Prominent esports tournament organizer, ESL, announced groups for all six Regional Major Ranking Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events. The news surfaced on Wednesday, September 22.
IEM Fall Groups Revealed
ESL unveiled the final group draw for all Intel Extreme Masters – Fall regional tournaments. The RMR events will take place across six regions – Europe, North America, CIS, Asia, Oceania, and South America.
The European IEM Fall will be the largest of the six tournaments, featuring 24 teams, divided into four groups. The tournament will welcome all top five teams from the region, as well as a handful of underdogs trying to make a name for themselves.
The CIS and North American IEM Fall tournaments will feature 12 teams each. Meanwhile, the Asian, Oceanic, and South American will see only four apiece.
IEM Fall Event Schedule
IEM Fall will kick off on Wednesday, September 29, in Europe, CIS, South America, and Oceania. The opening four events will run until Sunday, October 3.
The North American and Asian IEM Fall events will kick off on Tuesday, October 5, and conclude on Sunday, October 10.
- Europe – September 29 – October 3
- CIS – September 29 – October 3
- South America – September 29 – October 3
- Oceania – September 29 – October 3
- North America – October 5-10
- Asia – October 5-10
Europe and CIS Under The Spotlight
Although all six IEM Fall tournaments promise exciting games, no region gets as much attention as Europe. As the biggest tournament, IEM Fall Europe will feature 24 teams, divided into four groups.
The tournament organizers seeded the teams into groups based on their current RMR ranking.
- Group A: BIG, G2 Esports, mousesports, FunPlus Phoenix, Copenhagen Flames, AURA
- Group B: Heroic, Astralis, Complexity, Sinners Esports, Endpoint, Movistar Riders
- Group C: Team Vitality, OG, Sprout, Dignitas, ENCE, MAD Lions
- Group D: FaZe Clan, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Fnatic, SKADE, Team Fiend, DBL Poney
Fierce Battle in The CIS Region
The IEM Fall CIS will feature only 12 teams; however, you can be sure that the tournament won’t lack quality. Occupying the top two spots in the global rankings and three of the top-seven CIS region has established itself as a force to be reckoned with.
The IEM Fall CIS will split the 12 teams into two groups of six, with the current no.1 team in the world, Natus Vincere and no.2, Gambit Esports seeded in Group A and B, respectively. Joining NaVi in their group is the current no.2 RMR team in Spirit, while world no.7, Virtus.pro found their place in Group B.
Group A: Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro, Entropiq, Nemiga, AVE, Akuma
Group B: Gambit Esports, Virtus.pro, K23, Team Unique, INDE IRAE
Plenty of Action in NA, SA, China, and Oceania
Brazilian and North American teams will split ten spots at the IEM Fall NA, with the last two taken by ATK and EXTREMUM. The latter fielding South African and Australian players, respectively.
The current NA RMR standings show EXTREMUM (1880) as the leaders, followed by Team Liquid (1840) and FURIA Esports (1584). Evil Geniuses (1310) sit in fourth, closely followed by 00Nation (1300).
Extra Salt (1200), paiN Gaming (1100), and Bad News Bears (570) sit in sixth-eighth. The last spot is occupied by Gen.G (60), who no longer operate.
- Group A: Team Liquid, Bad News Bears, Extra Salt, paiN Gaming, EXTREMUM, ATK
- Group B: FURIA, Evil Geniuses, GODSENT, TeamOne, 00Nation, Triumph
The Asian, Oceanic, and South American IEM Fall tournaments will feature only four teams each. The Oceanic IEM Fall will welcome Renegades, ORDER, LookingForOrg (formerly Dire Wolves), and VERTEX.
The Asian IEM Fall will see a couple of known names in TYLOO, ViCi Gaming. Joining the two are a Mongolian team Checkmate and an international roster, NKT.
In the IEM Fall South America, we will see the top Brazilian squads who won’t be attending the North American IEM Fall. The list includes Bravos, MiBR, Sharks Esports, and Imperial.