SPERMY looks to represent Robert Morris University in Chicago
ESL have announced that two collegiate teams will face off in the grand finals of the IEM Chicago Collegiate Invitational. The scholarly grand final will take place prior to the grand finals of the IEM Chicago main event.
The two teams will be decided through an online qualifier, which is currently underway. The qualifier's group stage originally began with 12 teams from various universities asross the midwest, with only six moving on to the playoffs stage.
Michigan State University and Robert Morris University were seeded into the semifinals, with the four teams clashing in the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals saw Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Ohio State see off Western Michigan and DePaul respectively, both in a 2-0 series.
The semifinals' matches are set to play out online on October 20th in two best-of-three matches. The two teams will then fly out to Chicago to play in the grand finals on the main stage in the Wintrust Arena.
The two remaining online matchups are:
|Michigan State||vs.||llinois at Urbana Champaign|
|Robert Morris||vs.||Ohio State|
The rosters for the four remaining teams are:
|Michigan State University||University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign|
Aaron "aaronsfury" Baldwin
Danny "Bokuumbop" Yoo
|Robert Morris University||Ohio State University|
Liam "Welshy" Newhouse
Matt "weat" Chilinski
The results for the group stage and the playoffs bracket for the qualifier can be found on the event's Challonge page.
IEM Chicago is set to begin on November 6th and run through to November 11th, featuring a $250,000 prize pool. ESL is expected to continue hosting its annual IEM event in Chicago going forward and has indicated they intend to support the Midwest collegiate scene further in the future.