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Intel Extreme Masters Season XV - World Championship

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[e][h]Intel Extreme Masters XV - World Championship
League Information
Organizer:
Type:
Online
Location:
Europe Europe
Teams:
24
Prize Pool:
$1,000,000 USD
Start Date:
2021-02-16
End Date:
2021-02-28
Liquipedia Tier:
ESL Pro Tour Tier:
Masters Championship Masters Champ.

About[edit]

Broadcast Talent[edit]

Primary Broadcast[edit]
  • Desk Host:
  • Analysts:
    • Serbia YNk (Janko Paunović)
    • Serbia kassad (Aleksandar Trifunović)
    • Sweden GeT_RiGhT (Christopher Alesund)
  • Interviewer:
Secondary Broadcast[edit]

Format[edit]

  • Play-In: February 16th - 17th, 2021
    • Double-Elimination bracket
      • Opening matches are Bo1
      • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top eight teams advanced to the Group Stage

  • Group Stage: February 18th - 21st, 2021
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) groups
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds

  • Playoffs: February 26th - 28th, 2021
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals & Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Prize Pool[edit]

$1,000,000 USD are spread among the teams as seen below:

Circuit Points
Place ESL Pro Tour Pro Tour BLAST Premier Circuit BLAST Premier
A11st 1800 pts 3200 pts
A22nd 1400 pts 1600 pts
A3A43rd - 4th 1100 pts 1000 pts
A5A65th - 6th 825 pts 400 pts
A7A87th - 8th 575 pts 200 pts
A9B39th - 12th 325 pts -
B4B713th - 16th 125 pts -
B8C217th - 20th 60 pts -
C3C621st - 24th - -

Participants[edit]

Directly Qualified Teams[edit]

1 February 9th - France apEX steps down from the active lineup and goes on leave. [1]
2 February 18th - France apEX returns to the active roster. [2]
1 January 30th - FaZe Clan acquire Canada Twistzz from Team Liquid and bench Denmark Kjaerbye. [4][5]
2 February 14th - Sweden olofmeister steps down from the active lineup. [6]
3 February 15th - FaZe Clan sign Denmark karrigan. [7]
1 January 8th - FURIA Esports bench Brazil HEN1. [8]
2 January 13th - FURIA Esports acquire United States Junior from Triumph. [9]
3 January 14th - FURIA Esports promote Brazil honda from FURIA Academy. [10]

Play-In Teams[edit]

1 January 8th - Fnatic bench Sweden flusha. [11]
2 January 12th - Fnatic sign Sweden Jackinho. [12]
1 January 22nd - TYLOO withdraw due to travel restrictions. They are replaced by Ninjas in Pyjamas. [13]
2 February 2nd - Ninjas in Pyjamas bench Sweden twist. [14]
1 December 22nd - Team Liquid bench Canada Twistzz by mutual agreement. [15]
2 January 9th - Team Liquid acquire Brazil FalleN from MIBR. [16]
1 January 22nd - ex-Chaos Esports Club decline their invite and are therefore replaced by Team One. [13]
1 January 15th - MIBR acquire BOOM Esports' lineup with the addition of Brazil danoco. [17]
1 February 10th - Australia dexter is acquired by mousesports. [18]
2 February 13th - Renegades sign Australia aliStair. [19]
1 January 9th - Germany tow b steps down from the team, Germany DuDe is promoted to head coach. [20]
1 January 23rd - mousesports bench Netherlands chrisJ as they acquire Denmark acoR from MAD Lions. [21]
2 February 10th - mousesports acquire Australia dexter from Renegades. [18]
3 February 15th - mousesports terminate Denmark karrigan's contract by mutual agreement and he leaves the team. [22]
1 December 28th - Cloud9 part ways with Serbia kassad. [23]
2 January 14th - Cloud9 terminate Turkey woxic's contract and he leaves the team. [24][25]
3 January 22nd - Cloud9 sign United States Xeppaa. [26]
4 January 24th - Cloud9 acquire Australia Elmapuddy from Gen.G Esports as coach. [27]
1 January 21st - Team Spirit place Russia iDISBALANCE on the transfer list and acquire Russia degster and Russia Patsi on loan from ESPADA. [28]
1 January 22nd - Illuminar Gaming are unable to field a lineup in time, and are therefore replaced by Wisła Kraków. [13]
2 February 6th - Wisła Kraków sign Poland Goofy. [30]

