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Venue
 
CeBIT 2013
March 05th - 09th

Deutsche Messe AG
Messegelände, Hall 23
30521 Hanover
Germany
Travel Guide

No entry for children under 16.
Valid ID must be shown!
Tournament System
 
StarCraft II
Four Groups of Six (Bo3)
Groups' 1st Place to Quarter Finals
Groups' 2nd/3rd to Round of 16
Playoffs Single Elimination (Bo5)
Grand Final (Bo7)

League of Legends
Two Groups of Six (Bo1)
Groups' 1st Place to Semi Finals
Groups' 2nd/3rd to Quarter Finals
Playoffs Single Elimination (Bo3)
Grand Final (Bo5)
Groups
 
StarCraft II
Group A
Nerchio
YongHwa
PartinG
HasuObs
sLivko
LucifroN

Group B
ret
XlorD
First
Kas
MC
YoDa

Group C
Sting
Socke
MaNa
Snute
viOLet
VortiX

Group D
Golden
Mvp
TLO
Stephano
Dream
Grubby

League of Legends
Group A
Gambit Gaming
Fnatic
Incredible Miracle
CJ Entus Blaze
Millenium
paiN Gaming

Group B
MeetYourMakers
SK Telecom T1
SK Gaming
Anexis
Evil Geniuses
CJ Entus Frost
World Championship StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm VoDs
14.03.2013 13:15
 
From the 5th to the 9th of March the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship took place. In StarCraft II, the 24 best players from America, Asia and Europe had gathered in Hanover, Germany to determine who is the champion. Watch the entire event again, all broadcasted matches in Full HD.



Did you miss the impressive run of LG-IM's players? Did you miss Ret going on a streak that seemed unstoppable?

Find the full playlist and relive the tournament here.

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World Championship Interviews & Videos
10.03.2013 17:20
 
The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship saw a great deal of online coverage from the international eSports press. For five days the press room was filled with journalists from all over the world who covered the event. Between them they produced a lot of great content, especially video interviews. Check out all the videos from ESL TV and the eSports press.



Opening Day Impressions
Wednesday Impressions
Thursday Impressions
Friday Impressions

Video Interviews

cadred.org

Ocelote Nerchio qu1ksh0t Kas eRot1c
Snute paiN.Gaming Angush sLivko ToD


GosuGamers.net

TLO Darien MaNa David Hiltscher viOLet
Hyrqbot SirT Kas Stephano Millenium
Socke Kaelaris SeltzerPlease Tabzz Wickd
kev1n Snute Mokatte AlexIch Ocelote


rakaka.se



Alex Ich Joe Miller Stephano Snoopeh SeltzerPlease
kev1n ReDeYe JoRoSaR viOLet CloudTemplar
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CJ Entus Blaze and YoDa are the new World Champions
09.03.2013 18:56
 
Gamescom, Singapore, Cologne, Katowice, Sao Paulo were our touchstones players all around the globe had to take to qualify for CeBIT, where this season culminated in the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. Over five days 24 players and 12 teams competed to become the new World Champion in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and League of Legends and $250,000.

CJ Entus Blaze wins over their sister team Frost

12 League of Legends teams from Asia, Europe and America came to Hanover, Germany: Big names such as Team EG and SK Gaming featuring stars such as Froggen or Ocelote, but also non LCS teams e.g. Millenium and Anexis as well as the mighty teams from Korea, which proved once again to be the eSports nation.

Final - CJ Entus Blaze 3:1 CJ Entus Frost


The grand final was played in a best of five series for the first time. The Korean sister teams from CJ Entus formerly known as Azubu humiliated all their previous opponents before meeting in the grand final. Although winning the first map Blaze couldn't kill Frost's Nexus an additional time even when Shy got his hands on his feared Singed in game three and four.

1st - CJ Entus Blaze - $50,000 -2nd - CJ Entus Frost - $25,000
3rd/4th - SK Telecom T1 & Gambit Gaming - $13,500
5th/6th - Anexis eSports & Millenium - $6,900

All StarCraft II VoDs - All League of Legends VoDs


YoDa sweeps the final to become the new champion

On the 5th of March 24 players came to Hanover to participate in the first ever global StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm tournament. Five days later the champion was crowned. He goes by the name of YoDa and hails from Korea. After winning his group he went on and beat his team mates Mvp and First to secure the title.

Final - LG-IM YoDa 4:0 LG-IM First


The event proved to be a very special for team Incredible Miracle. With their players YoDa, First, Mvp and YongHwa they managed to secure the first four places, a very impressive performance. YoDa and First had already met in the groupstage, which ended in a 2:1 win for First. It was the only loss for YoDa in the entire tournament. The SICK NERD BALLER title of the World Championship went to Polish player MaNa who reached the quarterfinal, but was eliminated by Mvp.

1st - LG-IM Yoda - $30,000 -2nd - LG-IM First - $15,000
3rd/4th - LG-IM Mvp & LG-IM YongHwa - $7,500

Thank you very much for following our event and the 2012/2013 season over the last five days and the recent months. Intel Extreme Masters will be back.

