Intel Extreme Masters Betting Odds and Guide
Intel Extreme Masters or IEM is one of the oldest CS:GO series in the game. The first season took place in 2017, and since then, ESL organised a total of 42 events. That makes ESL one of the most important tournament organisers of CS:GO events.
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At Vulkanbet, we always cover IEM events and provide our users with diverse CS:GO betting odds for every one of their matches. These events are usually full of great games that you don’t want to miss if you’re a fan of this esport.
Every time an Intel Extreme Masters competition takes place, the esports betting opportunities for those who want to bet on CS:GO are exceptional. So let’s take a look at IEM events and what they have to offer, for casual spectators and bettors alike.
In five of the last seven years, ESL organised around 4 IEM events per year. When they aren’t Majors or a World Championship, these events have a prize pool of $250,000. Otherwise, their prize pool is either $500,000 or $1 million. Sometimes they involve 8 teams, other times 16. It all depends on the parameters of what they’re trying to do.
One of the great things about ESL and their Intel Extreme Masters series is that the tournaments’ locations are often prestigious and full of esports history. Examples include Chicago, Sydney and Katowice.
Among IEM’s former champions we find the likes of Astralis, Team Liquid, NRG Esports, FaZe Clan, Fnatic, NiP, SK Gaming, and Natus Vincere. And that’s in the last seven years alone. There are plenty of other teams, of course, but these are some of the best and most consistent.
Among the tournaments organised by IEM, one in particular and probably the most significant so far was IEM XIII World Championship. This was a Major that featured 24 teams, had a prize pool of $1 million, lasted for close to 3 weeks and was won by Astralis. In second place came ENCE, a total nobody at the time and a team that has become one of the best in the world.
IEM tournaments usually have one of the following two formats:
When there are only 8 teams in the race, the competition consists of two stages. For the Group Stage, the participants are divided into 2 groups of 4 and each of these groups is played in a double-elimination format (GSL). In the end, the top 2 teams from each group advance to the Semifinals of the Playoffs.
When 16 teams take the start, the Group Stage consists of 2 groups of 8, and each of them is played in a double-elimination format (GSL). Except, in this case, the winner of a group advances to the Semifinals while the 2nd and 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals. And the Playoffs Stage, as always, consists of a tournament played in the single-elimination format.
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