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The Intel Extreme Masters is ESL's flagship competition sponsored by Intel. IEM is a huge tournament spanning many months and individual competitions culminating in the Global Championships.



As stated by the official rule-book:

The Ranking is primarily decided with regards to the number of points that a participant has amassed during the season. A participant will earn 3 points for winning a match, and 1 point for drawing a match. The below ranking priority will come into effect if 2 or more teams are on equal points. If at any point, the number of tied participants is reduced or divided into several groups of tied participants, the still tied participants will in each case be compared again starting with the first point.

  • Points amassed between the participants themselves ('Mini-League')
  • Score difference between the participants ('Mini-League')
  • Score (number of wins in the Score Difference) between the participants ('Mini-League')
  • Overall score difference
  • Overall score (number of wins in the Score Difference).
  • If after all 5 points the teams are indistinguishable, a decider match or matches have to be played, in an attempt to separate the participants in question. In special cases, the tournament direction can rule on a different way to determine the order in an unsolvable tie (i.e. coin toss).

Penalty Points[]

Each minor penalty points deducts 1% of a players winnings while each major deducts 10%. Players accumulating a deduction of 30% or more are automatically disqualified. Deducted earnings are distributed evenly among the other contestants.

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