Results[edit]

Play-In[edit]

Upper Bracket Round 1
BIG
16
February 16, 2021 - 12:00 CET
1610
6
56
1
Movistar Riders
6
Team Spirit
16
February 16, 2021 - 12:00 CET
1610
6
57
2
Cloud9
7
Gambit Esports
16
February 16, 2021 - 12:00 CET
1612
4
35
2
Team One
5
Renegades
14
February 16, 2021 - 13:30 CET
149
5
616
10
mousesports
16
Virtus.pro
16
February 16, 2021 - 13:30 CET
1611
5
410
6
Wisła Kraków
10
Ninjas in Pyjamas
16
February 16, 2021 - 13:30 CET
169
7
67
1
Complexity
7
OG
16
February 16, 2021 - 15:00 CET
1610
6
59
4
Fnatic
9
Team Liquid
16
February 16, 2021 - 15:00 CET
168
8
712
5
MIBR
12
Upper Bracket Round 2
BIG
0
February 16, 2021 - 16:30 CET
114
7
1116
5
135
8
1016
6
 
 
 
 
Team Spirit
2
Gambit Esports
2
February 16, 2021 - 16:30 CET
116
5
916
7
167
9
812
4
169
7
66
0
mousesports
1
Virtus.pro
0
February 16, 2021 - 20:00 CET
139
4
616
10
118
3
716
9
 
 
 
 
Ninjas in Pyjamas
2
OG
1
February 16, 2021 - 20:00 CET
73
4
1216
4
1611
5
47
3
146
8
916
7
Team Liquid
2
Proceed to Group Stage
Team Spirit
Gambit Esports
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Team Liquid
Lower Bracket Round 1
Movistar Riders
0
February 16, 2021 - 16:30 CET
115
6
1016
6
1690
61
3619
19
 
 
 
 
Cloud9
2
Team One
1
February 16, 2021 - 20:00 CET
1612
4
33
0
42
2
1316
3
1762
90
1919
36
Renegades
2
Wisła Kraków
1
February 17, 2021 - 12:00 CET
53
2
1216
4
19103
51
0516
110
95
4
1016
6
Complexity
2
Fnatic
0
February 17, 2021 - 12:00 CET
124
8
1116
5
97
2
816
8
 
 
 
 
MIBR
2
Lower Bracket Round 2
OG
2
February 17, 2021 - 15:30 CET
1610
6
58
3
114
7
1116
5
1612
4
312
9
Cloud9
1
Virtus.pro
2
February 17, 2021 - 15:40 CET
1610
6
59
4
1612
4
33
0
 
 
 
 
Renegades
0
mousesports
2
February 17, 2021 - 19:10 CET
88
0
716
9
1962
92
1917
16
1612
4
33
0
Complexity
1
BIG
2
February 17, 2021 - 19:00 CET
1612
4
33
0
168
8
77
0
 
 
 
 
MIBR
0
Proceed to Group Stage
OG
Virtus.pro
mousesports
BIG

Group Stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Upper Bracket Round 1
Astralis
2
February 18, 2021 - 15:50 CET
1613
3
28
6
167
9
812
4
 
 
 
 
mousesports
0
Gambit Esports
0
February 18, 2021 - 12:00 CET
138
5
716
9
104
6
1116
5
 
 
 
 
Evil Geniuses
2
G2 Esports
1
February 18, 2021 - 12:00 CET
147
7
816
8
1610
6
58
3
105
5
1016
6
Team Spirit
2
BIG
0
February 18, 2021 - 15:30 CET
123
9
1216
4
148
6
716
9
 
 
 
 
Heroic
2
Upper Bracket Round 2
Astralis
2
February 19, 2021 - 15:30 CET
168
8
79
2
1611
5
47
3
 
 
 
 
Evil Geniuses
0
Team Spirit
2
February 19, 2021 - 19:00 CET
169
7
612
6
1610
6
514
9
 
 
 
 
Heroic
0
Upper Bracket Round 3
Astralis
1
February 21, 2021 - 15:30 CET
168
8
711
4
135
8
1016
6
10
1
1516
1
Team Spirit
2
Proceed to Playoffs
Team Spirit
Astralis
Lower Bracket Round 1
mousesports
0
February 19, 2021 - 15:30 CET
119
2
616
10
107
3
816
8
 
