And he keeps his chances alive. 1-1 now. It is all down to the next deciding map.
[16:03] elfittaja and IdrA have been laddering all day. They should be well prepared for tomorrow.
[16:00] RAIN is down 1-0 and fighting for his tournament life now.
[15:23] But no cheering helps against a red-haired PuMa. 2-0 for the Korean. Next up: RAIN against XiGua.
[15:15] Viewing area packed with Chinese people + Chinese player on stage = Crowd goes nuts.
[14:51] In case you are unfamiliar with Australian players PiG and iaguz, here they are:
[14:51] RAIN just lost his first match against fellow Korean JYP. Not a good start for the late arrival. His next match will be against Chinese powerhouse XiGua. Live on ESL TV.
[14:43] Next up is this handsome young man against YHY.
[14:33] No free seats since we started this morning:
[14:29] HasuObs 2-0 PiG.
[14:13] RAIN is playing his first match right now against JYP. After the HasuObs - PiG match we'll show PuMa vs YHY.
[14:07] Anexis eSports and Immunity are on the venue to test the PCs and play some. But they already attract a big crowd behind them.
[13:51] The next matches are starting. HasuObs vs PiG, YHY vs. PuMa and Rain is supposed to play JYP. But his match against XiGua is also still open.
[13:31] dimaga wins his second match against JYP with 2:0.
[13:27] RAIN from fnatic just arrived. He will hopefully soon be able to play his first match.
[12:58] dimaga vs. JYP is live now.
[12:39] PuMa 2:0 HasuObs and YHY 2:0 PiG. Next up dimaga vs. JYP and Rain vs. XiGua.
[11:47] PuMa and HasuObs also won their matches 2:0.
[11:47] dimaga won his opening match against XiGua with 2-0.
[11:04] We start in a few minutes. Besides HasuObs vs. YHY we'll also have PiG vs. PuMa.
[10:45] The first match of the day will be HasuObs vs. YHY. The current delay is due to internet issues at the venue.
Due to massive problems with the local internet provider in China we're not able to offer an HD stream for the Global Challenge Guangzhou right now. We're still working on a solution and hopefully get everything fixed in the morning hours. Everybody who already bought the HD Pass should write a short support ticket to get a credit note.
Looks like we were able to improve the stuation significantly! Our general stability should be better and the Premium streams will have a better quality. Special thanks to the guys at www.own3D.tv for their ongoing support!
Unfortunately we have to announce another replacement for our upcoming Global Challenge in Guangzhou. AEON.GreenPotion canceled their participation on short notice. With their fellow-countrymen from Flash.LoL a surrogate was found. They are the Singaporian WCG winner and will join group B.
The British StarCraft 2 player DeMusliM had to cancel his participation at the Global Challenge Guangzhou yesterday because he was unable to obtain a visa.
With only a few days remaining until the start of the event on the 1st of October, we are very happy to announce that RAIN from fnatic is able to fill in for him on short notice. He had originally lost to DeMusliM in the deciding match of the American qualifier and as such was the first person to be offered the spot.
RAIN will now take DeMusliM's spot in Group B where he'll face dimaga, XiGua and JYP. The Global Challenge Guangzhou will take place from the 1-5th of October at the Ani-Com & Games convention. The prize purse for the StarCraft 2 tournament is $21,000.
The groups for the Global Challenge Guangzhou are now final after the players invited from Korea have been confirmed and several Chinese players and mOOnGlaDe had to be replaced.
The four players who will participate from Korea are PuMa, champion of the Global Challenge Cologne, JYP and RevivaL of Team SCV Life and European expat Jinro.
StarCraft II - Groupstage
The three Chinese players Loner, Infi and lovecd had to cancel their participation. They will be replaced by XiGua, Way and a third player that has yet to be announced. Originally it was Jim who should take the spot, but he is too young to participate. Australian native mOOnGlaDe had to cancel his participation as well, his spot will be taken by iaguz.
From the 1-5th of October the Ani-Com & Games will be the host of the Global Challenge Guangzhou which will feature tournaments for StarCraft 2, Counter-Strike and League of Legends.
Who's going to face each other at our second Global Challenge?
