New to IEM Grand Slam? Here’s all that you need to know
The next tournament in Season 3 of the Intel Grand Slam is due to kick off in December, when the ESL Pro League finals take place in Odense. Team Liquid and Astralis, the two previous winners, are weaker than they have been at any point in the last year, making for a very interesting race. But what is the Intel Grand Slam and how does it work? Here’s all you need to know.
What is the Intel Grand Slam?
The Intel Grand Slam is a competition ran by ESL and Intel that rewards $1 million to the first team to win a set number of ESL tournaments within a certain time-frame. To make things more interesting, if a team is defeated in the final of an event where they would have won the Grand Slam, then the team that defeats them is awarded a $100,000 “Giant Killer” bonus. This season, the first team to win six ESL events within ten wins the prize.
What are the latest rule changes?
With the introduction of the new ESL Tour for 2020, the rules have changed slightly. To win, a team must win six ESL Tour Masters events within ten consecutive events. That number is reduced to four if one of those tournaments is Katowice, Cologne or a major hosted by ESL or DreamHack.
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Which tournaments are part of the Intel Grand Slam?
Every Masters level and above tournament of the ESL Tour is included. The recently concluded IEM Beijing is part of the Grand Slam, and other notable tournaments in the calendar include IEM Katowice and ESL One Cologne, as well as ESL Pro League.
Do we have teams now part of this year’s Intel Grand slam?
Season 1 of the Grand Slam was won by Astralis in about a year and a half. Team Liquid smashed that record, and took just six months to win their title in Season 2. With both of those teams looking beatable, Season 3 is shaping up to be the most intense race yet. Even though the ESL Tour has not yet begun, some teams have already been able to claim a notch on the Grand Slam. These are Fnatic, Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, and now Astralis thanks to their recent win in IEM Masters XIV which was held in Beijing.
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