The Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV is taking place in Chicago this weekend, between the 18th and 21st of July. Some of the world’s best CS:GO teams will head to Illinois and fight it out for a piece of the $250,000 prize-pool and the IEM Chicago trophy.

Held in Sydney last year, the Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV is heading to Chicago for the second time since October of last year. 8 teams will fight it out in a double-elimination format with two groups of 4 teams playing Bo3 on the 18th and 19th of July. The top two teams from each group will advance to the playoff rounds taking place on the 20th and 21st.

The semi-finals shall also be Bo3 with the grand finale being a Bo5 showdown. Who will take the top prize of $125,000? 8 teams have qualified for this major CS:GO event of 2019. 4 teams from North America will take on 4 European teams including Heroic who qualified for the competition through the GG.Bet Invitational after Russian team forZe recently withdrew due to visa issues. The Danish team finished second in the European qualifier losing to the Russian squad in the Grand Finale.

The other teams that have made it into this year’s IEM Season XIV Chicago are Team Liquid, MIBR, Renegades, Team Envy, ENCE, G2 Esports and Team Vitality and the groups are made up as follows:

IEM Season XIV Chicago Group A

Team LiquidNorth America
G2 EsportsEurope
MIBRNorth America
Team EnvyNorth America

IEM Season XIV Chicago Group B

Team VitalityEurope
RenegadesNorth America

Team Liquid remain clear favourites after their dominating performance at the ESL One Cologne at the beginning of July where they beat Team Vitality in the Grand Finale 3 – 1 and secured the Intel Grand Slam title in the process. Not only did they secure a $125,000 top prize for winning the competition, they also won $1,000,000 for their Grand Slam victory.

Team Vitality also had a strong showing at the competition and shouldn’t be written often either and pride and revenge are strong motivators. So keep your eyes on the European team. G2 Esports also are a dark-horse for the competition after making it to the ESL Pro League Season 9 finale only to be taken down by a strong Team Liquid.
Who will take down the Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV trophy? CS:GO fans are going to have to wait and see. Keep your eye on Esportnow for more CS:GO news here.