The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Katowice is almost upon us, with three days of exciting League of Legends action to look forward to from Friday the 13th to Sunday the 15th of March. To make sure you don't miss a thing, we've drawn up a survival guide to get you through the event - are you ready?
Want League of Legends at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice in a nutshell? Here it is!
- Where? The Spodek arena, Katowice
- When? March the 13th to the 15th 2015
- Homepage: http://intelextrememasters.com/season9/worldchampionship/
- Schedule: http://intelextrememasters.com/worldchampionship/Schedule
- Stream: http://www.twitch.tv/esltv_lol
- Eight top League of Legends teams will fight for the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice title and a US$183,414 prize pool
Participating teams and players
Eight teams will be competing for the massive Intel Extreme Masters prize pool, but only one will have the honor of calling the giant check and trophy their own. Who will it be?
Top: Smeb | Jungle: Lee | Mid: kurO | ADC: PraY | Support: GorillA
Top: Shy | Jungle: Ambition | Mid: CoCo | ADC: Space | Support: MadLife
Top: Steak | Jungle: Karsa | Mid: Maple | ADC: NL | Support: SwordArt
Top: Aluka | Jungle: Spirit | Mid: Xiye | ADC: Mystic | Support: YuZhe
As always, we've assembled a star-studded talent lineup to take you through every nailbiting step of the event. Your expert Intel Extreme Masters Katowice League of Legends team will be as follows:
- Host: Will "Chobra" Cho
- Commentator: Joe Miller
- Commentator: Erik "DoA" Lonnquist
- Commentator: Christopher "Montecristo" Mykles
- Commentator: Trevor "Quickshot" Henry
- Commentator: Martin "Deficio" Lynge
- Analyst: Eefje "sjokz" Depoortere
- Analyst: Alberto "Crumbzz" Rengifo
- Observer: Christopher "Panky" Pankhurst
- Observer: Martin "Unso" Szarnas
- Chinese Translator: Rachel Gu
Here’s a quick rundown of the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice League of Legends schedule.
DAY ONE (Friday, March 13th 2015)
- 13:00 CET: Cloud 9 vs. GE Tigers
- ~14:10 CET: SK Gaming vs. yoe Flash Wolves
- ~15:20 CET: Group A winners match
- ~16:30 CET: Group A elimination match
- ~17:40 CET: Gambit Gaming vs. CJ Entus
- ~18:50 CET: Team SoloMid vs. Team WE
- ~20:00 CET: Group B winners match
- ~21:10 CET: Group B elimination match
DAY TWO (Saturday, March 14th 2015)
- 13:00 CET: Group A decider match
- ~14:10 CET: Group B decider match
- ~15:30 CET: Semifinal one
- ~18:45 CET: Semifinal two
DAY THREE (Sunday, March 15th 2015)
- 18:00 CET: Grand finals
You can find the full schedule here.
As well as allowing you to prove your League of Legends knowledge, taking part in ESL Fantasy for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice could also win you some cool prizes if you place in the top 20, including:
- 1st place: 6,450 RP and a HyperX Cloud II headset
- 2nd place: 3,620 RP
- 3rd place: 1,780 RP
- 4th to 10th place: 840 RP
- 11th to 20th place: 400 RP
Click here to check out the rules, full prize list and everything else you need to know about ESL Fantasy at the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Katowice.
We've produced a lot of content in the leadup up to this year's installment of Intel Extreme Masters Katowice - you can find some of the most interesting articles here.
- "We prefer to stick to our own style and enjoy it": an interview with Team WE
- "We're going to make the crowds go crazy for us": an interview with yoe Flash Wolves' Chou "Steak" Lu-Hsi
- "We are working hard to become a dominant team once again": an interview with Gambit Gaming's Edward Abgaryan
- "Study, scrim, solo queue and sleep": an interview with Cloud 9 manager Jack Etienne
- The B A N A N A B O Y S are back in town: can Joe Miller's ESL Fantasy team come out on top at Katowice?
Stay tuned for our full pre-coverage roundup!
Here are all the important social media accounts and hashtags to keep an eye on during the event:
- Intel Extreme Masters Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IEM
- Intel Extreme Masters Twitter account: https://twitter.com/IEM
- ESL Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ESL
- ESL Twitter account: https://www.twitter.com/ESL
- ESL LoL Twitter account: https://twitter.com/ESLLoLeSports
- Intel Extreme Masters Katowice hashtag: #IEM
You can also find the Twitter accounts of the teams, players and talent linked in their respective sections above!
Are you a StarCraft II or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fan? Be sure to check out their respective survival guides below:
- The Intel Extreme Masters Katowice StarCraft II survival guide
- The ESL One Katowice Counter-Strike: Global Offensive survival guide