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IEM to hold IWC qualifiers for Oakland, Gyeonggi at Paris Games Week

by Daniel Rosen Oct 21 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Adela Sznajder / ESL/IEM

Eight international wildcard teams will fight it out for four spots in two IEM events next season, IEM announced Friday.

IEM will hold two IWC Challenger Qualifier tournaments at Paris Games Week later this month in order to determine which four IWC teams will earn spots at IEM Oakland and IEM Gyeonggi. Each of the qualifiers will feature four teams, with two advancing to one of the two IEM events.

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The first qualifier will run from Oct. 28-29, with the top two teams qualifying for IEM Oakland. The teams will be Mexico's Lyon Gaming, Chile's Kaos Latin Gamers, Brazil's INTZ e-Sports and Austalia's The Chiefs eSports Club.

The second qualifier will award two spots at IEM Gyeonggi, and will run from Oct. 30-31. The participating teams will be Vietnam's Saigon Jokers, Turkey's Dark Passage, Japan's Rampage and the CIS team Vega Squadron.

As a result of IEM's new qualification process, IWC team Albus NoX Luna have already qualified for the IEM Season 11 finals in Katowice by placing in the Top 8 at the 2016 League of Legends World Championship. Other Katowice-qualified teams are North America's Cloud9, Europe's H2k-Gaming and China's EDward Gaming.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

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