With IEM Oakland set to start in less than 24 hours, we have put together a viewer's guide with all the information you need regarding the event.
From tomorrow until Sunday, the tournament will see 12 teams battling it out in Burbank and Oakland for a share of the $300,000 prize-pool, with the champion taking home $125,000.
This will be the fourth event counting for the Intel Grand Slam, which will hand $1 million out to the first team who wins four out of ten $200,000+ competitions.
|Group A||Group B|
IEM Oakland will kick off with a best-of-one round-robin group stage, in which the top team from each group will advance directly to the semis, while the second and third placed squads will move through to the quarter-finals.
The groups will be played during the first two days of the event, and it will run with the new point system used in ESL Pro League—two points for winners, one for losers in overtime.
The playoff stage, except the quarter-finals which will be held in Burbank on Thursday, will take place at the Oracle Arena on Saturday and Sunday.
Here is the full schedule for the event:
|Tuesday, November 14th
|Wednesday, November 15th
|Thursday, November 16th|
|Saturday, November 18th|
|Sunday, November 19th
As you can see below, the organisation has invited some of the most familiar faces in the scene to guide the viewers through the action, including Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill, Janko "YNk" Paunović and Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert as analysts:
O. J. Borg - Stage host Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Interviewer Alex "Machine" Richardson - Desk host Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst Janko "YNk" Paunović - Analyst Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert - Analyst Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator Harry "JustHarry" Russell - Commentator Jason "moses" O'Toole - Commentator John "BLU" Mullen - Commentator James "JamezIRL" Macaulay - Commentator
Concerning the prize-pool, here is how the $300,000 on offer will be distributed: