The first event of the new Intel® Grand Slam season will be Intel® Extreme Masters Chicago this weekend. With the commencement of a new race to $1,000,000, we are updating the conditions of completing the award.
The rule update is designed to keep the Intel® Grand Slam in the spirit of the award’s original design: to be an achievement to crown the greatest team in a specific period of time. Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice and ESL One Cologne powered by Intel® are the most difficult events in the ESL calendar and winning at one of these two events will be a requirement to complete the Intel Grand Slam with four victories.
Winning the Intel® Grand Slam outside of IEM Katowice and ESL One Cologne will be possible, but teams will need to win six championships inside a run of ten tournaments overall to accomplish this.
The new rule is as follows:
The Intel® Grand Slam in Season 3 can be completed by the first team to complete either of the two conditions below:
1. Winning four Masters level CS:GO tournaments including one (or more) designated Masters level CS:GO tournament inside a span of ten consecutive tournaments.
2. Winning six Masters level CS:GO tournaments inside a span of ten consecutive events.
Masters level CS:GO events are currently Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro League and DreamHack Masters. Designated Masters level CSGO tournaments for 2020 are Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice and ESL One Cologne. Any potential CS:GO Major by ESL or DreamHack in the future would also be considered as having that status.
The list of eligible IGS Masters level events & championship level events is available on the Intel® Grand Slam website.
It is important to us that the Intel® Grand Slam is an achievement that can serve to compare teams and their eras across time. Under the Season 3 rules, both Astralis and Liquid would have won $1,000,000 as both have managed to win IEM Katowice and ESL One Cologne inside their allotted completion time frames.