Intel Grand Slam Season 3 announced with updated rules

ESL has announced that the Intel Grand Slam (IGS) is receiving a third season, which will feature a stricter set of rules.

Teams will still claim the $1 million prize if they win four IGS-eligible tournaments hosted by ESL and DreamHack inside a span of ten events as long as at least one of those trophies came at a designated Masters level competition (for 2020 these tournaments will be IEM Katowice, ESL One Cologne and any potential Major run by either company). Otherwise, teams will require six tournament victories during a window of ten events to collect the cheque.

The changes come after a season which lasted just 144 days after Liquid won four events in a row, breaking Astralis' record from season one by 379 days.

Liquid won the Intel Grand Slam Season 2 at ESL One Cologne

If the new set of rules had been in place since the beginning, Astralis would have had to wait for their IEM Katowice Major victory to claim their $1 million cheque. Liquid, on the other hand, would have still won the prize when they did, at ESL One Cologne.

The third Intel Grand Slam season will kick off on Thursday at IEM Chicago, where Liquid will be looking to extend their hot streak and win their sixth Big Event trophy in a row. Three more IGS events have already been announced for 2019, none of which of a designated Masters level, and a potential fourth one, IEM Beijing, was teased by ESL in a recent promotional video.

The event schedule for the third Intel Grand Slam season currently looks as follows:

United States IEM Chicago - July 18-21
United States ESL One New York - September 26-29
Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö - October 1-6
China IEM Beijing - November (still unconfirmed)
Denmark ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals - December 3-8

Interesting. Good changes imo. RIP Liquid fluke is over now
2019-07-16 17:34
xD
2019-07-16 17:33
#49
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Brazil Karl_Tanner 
Another ez Grand Slam for TL.
2019-07-16 17:44
#51
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United States Azuhh 
so 6 tournaments in a row? wtf is this hard shit
2019-07-16 17:45
#62
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United States RecluseCS 
Not if you win a major, iem katowice or esl one cologne
2019-07-16 17:50
Intel niggas are broke 🤣🤣🤣
2019-07-17 03:33
#191
s1mple | 
Russia h3x0r 
Major is StarLadder's tournament, not ESL's
2019-07-21 10:59
#192
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United States RecluseCS 
Yes but any major is still considered as a top event for the Intel grand slam
2019-07-21 15:42
#72
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Armenia baitpolice 
garbage fnatic with dennis did it
2019-07-16 17:55
#99
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Austria shaakeh 
North is next
2019-07-16 18:15
#113
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Germany Fabbsen 
Would be nice tho I hope they Rock the major
2019-07-16 18:34
That was an awesome joke I spit my coffee everywhere!
2019-07-16 19:12
#111
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Germany Fabbsen 
Half of it were t2 to t3 and one even t4
2019-07-16 18:31
#128
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African Union csarmani 
the greatest team in history of csgo yeah garbage
2019-07-16 19:19
#98
Stewie2K | 
United States y4kob 
6 out of 10, or 4 out of 10 if one of those 4 is either a major, IEM Katowice, or ESL One Cologne. Unfortunately, I dont think the Starladder Major is included in this grand slam scheme because it's run by starladder, not an intel sponsored series.
2019-07-16 18:14
IEM Chicago is honestly full of trash teams. Vitality have no chance to beat liquid and ENCE .. well they succ lately (after the major fluke and then 1 or 2 more decent events). SHOULD NOT COUNT at all... its like Astralis / NaVI playing Good Game League
2019-07-17 01:18
#184
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United States Hubterbean 
It’s not there fault teams aren’t showing up so that point is invalid they don’t choose what teams show up to tournaments they just show up
2019-07-17 14:50
Vitality can beat ence ez, how can you say all their tournements have just been flukes, thats impossible, your telling me that cs_summit was a fluke? ecs was a fluke? cologne final was a fluke? Thats alot of flukes bro, you're just saying that because they threw at esea, TL and ence are not shit, G2 aren't favorites winning agaisnt TL, ence or vitality but they will still put up a good fight, ive got to agree the rest of the teams aren't that great, but this will still be a really decent tournement to watch i geuss you're just salty because astralis isn't playing
2019-07-17 16:58
cs_summit was a 100% fluke ( ALEX said it himself ). About Ence vs Vitality , thats my bad. I had to use comma as i meant "Vitality cant beat TL , ence are struggling to perform good as well (ence succ)."
2019-07-17 23:52
Ence have fallen off a bit but they aren't shit, although i geuss is they said it them selfes cs_summit must of been luck although they have been really strong and in my opinion do earn their number 2 spot
2019-07-18 00:16
It doesn't have to be in a row, just 4 or 6 wins out of 10 consecutive tournaments, but not consecutive wins, right?
2019-07-16 20:32
#158
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United States malarm 
yeah
2019-07-16 23:39
#150
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North America onionmesh 
EZ for Jewie6mil
2019-07-16 22:17
#8
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Sweden Unluko 
Agreed
2019-07-16 17:34
xD
2019-07-16 17:39
Quote: "Liquid, on the other hand, would have still won the prize when they did, at ESL One Cologne." are u retarded or just bait?
2019-07-16 17:39
I mean, it's HLTV, most users are retarded, so who knows
2019-07-16 17:42
+1 liquid will win it again lmao
2019-07-16 17:43
#30
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India Ktsuna 
Fluke? Winning 5 event in a row is a fluke?
2019-07-16 17:39
0/8
2019-07-16 17:41
#48
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Brazil Karl_Tanner 
Another ez GS for TL tbh
2019-07-16 17:44
See ya another $1,000,000 from now
2019-07-16 17:46
#67
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United Kingdom trtr098 
Intel (A failing semiconductor company that makes overpriced CPUs with security flaws) is struggling with their 10 nm fab and is being decimated by AMD. $1m is probably too much for them to pay out right now but still want to stay relevant so they change the rules. AMD Grand Slam soon #Ryzen
2019-07-16 17:53
they made it easier with this rule lol
2019-07-16 17:55
0/8 wat
2019-07-16 19:59
My bad, read it wrong the first time xd
2019-07-17 14:48
#152
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United Kingdom trtr098 
lol
2019-07-16 22:32
#74
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Armenia baitpolice 
exactly what i was thinking
2019-07-16 17:56
rip London, now Vexed
2019-07-16 18:01
#135
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United Kingdom zakariin 
I mean, were they ever alive?
2019-07-16 19:47
Lol intel chips are far better than Ryzen crap. What are u smoking on? I want some!
2019-07-16 19:13
#125
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Denmark Notallama 
0/8
