The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Katowice is upon us! We’ve been churning out plenty of coverage ahead of the spectacular event, and as such we’ve assembled a pre-coverage roundup to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. Read on for articles, interviews survival guides and more for your favorite game!
League of Legends
The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will see eight League of Legends teams from all over the world compete for the ultimate prize - the Intel Extreme Masters trophy and a share of a US$183,414 prize pool.
Interviews and articles
Everyone prepares differently for tournaments. Read up on how the Intel Extreme Masters pros are planning to handle the pressure as well as Joe Miller’s advice on how to make a winning ESL Fantasy team.
- Team WE:
"We prefer to stick to our own style and enjoy it"
- Chou "Steak" Lu-Hsi of yoe Flash Wolves:
"We're going to make the crowds go crazy for us"
- Edward “Edward” Abgaryan of Gambit Gaming:
"We are working hard to become a dominant team once again"
- Jack Etienne, manager of Cloud 9:
"Study, scrim, solo queue and sleep"
- 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?
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
The world’s 16 best CS:GO teams all have their eyes on the US$250,000 ESL One Katowice prize pool and will start their group stage matches on Thursday. We’ve got everything you need to know about the tournament right here in our handy survival guide:
Interviews and articles
We sat down with a number of players before ESL One Katowice and the Intel Challenge and got to know their thoughts on the tournament, their opponents and their chances! Check them out below.
ESL One Katowice
- Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo of Keyd Stars:
"I hope we can provide awesome moments for all our fans"
- Justin “jks” Savage of Vox Eminor:
"Europeans are not used to a bunch of loud Australians"
- Vincent “Happy” Cervoni of EnVyUs:
"We really want to win two majors in a row"
- Joona “natu” Leppänen of 3DMAX:
"I'm sure xartE is more than ready"
- Freddy "KRiMZ" Johansson of Fnatic:
"This major will determine how strong each region is"
- Counter Logic Gaming:
"Everyone loves a good underdog story"
- Ruben “Rubino” Villarroel of LGB eSports:
"Bringing the Norwegian flag back to CS:GO majors is awesome"
- Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas of Virtus.pro:
"If EnVyUs stand in our way, we will dismantle them"
- Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert of Cloud 9:
"Hopefully it'll be us who claim the first title for the USA"
- Izabela “Vorti” Partyka and Christine “potter” Chi:
"Our future depends on you"
- Stephanie "QueeN" Eydens:
"It's very important that the female teams at Katowice provide interesting and exciting matches"
ESL Fantasy CS:GO
The StarCraft II bracket for Katowice is stacked like never before. With so many big names pitted against each other, there are bound to be plenty of surprises and upsets along the way!
Interview and articles
With so many top-tier contenders for the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship title, it’s hard to pick a favorite. However, those below have some strong opinions on the matter...
- Lee “Life” Seung - KT Rolster:
"I want to win this IEM Katowice"
- From dark horses to heroes: Apollo tells us who to keep an eye on at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice
Hearthstone is fast emerging as a massive esports title, and the ESL Hearthstone Legendary Series is coming to Katowice for the IEM Expo. The player lineup has been thinned down to a final eight who will take the stage on March the 15th!
Dan “Frodan” Chou will be hosting the ESL Hearthstone Legendary Series in Katowice. The week before last, he took some time out of his busy schedule to do an extensive two-part interview with us! Check it out below:
- Part one: ”People tend to overanalyze the impact of RNG"
- Part two: "There was a moment when I was pretty much broke"
The following articles cover the other aspects of the IEM Expo, such as the cosplay and ESL Fantasy competitions, prize pool distribution, the all-new ESL Katowice mobile app and more!
- A comprehensive guide to the IEM Expo
- Get ready for ESL Fantasy at the IEM Expo in Katowice
- Get ready for the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2015 cosplay contest!
- Five things to do in Katowice (besides Intel Extreme Masters)
- Check out the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice prize money distribution
- Introducing the ESL Katowice mobile app!
- A look back at the World Championships in Katowice 2014