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ESL reduce IEM Chicago qualifier to one slot after "internal error"
The tournament organizer has made changes to the upcoming closed qualifier.
Written by: Nohte    August 15th 2018 8:16 am    #ESL #IEM #IEMChicago #Astralis #BIG #FaZe #Liquid #MIBR #mousesports #NRG #Renegades #UCC  

Will the Chicago crowd beat out Oakland?

ESL have revised the slot distribution for IEM Chicago's North American qualifier, reducing the number of teams from two down to one, according to a release on the IEM website. The 16 team event is slated to run from November 6th-November 11th, replacing IEM Oakland after a two year run.

ESL announce three years of IEM in Chicago plus invites, qualifiers, talent for 2018

The tournament organizers cited an "internal error" as the second qualifier spot for the $250,000 tournament is already set to be determined by an upcoming soon to be announced qualifier. has learned that this will be another "non-qualifier" run by CIS company UCC, as has been the case for the majority of ESL events in 2018.

The format for the North American closed qualifier has been modified to include a grand final, with eight teams set to duke it out in a double-elimination best-of-three bracket from August 23-25.

The current team list for IEM Chicago is:

dk Astralis de BIG
eu FaZe nam Liquid
br MIBR eu mousesports
us NRG au Renegades
world Invite world Invite
eu Qualifier eu Qualifier
nam Qualifier world SA Qualifier
world Asia Qualifier world TBA

ESL standardizing event formats in 2018

The open qualifier for IEM Chicago is set to kick off on August 20th, with signups still open on ESEA's website.

#1 iMarbot
2018-08-15 09:15
Bets on another UCC "qualifier"?

nvm it says that in the article, but even if it didnt then still bets :>
#2 Joe
2018-08-15 10:38
Same sort of "qualifier" that got ENCE to cologne, right?
#3 WallehZz-4LO
2018-08-15 13:50
a NA event getting 1 spot when IEM Sydney got 4 spots for aussie teamss??!!??!?
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