Don Bowden

Intel Extreme Masters Season 7 Wrap-up

Intel Extreme Masters Season 7 has come to an end, the World Championships at CeBIT, in Hannover Germany, brought the entire season to a dramatic, heart pounding conclusion.  Stops at Gamescom, Singapore, Cologne Germany, Katowice Poland and Sao Paulo Brazil brought  24 players and 12 teams together to see who would become the new World Champion in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and League of Legends.


12 teams from Asia, Europe and America competed for the League of Legends World Championship. The Koreans proved to be unbeatable with CJ Entus Blaze taking the win over sister team Frost with another Korean Team, SK Telecom, taking home 3rd place.


StarCraft II: heart of the Swarm saw the Korean teams dominating the competition once again. LG-IM Yoda took the win over LG-IM First with LG-IM Mvp and LG-IM YongHwa coming in 3rd and 4th respectively. If there were a prize for best eSports nation Korea would win hand down.

The Sick Nerd Baller title of this year’s World Championship went to Polish player MaNa who managed to make it to the quarterfinal where he was eliminated by Mvp. What is a Sick Nerd Baller you ask? Sick Nerd Baller is a StarCraft phrase created by StarCraft players to show their nerd love to fellow team mates and friends during tournaments. The term is also used whenever a sick play is made.

i.e. Did you see MaNa play yesterday? That dude is one sick nerd baller.

Intel Extreme Masters website has everything you need to know about the World Championships, if you didn’t follow all the action live during the tournament you can catch up on all the action with video of the matches, pictures and stories.

All-in-all Season 7 was a fabulous season with exciting gameplay at each of the stops, proving once again just how popular eSports has become worldwide. We will start the planning for Season 8 soon so check back this summer to find out if we are coming to a city near you.

 As always I welcome your comments and for those of you keeping track, the final schnitzel count was 10.

 See you next season.

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 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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