 
 
 
Gambit Esports
2
G2 Esports
2
February 19, 2021 - 19:00 CET
168
8
710
3
165
11
1012
2
 
 
 
 
BIG
0
Lower Bracket Round 2
Heroic
1
February 20, 2021 - 15:30 CET
1611
5
412
8
143
11
1216
4
33
0
1216
4
Gambit Esports
2
Evil Geniuses
0
February 20, 2021 - 19:00 CET
147
7
816
8
147
7
816
8
 
 
 
 
G2 Esports
2
Lower Bracket Round 3
Gambit Esports
2
February 21, 2021 - 15:30 CET
1611
5
411
7
167
9
811
3
 
 
 
 
G2 Esports
0
Gambit Esports

Group B[edit]

Upper Bracket Round 1
Team Vitality
2
February 18, 2021 - 19:00 CET
169
7
611
5
1982
72
1717
18
 
 
 
 
Belgium Nivera standing in for France misutaaa on Vitality on map 2
OG
0
Team Liquid
2
February 18, 2021 - 19:00 CET
168
8
711
4
1610
6
56
1
 
 
 
 
FaZe Clan
0
FURIA Esports
2
February 19, 2021 - 12:00 CET
1610
6
512
7
1611
5
44
0
 
 
 
 
Ninjas in Pyjamas
0
Virtus.pro
0
February 19, 2021 - 12:00 CET
1111
0
416
12
97
2
816
8
 
 
 
 
Natus Vincere
2
Upper Bracket Round 2
Team Vitality
1
February 20, 2021 - 15:30 CET
1992
62
1616
09
105
5
1016
6
125
7
1016
6
Belgium Nivera standing in for France misutaaa on Vitality on map 1
Team Liquid
2
FURIA Esports
0
February 20, 2021 - 19:30 CET
136
7
916
7
86
2
916
7
 
 
 
 
Natus Vincere
2
Upper Bracket Round 3
Team Liquid
2
February 21, 2021 - 19:10 CET
1610
6
514
9
74
3
1116
5
221012
522
12519
0110
Ukraine B1T standing in for Russia flamie on NAVI on map 3
Natus Vincere
1
Proceed to Playoffs
Team Liquid
Natus Vincere
Lower Bracket Round 1
OG
0
February 20, 2021 - 12:00 CET
76
1
916
7
96
3
916
7
 
 
 
 
FaZe Clan
2
Ninjas in Pyjamas
0
February 20, 2021 - 12:00 CET
97
2
816
8
77
0
816
8
 
 
 
 
Virtus.pro
2
Lower Bracket Round 2
FURIA Esports
2
February 21, 2021 - 12:00 CET
1610
6
58
3
145
9
1016
6
1613
3
24
2
FaZe Clan
1
Team Vitality
0
February 21, 2021 - 12:00 CET
1751
101
21019
25
127
5
816
8
 
 
 
 
Belgium Nivera standing in for France shox on Vitality on map 1
Virtus.pro
2
Lower Bracket Round 3
FURIA Esports
0
February 21, 2021 - 19:00 CET
147
7
816
8
108
2
716
9
 
 
 
 
Virtus.pro
2
Virtus.pro

Playoffs[edit]

Quarterfinals
Natus Vincere
0
February 26, 2021 - 15:00 CET
127
5
816
8
64
2
1116
5
 
 
 
 
Gambit Esports
2
Astralis
1
February 26, 2021 - 18:30 CET
104
6
1116
5
168
8
712
5
118
3
716
9
Virtus.pro
2
Semifinals
Team Spirit
0
February 27, 2021 - 15:00 CET
116
5
916
7
133
10
1216
4
 
 
 
 
Gambit Esports
2
Team Liquid
0
February 27, 2021 - 18:30 CET
96
3
916
7
128
4
716
9
 
 
 
 
Virtus.pro
2
Grand Final
Gambit Esports
3
February 28, 2021 - 15:00 CET
146
8
916
7
169
7
66
0
1611
5
44
0
1611
5
412
8
 
 
 
 
Virtus.pro
1

Additional Content[edit]

