The First Team to Use New Guideline Change Qualify for IEM Oakland
The Mongolian roster associated with TheMongolz entered and won the IEM Oakland South-East Asia Qualifier using IEM’s new rules that permitted them to compete outside of their local region.
IEM is a series of international esports tournaments held around the world, and is managed by ESL. The next tournament in the series will be the $300, 000 IEM Oakland 2017 that will begin on the sixteenth of November.
A new guideline change by the organizer enables teams to apply to participate in a qualifier held outside of their home region when they match up certain criteria, such as there being no local qualifiers, or the team is staying and competing in another region and is unable to make it to their home qualifier.
TheMongolz are, at the time of writing, ranked 128th in the world, and their victory in the qualifiers has come as a surprise to many. They, alongside other Mongolian teams, had no opportunity to qualify for IEM Oakland till this rule change permitted them to travel to compete.
They entered the South-East Asia Qualifier against teams for example Chiefs, ranked 45th, from Australia and MVP PK, ranked 90th, from South Korea.
The roster outperformed all the teams they fought against and claimed victory over both Chiefs and MVP PK, securing themselves an area in the tournament in California, where they will join the actual impressive line up attending the big event.
The teams confirmed to become attending IEM Oakland 2017 are now Astralis, Cloud9, FaZe Clan, G2 Esports, Gambit, Immortals, Liquid, Ninjas in Pyjamas, SK Gaming, and TheMongolz.
The same rule change that allowed the Mongolian teams to travel to South-East Asia will also allow OpTic Gaming’s European roster to compete in NA and the Chinese team Tyloo to compete in the EU.
The European and North American closed qualifiers will begin on the 2nd associated with October and will decide CSGO Ak47 Skins which groups will be take the final two spots in the main tournament.