IEM Global Challenge confirmed as CSGO’s LAN return: Dates & more

Published: 18/Sep/2020 11:38

by Daniel Cleary


CS:GO tournament organizers ESL have finally announced that they will be returning to LAN for the first time over six months with their IEM Global Challenge event in Cologne that will round out the 2020 season.

Plenty of CS:GO LAN events across the world were canceled or moved to an online format in early March, shortly after IEM’s Season 14 World Championship, due to the ongoing global health crisis.

However, after months of playing online events, ESL has now announced their return to LAN, with the IEM Global Challenge 2020 scheduled for later in the year.

Empty spodek arena in Katowice
ESL, Twitter
ESL will be returning to LAN with the IEM Global Challenge in December.

ESL announced that the event will be kicking off on December 15-20 and would have a whopping $500,000 prize pool in total.

While there are still concerns about returning to the normal CS:GO schedule, this IEM Global Challenge will only be an eight-team tournament, with an extensive online qualification system to determine who will be competing.

Qualification for the tournament will see the top teams from the last online events in 2020, IEM New York, DH Open: Fall, and IEM Beijing, make up four of the eight spots in the tournament.

The remaining four rosters will be determined by the ESL World Ranking ahead of the event, with two slots for Europe, one for the CIS Region, and a slot for North America.

ESL’s upcoming LAN will see the eight teams split into two groups of four, with the top two squads from each pool advancing to bracket play to determine a winner.

The IEM Global Challenge will be hosted in Cologne and it is likely that both the players and the fans will be quite eager for the action to resume on the main stage.

As of now, it is unclear how this event will be operated to include the necessary safety measures, although it is possible that ESL could host a bubble format, similar to what has been planned for League of Legends’ Worlds 2020.


Ex-100 Thieves CSGO roster joins new org with BnTeT

Published: 24/Jan/2021 13:35 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 15:59

by Calum Patterson


Four of the former 100 Thieves roster, their coach Kassad, and former Gen.G player BnTeT have joined Extremum.

  • Ex-100T core join Extremum
  • BnTeT joins from Gen.G
  • Kassad joins from Cloud9’s Colossus

100 Thieves exited CS:GO in late 2020, as much of the North American scene petered out, and LAN events were canceled.

This left their talented roster, still full of potential, without an org. Justin ‘jks’ Savage joined compLexity, but the future for the rest of the ANZ lineup was unclear.

On January 24, Extremum revealed their new lineup, which also included Indonesian player Hansel ‘BnTeT’ Ferdinand, formerly of Gen.G and TyLoo, long regarded as one of the best Asian players.

Where will they play?

Kassad also rejoins his old teammates as coach. He had coached the core of this roster on both Renegades and 100 Thieves, before leaving for a stint with Cloud9.

Extremum will now work towards qualifying for the PGL Stockholm major, as well as competing in tournaments in Europe. HLTV reports they will travel to North America to compete in specific RMR (Regional Major Ranking) tournaments to earn their Major spot.


  • Aaron ‘AZR⁠’ Ward
  • Sean ‘Gratisfaction⁠’ Kaiwai
  • Jay ‘Liazz⁠’ Tregillgas
  • Joakim ‘⁠jkaem⁠’ Myrbostad
  • Hansel ‘BnTeT⁠’ Ferdinand
    • Aleksandar “⁠kassad⁠” Trifunović (C)
    • Nestor ‘LETN1⁠’ Tanić (Analyst)