Intel Extreme Masters Season XI World Championship Report (Completed)

The next important championship will start on March 1. The organizers of the event are one of the best in esports tournament management.

Intel Extreme Masters Season XI World Championship is scheduled on March 1 – 5. The championship will take place in Katowice, Poland. Spodek Arena will host the event. Recently, it also hosted IEM XI World Championship по League of Legends. The prize pool of IEM Season XI World Championship in CS:GO discipline is $250,000.

The organizers of the event decided to modify the traditional format of such events. 12 teams will participate here. The tournament will be played in 2 stages: group stage and play-off. The group stage will be played in Round Robin system, and the matches of group stage will be played in best-of-one (bo1) format. The teams will be divided into 2 groups with 6 players in each. After the end of the group stage, 3 best teams of each group will move to play-off stage which will be played in Single Elimination format. The teams that will take 2 and 3 places in groups will move to the quarterfinal. All play-off matches are best-of-three (bo3).

Group seeding

Group A

OpTic Gaming
FaZe Clan
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Group B

SK Gaming
Natus Vincere


Group A

Astralis (Xyp9x, dupreeh, device, Kjaerbye, gla1ve)
OpTic (Hiko, RUSH, mixwell, NAF, tarik)
FaZe (NiKo, allu, karrigan, rain, kioShima)
NiP (pyth, f0rest, GeT_RiGhT, Xizt, friberg)
fnatic (flusha, olofmeister, JW, krimz, dennis)
Immortals (steel, hen1, fnx, boltz, lucas)
Group B

VP (Snax, pashabiceps, byali, TaZ, NEO)
SK (FalleN, coldzera, felps, TACO, fer)
North (aizy, MSL, cajunb, k0nfig, Magisk)
Cloud9 (autimatic, n0thing, shroud, Stewie2K, Skadoodle)
Na'Vi (s1mple, flamie, seized, Edward, Guardian)
Heroic (MODDII, JUGI, Snappi, valde, niko)

In Group A, the main favorites to move to the play-off is Astralis. Other teams are of the same level, so each of them will try to pass to the play-off stage.

FaZe Clan deserves a special attention. It has bought NiKo for $500,000 from mousesports. This will be the first serious challenge for Nikola Kovac as a member of FaZe Clan. It will be interesting to watch over the European mix.

In Group B,, SK Gaming and Natus Vincere have the best chances to pass to the play-off.

In this group, will demonstrate what they are capable of and perhaps they will become the champions of the second big tournament in a row. Natus Vincere passed the group stage for several times, but left tournaments in quarterfinal. It will be more difficult for them to pass the group stage IEM Season XI World Championship, as they have a rather tough schedule. However, their fans and the players themselves have missed the championship titles in the big tournaments.

The success of SK Gaming is under a question. fer told in his Twitter that he trapped to the hospital with backpain.

Place Prize Team
1st $104,000 Astralis
2nd $44,000 FaZe Clan
3th-4th $24,000 Immortals
3th-4th $23,000 Heroic
5th-6th $13,000 North
5th-6th $13,000 Natus Vincere
7th-8th $7,000 Fnatic
7th-8th $7,000
9th-10th $5,000 Cloud9
9th-10th $4,000 Ninjas in Pyjamas
11th-12th $4,000 SK Gaming
11th-12th $2,000 OpTic Gaming


  March 1 — Group Stage (Group A)    
Time Teams Results Score
10:00 OpTic Gaming vs Astralis 0:1 12:16
10:00 Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Fnatic 0:1 14:16
11:15 Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Astralis 0:1 24:28
11:15 FaZe Clan vs Immortals 1:0 16:6
12:30 OpTic Gaming vs Immortals 0:1 8:16
12:30 FaZe Clan vs Fnatic 1:0 16:11
13:45 Astralis vs Immortals 0:1 12:16
13:45 OpTic Gaming vs Fnatic 0:1 10:16
15:00 Ninjas in Pyjamas vs FaZe Clan 0:1 6:16
15:00 Astralis vs Fnatic 1:0 19:17
16:15 Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Immortals 0:1 14:16
16:15 OpTic Gaming vs FaZe Clan 0:1 12:16
17:30 Immortals vs Fnatic 1:0 16:14
17:30 FaZe Clan vs Astralis 0:1 8:16
17:30 OpTic Gaming vs Ninjas in Pyjamas 0:1 13:16


  March 2 — Group Stage (Group B)    
Time Teams Results Score
10:00 Natus Vincere vs 1:0 16:9
10:00 Cloud9 vs SK Gaming 1:0 16:9
11:15 Natus Vincere vs SK Gaming 1:0 16:12
11:15 North vs Heroic 0:1 17:19
12:30 North vs 1:0 16:13
12:30 Cloud9 vs Heroic 1:0 16:7
13:45 SK Gaming vs Heroic 1:0 16:5
13:45 Cloud9 vs 0:1 4:16
15:00 Natus Vincere vs North 0:1 12:16
15:00 SK Gaming vs 0:1 14:16
16:15 Cloud9 vs North 0:1 12:16
16:15 Natus Vincere vs Heroic 0:1 12:16
17:30 Heroic vs 1:0 16:14
17:30 North vs SK Gaming 0:1 8:16
17:30 Cloud9 vs Natus Vincere 0:1 6:16


  3 March — Play-off (Quaterfinals)    
Time Teams Results Score
11:35 North vs Immortals 1:2 14:16
15:25 Astralis vs Natus Vincere 1:0 16:11


  March 4 — Play-off (Semifinals)    
11:30 FaZe Clan vs Immortals 2:0


15:20 Heroic vs Astralis 0:2



  March 5 — Grand Final    
Time Teams Results Score
17:30 FaZe Clan vs Astralis 3:1 16:9

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