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Countdown to IEM Gyeonggi

IEM Gyeonggi will take place December 13-17 and pit eight international teams against each other.

Intel Extreme Masters is heading across the Pacific Ocean to bring you more offseason action this month.

IEM Season 11 continues in Goyang, South Korea with its second event. Eight international League of Legends teams will do battle starting on Tuesday, December 13 (PST). If this is your first IEM or you need to catch up on the changes coming to IEM Gyeonggi, read on: 

What is IEM Gyeonggi?

On their 11th season, Intel Extreme Masters is the longest running global pro gaming tour in the world. Europe’s Unicorns of Love won this season’s first event, IEM Oakland, last month. IEM Gyeonggi will take place December 13-17 and pit eight international teams against each other in front of an audience at the Goyang Sports Complex.

Why does it matter?

Teams at IEM Gyeonggi are competing for a prize pool of $100,000 USD. Here’s the breakdown of prize money distribution:

  • 1st place: $50,000 
  • 2nd place: $20,000
  • 3rd-4th place: $10,000
  • 5th-6th place: $3,500
  • 7th-8th place: $1,500

The IEM Gyeonggi champions will also qualify for the crowning event at IEM Katowice at Spodek Arena in March 2017. 

What’s the format of IEM Gyeonggi?

IEM Gyeonggi will begin with a double elimination Group Stage taking place December 13-14. Two groups of four teams will face off, with the top two teams from each group advancing. The Knockout Stage will take place December 15-17. The four remaining teams will play in two Best of 3 Semifinal matches, with the winners doing battle in a Best of 5 Grand Final.

What’s the schedule?

Note: All dates and times are in Los Angeles local time or Pacific Standard Time (PST). Match times listed below are estimates pending previous game length.

Tuesday, December 13 – Groups: 

  • 4:30 PM – Broadcast begins
  • 5:00 PM – Group A, Match #1
  • 6:20 PM – Group A, Match #2
  • 7:40 PM – Group A, Winners’ Match (Bo3)
  • 11:10 PM – Group A, Elimination Match (Bo3)
  • 2:40 AM – Group A, Decider Match (Bo3)

Wednesday, December 14 – Groups: 

  • 4:30 PM – Broadcast begins
  • 5:00 PM – Group B, Match #1
  • 6:20 PM – Group B, Match #2
  • 7:40 PM – Group B, Winners’ Match (Bo3)
  • 11:10 PM – Group B, Elimination Match (Bo3)
  • 2:40 AM – Group B, Decider Match (Bo3)

Thursday, December 15 – Semifinal #1: 

  • 6:15 PM – Broadcast begins
  • 6:45 PM  – Semifinal #1 (Bo3)

Friday, December 16 – Semifinal #2:

  • 6:00 PM – Broadcast begins
  • 6:30 PM  – Semifinal #2 (Bo3)

Saturday, December 17 – Final:

  • 11:20 PM – Broadcast begins
  • 11:40 PM  – Final (Bo5)

Where is IEM Gyeonggi taking place?

On December 13-14, matches will take place at the OGN Studio. On December 15-17, matches will take place live in front of an audience at the Goyang Sports Complex in Goyang, South Korea. 

What teams are participating? 

  • Immortals
  • Team Liquid
  • Giants Gaming
  • Vega Squadron
  • Dark Passage
  • Kongdoo Monster
  • J Team
  • Samsung Galaxy

What patch will IEM Gyeonggi be on?

IEM Gyeonggi will be played on patch 6.23.

How can I watch IEM Gyeonggi?

The IEM Gyeonggi broadcast will be available on Lolesports

The IEM Gyeonggi broadcast begins at 4:30 PM PST on Tuesday, December 13 and continues through Saturday, December 17.

I want to come to IEM Gyeonggi, can I still get tickets?

IEM Gyeonggi tickets are still available here.

I’m attending IEM Gyeonggi, what do I need to know?

For more information on IEM Gyeonggi, head over to the official ESL website. If you have any additional questions about the event, email

What’s the next stop for IEM after Gyeonggi?

The next stop for IEM will be IEM Katowice in March, where the IEM Season 11 World Champions will be crowned.

Don’t miss any of the battles for the IEM Gyeonggi championship starting on Tuesday, December 13 at 4:30 PM.

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