The IEM Beijing is kicking off tomorrow in Beijing, China. Eight of the worlds best CS:GO teams will battle it out in Beijing for the top-prize of $125,000 USD. The IEM Beijing will be the latest CS:GO competition since FaZe won the BLAST Pro Series in Copenhagen last weekend.
The IEM Beijing 2019, the 14th season of the event to take place, is kicking off in China this weekend, and CS:GO fans should be excited. Eight pro CS:GO teams will face off and battle it out for their share of the $250,000 USD total prize-pool. The eight teams to take part this year are Astralis, ENCE, BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen winners FaZe Clan, Evil Geniuses, Team Vitality, 100 Thieves, ViCi Gaming and TYLOO.
All teams bar ViCi Gaming and TYLOO were invited to the event, whereas ViCi qualified through the Chinese qualifiers and TYLOO through the Asian qualifiers. Whoever wins the IEM Beijing will receive not only $125,000 USD, but also an automatic spot at the IEM Katowice in 2020.
The competition will involve a group stage and also a playoff round. The group stages will consist of two four team groups, all group stage games being Bo3. The top two teams from each group will advance to the playoff rounds, which are single-elimination rounds, the semi-finals being Bo3, the grand finale Bo5.
Below you can see how these eight pro CS:GO teams are split into their two groups:
FaZe Clan won the BLAST Pro Series in Copenhagen last weekend, and will be strong contenders coming into this CS:GO competition. However Evil Geniuses have also shown good form in recent times, having beating Fnatic in the grand final of the StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8 in Turkey just last month. Both teams find themselves together in group B with Team Vitality and TYLOO, and are heavy favourites to advance to the playoffs.
On the other side, Astralis have also shown good form in 2019, having picked up a few championship wins. ENCE showed excellent for very briefly during the StarLadder Berlin, but since then have not lived up to expectations at all. The Semifinals of the IEM Beijing kick off on November 9th at 07:00 CET and 10:30 CET, with the grand final being held on November 10th and is scheduled for an 08:30 CET kickoff.
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