IEM Dallas, hosted at the Dreamhack Dallas has officially started and the first day of group stage did not disappoint. Ganiming will update you on the first day of action and games yet to come!
16 teams divided into two groups of 8, are competing for the prize pool of $250,000, of which $100,000 will be awarded to the winner. The winning team also gets an automatic qualification to the IEM Cologne in July.
The groups compete in a double-elimination format, where the opening matches are best-of-one, while all the following matches are best-of-three. The top 3 teams from each group advance to the playoffs.
The group stage winners advance straight to the Semifinals of the playoffs, while the runner-ups advance to the quarterfinals as High seeds. The third-place team will be the Low seed. The playoffs will be played as a single elimination bracket, where all the matches are best-of-three.
First day of acction
In group A, both Heroic and G2 secured two victories in a row and advanced to the playoffs. Heroic defeated MOUZ (16:6 on Mirage and 16:10 on Overpass), while G2 took down OG (16:2 on Mirage and 16:9 on Inferno). Both the winners will face off against each other for the higher seed in the playoffs.
In the lower bracket, both Fnatic and Nouns Esports lost and got relegated. That leaves OG, 9z team, MOUZ, and FURIA Esports still fighting for the final playoff seed.
The round of best-of-ones finished with seeing EG, Complexity, Liquid, and Grayhound knocked down to the lower bracket, where they will fight for the seed number 3. In the upper bracket, FaZe will face ENCE, while Astralis will try to beat Cloud9 for a chance at the playoffs.
Where can I watch the games?
The final days of the tournament will be played at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas from 2-4 June, at the Dreamhack Dallas festival. Tickets for the Dreamhack start at $35 for a single day, and you can get them here.
For the full schedule, you can visit this link. Who do you think will take home the first-place award?