Counter-Strike Global Offensive tournaments are ramping up. We just saw Astralis win the FACEIT 2018 Major in London. Not to mention the fact that there are tons of action to be found over the next few days with the ESEA North America and ESL Pro League S8. Any discerning CS: GO fan should review 5Dimes and then head over to their site as they always have CS: GO match odds, which are a great way to check each team’s probabilities.
It’s not a true Major, but the Intel Extreme Masters in Chicago is a big event nonetheless. The main tournament will be held on November 10th and November 11th at the WinTrust Arena in Chicago starting at 3:00 PM CST. 16 teams will square off, all gunning it out for the lion’s share of the $250,000.00 prize pool.
There is more to the event than just the two days of play. The pre-show starts on Tuesday, November 6th at 11:30 AM CST and then continues on through the evening with group stage play. Groups A & B will play on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The two best of three playoffs begin on Friday with Playoff #1 starting at 1:00 PM and Playoff #2 starting at 4:50 PM.
Out of the 16 teams that will be sniping, stabbing, and pistoling their way to the prize pool, 10 are invited and 6 have qualified. Chances are you are well familiarized with the invites. The invited teams are:
- FaZe Clan
- Team Liquid
- NRG Esports
Of the six qualifying teams, five are already determined with one spot remaining for the winner of the upcoming UCC Studio hosted event. The five teams who have already qualified are:
Astralis is carrying a lot of momentum. They absolutely dominated in the FACEIT MAJOR 2018. FaZe Clan was the only team to really challenge Astralis outside of the group stages. That said, Astralis still swept FaZe 16-14 and 16-12 in the best of three. In the semi-finals, Astralis destroyed Team Liquid, 16-8 and then 16-7. The Final was even more dominant with Na’ Vi going down hard ... swept, 16-6 and 16-9.
Astralis continued on directly to the BLAST PRO SERIES 2018 in Istanbul. They continued their winning ways by defeating MiBR in a hard-fought battle. At first, it looked like Astralis was going to dominate as they did in the FACEIT finals when they blasted through the first game 16-3. Then MiBR took one 16-14, before finally losing to Astralis by the same score.
Odds on the Intel Extreme Masters haven't yet been released. We should have a better idea of who the overall favorite should be as the ESL Pro League S8 plays out through October. That said, Astralis, FaZe Clan, MiBR, and Na’ Vi should be at the top of the list.
It’s Going to be AWESOME
If you want to join in the action and experience this epic event in person, prices are as low as just $29 dollars for single day tickets, and just $45 for weekend passes. If you have a buddy or significant other that would get a kick out seeing, weekend passes for two are just $65; that’s only $16.25 per person, per day!
Whether you make your way to Chicago or tune in via Twitch, this is going to be an epic event that shouldn’t be missed.