The full list of teams attending the Intel Extreme Masters in Oakland, California on November 19-20 has been announced, with the number of total participants dropping from eight to six.
ESL Senior Producer William “Chobra” Cho confirmed to ESPN that this reduction in teams is a response to the inability for LPL teams to secure visas in time as well as other tournament obligations.
The most notable lineup heading to Oracle Arena will be North America’s Team SoloMid, who confirmed their attendance on Tuesday just a week after proclaiming they’d skip out to find their next AD carry.
As reported by ESPN’s Jacob Wolf, they’ll have former marksman Jason “WildTurtle” Tran stand in for the weekend.
Other 2016 World Championship participants in attendance will be INTZ e-Sports and Flash Wolves, joining Unicorns of Love, Longzhu Gaming and The Chiefs eSports Club.
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The six teams will go head to head for a share of the $100,000 in prizes and an invite to the IEM World Championship in Katowice, Poland in 2017.
IEM Oakland Prize Pool Breakdown:
- 1st: $50,000
- 2nd: $20,000
- 3rd/4th: $10,000
- 5/6th: $5,000
Teams will also receive $1,000 per group-stage win.
To learn more about the event, visit the IEM Oakland website.