As the qualifiers are done and the Global Challenge Guangzhou is coming closer and closer the groups for the second Global Challenge of this season have been drawn. Get the results now and see which teams and players your favorites are facing.
League of Legends
StarCraft II - Groupstage
Korean Invite #1
Korean Invite #3
Korean Invite #3
Korean Invite #4
From October 1st to 5th these teams and players will face each other at the Jinhan Exhibition Center in Guangzhou. Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming Global Challenge of Intel Extreme Masters!
XlorD faced HasuObs on Sunday to determine who would replace MaNa from Poland and secure a spot at the Global Challenge Guangzhou in October.
The match started out on Tal'darim Altar where XlorD took the lead but HasuObs equalized the score on Shattered Temple for a third and deciding map. On Terminus SE XlorD was able to secure his win with 2:1 and thus his spot at the GC Guangzhou. The other qualified European players for the event are Strelok, dimaga and elfittaja.
Earlier this week MaNa had to cancel his participation at the event which lead to the replacement match as both players had placed 3/4th in the qualifier where MaNa had originally won his spot.
The Global Challenge Guangzhou will take place from the 1-5th of October at the Ani-Com & Games. The StarCraft 2 tournament will feature a $21,000 prize pool.
MaNa has to cancel Guangzhou. Replacement match Sunday.
The Global Challenge Guangzhou will take place without MaNa. The young Polish player had to cancel his participation due to other commitments.
He had managed to qualify for the event during the first European qualifier. The replacement match will be fought between the two players who placed 3/4th in that qualifier, Germans XlorD and HasuObs. It will take place tomorrow, the 11th of September.
The winner joins Strelok, dimaga and elfittaja as the European players who will participate in the $21,000 StarCraft 2 tournament. For MaNa it would have been his second Intel Extreme Masters event in a row, after his very successful 3rd place at the season opening at GamesCom. His next chance to qualify for the world finals will now be the Global Challenge New York for which he also already qualified.
The GC Guangzhou will take place from the 1-5th of October at the Ani-Com & Games and will, besides StarCraft 2, feature also a $40.000 Counter-Strike tournament and a $32,000 League of Legends tournament.
The American qualifier winner Temporary is unable to attend the event in China. Team WinFakt from Finland will be the replacement after no other team from the United States was available.
This means that the first Counter-Strike tournament of this season will be without a representative from America. Temporary had won the American qualifier for the Global Challenge Guangzhou against UMX.us in July. With no other US-based team being able to fill in, the slot went to the 4th placed team from the European qualifier, Team WinFakt.
The Finns will now be able to compete in the $40,000 Counter-Strike tournament that will be held during in Guangzhou during the Ani-Com & Games from the 1-5th of October. Other attendants from Europe will be fnatic, mousesports and Anexis eSports.
The long American qualification tournament has come to an end.
After three pre-qualifiers and a final qualifier the two American StarCraft 2 spots for the Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge Guangzhou have been filled. A total of 16 players fought for the spots over the last 3 days in a double elimination tournament. Among the participants were well known names like IdrA, Rain, Fenix or DeMuslim.
The sometimes hot headed IdrA managed to take the winner bracket after he beat Rain, who is currently living in the USA. In the losers bracket the Korean player had to face another foreigner currently in America, DeMuslim from the United Kingdom. The European managed to win 3-2 and secure himself the second spot for Guangzhou, giving both spots to players from Team EG.
The European and American Counter-Strike 1.6 teams for our upcoming Chinese Global Challenge in Guangzhou are already known. Now it's time to present the participants residing in the far East. Before we will unveil any Asian teams, we are glad to announce Team Immunity as fifth CS1.6 contender in China.
The Australian team had its first Intel Extreme Masters appearance at season 4's Asian Championship in Taipei, where they placed fourth. With mousesports, fnaticRC, POPPERS!, CheckSix Gaming and our latest addition from Australia, only three Counter-Strike slots are available, which will all be filled with teams from Asia.
USA StarCraft 2 and EU Counter-Strike and League of Legends IEM qualifiers.
