The World Championship of the Intel Extreme Masters Series is approaching fast, so we wanted to take the opportunity to talk a little bit about what’s led these teams to this epic finale in Hannover, Germany.

The Intel Extreme Masters Series is one of the largest and most respected eSports leagues in the world, historically featuring only the most competitive titles in the world for huge prize pools. League of Legends is only the 6th title to ever be selected for the Intel Extreme Masters since it was established by the ESL.

Each IntelEM Global Challenge pits some of the top competitors from all over the world against one another both the pride of winning and substantial prize. The 1st and 2nd place teams at each of these Global Challenges qualify for a spot at the IntelEM World Championship, a massive tournament featuring the top performers across all the events in a single season. All teams participating in a Global Challenge also earn points towards a placement on the Intel Extreme Masters leaderboard. These points are separate from the Challenger Circuit Points also awarded by these events, and are used to determine which teams advance to fill the remaining slots at Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. 

1st CLG 180
2nd SK Gaming 150
3rd Team SoloMid 140
4th fnatic 135
5th Moscow Five 90
6th World Elite 90
7th Team Dignitas 60
8th Sypher 55
9th Millenium 40
10th Curse 30
11th EHOME 25
12th iG 25

For an even more in-depth breakdown of how the teams qualified, visit the Intel Extreme Masters rankings page on the ESL website.

Taking place at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, the IntelEM World Championship caps off the end of each IntelEM Season by placing the champions and top contenders from each Global Challenge against one another for their share of a massive $100,000 prize pool. The group stage of the tournament has already been set, and the matchups can be found below!

Group A Group B
CLG Team SoloMid
fnatic SK Gaming
World Elite Moscow 5
Team Dignitas Sypher
Millenium Curse

It’s been a long season, but the true test for each of these teams still awaits them in Hannover, Germany, and represents the second Challenger Circuit event in League of Legends Season Two. Here, the Global Challenge winners from countries all across the globe will gather to do battle over $100,000 and the pride of being crowned the first League of Legends Intel Extreme Masters World Champion!

Stay tuned for more details as the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship draws closer!