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Koreans dominate the Playoffs
08.03.2013 19:11
 
The Intel Extreme Masters will have a new League of Legends champion. Gambit Gaming, the reigning title winners, were eliminated on the fourth day of the tournament by Korean team CJ Entus Frost. In StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm the Korean players are showing dominating. Only one foreigner remains in the tournament, Ret from the Netherlands.

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

Friday began with the Polish duel between Nerchio and MaNa, which the latter managed to win with a hard earned 3:2. Next up was Blizzard World Champion PartinG against European superstar Stephano. PartinG went on to win 3:1, the same result that also occured between Ret vs. Sting and the Katowice final rematch between First and Dream.

With the first playoff round being finished it was time for the quarterfinals. MaNa had to face MVP and the four time GSL champion made a clean sweep with 3:0. The final match of the day was PartinG vs. YoDa which turned into a thrilling five mapper with the better ending for YoDa.

Quarter #3 - 09/03/13 09:30 CET - YongHwa vs. ret
Quarter #4 - 09/03/13 11:00 CET - First vs. violet
Semi #1 - 09/03/13 12:30 CET - MVP vs. YoDa
Playoff Bracket

League of Legends

In League of Legends the two European teams Anexis and Millenium were eliminated in the first round by both CJ Entus teams. CJ Entus Frost went on to face Gambit Gaming afterwards. The reigning champion was taken down in the end by the Koreans with 2:1. Tomorrow the All-Korean semifinal between CJ Entus Blaze and SK Telecom T1 will take place.

Semi #2 - 09/03/13 09:30 CET - SK Telecom T1 vs. CJ Entus Blaze
Final - 09/03/13 12:45 CET - CJ Entus Frostvs. tbd
Playoff Bracket

All StarCraft II VoDs - All League of Legends VoDs


Saturday will be the final day of the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. The remaining playoff matches will be played out before it is time for the Grand Finals. Which Korean team will take the League of Legends title and can Ret continue his successful run as the last foreigner? For the answers, tune in tomorrow.

Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

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Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will feature a total cash prize of $250,000 for League of Legends and StarCraft II. Players and teams from all over the world have qualified through the various stops around the globe and will clash at CeBIT, Hanover, March 5th to 9th.

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18 teams and players survived groupstage
07.03.2013 19:11
 
Playtime is over! After three days the groupstage has finished. 24 StarCraft II players and twelve League of Legends teams from all over the globe tried to get into the playoffs, only half of them managed to do so. Today the final playoff participants have been determined.

StarCraft II

It was a perfect day for MVP, who is the fourth Korean group winner of this tournament and the third one who didn't lose a single match. He is followed by Dream and Stephano. This results in four Europeans in tomorrow's Round of 12, three of which are Zergs. Golden was only the second Korean dropping the tournament.

Tomorrow's playoffs will start with four matches, where all second and third placed players of the groupstage will face eachother to advance to the quarter finals and fight the group winners. Each race is represented equally among the twelve participants.

Round of 12 #1 08/03/13 09:30 CET - Nerchio vs. MaNa
Round of 12 #2 08/03/13 10:55 CET - PartinG vs. Stephano
Round of 12 #3 08/03/13 12:20 CET - ret vs. Sting
Round of 12 #4 08/03/13 14:00 CET - Dream vs. First
Playoff Bracket

League of Legends

The dreams of European fans were shattered, when the established and renowned teams from EG and SK Gaming struggled in their matches and couldn't recover from early losses in the groupstage. After going 4-1 last weekend in the LCS Super Week this was unexpected - especially from SK Gaming.

Due to the rather disappointing shapes of SK and EG and a great perfomance another European team rose and made it into the playoffs as the third Polish participants after Nerchio and MaNa qualifying in StarCraft II. Anexis third placed was topped by the aggressive playing Korean teams CJ Entus Frost and SK Telecom T1. Latter advanced directly into the semi finals, while Frost will face Millenium in tomorrow's quarter finals.

Quarter Final #1 08/03/13 09:30 CET - Millenium vs. CJ Entus Frost
Quarter Final #2 08/03/13 12:15 CET - CJ Entus Blaze vs. Anexis eSports
Playoff Bracket

All StarCraft II VoDs - All League of Legends VoDs

We will be back on Thursday at 9:30 CET with the knock-out round. Tune in as the remaining participants will getting closer and closer each match to becoming the new World Champion.

Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

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Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will feature a total cash prize of $250,000 for League of Legends and StarCraft II. Players and teams from all over the world have qualified through the various stops around the globe and will clash at CeBIT, Hanover, March 5th to 9th.

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Most picked champions, most kills? Detailed live statistics of LoL
07.03.2013 12:11
 
Which player has the best KDA ratio, which one was just farming minions all day? Visit our event page for live statistics of the League of Legends tournament or have a look of the statistics of day 1.





