ESL announce next two IEM tournaments; December's event planned to take place on LAN in Cologne

November's $250,000 IEM: Beijing-Haidan will feature four regional divisions, while IEM: Global Challenge hopes to bring CS:GO back to LAN with a $500,000 tournament taking place in Cologne on December 15-20.

Under the condition that "the global situation does not dramatically deteriorate," the IEM: Global Challenge (which is not to be confused with the ESEA MDL competition) will bring the top-tier CS:GO scene back to a LAN setting for the first time since March, when the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a standstill shortly after the conclusion of IEM Katowice.

The $500,000 tournament will feature "the best eight teams" from North America and Europe and is planned to take place in a studio location in Cologne. It will also witness the return of the Intel Grand Slam's third season, which was put on hold in May amid the lack of LAN and cross-region tournaments.

Cologne will host the first top-tier LAN tournament since March

Before the scene can return to LAN with 2020's final IEM stop, however, ESL will run another regional event called IEM: Beijing-Haidan on November 6-22 in four divisions: Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania.

A total of 32 teams will participate across the four regions for a combined $250,000 prizepool and points counting towards the current ESL Pro Tour ranking, which serves as a qualifier for 2021's first Masters Championship in Katowice.

Gj esl!
2020-09-09 18:13
great
2020-09-09 18:15
#32
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Finland AleksiBOT
Finally something good
2020-09-09 18:18
expected from german organiser always the best
2020-09-09 18:15
but if there are new covid regulations even studio environment might be too risky
2020-09-09 18:17
Unless shit goes really really bad with covid again there's a good chance it'll be possible. Even at peak times a studio tournament would've been possible in some areas in Germany (not sure about cologne though). We'll have a to wait and see but I'm somewhat positive that it'll happen. I really want lan again, even though it won't be the same without audience, still better than online.
2020-09-09 19:45
These will be without crowd
2020-09-10 15:02
+1 how is Germany always so good?!
2020-09-09 18:40
+1
2020-09-09 19:27
#86
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India $h!eld
Best tournament organisers
2020-09-09 20:43
sad news
2020-09-09 18:13
making up for it nice
2020-09-09 18:13
#4
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Czech Republic Poloolpp
ok
2020-09-09 18:14
#5
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Sweden Lingon
RIP
2020-09-09 18:14
#6
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United States VoktoroXD
LAN Pog
2020-09-09 18:14
poh
2020-09-09 18:14
hopefully it goes all good
2020-09-09 18:14
ok
2020-09-09 18:14
#10
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Poland Amirek
At least a LAN but rip major anyways
2020-09-09 18:14
omg
2020-09-09 18:14
#12
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Germany Zackst3rz
nooooooooo
2020-09-09 18:14
bye onliners
2020-09-09 18:15
#70
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Finland 5way
haha
2020-09-09 19:18
FINALLY!!!
2020-09-09 18:14
once lan returns ez for godquid
2020-09-09 18:14
#LET'SGOLIQUID
2020-09-10 15:31
rip major
2020-09-09 18:15
#17
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Sweden FL4XY
LAN let's gooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2020-09-09 18:15
I'm doubting that this gonna happen on LAN
2020-09-09 18:15
ooooo
2020-09-09 18:15
Back to lan - nice if it really happens this time
2020-09-09 18:16
#24
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United States Y3kx
rip rio
2020-09-09 18:16
#25
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Poland Kobel_
" IEM: Global Challenge (which is not to be confused with the ESEA MDL competition)" Yeah, that's what I mentioned about not liking the name in the previous article. It's bad because it isn't unique; and as far as it would be understandable if it were completely different entities responsible for the two events, ESEA and ESL are correlated and they should've went with something less confusing.
2020-09-09 18:17
2nd pandemic phase gg back to online in 2021
2020-09-09 18:16
NOOO
2020-09-09 18:17
Rip chaos Rip big Welcome back mibr
2020-09-09 18:17
#33
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Netherlands Sem0733
Read this one buddy? "Any teams that were disqualified for exploiting this bug during an RMR event will have their RMR points reset." Bye Mibr.
2020-09-09 18:18
There'll be more LANs to mibr shine again it's no problem
2020-09-09 18:21
Mibr_never_won_against_wisła_kraków
2020-09-09 18:26
Neither did Wisla on LAN...
2020-09-09 18:30
Its hilarious talking with mibro fans. You will cling onto anything just say something "positive" in response.
2020-09-09 18:31
"positive"??? We are POSITIVE not "positive"....
2020-09-09 19:07
Nt
2020-09-09 19:49
Hey Polish dude, imagine arguing to a Brazillian who supports a team that got the ultimatum from Volvo for coaching bug.
2020-09-10 03:31
everything checks out
2020-09-09 18:34
THIS DUDE THINKS THAT MIBR WILL BE GOOD AGAIN WHEN LAN COMES BACK. KKKKKK. ALSO, THEY SAID THE TOP EIGHT TEAMS, MIBR IS NOT IN THE TOP EIGHT. KEKW
2020-09-09 19:59
It's ok??? Maybe they ain't invited for these LANs but next ones they'll destroy everyone...
2020-09-09 20:34
Welcome back to what? Not the top, they're way too arrogant and living in the past to ever become relevant without losing 60% of their team, including FalleN.
