Intel Grand Slam Season 2 has officially been confirmed by ESL and will return with the same $1 million prize pool, as well as mechanics, and will start with the IEM Katowice Major — the first-ever Major to be part of the Intel Grand Slam.
The official announcement of the start of the Intel Grand Slam Season 2 formally resets the counter for another season. Once again, the race is on for the first CS:GO team to win four at least four IGS-eligible tournaments in ten tries, with majority of all the Intel Grand Slam tournaments hosted by either ESL or DreamHack.
In addition to the IEM Katowice Major, ESL has confirmed three more tournaments as part of Intel Grand Slam Season 2. This includes IEM Sydney and DreamHack Masters Dallas in May, as well as ESL One Cologne in July.
We should expect ESL and DreamHack to announce more IGL-eligible tournaments as the season progresses.
Intel Grand Slam Season 2 Brings Back the $1 million Prize Pool
The first Intel Grand Slam officially kicked off in July 2017 with ESL One Cologne 2017 and ended with Astralis taking home the trophy at the ESL Pro League Season 8 finals in December 2018. The win was Astralis’ fourth win in 9 tries. Astralis’ other eligible wins include DreamHack Masters Marseille, ESL Pro League Season 7, and IEM Chicago 2018.
FaZe Clan were initially the favourites to take home the Intel Grand Slam award and the $1 million prize money that came with it. However, after striking out at DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018, FaZe Clan’s official win count was reduced to two and they would fail to win a single eligible tournament after.
Intel Grand Slam Season 2 returns with similar mechanics as with Season 1. The prize money will still go to the first team to win four IGS events in 10 tries. Also returning is the bounty for spoiling teams; any team that stops their opponents from winning their fourth IGS tournament in the grand finals will receive a “Giant Killer Bonus” amounting to $100,000.
As the reigning champions and currently the best CS:GO team in the world, Astralis are the heavy favourites to win Intel Grand Slam Season 2. However, 10 tournaments is a long time, and while there’s no denying their current status as the top dogs, a lot can still happen between now and then.
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