IEM XI Oakland is a $300,000 prize pool event to be hosted in Oakland, California, United States; and with the conclusion of iBUYPOWER Masters, all teams participating in the event have been decided.
Twelve teams will compete against each other in a bid to secure bragging rights for first place, as well as an incredible $125,000 for first place. The group stage of the finals will see a best-of-one round robin format, where teams will receive $1,000 for each win they secure.
The top two teams from each of the groups will then proceed to the semi-finals while another four teams proceed to the round of six. All matches barring the group stage and Grand final will be best-of-three, with the final grand victor set to be determined with a series of five maps.
The teams participating at IEM XI Oakland are:
|Group A||Group B|
|Team Liquid, Natus Vincere, G2 Esports, Astralis, Immortals, Tyloo||SK Gaming, Ninja in Pyjamas, Heroic, mousesports, Cloud9, FaZe Clan|
As a reminder regarding the outcomes for each of the top teams, the Immortals were able to overcome Cloud9 in iBUYPOWER masters, taking first place as the North Americans settled for second. In 3-4th place were FaZe Clan, who defeated Team SoloMid and Renegades.
The final team to secure a placement at Oakland was none other than the highly rated Chinese roster of TyLoo.
They defeated Echo Fox on two occasions, once in the group stage and the second time in the deciders’ match, where the team went 2-1 in maps against the Americans. Whilst both FaZe and TyLoo sat at a 2-1 record, FaZe are slightly ahead in match win/loss ratio.