SK & Liquid to IEM Oakland

ESL have announced that the first two confirmed teams to attend IEM Oakland will be the two Major finalists from ESL One Cologne 2016: SK and Liquid.

Back in May ESL announced that the first stop in Season 11 of the Intel Extreme Masters series to feature CS:GO would be IEM Oakland, from November 19-20.

The event will take place inside the Oracle Arena, which is most famously known for being home to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA, and also feature a League of Legends tournament, in a similar fashion to last year's IEM San Jose.


Both SK and Liquid will compete at IEM Oakland

ESL have now announced the first two teams confirmed for the twelve team event, and they have billed the first two invites as a rematch of the Major grand finals as they are SK and Liquid.

SK of course took down Liquid 2-0 in the ESL One Cologne Major but by the time IEM Oakland comes around, the latter team will be coming into the event with their permanent new fifth Jacob "Pimp" Winneche in lieu of Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev.

ESL have also revealed the format of IEM Oakland which will be the exact same as IEM Katowice: twelve teams divided into two groups with the top three teams in each group moving on to the playoffs (and the group winners receiving a Bye in the quarter-finals).


The IEM Oakland format 

It will be the playoff games that will take place inside of the Oracle Arena, with the group stage matches presumably taking place on-site but without a live audience. Group stage matches will be best-of-one round robin while playoff matches will be best-of-three.

Fans who wish to attend IEM Oakland can purchase tickets here.

