The twelve-team IEM New York North America field has been cut in half, as the top six teams are now seeded into a best-of-three single elimination playoff bracket that will culminate in a best-of-five grand final.
Evil Geniuses and 100 Thieves, the group stage’s top seeds, are straight through to the $60,000 tournament’s semi-finals, while Liquid, FURIA, New England Whalers and TeamOne will go through the four-team quarter-finals.
The hot match in the quarter-finals pits two top 10 teams, Liquid and FURIA, who are also the third and fourth placed teams in the RMR ranking, respectively. The Brazilians had a chance to top their group and go straight through to the semi-finals, but were upset by New England Whalers in their last group stage fixture, which knocked them down to third place.
The other side of the bracket has the New England Whalers going up against the third Group B seed, TeamOne, in a series featuring the last two teams that made it to IEM New York through the qualifiers and are still alive in the tournament.
The top two teams in the RMR ranking and the winners of their respective IEM New York groups, Evil Geniuses and 100 Thieves, will watch the first playoff round from the sidelines to see who they face in the semi-finals.
The IEM New York playoff schedule is the following:
Thursday, October 15
Friday, October 16
Saturday, October 17
Sunday, October 18
21:00 – Third place decider
21:00 – Grand final