2019-07-16 19:16
name flag and flair check out
2019-07-16 22:22
#154
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United Kingdom trtr098 
10% slower in gaming but more cores per dollar and NO SECURITY VULNERABILITY
2019-07-16 22:36
#140
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United Kingdom INGEMARSSON_ 
Ye, I mean a company with a $220 billion market cap cannot be afford to be wasting $1m on marketing to one of it’s key target audiences...
2019-07-16 20:03
#153
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United Kingdom trtr098 
Market cap means nothing if they are selling at a loss (which will be the case this year) and burning money in R&D with no success
2019-07-16 22:35
#155
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Ethiopia itdoOo 
Are you retarded? Your IQ is below amount of replies under your trash comment.
2019-07-16 22:49
#185
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United Kingdom trtr098 
My IQ is 150, FaZe fanchild obviously too dumb to do maths
2019-07-17 15:27
Ayy
2019-07-17 01:59
How tf do you always get #1
2019-07-16 18:00
#112
Jesus | 
United States BLNDSPT 
He’s hacking
2019-07-16 18:33
Probably he wrote a script that immediately posts, or it's an alt of an admin
2019-07-17 12:08
#100
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Other zj2 
If the new set of rules had been in place since the beginning, Astralis would have had to wait for their IEM Katowice Major victory to claim their $1 million cheque. Liquid, on the other hand, would have still won the prize when they did, at ESL One Cologne.
2019-07-16 18:18
Cry
2019-07-16 18:22
#166
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Indonesia Dipsysenju 
You must be joking right? Lmao
2019-07-17 00:57
God help you retards
2019-07-17 12:49
#2
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North America ZachS721 
Ez4c9
2019-07-16 17:33
#54
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United States Equinox2018 
plastic fans switching back to c9 get ready for HLTV to be full of idiots again 0/8
2019-07-16 17:46
#70
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United States crulix 
Am I a plastic?
2019-07-16 17:55
#109
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United States IWASRUNNING 
+1 also plastic here. Fan since the likes of Jordan, Hiko, freak and the like. Happy we're getting back on track so the haters can cry more.
2019-07-16 18:25
another plastic fan over here, liking the team when they get players I like on it & not liking the team when I don't like the players they have on it, super plastic
2019-07-16 20:10
#156
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North America ZachS721 
I haven’t changed my favorite team from Cloud9 since I started using hltv. I’m not a bandwagon.
2019-07-16 23:27
Flair checks out.
2019-07-17 01:12
The only NA org that matters is TSM
2019-07-17 18:09
ez
2019-07-16 17:33
#5
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Norway k3ron 
what?
2019-07-16 17:34
#6
yuurih | 
Brazil imcyrus 
Mibr next winner
2019-07-16 17:34
#20
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Singapore FallBlade 
0/8
2019-07-16 17:36
HAHA
2019-07-16 17:37
#36
yuurih | 
Brazil imcyrus 
Kappa
2019-07-16 17:40
VP next winner*
2019-07-16 19:29
nt m16r is soooo bad without baitzera
2019-07-16 19:58
#7
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Portugal Joefilas 
Better than nothing I guess, 6/10 is pretty damn hard tho
2019-07-16 17:35
Daaammnn haaarrdd... from now winning the Grand Slam should cement an era for the team
2019-07-16 17:39
So liquid has era now? Even with the new ruleset liquid would have won it.
2019-07-16 17:42
Breathe out, they're about to have a great era and they look good to continue.
2019-07-16 17:48
Astralis too, just a bit later.
2019-07-17 01:13
#88
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North America noahB_ 
I appreciate the liquid compliment, it is an era indeed
2019-07-16 18:08
Indeed mens
2019-07-16 20:57
You still only need 4/10 if you win one of the most competitive tournaments of the year in the majors, ESL One cologne or other huge tournaments
2019-07-16 18:11
#105
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Portugal Joefilas 
No you need to win 4 of me most of the competitive games or at least 1 of the most competitive games and 5 more
2019-07-16 18:22
#107
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Portugal Joefilas 
Nevermind I'm retarded
2019-07-16 18:22
No, they said Liquid would have won the prize even with the new ruleset. You need one of ESL One Cologne, IEM Katowice or major by ESL and three other ESL/Dreamhack events
2019-07-16 18:23
#9
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Poland arePoles 
Okay
2019-07-16 17:34
#10
FalleN | 
Lithuania Vaiter3 
Mibr
2019-07-16 17:34
#11
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France Waiit 
So teams have to win 6 LAN out of 10 but only 4 if one of them is Katowice or Cologne ?
2019-07-16 17:34
Correct. Katowice, Cologne or a Major
2019-07-16 17:36
#22
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France Waiit 
Oh okay. Thanks for the reply
2019-07-16 17:37
But only if the major is organised by either dreamhack or ESL
2019-07-16 18:03
ofc why would esl give credit to other event orgs
2019-07-16 18:44
#121
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Portugal macpjoao 
Intel is not ESL. Intel has made a deal with both ESL and Dreamhack
2019-07-16 19:02
intel is basically esl by now played on esl's stream and shit
2019-07-16 19:16