stich writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter

Denmark Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1043
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
nice!
2016-07-15 19:02
Pimp LUL
2016-07-15 19:03
im first again. Get on my lvl plebs
2016-07-15 19:08
I get it! xD cause they used lieu instead of instead hahahaaha
2016-07-15 20:02
Pray for Nice
2016-07-15 20:05
2016-07-15 20:18
2nd, but sick
2016-07-15 19:02
good job mate.. btw is gonna be a sick major?
2016-07-16 05:08
3rd, but sick
2016-07-15 19:03
4th, but sick. Oh wait
2016-07-15 19:22
You must've picked up a 10x multiplier somewhere
2016-07-15 19:27
Top meme
2016-07-15 20:00
You mean 3nd?
2016-07-15 22:05
3ND******************
2016-07-16 02:37
ayy
2016-07-15 19:02
#5
 | 
Netherlands Obiht 
Ayyyy
2016-07-15 19:02
LUL
2016-07-15 19:02
ttrt
2016-07-15 19:02
gg ez
2016-07-15 19:02
rip
2016-07-15 19:02
EXPECTED
2016-07-15 19:02
#13
 | 
Sweden DanzigOrWar 
NICE
2016-07-15 19:02
#14
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Noice
2016-07-15 19:02
ez brazil to money
2016-07-15 19:03
#44
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Brazil mth^ 
rip englando LUL
2016-07-15 19:35
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK NICE ENGLANDO MATE
2016-07-15 19:50
#52
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Brazil mth^ 
Wrong reply ;(
2016-07-15 19:55
my inglando is very otimo
2016-07-16 00:17
#18
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Australia closet 
good stuff
2016-07-15 19:03
Malakoi
2016-07-15 19:03
Devasso
2016-07-15 19:04
Maokai? Yea, i like him as a jungler.
2016-07-15 21:32
Liquid without s1mple is just a NA shit team...
2016-07-15 19:03
sk without hacks is just a shit version of winout
2016-07-15 19:09
#33
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Brazil Observer10 
Now that's probably the most retarded reply I've ever seen in HLTV, and I've seen plenty.
2016-07-15 19:15
NA with NA is just a shit (0 achievements)
2016-07-15 23:29
#112
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Sweden swediztann3 
liquid are shit without s1mple
2016-07-16 03:48
+1 P1mp gonna struggle to fill S1mple's shoes
2016-07-15 19:10
#35
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United States jekl 
lul, s1mple bottom fragged in the final. yes s1mple is an explosive player, but pimp should bring more stability to the team in the form of a role player
2016-07-15 19:16
s1mple won them Cobble vs Na'vi
2016-07-15 20:10
#73
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World WestSideDude 
s1mple top fragging in other matches, except grand final. so stfu
2016-07-15 20:44
XD s1mple didnt top frag in every match. nt tho
2016-07-16 03:00
Because SK is the most powerful team right now to counter that kind of players. You can't play just alone against them, you need a very good teamplay in my opinion. S1mple + Na'Vi would be so perfect...
2016-07-16 00:31
#113
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Sweden swediztann3 
he bottomfragged because he was nervous. If they played with pimp this major thy propably go out in the groups
2016-07-16 03:49
adren and koosta were the problem s1mple's really good but this liquid will be 100x better than when they had shitty adren and koosta
2016-07-15 19:25
#53
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Brazil mth^ 
Retarde le le le
2016-07-15 19:55
EZ SK CHEATERS
2016-07-15 19:04
stfu fake favela xD
2016-07-15 19:09
nice
2016-07-15 19:08
#25
suNny | 
Finland iPaZ 
Who?
2016-07-15 19:09
#30
 | 
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Expected, thank you IEM! We appreciate that! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-07-15 19:10
31
2016-07-15 19:13
We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Brazil have the best people in the WORLD
2016-07-15 19:13
The best 2 teams in the world are already confirmed. Great.
2016-07-15 19:15
#36
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
now expect immortals and other tier 2 NA teams xD
2016-07-15 19:17
#98
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Ireland Mackey91 
TSM, Splyce, Clg, and C9 What a shame to have this teams called "professionals"
2016-07-16 00:12
TSM are starting to step up. Hopefully, they'll prove themselves again
2016-07-16 03:16
#37
steel | 
Belarus Ruble 
es oakland raiders
2016-07-15 19:21
ez for ence WE smart WE loyal WE friendly WE are from brazil
2016-07-15 19:21
#39
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Canada LongBaguette 
Were dumb, were scumbags, we toxic, we are from FAVELA!
2016-07-15 19:21
ez terrorist win vs france lul
2016-07-15 19:43
Dude... Too soon.
2016-07-15 22:23
w8 rio olympics, terrorists get rekt
2016-07-15 22:24
#90
ruuit | 
Serbia Wule123 
u just prove he's point dude...
2016-07-15 22:59
nt
2016-07-16 01:09
No S1mple FeelsBadMan
2016-07-15 19:42
#47
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Finland muglobal 
ez cobble drop
2016-07-15 19:47
inb4 petition replaces SK for c9
2016-07-15 19:47
no s1mple no win
2016-07-15 19:50
#96
 | 
Ireland Mackey91 
true, they can't win a single map without simple
2016-07-16 00:10
#121
 | 
Brazil 2knexi 
s1mple comeback.. plox
2016-07-18 20:11
Ez money to SK, Nobody can stop them
2016-07-15 19:53
#97
 | 
Ireland Mackey91 
Tell this to Eleague =)
2016-07-16 00:11
#122
 | 
Brazil 2knexi 
LOL, really... only way to stop a good team
2016-07-18 20:11
Let's sign a petition against SK Gaming
2016-07-15 19:58
no s1mple no party
2016-07-15 20:00
Go sk! probably if sk win again foreigners will come to cry again talking about cheat
2016-07-15 20:00
#66
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Estonia jossd 
"foreigners" ? You think that HLTV is Brazil territory?
2016-07-15 20:19
yes it is.
2016-07-15 20:44
3nd Place? english is such a hard language...
2016-07-15 20:17
#67
Hobbit | 
Lithuania Afgan` 
Oak logs keppo
2016-07-15 20:25
So fking sad s1mple wont be there with Liquid. I know pimp is going to be good but s1mple brings that magic hype.
2016-07-15 20:25
#70
TACO | 
Brazil grandao0 
s1mple brings that magic hype: "u mad? cuz im not"
2016-07-15 20:29
well another s1mple money making tournament .. this by far will be ez because no s1mple no win ((((
2016-07-15 20:27
#71
 | 
World WestSideDude 
no s1mple no win confirmed.
2016-07-15 20:43
no s1mple, no more second place confirmed
2016-07-15 20:45
#75
 | 
World WestSideDude 
yes, now they will be 4th of 4 in group stage. (or even not invited). +1
2016-07-15 20:45
#76
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Venezuela Playcalixto 
Pimp in lieu of s1mple EZ for P1mple
2016-07-15 20:49
#77
 | 
Brazil xpn :) 
ez title for SK hehehe
2016-07-15 20:53
Finally an event in bay area with good teams
2016-07-15 21:13
#84
Mexico hu5h 
For real. I can finally drive to a lan now
2016-07-15 21:44
First big tournament in New Zeland
2016-07-15 21:13
s1mple + p1mple = gods
2016-07-15 21:27
#82
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
SK Liquid fnatic Astralis Na'Vi G2 VP NiP Immortals FaZe mouz dignitas
2016-07-15 21:32
#93
 | 
Ireland Mackey91 
Oakland = NA so bye Immortals, hello c9 byy dignitas hello CLG bye mouz, hello TSM bye FaZe, hello Optic they can throw nip too to put another shit NA team
2016-07-16 00:05
#94
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
:(
2016-07-16 00:05
#85
Mexico hu5h 
Oakland BABY. A's & RAAAAAAIDERS. This event is around my birthday too so I'm fucking hyped
2016-07-15 21:45
eww pls remove sk from event
2016-07-15 22:34
#95
 | 
Ireland Mackey91 
Another NA guy crying to put bronzilians out, what a shame
2016-07-16 00:09
+1
2016-07-16 03:18
Neat.
2016-07-15 23:13
WHAT THE FUCK AGAIN? WHY S1MPLE LEAVE AGAIN ?
2016-07-16 00:37
#116
 | 
World WestSideDude 
he was just a stand-in for Major. he left Liquid more time before, bcuz of home sickness.
2016-07-16 11:10
oh right , thats why pimp join on roaster , dude when i received the notice i asking me , why he contract pimp and they have the fucking 5 members completed
2016-07-19 18:31
You couldn't pay me to go to Oakland
2016-07-16 00:54
ez for pimple
2016-07-16 00:59
#106
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United States sayNt 
stich <3
2016-07-16 02:27
TriHard OAKLAND TriHard
2016-07-16 02:48
Good invite, well done, never forget SK, they are there playing.
2016-07-16 04:59
twitch.tv/angela1916 I invite you to stream one of the best streamers in Poland: D Stream [PL / EN]
2016-07-16 18:21
#118
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Morocco Gg2734llolol 
Sway will host the event, confirmed
2016-07-17 19:21
Iz for SK
2016-07-19 20:51
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