CLG and TSM will join Fnatic and Origen at IEM San Jose
IEM San Jose, scheduled to run from Nov. 21 to 22, will offer League fans another taste of international competition one month after the conclusion of the Riot World Championships. Like last year, the SAP Center in San Jose will host thousands of fans watching League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in a stadium setting.
Also like last year’s IEM San Jose, a fan vote determined which two teams from each of Europe and North America will attend. Fnatic and Origen, the two finalists in the most recent League Championship Series (LCS) season, won the European vote last week. The American vote, which featured five of the LCS Summer season playoff teams and Cloud9 instead of Dignitas, concluded today with Counter Logic Gaming and Team SoloMid taking top billing.
That comes as no surprise considering the two franchises feature the most rabid fanbases in Western League of Legends. But in the past, Counter Logic's dismal playoff results prevented them from topping polls like this. At the conclusion to the most recent LCS season, however, Counter Logic convincingly swept rival SoloMid 3-0 to win their first LCS title.
In San Jose, SoloMid will get a chance for revenge, assuming they don’t earn one at Worlds in October. SoloMid managed to win 27 percent of the fan vote, barely beating out the 25 percent number garnered by Cloud9, who won IEM San Jose last year in December. SoloMid also played at that tournament, but suffered an early exit when they lost to underdogs Unicorns of Love in the semifinals.
The full lineup of attending teams is still yet to be revealed. Last year’s event featured six teams, with squads from Mexico and Brazil joining the other four competitors.
Tickets for the event are still available at Ticketmaster.