Over the last 11 days teams have been competing hard to lock down their qualifier spots for Intel® Extreme Masters Shanghai 2018 at Chinajoy. And now their journey is complete. Across three regional qualifiers - Chinese, Asian and ANZ - we’ve found the final three teams that will complete the Intel® Extreme Masters Shanghai line-up.
Winner: 5Power Gaming
Thanks to an almost flawless run through the Chinese Qualifiers, 5Power Gaming now have the chance to compete at the biggest tournament in their history. While the organisation is located in China, the team is actually fielding a very international squad at the moment with two Chinese players (xiaosaGe & shuadapai), two Mongolians (kabal & dobu) and their Thai AWPer PTC. The squad only had to suffer a single setback in the qualifiers during the upper bracket finals against FlashGaming where they narrowly lost a round on Cache. But aside from that, the team has been looking deadly and in-form, which will make for some exciting games in Shanghai, representing China together with TyLoo.
The Asian Qualifiers ended up going in favor of the familiar faces of B.O.O.T-dream[S]cape, who we previously saw in action at Intel® Extreme Masters Sydney, as well as the ESL Pro League APAC Season 7. But while they were dominant in the eventual qualifier finals against Lucid Dream, the road wasn’t easy for the Singaporeans. Seeded directly in the upper bracket semis, Lucid Dream were actually the ones to instantly knock them down into the lowers where they needed a full three maps to stay alive against Beyond Esports. But the squad managed to find their footing when it mattered most and they closed out their qualifier run with five straight wins over MVP PK and Lucid Dream to punch their ticket to Shanghai.
Winner: Grayhound Gaming
If there’s anything IEM Sydney has taught us, is that the ANZ teams should never be underestimated. The ANZ qualifier for IEM Shanghai at ChinaJoy saw Grayhound come out on top in a convincing fashion. They took down ORDER in the semifinals, and Chiefs in the winners’ final, to once again meet the latter in the grand final. Chiefs were off to a good start taking Nuke, but Grayhound picked up their game, won the next two maps, and secured their tickets to Shanghai. The team had a very impressive showing at this year’s IEM Sydney, where they eliminated SK Gaming from the tournament, and put up a good fight against later champions, FaZe Clan. We cannot wait what the boys will show us in China.