Most Picked - Win Ratio - Avg. K/D/A

9x Lulu - 44% - 1 / 2.78 / 9.33

8x Miss Fortune - 75% - 4.13 / 3 / 8.38

8x Rumble - 25% - 2.75 / 3.75 / 5.5

8x Volibear - 75% - 3.13 / 2.75 / 9.38

8x Sona - 63% - 2 / 3.25 / 9.63




7x: JarvanIV, Shen

6x: Varus, LeeSin

5x: Khazix, Caitlyn, Renekton

4x: Ryze, Zed, XinZhao, Vi, Thresh
 
Farm God

GG BenQ Alex Ich - 282.4 cs

GG BenQ Genja - 267.8 cs

FNC YellOwStaR - 263.8 cs

FNC xPeke - 258 cs

LG IM Mid King - 238.8 cs

 
King of the Jungle (Neutral Minion Kills)

GG BenQ Diamond - 77.8 per map

M ImSoFresh - 61.2

FNC Cyanide - 53.4

LG IM Lilac - 49.6

paiN SirT Razer - 49.6

 
Total Time Spent Dead

M Angush - 1040 seconds

FNC nRated - 861

FNC xPeke - 806

M ImSoFresh - 703

M Tabzz - 681

 
Time Spent Dead Team

Millenium - 60.22 min

FNC - 58.48

LG IM - 39.67

paiN - 38.88

GMB - 32.62

CJ B - 24.42



In all matches from day 1 the overall damage dealt to everything (including minions, champions, towers etc.) was 61.63% physical damage and 38.37% magical, while the damage dealt champions was more balanced with 50.71% physical and 49.29% magical. Find live statistics of all matches
on our event page..

Furthermore we will share more interesting statistics during the tournament on Twitter.

World Championship Day 3 - Last chance for the playoffs
07.03.2013 08:45
 
The last day of the group stage has begun. One more group in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and League of Legends will be played for the final playoff spots. Among todays participants are names like Mvp, Stephano, Grubby, MeetYourMakers, SK Gaming and Evil Geniuses.

Friday and Saturday will be all about the playoffs and the grand final to crown the new world champions of the Intel Extreme Masters.


Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

Live on ESL TV in Free HD


All StarCraft II VoDs - All League of Legends VoDs




The Participants & Schedule

In StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm a total of 24 players will face each other. Among them is reigning Intel Extreme Masters World Champion who got seeded into Group B. The top 3 of each group will advance into the playoffs. Group winners go directly into the quarter finals.



5th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Group A & B

6th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Group C

7th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Group D

8th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Play-offs Day 1

9th of March from 9:10 CET
StarCraft II Play-offs Day 2 & Grand Final

Russian based Gambit Gaming will be the team to chase and beat, as they go into the tournament as the current World Champion. The 12 teams have been seeded into two groups. The top 3 will advance into the playoffs. Group winners go directly into the semi finals.



6th of March from 9:30 CET
League of Legends Group A

7th of March from 9:30 CET
League of Legends Group B

8th of March from 9:30 CET
League of Legends Play-offs Day 1

9th of March from 9:30 CET
League of Legends Play-offs Day 2 & Grand Final

The Hosts, Commentators & Analysts

League of Legends StarCraft II
Host - Eefje 'sjokz' Depoortere
Co-Host - Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner
Caster - Joe Miller
Caster - Leigh 'Deman' Smith
Caster - Jason Kaplan
Analysis Host - Jarett Cale
Expert - Christopher 'Panky' Pankhurst
Expert - Trevor 'qu1ksh0t' Henry
Host - Rachel 'SeltzerPlease' Quirico
Co-Host - Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner
Caster - James 'Kaelaris' Carrol
Caster - Shaun 'Apollo' Clark
Caster - Yoan 'ToD' Merlo
Analysis Host - John 'JoRoSaR' Sargent
Expert - Kevin 'qxc' Riley
Expert - Kevin 'Harstem' de Koning
Observer - Michael 'Adebisi' Van Driel


Tickets & Travel Information

The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship take place in Hall 23 at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany. If you need FREE TICKETS and/or travel advise on how to get there, check out our extensive travel guide. The free tickets are in limited supply only.

Tickets & Travel Guide

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The new XL2720T Gaming Monitor from BenQ
06.03.2013 09:27
 
BenQ has unveiled the new XL2420T professional gaming monitor at the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. The new flagship product for competitive gamers is used at the World Championship which take place at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany from the 5th to 9th of March.



Official BenQ XL2420T website

Gaming is in the details

The new BenQ XL2720T is the first 27" professional gaming monitor on the market. It was co-developed together with professional gamers to fulfill the high standards and requirements players have.

27" 120Hz Display
1920x1080 Resolution
5ms, 1ms (GtG) response time
Switch between your personal settings with the S Switch
Download special gaming pre-sets used by well-known gamers

To the press release.



Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will feature a total cash prize of $250,000 for League of Legends and StarCraft II. Players and teams from all over the world have qualified through the various stops around the globe and will clash at CeBIT, Hanover, March 5th to 9th.

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World Championship - The Summoners arrive
06.03.2013 08:34
 
Day 2 of the Intel Extreme Masters is on it's way. Today the League of Legends tournament starts with while StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm continues. Defending champion Gambit Gaming will step into the ring in Group A while Singapore champion Sting wants to leave his mark in Group C of the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm tournament.

Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

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The Participants & Schedule

In StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm a total of 24 players will face each other. Among them is reigning Intel Extreme Masters World Champion who got seeded into Group B. The top 3 of each group will advance into the playoffs. Group winners go directly into the quarter finals.



5th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Group A & B

6th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Group C

7th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Group D

8th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Play-offs Day 1

9th of March from 9:10 CET
StarCraft II Play-offs Day 2 & Grand Final

Russian based Gambit Gaming will be the team to chase and beat, as they go into the tournament as the current World Champion. The 12 teams have been seeded into two groups. The top 3 will advance into the playoffs. Group winners go directly into the semi finals.



