The Intel Extreme Masters Asia and America Minors kicked off right after its European and CIS counterparts were wrapped up last January 22.
North versus South
With majority of top tier American teams making it to the Legends status from FACEIT London Major namely Team Liquid, Complexity Gaming and MIBR joined by former champs Cloud9 who sits as a Challenger, other teams got a share of limelight namely Minor favorite NRG and the upcoming FURIA Esports. Both teams have topped their respective groups and both are looking to make their first ever Major appearance as well.
They will be joined by a young INTZ Esports formerly helmed by João "felps" Vasconcellos who reunited with the SK Gaming core under the MIBR Banner. Completing the Americas cast will be the North American iteration of Team Envy which was bolstered recently by signing in Finn "karrigan" Andersen on a loan basis.
Bravado Gaming who made rounds online after their “Project Destiny” went viral through the efforts of CS personalities and celebrities ultimately fell off at the race when they lost 0-2 to INTZ in their decider showdown.
Both North American teams will face each other at the semifinal playoffs as well as their South American counterparts – which means that the winner’s final will be an instant NA vs SA classic.
Asia Minor meanwhile have the usual suspects reigning over their bracket.
Australian organizations Renegades and Grayhound Gaming took the 2 playoff spots in their groups with the former lording over the rest. Both teams are dated to match Asian counterparts namely the Korean MVP group who asserted dominance in their groups joined by Vici Gaming who is now establishing themselves as the next best team behind Tyloo in the Chinese region.
This also meant that the IEM Katowice Major won’t feature any teams from Southeast Asia nor the Middle East region as both Beyond Esports and Aequus Club finished last in their groups.
The IEM Katowice Major returns today with the semifinals matches of each Minors.