October will be a hot month for the Intel Extreme Masters with two Global Challenges taking place in Guangzhou and New York. The qualifications for China are almost over but the American StarCraft 2 representatives still have to be determined. Over the weekend the third and last qualifier was played and now the field of 16 players for the Championship Bracket are set:
The tournament will use a double elimination system and the winners of the Winner- and Loserbracket each win a spot at the Global Challenge Guangzhou. It will be played over a three day span, starting out tomorrow and finishing on the 1st of September. Check the website for all times and the brackets to follow the match-ups.
While the qualifiers for this Global Challenge are almost finished, the ones for New York just started. During the weekend the first took place in Europe, for Counter-Strike and League of Legends. Each game will have 2 normal qualifiers where the top 4 of each move onto the final qualifier where the spots for New York will be determined.
The Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge Cologne at GamesCom is over and it is time to take an updated look at the qualifiers for the next stop in Guangzhou, China. Since our last update the European Counter-Strike 1.6 slots have been decided and fnaticRC, mousesports and POPPERS! are the teams heading to the far East. They are joined by StarCraft II players elfi- and Strelok, who secured their spots at the second qualifier. This means that all European slots for the Global Challenge Guangzhou, which takes place from the 1st - 5th of October, are taken:
Meanwhile the fight for the American StarCraft II slots is still undecided. Two qualifiers for the deciding American Qualifier Championship Bracket already took place and the last one will be held tomorrow, August the 27th. Two days later, on the 29th, the 12 players who qualified and the 4 invited players will battle it out for two slots for the Global Challenge Guangzhou. So far the following players have the chance to win a slot:
Already finished are the Counter-Strike 1.6 and League of Legends qualifiers which saw CheckSix Gaming and Counter Logic Gaming being victorious. They will go to Ani-Com & Games in Guangzhou, China from the 1st - 5th October for the second stop of the Intel Extreme Masters Season 2011/12.
Last night Europe and America entered Summoners Rift to determine their LoL representatives for the Global Challenge Guangzhou. Only one slot was available for the Americans. Hotshot's Counter Logic Gaming managed to qualify for the second Global Challenge in a row. Team SoloMid placed third after losing to Team Curse, but you will see them next week at Global Challenge Cologne. Europe will send SK Gaming and Millenium to China. Both teams will make their appearance at Cologne's gamescom next week as well.
If you are more interested in CS1.6 or SC2, you can follow today's EU final qualifiers for our second event in China. Eight CS1.6 teams will compete for three slots starting at 3pm CET. The second open qualifier in StarCraft II is about to start one hour before. ESL TV will cover the battle for two more slots. The winners of this qualifier will join DIMAGA and MaNa, who won last week's first qualifier.
If you are more into StarCraft II, you shouldn't miss today's first out of two European Qualifiers. The top two of this cup receive a slot for Guangzhou's Global Challenge. MrBitter is debuting here at ESL TV's studio joined by Rotterdam, of course. Tune in on ESL TV, as the stream goes live any minute.
Update: DIMAGA and MaNa managed to reach the final and are therefore qualified for the Global Challenge Guangzhou.
Last weekend the last teams qualified for Europe's Final Qualifier of our Global Challenge Guangzhou. Both final qualifiers will take place this weekend using a Double Elimination bracket. Eight Counter-Strike teams will compete for three slots, while only two tournament slots are available for eight European LoL teams. These are the teams, who try to get their ticket to China.
Yesterday America determined their Counter-Strike 1.6 representative for our second Global Challenge in China. Four teams competed in a groupstage for the number one spot. Temporary and UMX.usa did not loose a single map, until they had to face eachother. CheckSix Gaming, consisting of the US-American legends fRoD and Storm, managed to win the final match and is hereby the first Counter-Strike 1.6 team to be qualified for an event of season 6.
fnatic, mousesports & more in CS1.6 EU Qualifier #1
CS1.6 is here!
Today Counter-Strike 1.6 makes its first appearance in season 6 of the Intel Extreme Masters. 32 teams compete for the top four spots to advance to the final qualifier, where three slots for the Global Challenge Guangzhou are up for the grabs.
Among today's participants are some of the world's best teams such as the World Champions of season two and three: fnaticRC and mousesports. Round 1 is already live for a few minutes, get your HLTV-IPs at HLTV.org and follow your favorite team.
