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The IEM Chicago lineup just got very strong. Team Liquid and ENCE have been revealed as the first two teams to attend the event in the windy city.
The $250,000 event is slotted to run from July 18 to 21 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The event has been advertised as a battle between Europe and North America and it appears will have 4 from each region with Liquid and ENCE representing the first two across the pond rivals.
Both currently invited teams have hoisted trophies recently with Liquid winning IEM Sydney and ENCE taking home a BLAST trophy from Madrid where they triumphed over Astralis.
Liquid is currently competing at the cs_summit 4 event where they opened up with a 2-0 victory over Ghost Gaming. Their schedule isn’t too light though as they will also be attending five other events and that doesn’t even include if they manage to qualify for ECS Season 7 and ESL One Cologne. We will know plenty about the squad going into Chicago.
If the rest of this lineup adds some more quality competition, IEM Chicago should be a thrilling tournament to attend.
IEM Chicago team list:
- EU Qualifier
- NA Qualifier