IEM Releases New League of Legends Format
ESL has released the new details and format for the upcoming Intel Extreme Masters, most commonly known as IEM, season. They believe that this new setup will “feature more matches, more teams, and the best League of Legends players from around the world.”
First off, ESL has committed to including more teams throughout the IEM series. Every tournament leading up to the world championship will include eight teams and a full tournament format. As part of their initiative to include more teams, they have also announced that every region will be represented at every tournament. In the past, we have often seen events such as IEM Taipei 2014, which only featured teams from throughout Asia. Their new strategy is to prevent this from happening and allow for more international competition, something that fans of competitive League of Legends have longed for. This expansion also includes International Wild Card teams, which are often neglected.
This season, teams will be invited based purely on their position in their respective leagues. IEM’s LoL events have often had a component of being a popularity contest. Fans would vote in which teams would be able to attend, a choice that often lowered the standards of the tournament. This new format will guarantee that only the highest level of international play is permitted.
Finally, ESL has announced the exclusion of byes. Due to the expansion of the events, every tournament will now include a dual group stage to seed teams into the bracket. Each group will consist of four teams. No longer will the higher ranked teams be put directly into the playoffs. Only the top two teams from each group will move on, competing in a single elimination top four bracket until a champion is crowned.
The first LoL IEM will be IEM Oakland, taking place from Nov. 19-20. Stay tuned to GAMURS to stay up to date on information for the event and remember to tune in!
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