2020-09-10 03:03
nt hater
2020-09-10 03:20
Your flag checks out. You can't handle the fact that the MIBR team is living in the past and MIBRs management won't bother looking into the internal problems (which is the money hungry trio of Fallen, fer, and TACO. Even though they are the problem (especially Fallen due to his old school calling which doesn't even fucking work anymore unless you're against a Tier 29 team.)
2020-09-10 03:34
online was the problem
2020-09-10 04:47
Not a good excuse. They have ups and downs when it comes to LAN. They're just shit in general.
2020-09-10 04:51
wait and see
2020-09-10 04:56
I don't have to. Why would I wait for something from a team who is so bad online and has ups and downs on LAN? I can tell you're in denial and I don't have to argue with you anymore.
2020-09-10 05:52
bookmarked
2020-09-10 05:52
I bookmarked it as well, and guess what? They disbanded so suck me off.
2020-09-14 03:20
They disbanded together and soon they'll be together But I'll delete my bookmark because for some reason fallen will keep taco You win
2020-09-14 12:44
kudos to you.
2020-09-14 13:30
EXPECTED
2020-09-09 18:17
THE REAL COLOGNE POGU
2020-09-09 18:17
Vitality win this time no more cheaters hopefully
2020-09-09 18:19
Noone cheated vs vitality u dummy
2020-09-10 07:05
Yes but hunden still shouldnt have coached at cologne
2020-09-10 15:00
Ur logic: When someone cheated in last tournament then vitality played against the cheaters? Lmao worst excuse ever cuz we know it was fair match
2020-09-10 19:26
??? What are you saying Hunden should have been banned before cologne started and he is a nig part of heroics success
2020-09-10 19:28
ESL One: Cologne, but it's actually called IEM: Global Challenge.
2020-09-09 18:21
#37
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Serbia LtN))
VERY NICE! EZ 4 NAVI!
2020-09-09 18:22
navi lets go
2020-09-09 18:23
probably won't happen
2020-09-09 18:24
#40
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Asia Blitzer
everybody do their part to make this possible
2020-09-09 18:24
#41
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Ukraine YUR4S
gg
2020-09-09 18:25
#42
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Poland SebL
Will it finally be a LAN tournament? Would be so lovely. Hope you can make it ESL.
2020-09-09 18:25
People being surprised that the Rio Major is cancelled need to get real.
2020-09-09 18:25
#46
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North America Shehp
NO FUCKING WAY
2020-09-09 18:30
#48
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Denmark pdxm
Yes finally
2020-09-09 18:31
Cool !
2020-09-09 18:32
Nice
2020-09-09 18:33
#52
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North America Swboy1010
DAVEY fan? The DAVEY on Mythic?
2020-09-09 18:36
yes, bestest player))
2020-09-09 19:16
#69
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North America Swboy1010
Pog a fellow Mythic fan.
2020-09-09 19:17
#72
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Canada JC_123
+1
2020-09-09 19:26
Won't happen anyway, so who cars
2020-09-09 18:39
OOOOOOOOOOF POG
2020-09-09 18:39
They should call this ESL Two Cologne since this is the 2nd cologne event this year
2020-09-09 18:41
#57
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Brazil YUB8
Wonder how they'll manage to make it possible.
2020-09-09 18:44
good luck with lobbyist spahn. this dude will make sure that you can't while he will collect his millions :)
2020-09-09 18:46
#59
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Finland eIe
YEEESS
2020-09-09 18:51
holy shit im so fucking happy, ARE THESE TEARS?
2020-09-09 18:53
#61
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United Kingdom Tnk11
Well its not gonna happen because cases are still high lmao.
2020-09-09 18:58
They will just invite teams from countries that allowed to travel to cologne: Ez big vs sproud vs alternate vs bluejays
2020-09-09 19:06
make that the major
2020-09-09 19:04
+1
2020-09-09 19:10
No ESLUL will delay major even for 5 years to host it in BRA71L.
2020-09-09 19:49
I don't care about a lan event without audience. COVID is a scam.
2020-09-09 19:10
nt 0 iq zywh0 fan
2020-09-09 19:49
#67
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CIS bult0
KATOWICE MAJOR 2021 POGGERS
2020-09-09 19:14
#71
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Denmark twinseN
Not gonna happen
2020-09-09 19:23
Finnaly LAN!
2020-09-09 19:28
#75
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North America 007DBR9
POG
2020-09-09 19:43
nice
2020-09-09 19:50
ok
2020-09-09 19:50
Halleluja!
2020-09-09 20:27
Pog nice
2020-09-09 20:28
They should attempt to hold IEM Beijing as LAN since Beijing has the disease under control.
2020-09-09 21:08
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS FUCK YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
2020-09-09 21:49
Really hope these will happen, will be a breath of fresh air from these online shenanigans.
2020-09-09 21:58
It won't happen
2020-09-09 22:12
#91
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Germany ConAction
inbefore will be cancelled again like major...
2020-09-09 22:23
COLOGNE HYPE
2020-09-09 22:41
#93
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Europe g4nl0cK
all i feel is pain
2020-09-09 22:42
haha they actually have the balls to go against this stupid billy gates bullshit. All these false-positive tests, all completely unneccessary and idiotic covid vaccination lmao. Time to rise and enter the higher state of consciousness. Ok!!!
2020-09-09 22:48
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