No one will ever win again lul
2019-07-16 17:35
Tbh no one should have been able to win in the first place
2019-07-16 17:36
Intel thought the same
2019-07-16 17:39
Ik lmao
2019-07-16 17:40
PogChamp
2019-07-16 17:35
#15
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Germany n3on_ 
lmao, unfair
2019-07-16 17:35
Still Ez for liquid!
2019-07-16 17:36
coldzera with mibr will win the next one lets go vamos mibr somos mibr que ota
2019-07-16 17:36
#159
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Brazil GrilO_O 
Coldzera without mibr*** xD
2019-07-17 00:00
#21
Jamppi | 
Finland Leksi20 
ENCE it is
2019-07-16 17:36
#23
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Spain akproxx 
Well esl still have money
2019-07-16 17:37
This seems to be better even though they should include every major
2019-07-16 17:38
Thats upto Valve..
2019-07-16 17:40
No I mean they should also include the Starladder Major even though its no ESL/DH event
2019-07-16 17:41
no other TO will do thing with esl and intel. why should they play in esl's cards?
2019-07-16 17:58
The TO's would even benefit from it. (if it's not a major) IGS is seen as a extra attraction to compete in the featured events in order to maximize their chances of winning it
2019-07-16 18:07
But Yeah it will not happen most likely
2019-07-16 18:08
a major is prestigous enough. when starladder cooperate with this IGS they would make advertisements for ESL basically. wouldnt be great for them imo
2019-07-16 18:08
Yeah I know, but I feel like IGS is like a competition over the year which should be claimed by the best team. And if (for example) Team A wins Cologne and 3 other Events and Team B wins 5 (none Master Level) Events by esl and 2 Majors that are not held by esl, Team A still claims the prize if you know what I mean.
2019-07-16 18:12
#148
NBK- | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Well first of all a major wont count unless its ESL hosted Second winning 5 tournaments + a major is usually going to be more impressive than a team winning 3 events + cologne. So I really dont see the issue in your example. The team with more success gets the reward.
2019-07-16 21:52
Read again man, you didn't understand what I meant.
2019-07-17 03:26
#175
NBK- | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
I did, the team that does it first should win
2019-07-17 04:24
"Team A wins Cologne and 3 other Events and Team B wins 5 (none Master Level) Events by esl and 2 Majors that are not held by esl" Team A wins the IGS because they need only 4 tournaments for it since they win Cologne, meanwhile Team B doesn't because they don't win a master level tournament but 5 of the small ones (they need 6 to win the IGS). Team B also wins 2/2 Majors in a year, but none of them is by ESL/Dreamhack, so people would say Team B had the more impressive performance over the year, but Team A still claims the grand slam.
2019-07-17 12:09
#26
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Canada thelegend27 
(((esl)))
2019-07-16 17:38
make katowice and cologne more important than before, love that change
2019-07-16 17:39
Unofficial Majors
2019-07-16 17:41
yeah, really cool, i'm sure that 100% of the top10 would be at this 2 events
2019-07-16 17:44
#56
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United States Equinox2018 
Both majors should be Cologne and Katowice, with Sydney thrown in to replace one of them at the choice of valve. Top 3 cities for crowd turnout, best crowds in CS
2019-07-16 17:48
making these tournemants a major is not good imo. they are very very good tournemants by itself. I see no better tournemant than cologne, EXCEPT a major. so we have 4 nice tournemants a year for sure and not only 2, I hope you understand me :D
2019-07-16 18:00
+1
2019-07-16 20:17
so it would be all the time esl, dislike it
2019-07-16 19:48
EZ VP
2019-07-16 17:39
#42
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United States jaeger_steam 
Imo should just be 5 wins without designated masters win. Granted, whoever wins the next season will likely win one of the designated masters, winning 6 out of 10 other ones seems a bit outrageous. I know this is supposed to be incredibly difficult to win, but season 1 took forever for even 4 wins, and season 2 just lined up schedule wise for liquid to have so many in a row during their rise to the peak. I can see someone winning if they do get a designated win, but I really can't see someone win by getting 6 out of 10 non designated wins. Just my guess though
2019-07-16 17:42
LMAO
2019-07-16 17:42
Liquid too Stronk
2019-07-16 17:42
#45
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Italy Fil0Nerd 
Actually very good change Also give more value to katowice, cologne and esl majors
2019-07-16 17:43
#47
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Record that will never be broken.
2019-07-16 17:44
#160
gla1ve | 
Denmark topres 
Only team with 0 majors to ever win a grand slam. Sick record indeed!
2019-07-17 00:25
#179
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United States Trump2020KAG 
True that’s another record. Pretty crazy they had to change the rules because of how good liquid is.
2019-07-17 10:11
ez vp
2019-07-16 17:45
#53
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Belgium jorneiro 
gamerlegion next winners
2019-07-16 17:46
#59
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United States Equinox2018 
yes mens))) gamerlegion will be too stronk for any top20 teams
2019-07-16 17:49
#69
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
so ez for Virtus.pro?
