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Viewer's guide: IEM Oakland 2017

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Taking place in Oakland, California is the Intel Extreme Masters, with a $300,000 prize-pool on offer. The tournament takes place from November 14 to 19, and sees Ninjas in Pyjamas looking to defend their title.
The playoffs for the event will take place at the Oracle Arena, the home of the the Golden State Warriors NBA team, whilst the group stage will take place in Burbank.

Participating teams

The 12 teams from around the world who will be battling it out for their share of the prize-pool can be found below.
The major talking point within the lineups is the event being the first for Lucas "steel" Lopes playing with Team Liquid as he joined the North American team just the day before the event.

Group A

Astralis


Cloud 9


Team Envyus


The MongolZ


Ninjas in Pyjamas


SK Gaming


Group B

Faze Clan


G2 Esports


Gambit Esports


Team Liquid


Optic Gaming


Renegades

Format and schedule

The event gets underway with a best-of-one round-robin group stage, taking place over two days. The top team from each group will go straight into the semi-finals, whilst teams in second and third will go into the quarter-finals.

The event will use the 'new points system' that was used for the ESL Pro League, in which if a game goes into overtime the winners will receive 2 points, rather than the usual 3, whilst the losers will get 1 point.

Tuesday, November 14

Group A


Group B


Wednesday, November 15

Group A


Group B


Group A Final Standings
# Team M W L T RD TP
1 Ninjas in Pyjamas 5 4 1 0 30 12
2 Cloud9 5 3 2 0 6 9
3 Astralis 5 3 2 0 4 9
4 SK Gaming 5 3 2 0 2 9
5 Envy 5 2 3 0 0 6
6 The MongolZ 5 0 5 0 -42 0
Group B Final Standings
# Team M W L T RD TP
1 Faze Clan 5 4 1 0 16 12
2 Optic Gaming 5 3 2 0 -6 9
3 Gambit Esports 5 2 3 0 5 6
4 Renegades 5 2 3 0 5 6
5 G2 Esports 5 2 3 0 -1 6
6 Team Liquid 5 2 3 0 -19 6

Thursday, November 16




Saturday, November 18





Sunday, November 19


Prize distribution

The prize pool of USD 300,000 is divided into two separate parts, the base prize money and prize winnings per victory during the group stage. Each group stage victory is awarded with USD 1,000, while the base prize money is awarded as follows.

As well as the cash prize on offer, the event is the fourth that counts towards the Intel Grand Slam, which will reward the first team to win four out of ten competitions over $200,000.

1. Ninjas in Pyjamas — $125,000
2. Faze Clan — $50,000
3-4. Cloud9 — $25,000
3-4. SK Gaming — $25,000
5-6. Optic Gaming — $12,000
5-6. Gambit Esports — $12,000
7-8. Renegades — $5,000
7-8. Astralis — $5,000
9-10. G2 Esports — $3,500
9-10. Envy — $3,500
11-12. The MongolZ — $2,000
11-12. Team Liquid — $2,000

Broadcasting team

Bringing you the event from California we see many well known faces working in the broadcasting team. Including ex-Cloud 9 player, and North American fan favorite Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert, who will be on the analyst desk along with Alex "Machine" Richardson, Chad "SPUNJ" Buchill and Janko "YNk" Paunović.

United Kingdom Oliver James "OJ Borg" Borg D'Anastasi (Stage host)
USA Tres "stunna" Saranthus (Interviewer)

United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson (Desk host)
Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill (Analyst)
Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunović (Analyst)
USA Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert (Analyst)

United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer (Commentator)
Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett (Commentator)
United Kingdom Harry "JustHarry" Russell (Commentator)
USA Jason "moses" O'Toole (Commentator)
USA John "BLU" Mullen (Commentator)
USA James "JamezIRL" Macaulay (Commentator)

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