IEM Katowice 2016: Who will be the next Crowned Champions?
BY eSports Team - March 03, 2016

Originally posted at by SCHUYLER ''WINTS'' WINTER


We're officially knee deep in competitive League of Legends again folks, and we couldn't be happier. It's time for the Intel Extreme Masters League of Legends World Championship!

Teams have battled their way through the start of 2016 largely on their own turf, and now have fully developed regional metas and strategies, all of which will be on display in the largest international competition so far this year.

Eight teams from five different regions will duke it out in Katowice, Poland, beginning on Friday, March 4. Origen and Counter Logic Gaming enter by way of their first and second finish at IEM San Jose respectively. ESC Ever took home the gold at IEM Cologne and Qiao Gu Reapers the silver, meaning they'll be there as well. Fnatic, TSM, Royal Never Give Up, and SK Telecom T1 are the recipients of the regional invites.

Strap in everyone, it's going to be an awesome weekend!

Group A - Rosters 

ESC Ever (Challengers KR)

â–¬ Top: Jae-hee "Crazy" Kim

â–¬ Jungle: Min-kwon "Ares" Kim | Jun-seok "Ryan" Lee

â–¬ Mid: Myung-gu "Tempt" Kang

â–¬ AD Carry: Dong-wook "LoKeN" Lee

â–¬ Support: Han-gi "KeY" Kim | Jong-seop "Totoro" Eun


Origen (EU LCS)

â–¬ Top: Paul "SoaZ" Boyer

â–¬ Jungle: Maurice "Amazing" Stückenschneider

â–¬ Mid: Tristan "PowerOfEvil" Schrage

â–¬ AD Carry: Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen

â–¬ Support: Alfonso "Mithy" Aguirre Rodriguez


Royal Never Give Up (LPL)

â–¬ Top: Jun-ze "LetMe" Yan | Hyeong-seok "Looper" Jang

â–¬ Jungle: Shi-yu "mlxg" Liu | In-seok "InSec" Choi

â–¬ Mid: Yuan-hao "xiaohu" Li | Xiang-yi "Sask" Zhou

â–¬ AD Carry: Wang "wuxx" Wang Cheng | Jia-wen "NaMei" Zhu

â–¬ Support: Le "Ley" Li | Se-hyoung "Mata" Cho



â–¬ Top: Kevin "Hauntzer" Yarnell

â–¬ Jungle: Dennis "Svenskeren" Johnsen

â–¬ Mid: Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg

â–¬ AD Carry: Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng

â–¬ Support: Bora "Yellowstar" Kim


Group B - Rosters

SK Telecom T1 (LCK)

â–¬ Top: Ho-seong "Duke" Lee

â–¬ Jungle: Seong-ung "Bengi" Bae | Sun-gu "Blank" Kang

â–¬ Mid: Sang-hyeok "Faker" Lee

â–¬ AD Carry: Jun-sik "Bang" Bae

â–¬ Support: Jae-wan "Wolf" Lee


Fnatic (EU LCS)

â–¬ Top: Yeong-jin "Gamsu" Noh

â–¬ Jungle: Da-yun "Spirit" Lee

â–¬ Mid: Fabian "Febiven" Diepstraten

â–¬ AD Carry: Martin "Rekkles" Larsson

â–¬ Support: Johan "Klaj" Olsson


Qiao Gu Reapers (LPL)

Top: Bao "V" Bo

Jungle: Dae-hoon "Swift" Baek

Mid: Tae-sang "DoinB" Kim | Yeong-hoon "Borisal" Kim

AD Carry: Yu "Peco" Rui | Zihao "Uzi" Jian

Support: Zhang "Mor" Hong-Wei


Counter Logic Gaming (NA LCS)

Top: Darshan "Darshan" Upadhyaya

Jungle: Jake "Xmithie" Puchero

Mid: Jae-Hyun "Huhi" Choi

AD Carry: Trevor "Stixxay" Hayes

Support: Zaqueri "aphromoo" Black


The Format

The show starts with a double elimination style group stage. The top two teams from each group will move onto the playoff round, starting with a Best of 3 Semi-finals and culminates with a Best of 5 Grand Finals to decide who will be the Intel Extreme Masters League of Legends World Champion. More information can be found at the official tournament page.

Teams will be competing on Patch 6.3.


All times times given are in PH Time.

Friday, March 4 - Group A

â–¬ 7:00 PM: Match #1 - ESC Ever vs TSM

â–¬ ~ 8:50 PM: Match #2 - Royal Never Give Up vs Origen

â–¬ ~ 10:10 PM: Group A Winners Match

â–¬ ~ 11:30 PM: Group A Elimination Match

â–¬  ~ 2:50 AM(March 5): Group A Decider (Best of 3)


Saturday, March 5 - Group B

â–¬ 7:00 PM: Match #1 - SK Telecom T1 vs Counter Logic Gaming

â–¬ ~ 8:50 PM: Match #2 - Qiao Gu Reapers vs Fnatic

â–¬ ~ 10:10 PM: Group B Winners Match

â–¬ ~ 11:30 PM: Group B Elimination Match

â–¬ ~ 2:50 AM(March 6): Group B Decider (Best of 3)

Sunday, March 6 - Playoffs

â–¬ 7:00 PM: Semifinals #1 (Group B 1st vs Group A 2nd)

â–¬ 10:30 PM: Semifinals #2 (Group A 1st vs Group B 2nd)

â–¬ 2:00 AM(March 7): Grand Finals (Winner Semifinals #1 vs Winner Semifinals #2)


So there it is, time to fill out those brackets, play the possible match ups in your head, and finalize your predictions. Which team are you most looking forward to watching? Which match ups are you dying to see? Who do you think will win the Grand Finals? Let us know in the comments and be sure to catch all the action live, right here on Lolesports!


Images courtesy of ESL

- by Schuyler "Wints" Winter