6th of March from 9:30 CET
League of Legends Group A

7th of March from 9:30 CET
League of Legends Group B

8th of March from 9:30 CET
League of Legends Play-offs Day 1

9th of March from 9:30 CET
League of Legends Play-offs Day 2 & Grand Final

The Hosts, Commentators & Analysts

League of Legends StarCraft II
Host - Eefje 'sjokz' Depoortere
Co-Host - Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner
Caster - Joe Miller
Caster - Leigh 'Deman' Smith
Caster - Jason Kaplan
Analysis Host - Jarett Cale
Expert - Christopher 'Panky' Pankhurst
Expert - Trevor 'qu1ksh0t' Henry
Host - Rachel 'SeltzerPlease' Quirico
Co-Host - Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner
Caster - James 'Kaelaris' Carrol
Caster - Shaun 'Apollo' Clark
Caster - Yoan 'ToD' Merlo
Analysis Host - John 'JoRoSaR' Sargent
Expert - Kevin 'qxc' Riley
Expert - Kevin 'Harstem' de Koning
Observer - Michael 'Adebisi' Van Driel


Tickets & Travel Information

The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship take place in Hall 23 at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany. If you need FREE TICKETS and/or travel advise on how to get there, check out our extensive travel guide. The free tickets are in limited supply only.

Tickets & Travel Guide

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The Boss toss got fired - YongHwa & YoDa win group A & B
05.03.2013 18:58
 
It's the first day of the World Championship and the reigning champion is already eliminated. StarCraft II's group A & B were filled with top-notch players, five of them being mighty Koreans. Only one of them didn't manage to survive the groupstage. MC from SK Gaming, Boss Toss, reigning champion, winner of Intel Extreme Masters Season 6 is out. A new champion will rise!

His four fellow countrymen performed better and will be seen again in the playoffs, which will start on Friday. In addition to the four Koreans - the winners of group A and B, YongHwa and YoDa, as well as Parting and First - two European Zergs made it to the Round of 12, where all second and third placed players will meet, while the group winners advance directly to the quarter finals.

All VODS's from Day 1


Tomorrow six more players are going to compete for three slots in the playoffs. We will be back with four more days at CeBIT as the best teams and players of the season fight for the titles and a grand total of $250,000.

Day 1 Results of StarCraft II's Groups A & B



Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

Live on ESL TV in Free HD


The Hosts, Casters & Analysts

Shaun 'Apollo' Clark brings you top-notch commentary alongside our very own James 'Kaelaris' Carrol and Yoan 'ToD' Merlo. The discussion at our StarCraft II analysis desk will be lead by John 'JoRoSar' Sargent, who will be joined by Kevin 'qxc' Riley and fnatic's Kevin 'Harstem' de Koning.

Host - Rachel 'SeltzerPlease' Quirico
Co-Host - Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner
Caster - James 'Kaelaris' Carrol
Caster - Shaun 'Apollo' Clark
Caster - Yoan 'ToD' Merlo
Analysis Host - John 'JoRoSaR' Sargent
Expert - Kevin 'qxc' Riley
Expert - Kevin 'Harstem' de Koning
Observer - Michael 'Adebisi' Van Driel

Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will feature a total cash prize of $250,000 for League of Legends and StarCraft II. Players and teams from all over the world have qualified through the various stops around the globe and will clash at CeBIT, Hanover, March 5th to 9th.

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The World Championship kick-off with StarCraft II
05.03.2013 08:58
 
The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship start today. For five days Hall 23 at CeBIT will be the focus of the eSports world as the best teams and players of the season fight for the titles and a grand total of $250,000. Tuesday is all about StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm as Groups A and B of the tournament take place.

Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

Live on ESL TV in Free HD

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Groups A & B

Reigning champion MC will step into the ring today in Group B on his quest to defend the title.



5th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Group A & B

6th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Group C

7th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Group D

8th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Play-offs Day 1

9th of March from 9:10 CET
StarCraft II Play-offs Day 2 & Grand Final

The Hosts, Casters & Analysts

Shaun 'Apollo' Clark, who had already commentated last year's Intel Extreme Masters World Championship, will be returning to bring you top-notch commentary alongside our very own James 'Kaelaris' Carrol and Yoan 'ToD' Merlo, who had his debut as an analyst and commentator for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice.

The discussion at our StarCraft II analysis desk will be lead by John 'JoRoSar' Sargent, who will be joined by Intel Extreme Masters Katowice favourite and complexity player Kevin 'qxc' Riley and fnatic's Kevin 'Harstem' de Koning.

Star observer Michael 'Adebisi' van Driel will be joining us for the ingame camera work.

Host - Rachel 'SeltzerPlease' Quirico
Co-Host - Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner
Caster - James 'Kaelaris' Carrol
Caster - Shaun 'Apollo' Clark
Caster - Yoan 'ToD' Merlo
Analysis Host - John 'JoRoSaR' Sargent
Expert - Kevin 'qxc' Riley
Expert - Kevin 'Harstem' de Koning
Observer - Michael 'Adebisi' Van Driel

Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will feature a total cash prize of $250,000 for League of Legends and StarCraft II. Players and teams from all over the world have qualified through the various stops around the globe and will clash at CeBIT, Hanover, March 5th to 9th.

