The dust has settled after FaZe Clan hoisted the ESL Pro League Season 17 trophy in Malta and thereby completing their Intel Grand Slam run to claim the $1,000,000 as well as the iconic gold bars.
With a clean slate, a new season begins with Intel Grand Slam V kicking off at IEM Rio. The event is taking place April 17-23 in the Brazilian coastal city, with teams competing in Jeunesse Arena in front of a live audience on April 21-23.
With the looming release of Counter-Strike 2, once released and implemented into the ESL Pro Tour ecosystem, any eligible event wins in CS:GO will count towards the Intel Grand Slam and as such a team can complete their run with wins in both CS:GO and CS2.
The Intel Grand Slam V can be completed by the first team to win three ESL Pro Tour Masters tournaments and one Championship tournament (IEM Katowice, IEM Cologne or ESL-operated CS Majors) inside a span of ten consecutive events.
- The list of eligible EPT Masters events & EPT Championship events are listed available on the Intel Grand Slam homepage.
- Results from the Intel Grand Slam IV are not counted towards Intel Grand Slam V.
- Teams are allowed to swap players between tournaments, but a core of the same three players have to win four finals together in order to be eligible for the Intel Grand Slam.
- If a player has left his or her team and competed in an IGS event for another team, he or she becomes ineligible for any IGS prize money if his or her old team would win.
- If a team that is about to complete the IGS is defeated in the final of their potential 4th win, their opponents receive the $100,000 “giant killer bonus”. The one exception to the rule is if a team denying the completion of the Intel Grand Slam completes it in the same final.
- There is no limit to how many giant killer bonuses are paid out in a single Intel Grand Slam campaign.
More information about the Intel Grand Slam history and its previous winners is available here. Who do you think will be able to claim the 5th edition of Intel Grand Slam?