With the title, trophy and lion’s share of a US$50,000 prize pool on the line, yesterday saw some fierce battles as Intel Extreme Masters Cologne kicked off. Six top League of Legends team from around the world traveled to the ESL studios in Cologne, but the quarterfinals would inevitably spell the end for two of them.
First up was Team Dignitas versus Qiao Gu Reapers. Although Dignitas took a relatively swift first game, the QG Reapers fought back with a vengeance, taking both match two and three - the latter even faster than their initial misstep - to advance. The second matchup saw Cloud9 face off against H2k, with Cloud9 putting in a good first game only to lose both subsequent matches to H2k.
The quarterfinal results
Team Dignitas vs. Qiao Gu Reapers
|Match one||Team Dignitas||29:50|
|Match two||Qiao Gu Reapers||38:03|
|Match three||Qiao Gu Reapers||28:58|
Cloud9 vs. H2k
Next up: the semifinals
Today will see Fnatic face off against Qiao Gu Reapers and Ever compete with H2k for a spot in Sunday’s grand finals. Make sure to tune in here from 16:40 CET to avoid missing out on any of the semifinal action!
Be sure to keep an eye on the official Intel Extreme Masters Cologne website as well as the IEM Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates about the event.