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The World Championship - Live from Tuesday
04.03.2013 16:46
 
The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will begin tomorrow, Tuesday the 5th and you don't want to miss it. For five days the best players and teams will compete in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and League of Legends for total prize of $250,000. You can find the event in Hall 23 at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany from the 5th to 9th of March 2013.

Information on how to get free tickets and travel to Hanover can be found at the end of the article.


Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

Live on ESL TV in Free HD

The Participants & Schedule

In StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm a total of 24 players will face each other. Among them is reigning Intel Extreme Masters World Champion who got seeded into Group B. The top 3 of each group will advance into the playoffs. Group winners go directly into the quarter finals.



5th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Group A & B

6th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Group C

7th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Group D

8th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Play-offs Day 1

9th of March from 9:10 CET
StarCraft II Play-offs Day 2 & Grand Final

Russian based Gambit Gaming will be the team to chase and beat, as they go into the tournament as the current World Champion. The 12 teams have been seeded into two groups. The top 3 will advance into the playoffs. Group winners go directly into the semi finals.



6th of March from 9:30 CET
League of Legends Group A

7th of March from 9:30 CET
League of Legends Group B

8th of March from 9:30 CET
League of Legends Play-offs Day 1

9th of March from 9:30 CET
League of Legends Play-offs Day 2 & Grand Final

The Hosts, Commentators & Analysts

League of Legends StarCraft II
Host - Eefje 'sjokz' Depoortere
Co-Host - Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner
Caster - Joe Miller
Caster - Leigh 'Deman' Smith
Caster - Jason Kaplan
Analysis Host - Jarett Cale
Expert - Christopher 'Panky' Pankhurst
Expert - Trevor 'qu1ksh0t' Henry
Host - Rachel 'SeltzerPlease' Quirico
Co-Host - Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner
Caster - James 'Kaelaris' Carrol
Caster - Shaun 'Apollo' Clark
Caster - Yoan 'ToD' Merlo
Analysis Host - John 'JoRoSaR' Sargent
Expert - Kevin 'qxc' Riley
Expert - Kevin 'Harstem' de Koning
Observer - Michael 'Adebisi' Van Driel


Tickets & Travel Information

The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship take place in Hall 23 at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany. If you need FREE TICKETS and/or travel advise on how to get there, check out our extensive travel guide. The free tickets are in limited supply only.

Tickets & Travel Guide

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Riot and BenQ bring you Free HD from CeBIT
28.02.2013 17:25
 
The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will be streamed live in Free HD thanks to Riot Games and BenQ. Enjoy the world best gamers in League of Legends and StarCraft II competing for a grand total of $250,000 in High Definition.


From the 5th to the 9th of March the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will take place at the CeBIT's Hall 23 in Hanover, Germany. The 24 best StarCraft II players and the best 12 League of Legends team from the current season will compete for the first place and a total of $250,000 in prize money.

Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

Live on ESL TV in Free HD


The entire event will be hosted by Rachel 'Seltzer' Quirico and Eefje 'sjokz' Depoortere together with Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner.

League of Legends StarCraft II
Host - Eefje 'sjokz' Depoortere
Co-Host - Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner
Caster - Joe Miller
Caster - Leigh 'Deman' Smith
Caster - Jason Kaplan
Analysis Host - Jarett Cale
Expert - Christopher 'Panky' Pankhurst
Expert - Trevor 'qu1ksh0t' Henry
Host - Rachel 'SeltzerPlease' Quirico
Co-Host - Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner
Caster - James 'Kaelaris' Carrol
Caster - Shaun 'Apollo' Clark
Caster - Yoan 'ToD' Merlo
Analysis Host - John 'JoRoSaR' Sargent
Expert - Kevin 'qxc' Riley
Expert - Kevin 'Harstem' de Koning
Observer - Michael 'Adebisi' Van Driel


Prize Money Distribution

StarCraft II League of Legends
PlaceAmountPlaceAmount
1.30,000$1.50,000$
2.15,000$2.25,000$
3-4.7,500$3-4.13,500$
5-8.3,500$5-6.6,900$
9-12.2,150$7-8.5,900$
13-16.1,500$9-10.5,700$
17-20.1,450$11-12.5,500$
21-24.1,400$


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sjokz and Seltzer to host the World Championship
27.02.2013 16:00
 
This year's hosts for the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will be the very well-known Rachel 'Seltzer' Quirico and Eefje 'sjokz' Depoortere.

Known throughout the League of Legends community for her interviews, participation in several community driven shows, and for very recently becoming the host of the weekly European League of Legends Championship Series, Eefje 'sjokz' Depoortere will be our host for the League of Legends stage at the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship.



Meanwhile, Rachel 'Seltzer' Quirico, who has hosted StarCraft II and League of Legends events at DreamHack and Intel Extreme Masters alike and is known for her interviews for websites such as CSN, will be hosting the StarCraft II stage.

Our very own and recently hired Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner will be seen on both stages throughout the week.

Panky strikes again!