Streams[edit]

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Previews[edit]

Conclusions[edit]

Interviews[edit]

Highlights[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Team Vitality (2021-02-09). "Official statement from our CS:GO coach @XTQZZZ.".
  2. Team Vitality (2021-02-18). "KING @Vitality_apEX is back and ready to play the #IEMKatowice!".
  3. "CS:GO Roster Update – December 2020". G2 Esports. 2020-12-07.
  4. FaZe Clan (2021-01-30). "Twistzz is here".
  5. FaZe Clan (2021-01-30). "Effective today, Kjaerbye has been benched from our starting CS:GO roster".
  6. FaZe Clan (2021-02-14). "A legend to the game of Counter Strike and a legend in the story of FaZe Clan".
  7. FaZe Clan (2021-02-15). "He's back".
  8. FURIA Esports (2021-01-08). "Following a request made by HEN1, the player will now be free to seek for new options alongside his brother and will remain on the bench while this process lasts".
  9. FURIA Esports (2021-01-13). "O junin ta on! BEM-VINDO À FURIA, @1juniorcs!" [Junior is on! Welcome to FURIA, @1juniorcs!] (in Brazil Portuguese).
  10. FURIA Esports (2021-01-14). "BEM-VINDO, @h0ndaog!" [WELCOME, @h0ndaog!] (in Brazil Portuguese).
  11. Fnatic (2021-01-08). "Robin "@flusha" Rönnquist has been transferred to the inactive roster of our CS:GO team".
  12. Fnatic (2021-01-12). "@Jackinhocs joins Fnatic CS:GO.".
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 "Update to IEM Katowice Play-In teams". IEM. 2021-01-22.
  14. "CS:GO Roster Update". Ninjas in Pyjamas. 2021-02-02.
  15. Team Liquid (2020-12-22). "From a starry-eyed kid to a Grand Slam Title, @Twistzz has had quite the run and we're excited to see what he does next".
  16. Team Liquid (2021-01-09). "A man who needs no intro. Welcome to Liquid, @FalleNCS!".
  17. MIBR (2021-01-15). "2021. Contra todos." [2021. Against the world.] (in Brazil Portuguese).
  18. 18.0 18.1 mousesports (2021-02-10). "Welcome @dextersjourney".
  19. Renegades (2021-02-13). "The "BEST" kept secret in Esports history.... WELCOME @aliStair_CS!".
  20. "CS:GO Update – Tobias “tow b” Herberhold steps down". BIG. 2021-01-09.
  21. mousesports (2021-01-23). "Please welcome @acoRCS to mouz CS:GO".
  22. mousesports (2021-02-15). "Time to say goodbye".
  23. Cloud9 (2020-12-28). "Today we're sad to announce that #C9CSGO is parting ways with our Head Coach @kassad".
  24. Cloud9 (2021-01-18). "Today we announce that we have mutually parted ways with @w0xic.".
  25. HenryG (2021-01-18). "Statement regarding Cloud9 CS:GO & Woxic.".
  26. Cloud9 (2021-01-22). "It's time to stir up some Chaos... Please join us in welcoming @Xeppaaa to the #C9CSGO Colossus!".
  27. Cloud9 (2021-01-24). "A familiar face rejoins the Colossus as we welcome @Elmapuddy back to #C9CSGO as our new Head Coach...".
  28. Team Spirit (2021-01-21). "We start this year with CS:GO roster changes".
  29. Movistar Riders (2021-02-02). "Welcome home @smooyacs!".
  30. Wisła Kraków (2021-02-06). "Poznajcie naszego piątego zawodnika! Dzisiaj szeregi naszej ekipy zasila @Goofiacz." [Meet our fifth player! Today the ranks of our team are joined by @Goofiacz.] (in Poland Polish).
  31. Chaos Esports Club (2020-12-03). "Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, our ability to support our rosters and incredible players behind them has reached its limit".
  32. vanity (2020-01-01). "This won’t come as a surprise, but I’ll be transitioning to VALORANT full time".
  33. leaf (2021-01-21). "Proud to announce my swap to VALORANT with Cloud9".
  34. Illuminar Gaming (2020-12-23). "Ogłoszenie odnośnie dywizji CS:GO!" [Announcement about the CS: GO division!] (in Poland Polish).