ESL announce IEM Global Challenge qualification process

Half of the slots for the eight-team LAN tournament planned for December are reserved for the winners of upcoming events hosted by ESL and DreamHack.

The slot allocation for IEM Global Challenge, the $500,000 tournament ESL hope to return to LAN action with on December 15-20, has been announced by the tournament organizer.

The initial four spots will be booked by teams that win the upcoming online events: IEM New York (NA winner), DreamHack Open Fall (EU winner), and IEM Beijing (both EU & NA winners). The remaining spots will be filled via the ESL World Ranking, with the best from North America, CIS, and the two best from Europe being invited to the tournament on November 23.

ESL plans to return to LAN before the end of 2020

The ranking invites won't be handed out to teams that won qualifying tournaments, instead, they will be passed on to the next team in line according to the ranking. If one team wins two qualifying events, the additional spot will be distributed according to the regional ranking as well.

IEM Global Challenge qualification process:

October 6-25: IEM New York (NA)
October 15-25: DreamHack Open Fall (EU)
November 6-22: IEM Beijing (EU & NA)
November 23: ESL World Ranking invites

With the announced allocation, a total of four European, three North American, and one CIS team will be competing at IEM Global Challenge, which will play out using a four-team BO3 GSL group stage followed by a single-elimination playoff bracket and a BO5 grand final.

The prize money distribution has also been announced:

1. $200,000
2. $100,000
3-4. $50,000
5-6. $30,000
7-8. $20,000

That is all subject to change, though, "pending on end-of-year COVID-19 developments", as is noted on the tournament website. If the event does in fact take place, it could be the first international LAN since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and IEM Katowice, which culminated in front of an empty arena on March 1.

The team list for the event will look as follows:

Europe DreamHack Open Fall EU
Europe ESL Ranking EU #1
North America IEM New York
Europe IEM Beijing EU
Europe ESL Ranking EU #2
North America ESL Ranking NA
North America IEM Beijing NA
This will be the comeback of mibr. The next mibr era will start soon.
2020-09-17 16:58
13 replies
name check's out, let's go
2020-09-17 16:59
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Brazil IsFree
"delusional" doesnt even describe it fully anymore
2020-09-17 16:59
4 replies
Poland Hanse
It's self-baiting now
2020-09-17 17:04
2 replies
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Brazil IsFree
Not true, I've seen a few new users get baited by him
2020-09-17 17:05
Dont worry, a NEW ERA is about to begin. LG will assemble. Prepare for the LAST DANCE.
2020-09-17 17:34
Hahahahahahahaha you ' re DAMN. right
2020-09-17 17:06
in your dream
2020-09-17 17:18
Brazil VlNl
2020-09-17 17:28
China L0n35
2020-09-17 18:20
1 reply
2020-09-17 18:37
Maldives Numb_
2020-09-17 18:52
2020-09-17 20:31
1 reply
0/8 Worst nick ever
2020-09-17 21:58
vsm | 
Brazil mafe^
2020-09-17 16:58
Lets goo
2020-09-17 16:58
yes finally
2020-09-17 16:59
flavio caça rato
2020-09-17 16:59
1 reply
do nada kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2020-09-17 17:59
Denmark Y3kx
"ESL Ranking CIS" well good for Na'Vi
2020-09-17 16:59
1 reply
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Russia M13F
Spirit navi take DH or IEM
2020-09-17 18:41
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Estonia qoznyyy
gl to teams
2020-09-17 17:00
Argentina Lukem_Fan
Pog fucking Champ
2020-09-17 17:00
Europe PiapA
2020-09-17 17:01
Pakistan d1ckweed
fuck off you mean to tell me that astralis might miss this fucking event? fuck off
2020-09-17 17:02
4 replies
United Arab Emirates DynamicAWM
2020-09-17 17:15
nah, astralis will wonnered pro leeg
2020-09-17 19:00
2 replies
Pakistan d1ckweed
wonnering pro league doesn't guarantee anything unless they shoot up the rankings dramatically
2020-09-17 19:07
1 reply
but they’ll wonneredinged against all good teams and then they will be #1 nocap ngl
2020-09-17 19:08
"ESL Ranking CIS" also knows as Natus Vincere
2020-09-17 17:03
2 replies
2020-09-19 03:33
If navI wind an Eu event not,
2020-09-23 12:00
Poland CORtezino
ez for AGO
2020-09-17 17:03
Poland SebL
Great. IEM Global Challenge is going to be a great event.
2020-09-17 17:05
Give another spot to CIS, NA doesn't deserve three spots
2020-09-17 17:07
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Russia VelsVivard
If FURIA counts then you really do but I'd love to see Team Spirit there... so much.
2020-09-17 17:15
5 replies
Yeah true, don't know why they couldn't just give another qualification spot to cis though
2020-09-17 17:25
4 replies
Because they need furia, eg, liquid
2020-09-17 18:22
3 replies
I don’t really get why. Those three basically get a free spot and don’t really even have to compete for it. Only 5 of the top 20 teams are NA, 2 are CIS. That leaves 13 teams to compete for 4 spots when the other regions have basically no competition.
2020-09-17 18:34
2 replies
There must be more sponsorship value in having the 3rd NA team. In comparison to the addition of a team spirit or forze.
2020-09-17 21:29
1 reply
I don't think there should be a guaranteed 2nd CIS team. I agree with #36
2020-09-17 22:38
Nice looking forward so much for this. LAN cant come soon enough!!!!!!
2020-09-17 17:13
Latvia YungPan666
trash event
2020-09-17 17:23
Germany Hakantngr
BİG will win this tournement and all of online obsessivelys will shut down
2020-09-17 17:25
1 reply
Yeah but actually no.
2020-09-17 17:35
India somecunt
So unfair, free spot to Navi.
2020-09-17 17:35
ez for 100T
2020-09-17 17:40
United States nenemehta
3 Na 4 eu 1 Cis shouldve been 2 NA (Eg Furia and Liquid compete) and than 6 Eu/Cis where 4 are reserved for EU and the other 2 are competed for
2020-09-17 17:54
ESL CIS ranking... those shit countries are so pathetic they dont even have an event.
2020-09-17 17:57
2 replies
cis should be mixed with NA so that virtus pro and navi can take their spots.
2020-09-17 18:59
1 reply
and how do they play with the covid pandemic?
2020-09-18 14:16
3 of 8 spots to NA is questionable. Hope for LAN though would be nice.
2020-09-17 18:05
>Astralis: rank 11 Bruh. They're fucked if they don't win something.
2020-09-17 18:23
Brazil Gaiolero
There should be 12 teams, so BOOM could have a chance to qualify. Anyway, good news it is expected to be on LAN :D
2020-09-17 18:38
Lets goo navi Kato form back
2020-09-17 18:52
2020-09-17 18:59
4 replies
And we won't have any top lan teams so stop celebrating because it will be shit event. This shit tournament will be filled with garbage big heroic and who knows which tier 3 team is occupying top 10 rankings and we most likely won't have astralis fnatic liquid etc
2020-09-17 19:21
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Argentina WaSTe_D
Im pretty sure astralis and liquid can make it to the event with no problem, even if it's based on the rankings they will most likely be invited
2020-09-17 23:00
Argentina WaSTe_D
Or they can just qualify, not impossible
2020-09-17 23:02
nice flair idc about teams i want a fucking lan LAN LAN LAN LAN
2020-09-18 06:16
2020-09-17 19:37
Brazil onlyhauch
ez for eg
2020-09-17 19:39
“global challenge” no asia spot?? ok.
2020-09-17 20:18
Indonesia draizze
I think there's already LAN tournament held in China last month
2020-09-18 05:45
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