Don Bowden

Intel Extreme Masters Sao Paulo Wrap-up

It was hot while it lasted but Intel Extreme Masters Sao Paulo has come to a close. The crowds that showed up to watch the League of Legends and StarCraft II Heart of the Swarm finals were loud and enthusiastic, just what we like to see.

We ended the event with the Grand Final for StarCraft II HotS which turned out to be a battle between two former Intel Extreme Masters champions. Each player fought their way through their groups defeating everyone in their way to face off in the Grand Final. World Champion “Boss Toss”, Jang “MC” Min Chul and CJ Entus Kim “herO” Joon Ho (dubbed the Smiling Assassin) battled in the Grand Final where we saw herO take the first three maps in convincing fashion. MC found some strategy and was able to take the fourth map but herO came back with an aggressive win to take home the $10,000 first place prize.

herO and MC

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The Winner

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Now that we have said good bye to Sao Paulo the tournament crew heads home to get ready for the European Qualifier for Intel Extreme Masters taking place in Cologne Germany. From there we will bring all the championship qualifiers from this year’s tournaments to Katowice Poland March 13th ~ 16th to compete in the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. League of Legend and StarCraft II HotS players will be competing for a piece of the $250,000 in total prize money.

At the World Championship, and for the first time, the StarCraft II HotS Championship will feature a “winner takes all” single elimination bracket set tournament where the winner will walk away with the entire $100,000 prize purse, everyone else gets nada, zip, zilch, nothing. This is going to be fun, no room for errors, if you lose a match your out, gone, see ya, bye bye.

For those of you that missed the action in Sao Paulo you can catch up with on demand video at the Intel Extreme Masters website, and check out the IEM photo stream on Flickr.

So needless to say I’m looking forward to getting to Katowice for the World Championships, there’s going to be some exciting battles, will the Koreans dominate like they have in the past? We will have to wait and see. Look for my blog from Katowice and remember, game responsibly.

Don Bowden

About Don Bowden

Don is a Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer in Intel’s Corporate Demos Group supporting various Intel events from executive keynotes to trades shows. His latest gig is with the Intel Extreme Masters Gaming Series where he provides general technical support. Don’s an avid gamer, mostly first person shooters, his real passion is on-line racing with iRacing.com which is the closest thing to driving a real race car as you’re going get. Don is also a skier, photographer and avid motorcyclist, making two cross country trips and a trek to the Arctic Circle and back from his home in San Jose, CA.

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