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IEM Chicago format?
Denmark Gjorupz 
Did they seriously create it so the teams that went 2-0 in groups meet each other in quarter finals, and the 2-1 meet each other? Is it just me or is it completely retarded? I mean, on paper there's nothing positive about going 2-0. It might not be a big thing, but in my opinion it's always a huge problem if a team considers losing as the better choice.
2018-11-08 15:33
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Austria shevve 
The loser of the group A upper bracket final will face the group B lower bracket winner and the other way around
2018-11-08 15:39
Sweden pontus767 
Winner of the group goes to semi. The team that placed 3rd in that group goes to the quarter on the same side of the bracket together with the team finishing 2nd in the other group.
2018-11-08 15:44
Aha. It's just because Astralis called it quarterfinals in their tweets. So the team that loses the game aren't out, but are just going to play quarterfinals like we've seen many times before?
2018-11-08 16:44
Germany zeolikk 
Yes that's right
2018-11-08 16:45
So it's the same as always. I just didn't understand due to Astralis tweets!
2018-11-08 16:46
Sweden pontus767 
Only dumb thing is, the quarter finals won't be played in the arena...
2018-11-08 19:10
Yea wtf is that about? They couldn’t afford to rent the arena for 3 days?
2018-11-08 19:16
Sweden pontus767 
I don't think they hire their arena for much money, seems like they do deals for hiring the arena, they shouldn't be too expensive. For example, I don't think they even pay for Spodek Arena. And let's say they could only afford 2 days, why can't you have 2 quarters and 2 semis on the same day?
2018-11-08 19:19
I’m pretty sure you have to pay to hold an event. Although I have no idea the cost or IEM budget. But it seems unfair to have to play a Bo3 then another vs a fresh team. Like when they do 3 qts on day and the 4th same day as semis. Retarted format imo
2018-11-08 19:25
Sweden pontus767 
Of course they pay a little bit, what I'm saying is they make good deals, otherwise they wouldn't take the contract. That's why we see them returning to the same arenas so often, because that's where they'll get good deals... What it may have to do with is people wouldn't be coming out to the arena on a Friday in NA, since you can't just take a day off like in for example Sweden... Basically, with another arena day, price goes up, and ticket sales won't go up enough for it to be a worthy investment. Also, everyone would know who they would face in the semi. So for example if you start the day at 10am playing a quarter, you know who you'd be playing afterwards, if you win. Therefore a good thing could be to have Friday as a break day, to give all the teams time to prepare. Let's say Faze plays a quarter final at 10AM and win it. They would then go on to playing a semi final at 4pm, not so much time in between, but with this format, they would've known the semi opponent since earlier so the only thing they'd have to do is pretty much rest and take some fresh air in between the games. Still though, 3 arena days is the best.
2018-11-08 19:36
All good points sir
2018-11-09 05:25
Denmark MeToxi 
They've secured quarters. They're yet to secure semi's. I guess thats why the tweet confused you ;)
2018-11-08 19:25
This is the same format at events with 16 teams at DH or IEM. So nothing new here.
2018-11-08 16:47
United Kingdom Charlie___ 
DH use a 4 team 4 group GSL IEM use a 8 team 2 group GSL
2018-11-08 19:12
Some of them use the format you mentioned. IEM Katowice, ESL Cologne and ESL Proleague Dallas all use the same format with Chicago. ESL Proleague Odense 2018 will use the same. So this is nothing new.
2018-11-08 19:35
United States Trump2020KAG 
Win play less. lose have to fight to stay in it.
2018-11-08 19:14
You have it the other way around. Fnatic and FaZe went 3-0, they are immediately in the semis, all teams who are currently 2-1 (Astralis who lost to FaZe, LDLC who lost to FaZe, mousesports who lost to Liquid, Liquid who lost to Fnatic) are facing off in the Quater Finals.
2018-11-09 05:33
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