IEM Shanghai viewer's guide
With IEM Shanghai 2018 set to start on Wednesday, we bring you a viewer's guide with all the information you need to know regarding the event.
The last tournament of the season will run from August 1-6 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, where eight teams will duke it out for the lion's share of a $250,000 prize pool.
The event will kick off with a double-elimination group stage, where only the opening matches will be played in a best-of-one format. The top two teams from both groups will then advance to the single-elimination, best-of-three playoffs.
HellRaisers and BOOT-d[S] will both field stand-ins as Özgür "woxic" Eker and Alikhan "w1nt3r" Kopzhanov could not travel to Shanghai due to unforeseen circumstances. Kristjan "fejtZ" Allsaar, who is no stranger to HellRaisers, will be playing alongside Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow's men, while Leslie "Bobosaur" Soen will be helping his countrymen from BOOT-d[S].
The eight competition teams have been drawn into two groups of four as you can see below:
Below you can find the full schedule:
Wednesday, August 1
06:00 - NRG vs. 5POWER| BO1
07:10 - HellRaisers vs. Virtus.pro | BO1
08:20 - Gambit vs. BOOT-d[S] | BO1
09:30 - Grayhound vs. TYLOO | BO1
10:40 - Group A winners' match | BO3
14:15 - Group B winners' match | BO3
Thursday, August 2
06:00 - Group A elimination match | BO3
09:35 - Group B elimination match | BO3
13:10 - Group A decider | BO3
Friday, August 3
06:00 - Group B decider | BO3
Saturday, August 4
06:00 - Semi-final #1 | BO3
Sunday, August 5
06:00 - Semi-final #2 | BO3
Monday, August 6
05:00 - Grand final | BO3
The on-air team for the event features several familiar faces, including desk host Tres "stunna" Saranthus and analysts Jacob "Pimp" Winneche and Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl. Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill will be making the switch from analysis to commentary, being joined by Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett, Harry Russell and Alex "Snodz" Byfield.
The full broadcast team can be found below:
Yu "DXMASTER" Hao - Stage Host
Matt Andrews - Content Host
Tres "Stunna" Saranthus - Desk Host
Halvor "Vendetta" Gulestol - Analyst
Sudhen "Bleh" Wahengbam - Analyst
Jacob "Pimp" Winneche - Analyst
Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Caster
Harry Russell - Caster
Alex "Snodz" Byfield - Caster
Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Caster
Finally, here is how the $250,000 prize pool will be distributed among the eight participants: