From the 4th to the 6th of March, Katowice will again be home to the third consecutive Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. Some of the world’s best gamers will compete for fame, fortune and the glory of being crowned champions, (as well as a share in the total prize pool of US$500,000).
Eight teams will participate in the League of Legends IEM Katowice World Championship in an attempt to win the final prize of US$100,000.
These teams include:
- Origen (IEM San Jose champions)
- Counter Logic Gaming (IEM San Jose runners-up)
- ESC Ever (IEM Cologne champions)
- Qiao Gu Reapers (IEM Cologne runners-up)
- Four invites
- Fnatic (Europe)
- Team SoloMid (North America)
- Royal Never Give Up (China)
- SK Telecom T1 (South Korea)
The format of this tournament is a double elimination best-of-one group stage. Finalists from each group will progress into the playoffs which will consist of best-of-three semifinals and a best-of-five grand final.
The teams will be split into two groups:
- Group A: ESC Ever, Origen, Royal Never Give Up and Team SoloMid.
- Group B: Sk Telecom T1, Fnatic, Qiao Gu and Counter Logic Gaming.
The released draw will see defending champions, Team SoloMid, compete against the currently struggling Origen. ESC Ever without their same tournament winning roster – will be facing the star-studded Chinese team, Royal Never Give Up.
In Group B, the potential filled roster of Counter Logic Gaming will be pitted against an SK Telecom T1 who are still finding their feet. On the other side of Group B, the now inconsistent Fnatic will be facing the undefeated Qiao Gu Reapers.
With the lack of international tournaments, IEM Katowice 2016 will be the only chance until the Mid-Season Invitational for teams to prove to both fans and themselves, that they are the best of the best.