iBUYPOWER Masters viewer's guide
iBUYPOWER Masters is set to start Saturday, so we present a overview of the schedule for this expanded qualifier for Intel Extreme Masters Oakland.
The event will play out over two days as the teams will do battle over a $100,000 prizepool to share besides the four spots available for the prestigious tournament in Oakland next week.
The group stage itself for iBUYPOWER Masters is straightforward GSL format, double elimination, as the initial matches along with the winners' matches will be BO1, while the elimination and decider matches will be BO3.
Notably then, the deciders will not determine semi-finals, as this tournament forgoes that stage altogether, but solely deciding who qualifies for Intel Extreme Masters Oakland, set to start November 16th. The two group winners will face each other in a BO3 final.
A reminder of how the group draw turned out below:
|Group A||Group B|
And here is the full schedule for the two-day event:
|Saturday, November 12th|
|22:40||Group A elimination match||BO3|
|02:10||Group A winners' match||BO1|
|03:20||Group B elimination match
|Sunday, November 13th|
|18:00||Group B winners' match||BO1|
|19:10||Group A decider match||BO3|
|22:40||Group B decider match||BO3|
The prize pool distribution is as follows:
1. $20,000, IEM Oakland qualification
2. $15,000, IEM Oakland qualification
3-4. $12,500, IEM Oakland qualification