Christopher 'Panky' Pankhurst, who started his casting career as a part of the organizations Absolute Legends and Curse, is one of the most popular League of Legends commentators in the world. After his appearance as one of our analysts at the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, he will be returning to bring you analysis for the World Championship! Panky will be joined by LCS commentator Trevor 'qu1ksh0t' Henry.

Hosting the League of Legends analyst desk, known for his thorough knowledge and amazingly skillful play in both League of Legends and StarCraft II, will be the_pwnerer himself, Jarett Cale.

On the commentator desk, bringing the games to you throughout the week will be Joe Miller and his long-time partner Leigh 'Deman' Smith as well as our very own Jason Kaplan, who will no longer be known as ButButButILY.

The ingame camera work will be done by three dedicated observers, making sure none of the action will be missed!

Host - Eefje 'sjokz' Depoortere
Co-Host - Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner
Caster - Joe Miller
Caster - Leigh 'Deman' Smith
Caster - Jason Kaplan
Analysis Host - Jarett Cale
Expert - Christopher 'Panky' Pankhurst
Expert - Trevor 'qu1ksh0t' Henry

Apollo returns!

Shaun 'Apollo' Clark, who had already commentated last year's Intel Extreme Masters World Championship, will be returning to bring you top-notch commentary alongside our very own James 'Kaelaris' Carrol and Yoan 'ToD' Merlo, who had his debut as an analyst and commentator for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice.

The discussion at our StarCraft II analysis desk will be lead by John 'JoRoSar' Sargent, who will be joined by Intel Extreme Masters Katowice favourite and complexity player Kevin 'qxc' Riley and fnatic's Kevin 'Harstem' de Koning.

Star observer Michael 'Adebisi' van Driel will be joining us for the ingame camera work.

Host - Rachel 'SeltzerPlease' Quirico
Co-Host - Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner
Caster - James 'Kaelaris' Carrol
Caster - Shaun 'Apollo' Clark
Caster - Yoan 'ToD' Merlo
Analysis Host - John 'JoRoSaR' Sargent
Expert - Kevin 'qxc' Riley
Expert - Kevin 'Harstem' de Koning
Observer - Michael 'Adebisi' Van Driel

Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will feature a total cash prize of $250,000 for League of Legends and StarCraft II. Players and teams from all over the world have qualified through the various stops around the globe and will clash at CeBIT, Hanover, March 5th to 9th.

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David Kim at CeBIT 2013
26.02.2013 19:00
 
Blizzard Entertainment's David Kim, Game Designer and balance expert for StarCraft II, will be giving an exclusive interview on the game's upcoming expansion Heart of the Swarm on Saturday March 9 at the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship at CeBIT 2013.

In this exclusive live interview he will talk about the expansion, the evolution of the game, the design process and what Heart of the Swarm will bring to competitive play and eSports.

David Kim will also be among the various Blizzard developers, eSports personalities and well-known pro players attending official the European launch event for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm in Versailles, France on March 11.

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm will feature an overhauled spectator UI as well as numerous features set to enhance the StarCraft II experience. For example, players will be able to jump into a match replay from their favorite pro player using the 'Take Command' feature and play out the rest of their game; or use 'Watch With Others' to view a replay simultaneously with their friends.

These features, among others, will bring new possibilities to players and teams in their training, and give new options to casters and analysts at events to bring their insights to the audience.

Heart of the Swarm's new campaign will continue the game's epic story, while additional units and changes to the technology trees of the three races will add yet more depth to players' strategic options.

The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship at CeBIT 2013 from March 5-9 will feature the first ever global StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm tournament. The world's best StarCraft II players will gather in Hanover, Germany to compete for a prize pool of $100,000 in the final of the Intel Extreme Masters' seventh season.

Photo: Kevin Chang for Team Liquid



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Show your support to your favourite SC2 player/LoL team and win prizes!
25.02.2013 16:00
 
Show your support to your favourite SC2 Player or LoL Team via a fun, creative and easy YouTube video. Get streamed on ESL TV during Intel Extreme Masters World Championship and win cool prizes.

Are you a major eSports fan that's unable to attend major events in person? We're handing out cool prizes to those who surprise us with their creativity. We might even end up including you in our official Intel Extreme Masters World Championship broadcast on ESL TV. This is what you have to do:

create a YouTube video of about 15 seconds
show support for your favourite SC2 player or LoL team in those 15 seconds
title of YouTube video: "Let's GO at IEM WC 2013"
put name of SC2 player or LoL team in the video description
send e-mail to youtube@intelextrememasters.com
title e-mail: "Let's GO at IEM WC 2013" + SC2 Player/LoL Team name
include your YouTube link into the e-mail
Press Send.

When your video is good enough, you'll even:
be featured on stream live worldwide
win interesting prizes

All the best and most creative videos will be included in our ESL TV broadcast of the Intel Extreme Masters next week, shown to hundred of thousands of viewers worldwide. We're even handing out cool prizes to the videos the progamers and our IEM crew like most:

Prizes:
- autographed card of your favourite player for everyone that ends up being streamed
- 2 SSD drives (1 for the best submission in SC2, 1 for the best LoL submission)
- 3 Gauntlet Nodes for the runners-up

We were inspired by the video of last year that featured a gamer's grandmother who was certain that MC would win the trophy.



