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ESL announce three years of IEM in Chicago plus invites, qualifiers, talent for 2018
The tournament's North America stop moves from Oakland to the windy city.
Written by: DuckMoriarty    August 9th 2018 2:00 pm    #ESL #IEM #IEMChicago #Astralis #BIG #FaZe #Liquid #MIBR #mousesports #NRG #Renegades #stunna #Sadokist #moses  

Goodbye Oakland, Hello Chicago

Oakland is no longer the home of IEM in North America, as ESL have signed a three year commitment with two venues to host the tournament in Chicago. Starting with the Wintrust Arena, 2018's edition will take place at the venue on November 10th-11th.

IEM Chicago likely to replace Oakland stop in November

The move of venue was previously reported by VP Esports and DBLTAP earlier this week. After this year the tournament will move to the United Centre, home of NBA's Chicago Bulls, for the 2019 and 2020 editions, also in November. The tournament is also set to be a stop on the Intel Grand Slam, who's $1,000,000 prize is yet to be claimed.

This year's edition will feature 16 teams, ten of which are to be invited, with the group stage being held between November 6th-9th. The first eight teams invited were announced just after the venue was revealed through the tournament's Twitter account, of which four are North American-based teams.

What was also revealed was how the remaining six slots would be shared out, in a set of qualifiers. Two of these slots have been reserved for North American teams, and one for South America. The open qualifier for North America is set to take place starting August 20th on ESEA, where the top two teams from the open qualifier will filter into a closed qualifier event set to take place between August 23rd-25th. Full qualifier information can be found on the IEM website.

The current team list for IEM Chicago 2018 is:

dk Astralis de BIG
eu FaZe nam Liquid
br MIBR eu mousesports
us NRG au Renegades
world Invite world Invite
eu Europe eu Europe
nam North America nam North America
world Asia world South America

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The announcement for the event in November also included the talent set to be attending the event. An ensemble cast, similar to other events ESL have put on, sees a familiar set of names headed for the largest city in Illinois. The event will be commentated by the two duos of Henry "HenryG" Greer alongside Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett, and Jason "moses" O'Toole with Anders Blume. Tres "stunna" Saranthus once again returns as the on-screen reporter for the event.

The full talent line-up for IEM Chicago 2018 is:

  • gb O. J. Borg - Stage Host
  • us Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Reporter
  • gb Alex "Machine" Richardson - Desk Host
  • au Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst
  • dk Jacob "Pimp" Winneche - Analyst
  • gb Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
  • ca Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
  • us Jason "moses" O'Toole - Commentator
  • dk Anders Blume - Commentator
#1 Joe
2018-08-09 17:46
Holy cow, three years? We've got a saying here in Detroit; "At least we're not Chicago"
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