The tournament details for League of Legends in the Intel Extreme Masters Season 11 World Championship Katowice have been announced.
This year, League of Legends will get its own weekend for the main event at the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland on February 25-26 with the initial games of the Group stage to be played offstage from February 22-23.
This is the first time that League of Legends will get its own weekend. The previous years the three games, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, and Starcraft II shared the arena throughout one weekend.
The format stays the same with a double elimination format for the group stage, with the teams that win the Winner’s bracket and the Loser’s bracket moving forward to the Bracket Stage.
The teams that will be playing this year at IEM Katowice are North American team Cloud9, European team H2k-Gaming, Chinese team EDward Gaming, CIS team M19 (formerly Albus Nox Luna), IEM Oakland Champions Unicorns of Love, IEM Gyeonggi Champions Samsung Galaxy, and the Season 6 World Champions SK Telecom T1.
In addition, the total prize pool has also been increased from $100,000 last season to $150,000. The distribution goes:
First place: $70,000
Second place: $30,000
Third/fourth place: $15,000
Fifth/sixth place: $7,000
Seventh/eighth place: $3,000
It is hard to tell which team will have an upper hand coming into the tournament especially with the defending World Champions, SK Telecom T1 having gone through quite the roster change. Until we’ve seen the different teams perform locally, it’s anybody’s game.
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