2019-07-16 17:54
#58
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
Expected ez for NaVi and goat s1mple
2019-07-16 17:49
#60
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United States Equinox2018 
s1mple will never win a major
2019-07-16 17:50
#73
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
NaVi will win the next Major and s1mple will be MVP. as far as not winning a major is concerned retirement clan will never win one.
2019-07-16 17:56
#90
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United States Equinox2018 
boombI4 will not carry Na’Vi to a major, and neither will s1mple/electronic duo
2019-07-16 18:08
+1, 2tosic noob
2019-07-16 19:29
#161
gla1ve | 
Denmark topres 
Neither will Liquid
2019-07-17 00:25
#177
Olivia | 
Austria SplasJ 
But liquid > Navi
2019-07-17 08:07
LIQUID 2ND IGS INCOMING
2019-07-16 17:50
#63
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Denmark wakils 
Yeah so they ran out of money...
2019-07-16 17:51
or just dont want to give away free money ^^?
2019-07-16 18:01
#64
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
lmao already afraid of bleeding money
2019-07-16 17:51
VP Will take itp
2019-07-16 17:51
Should be 5 not 6.
2019-07-16 17:52
Intel in 2k19 Omegalul
2019-07-16 17:53
xd
2019-07-16 17:58
Expected that they will make it harder, nobody will win it anymore
2019-07-16 17:58
#79
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Denmark Ken92 
do i understand this correctly. to win the Grand Slam in 4 event you need to win either 4 IEM, ESL one. Dreamhack masters or Pro league, and if you will win in 6, it dont matter what 6 event you win?
2019-07-16 18:00
you have to win 6 iem,esl, dh masters or pro league OR you win 3 of them PLUS ESL major, iem katowice or esl one cologne so that makes those 3 events more prestigous..
2019-07-16 18:03
#94
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Denmark Ken92 
thanks alot, now i understand it.
2019-07-16 18:11
#81
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Canada TorontoSucks 
Intel running out of money so they have to make it harder to achieve
2019-07-16 18:00
is "starladder major" will be considered as designated masters level event ?
2019-07-16 18:01
No. Those have to be Majors run by either ESL or DreamHack.
2019-07-16 18:19
Too advanced english for me :(
2019-07-16 18:09
now you have to win 6 IGS tournemants OR 4 of them, when you win Cologne or Katowice or a future ESL major
2019-07-16 18:12
thank you :D
2019-07-16 18:53
#97
Blue | 
Belgium Thotiana 
lol
2019-07-16 18:14
#102
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Russia ChmoEbanoe 
rip intel economics, liquid is goind to bankrupt them
2019-07-16 18:19
#103
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United States BlindSnipe 
So glad they announced another season so soon! Can't wait to see who wins the next ine, if anyone!
2019-07-16 18:19
anybody tell me what is the changes xD
2019-07-16 18:19
#110
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus 
Either winning four tournaments but one has to be the major or cologne. Or winning 6 out of 10 tourneys
2019-07-16 18:26
major, cologne or katowice
2019-07-16 18:46
#98
2019-07-16 18:40
#114
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Brazil Charizaldo 
Money don't grow in trees
2019-07-16 18:38
#164
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Finland Sp0rk1859 
The what do u call bananas, and weed?
2019-07-17 00:44
Intel Grand Slam has no hype at all, imo. I'm sure there is a better way
2019-07-16 18:44
#120
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
intel grand slam winner = best team of year
2019-07-16 18:57
#122
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Katowice & Cologne > Majors Confirmed
2019-07-16 19:05
Good way to make all of the top teams attend Katowice and Cologne, I like it.
2019-07-16 19:19
lmao these greedy intel shit made the rule stricter cuz they were losing money too quickly
2019-07-16 19:25
#133
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Netherlands PasscaLl 
Expected
2019-07-16 19:35
ok
2019-07-16 19:31
ESL losing too much money these greedy bitches thought nobody would do the grand slam but now 2 teams have done it in 1 year they have to change rules to make it harder :>
2019-07-16 19:42
#178
Olivia | 
Austria SplasJ 
But If it is Harder then it is an even better achievement If You get it
2019-07-17 08:09
#139
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
This is too hard, no one will win this.
2019-07-16 20:01
Astralis and Liquid both would have won it even with the new rules
2019-07-17 00:42
#142
s1mple | 
Russia fnyke 
Every year they make new rules lol
2019-07-16 20:15
maybe to make IGS more competitive and reduce domination from 1 team
2019-07-17 01:04
Valve needs to bump up major prize pool so this IGS crap becomes irrelevant
2019-07-16 21:00
They broke the game
2019-07-16 21:45
They really had to nerf liquid huh
2019-07-16 22:08
hey guys see you in Beijin
2019-07-16 23:35
Another 1M for Liquid. EZ.
2019-07-17 00:39
#165
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North America huffAndPuff 
Should be 5 without the designated tournament/major. I like the change for Kato and Cologne though.
2019-07-17 00:46
good changes from esl
2019-07-17 01:03
rip money
2019-07-17 06:36
Bet they didn't expect to pay out 2 million dollars this soon already hahaha Maybe Amd can make a more human and interesting challenge now that intel has sealed their bank account
2019-07-18 12:16
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