Intel Extreme Masters

IEM, also knowns as, Intel Extreme Masters is one of the greatest Majors! It's also part of the Intel Grand Slam with 1,000,000 USD prize pool


The IEM, also recognised as the Intel Extreme Masters is a product of ESL and are known to have some of the biggest and most prestigious tournaments in Counter Strike.

When started back in 2007 the IEM established a format of smaller qualifying tournaments that would lead up to big final events – all tournaments went worldwide from that moment, having participants from Europe, North America and Asia.

The IEM World Championship, the grand final tournament for IEM, is one of the majors that every team wants to win – Intel Extreme Masters trophy.

Intel Extreme Masters tournaments

IEM Sydney 2019

04 Apr - 05 May

What is special

The Intel Extreme Masters is the longest running event series in video gaming history – and that is why the Majors they have are some of the most prestigious tournaments to win.

The IEM is also a part of the Intel Grand Slam which is a “side running” competition with a prize of 1 million dollars to the first team that wins 4 premier events by either ESL or DreamHack Master during a time of 10 consecutive events. The first team to win the Intel Grand Slam Season 1 was Astralis.

Season 2 has just had its 2nd tournament with Astralis (IEM Katowice Major) and Team Liquid (IEM Sydney) as winners.

Tournament format

In the IEM tournaments the 16 teams play in 2 double elimination groups.

Each group has 8 teams (based on their ESL World Ranking) where initial matches are BO1 and all other matches are BO3.

Top 3 teams from each group advance to the play-offs where: Winner qualify directly to semi-finals, runners-up qualified for the quarterfinals (High seeds) and 3rd place qualify for the quarterfinals (Low seeds).

The play-offs are single-elimination brackets and are played BO3 in the quarter and semifinals while the Grand Final is played BO5.

For the Majors (IEM World championships) it runs with the SWISS System format for both the new challenger stage and the new legendary stage.

For the new champions stage it is single-elimination bracket where all matches inclusive the grand final are played BO3.

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