You can either do something like her, or you can be creative, wild and passionate and follow the example of our in-house television hosts, Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner and Eefje "sjokz" Depoortere.





Rules:

Criteria: passion, creativity, fun
about 15 seconds long
uploaded on YouTube
YouTube title: "Let's GO at IEM WC 2013" (put the name of the team / player you want to support in the video description)
no nudity or inappropriate language
send e-mail with link to YT video at youtube@intelextrememasters.com

These are just examples, of course. You can do something entirely different to support your StarCraft II player or League of Legends team. Just remember, to bring out the most creative and most awesome eSports fan within yourself and we're certain your idols will love to see it.


example of MC's signed player card that you could win, when you participate.



Patriot's Gauntled Node, given to the runners-up videos.

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Map pool for IEM World Championship
23.02.2013 20:45
 
The final map pool for the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship at CeBIT 2013 has been determined.

Our new map pool includes a couple of the old maps everyone is used to like the very popular Daybreak and Cloud Kingdom as well as a few new maps such as Star Station and Newkirk City.


The full map pool can be found below.

IEM Antiga Shipyard



IEM Akilon Wastes



IEM Cloud Kingdom



IEM Daybreak



IEM Entombed Valley



IEM Metropolis



IEM Newkirk City



IEM Ohana



IEM Star Station



The maps are all available on the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm beta with the names mentioned above.

Changes to the maps:
IEM Antiga Shipyard has no gold expansion and is cross position only
IEM Entombed Valley is cross position only
IEM Star Station is cross position only
All maps have neutral building blockers added to the bottom of the ramp of the main bases
IEM Akilon Wastes has the two central Xel'Naga Watchtowers removed

Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will feature a total cash prize of $250,000 for League of Legends and StarCraft II. Players and teams from all over the world have qualified through the various stops around the globe and will clash at CeBIT, Hanover, March 5th to 9th.

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Schedule for World Championship released
22.02.2013 17:43
 
The schedule for Intel Extreme Masters World Championship has been finalized while the teams and players are getting ready for the event.

Whether you plan to watch the event at home via stream, at a BarCraft or live at the event - here's everything you have to know about the schedule.


Schedule

5th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Group A & B

6th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Group C

7th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Group D

8th of March from 9:30 CET
StarCraft II Play-offs Day 1

9th of March from 9:10 CET
StarCraft II Play-offs Day 2

Groups

Reigning champion MC will go against the winner of Katowice, First, in Group B. Meanwhile gamescom champion Mvp faces stiff European competition in Group D from TLO, Stephano and Grubby.

The Top 3 of each group will advance into the playoffs with the group winners going directly into the quarter-final.

As the Zerg player and this season's GSL semi-finalist Symbol will not be able to participate, he will be replaced by the up-and-coming Terran YoDa.



Schedule

6th of March from 9:30 CET
League of Legends Group A

7th of March from 9:30 CET
League of Legends Group B

8th of March from 9:30 CET
League of Legends Play-offs Day 1

9th of March from 9:30 CET
League of Legends Play-offs Day 2

Groups

Reigning champion Gambit Gaming from Russia have been seeded into Group A and will face, among others, their Riot Season 3 opponents Fnatic as well as Korean top teams CJ Entus Blaze and Intel Extreme Masters Brazil winner Incredible Miracle.

In Group B two other Season 3 participants, SK Gaming and Evil Geniuses, go against Polish teams MeetYourMakers and Anexis as well as Koreans SK Telecom T1, who won Intel Extreme Masters Cologne, and CJ Entus Frost.



Overview

The event starts on March 5th, with StarCraft II Groups A and B starting at 9:30 CET and ending at approximately 18:30 CET; no League of Legends matches are happening on this day.

March 6th and 7th will feature Groups C and D in StarCraft II and Groups A and B in League of Legends respectively, both starting at 9:30 CET and ending at approximately 18:30 CET.

March 8th and 9th mark the two play-off days for both games, with the same starting and ending times as the previous days, but StarCraft II on the 9th starting at 9:10 already.

Grand Finals for both games will take place on March 9th, with an estimated starting time of 12:45 CET for League of Legends and 15:30 CET for StarCraft II.

Please note that the schedule is subject to change and timeslots might be slightly altered.

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Mvp faces Stephano at the World Championship
19.02.2013 16:05
 
Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will see the 24 best StarCraft II players of the Season 2012-13 competing for the win. Since gamescom in August 2012 these players have played all over the globe in order to qualify for the World Championship, which will take place from the 5-9th of March at CeBIT in Hanover.

The StarCraft II Groupstage

Reigning champion MC will go against the winner of Katowice, First, in Group B. Meanwhile gamescom champion Mvp faces stiff European competition in Group D from TLO, Stephano and Grubby.

The Top 3 of each group will advance into the playoffs with the group winners going directly into the quarter-final.



In case any of the qualified players are not able to participate, their spots will be filled according to the ranking.

They will be replaced with the next player in the ranking that has not received a spot in the World Championship. In case of teams or players directly qualified through being the best of their region, the next best team from that region that is not yet qualified will receive their spot.

Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will feature a total cash prize of $250,000 for League of Legends and StarCraft II. Players and teams from all over the world have qualified through the various stops around the globe and will clash at CeBIT, Hanover, March 5th to 9th.

