According to HLTV.org, several North American CS:GO teams could finish out the season in Europe, which would allow the best teams in both regions to face off in person for the first time since IEM Katowice, which was held from February 18 to March 1 in Spodek, Poland.
In light of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the esports calendar was split into regional divisions. While the details are still being worked out, the idea is that the teams would travel to Europe after IEM New York, which is scheduled from October 6 to October 18. The BLAST Premier Fall Series would be the first tournament to feature teams from both regions.
Although most regional events would still be held online, the European events would potentially culminate at the IEM Global Challenge in Cologne. Plans to hold the $500,000 ESL LAN tournament in the German city in December are still underway. Sources say BLAST has been spearheading negotiations to bring its four North American teams — Liquid, Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves and MIBR — to Europe for the fall season, therefore, combining both BLAST Premier regions into one.
The final lineup will feature three North American teams and five European teams. All of the invitees will be determined by the ESL World Ranking system, with two invites for Europe, one for the CIS Region, and one for North America.
Meanwhile, other tournament organizers are still waiting to see how their regional competitions will proceed in light of these changes. After IEM New York, a Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament, and BLAST Premier Fall, IEM Beijing-Haidan and DreamHack Masters Winter are the next events on the calendar featuring regional divisions, which were established during the pandemic to avoid travel and limit inactivity.
ESL is also planning to host a similar tournament for LoL Worlds 2020 if the IEM Challenge is successful. More details are expected to be revealed in the next few weeks, but CS:GO fans already seem excited to see LAN competitions resume.
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