All American Qualifiers for Counter-Strike, League of Legends and StarCraft II have been announced. There will be only one team slot available for North, Central and South America in CS and LoL, while two StarCraft II players will get the chance to represent their continent at the Global Challenge Guangzhou in China.
StarCraft II will use a pre-qualifier system, where twelve players will qualify via three cups joined by four invited ones culminating in a final qualifier from August 25th to 28th. However, there is only one chance for all LoL and CS1.6 teams, it's gonna be do or die.
American CS1.6 Qualifier
1 IEM GC Guangzhou slot at Qualifier - Tuesday, August 2nd 2011
American StarCraft II Qualifier
4 Invites to Final Qualifier
Qualifier #1 - Top4 advance to Final Qualifier - Tuesday, August 9th 2011
Qualifier #2 - Top4 advance to Final Qualifier - Tuesday, August 16th 2011
Qualifier #3 - Top4 advance to Final Qualifier - Tuesday, August 23th 2011
2 IEM GC Guangzhou slots at Final Qualifier - August 25th - 28th 2011
American LoL Qualifier
1 IEM GC Guangzhou slot at Qualifier - Wednesday, August 10th 2011
With the announcement of Intel Extreme Master's second event in season 6, we'd like to share the details on how to qualify for the tournaments of Global Challenge Guangzhou, taking place from October 1st to 5th. 16 StarCraft II players will compete for a World Championship slot and $21,000, while 8 LoL and 8 CS1.6 teams will battle it out for $32,000 and $40,000 as well as two World Championship slots each and Ranking Points.
Global Challenge Guangzhou
We will run several online qualifiers in Europe, America and Asia to determine the 32 participants for our Asian event in season 6 starting this Saturday, July 30th 2011. Since this event will be held in Asia, the respective continent receives the bigger part of participants.
Counter-Strike 1.6 3 European Team 1 American Team 4 Asian Teams
StarCraft II 4 European Players 2 American Players 4 Korean Players 4 Chinese Players 2 South-East Asian Players
League of Legends 2 European Teams 1 American Team 2 Chinese Teams 3 South-East Asian Team
In Europe all participants will be determined directly via dedicated cups listed as below. We will release details on all American and Asian Qualifiers as soon as possible.
European CS1.6 Qualifier
Qualifier #1 - Top4 advance to Final Qualifier - Sunday, July 31st 2011
Qualifier #2 - Top4 advance to Final Qualifier - Sunday, August 7th 2011
3 IEM GC Guangzhou slots at Final Qualifier - Sunday, August 14th 2011
European StarCraft II Qualifier
2 IEM GC Guangzhou slots at Qualifier #1 - Tuesday, 9th August 2011
2 IEM GC Guangzhou slots at Qualifier #2 - Sunday, 14th August 2011
Global Challenge Guangzhou takes IEM back to China
Season 6's second event!
The Global Challenge at Ani-Com & Games in Guangzhou will be the second event of the global league of the video game champions. Teams of Counter-Strike and League of Legends as well as StarCraft II players will clash in Guangzhou, China, from October 1st to 5th, for a total prize money of $93,000!
Ani-Com & Games hosts Asian Global Challenge
We love to announce officially that the next Global Challenge will take place at the Guangzhou Ani-Com & Games from October 1st to 5th during China's weeklong National Day of the People's Republic of China holiday. During these five days world class Counter-Strike 1.6 teams, League of Legends teams and StarCraft II players will compete for a total of $93,000 prize money.
It will be Counter-Strike's first appearance in season six of the Intel Extreme Masters. They will battle it out for the $40,000 prize money that is at stake, $21,000 are up for the grabs at the StarCraft II tournament. An appealing $32,000 in cash prizes will be available for the global League of Legends elite. Furthermore the winners and runner-ups of all three tournaments qualify for the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in 2012.
Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge Guangzhou Dates: October 1st - 5th Prize Pool: $93,000 Games: Counter-Strike 1.6, LoL, StarCraft II Venue: Ani-Com & Games Guangzhou, China
Stay tuned, as we will announce the first qualifiers very soon.