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Gambit vs. Blaze at the World Championship
18.02.2013 16:01
 
The League of Legends groups for the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship have been drawn. In Group A the final of Katowice will take place again when Gambit Gaming faces CJ Entus Blaze. Meanwhile Evil Geniuses will take on Korean powerhouses SK Telecom T1 and CJ Entus Frost in Group B. The total prize pool for League of Legends in Hanover will be $150,000.

A little bit more than two weeks remain until the 12 best teams of the 2012-13 season of the Intel Extreme Masters will meet at the World Championship. From the 5th - 9th of March they will meet at CeBIT in Hanover to determine the new World Champion.

The Groups have been drawn

Reigning champion Gambit Gaming from Russia have been seeded into Group A and will face, among others, their Riot Season 3 opponents Fnatic as well as Korean top teams CJ Entus Blaze and Intel Extreme Masters Brazil winner Incredible Miracle.

In Group B two other Season 3 participants, SK Gaming and Evil Geniuses, go against Polish teams MeetYourMakers and Anexis as well as Koreans SK Telecom T1, who won Intel Extreme Masters Cologne, and CJ Entus Frost.



In case any of the qualified teams are not able to participate, their spots will be filled according to the ranking.

They will be replaced with the next team in the ranking that has not received a spot in the World Championship. In case of teams or players directly qualified through being the best of their region, the next best team from that region that is not yet qualified will receive their spot.

Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will feature a total cash prize of $250,000 for League of Legends and StarCraft II. Players and teams from all over the world have qualified through the various stops around the globe and will clash at CeBIT, Hanover, March 5th to 9th.

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First Ever Heart of the Swarm Tournament to be played at IEM World Championship
15.02.2013 15:58
 
The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship at CeBIT 2013 from March 5-9 will feature the first ever global StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm tournament.

The world's best StarCraft II players will gather at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany to compete for a prize pool of $100,000 in the final of the Intel Extreme Masters' seventh season, just days before the official release of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm on March 12.




The 24 participants have qualified for the final at events across the globe over the past few months. Fans all over the world will be able to benefit from the updated spectator UI as they watch their heroes bringing new strategies to the new battlefields. The tournament will also have the added benefit of the 'Recover Game' function.

Since its inception, the Intel Extreme Masters has celebrated Blizzard's involvement in eSports with tournaments for their games, including Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, World of Warcraft and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Just days before the launch of the latest installment in the StarCraft II saga, we're pleased to be continuing this tradition.



To celebrate the game's global release, Blizzard Entertainment will be holding launch events around the world on the evening of March 11, including the official European launch event in Versailles, France, which will be streamed live.

Attendees of these events will be able to meet famous players and commentators, as well as members of Blizzard's development team. The Intel Extreme Masters World Champion will receive an invitation to the European launch event in Versailles.

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RaidCall joins as sponsor for World Championship
13.02.2013 14:42
 
RaidCall will support the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship as a Global Partner.

The company had rapidly risen in popularity as name sponsors of popular teams Evil Geniuses and Fnatic.


While the players at the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship are battling for their share of the over $250,000 big prize purse in StarCraft II and League of Legends in Hanover from March 5th until March 9th, fans and viewers will be able to watch together, while given the opportunity to take part in exclusive Q&As and raffles taking place on RaidCall.

RaidCall

RaidCall is a leading group communication messenger founded in 2010, with its headquarters in Beijing, China. RaidCall offers extreme low-latency voice conversations, paired with crystal clear voice quality for free.

Further, RaidCall is the title sponsor of North America's premier professional gaming organization, Evil Geniuses and title sponsor of major e-sport tournaments, such as the RC EMS One and RC DotA 2 League. Further information available at RaidCall.com


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CeBIT participants finalized
12.02.2013 18:49
 
The ranking for this season has been finalized and thereby the participants for the $250,000 Intel Extreme Masters World Championship have been determined.

At Intel Extreme Masters Brazil, the final points were given away in League of Legends, while Intel Extreme Masters Katowice determined the final StarCraft II participants.


The images below display the final 24 StarCraft II players as well as the final 12 League of Legends teams that will battle for the trophy and a share of the $250,000 cash prize at the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship.

League of Legends

The trophy, that comes with a grand prize of $150,000 for League of Legends will be fought over by European LCS participants Evil Geniuses, SK Gaming, Fnatic and Gambit Gaming, Korean powerhouses CJ Entus Frost and Blaze, SK Telecom T1 and Incredible Miracle, Polish favourites Meet Your Makers and more!




StarCraft II

The all-star lineup for StarCraft II features players such as last season's champion MC, the World Champion PartinG, GSL legend Mvp and many many more. They will be fighting for a grand prize of $100,000 along with the championship title and trophy.



In case any of the qualified teams or players are not able to participate, their spots will be filled according to the ranking.

They will be replaced with the next team or player in the ranking that has not received a spot in the World Championship. In case of teams or players directly qualified through being the best of their region, the next best team from that region that is not yet qualified will receive their spot.

Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will feature a total cash prize of $250,000. Players and teams from all over the world have qualified through the various stops around the globe and will clash at CeBIT, Hanover, March 5th to 9th.

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