IEM Dallas 2022: Teams, Game Schedule, Day 1 recap
Following the conclusion of PGL Major Antwerp, the CS:GO international calendar continues to Dallas, Texas. IEM Dallas 2022, sponsored by Intel, is the first LAN event in North America after the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was started on May 30 for the elimination round until the grand final on June 5 at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, with a total of 16 teams eyeing the prize of $250,000.
Several teams such as Entropiq, NAVI, and Heroic had to withdraw from the competition due to a combination of visa problems and some countries’ rules regarding COVID-19 guidelines.
Meanwhile, ENCE, MiBR, and NIP will use stand-ins in this event. Erik ‘ztr’ Gustafsson for NIP, Lotan ‘Spinx’ Giladi for ENCE, and Breno ‘brnz4n’ Poletto for MiBR aren’t playing in IEM.
IEM Dallas will split 16 teams into two double-elimination groups. The opening round will use a best-of-one format before the event proceeds to the best-of-three stages.
Each group winner will immediately reach the semi-finals, while the runners-up and the third-placed teams have to compete in the quarterfinals. IEM Dallas will conclude in a best-of-five grand finale on Sunday, June 5.
The first day started without a live audience. Day 1 saw all eight Bo1s of the tournament and IEM Dallas’ first elimination games. Movistar Riders and Encore had to leave the competition early this year following defeat to G2 Esports and FaZe Clan respectively.
IEM Dallas 2022: Stream
IEM Dallas is scheduled to be live-streamed on ESL’s Twitch channels. If you miss a game, you can check ESL’s Twitch channel for all the VODs.
Day 1 results
FaZe and G2 did not have to break their sweat as they had easier matchups during their Bo1s. ENCE also secured a victory against MOUZ, alongside Vitality’s victory against Astralis on Vertigo.
FaZe Clan 16 – 5 Encore
Astralis 12 – 16 Team Vitality
G2 Esports 16 – 5 Movistar Riders
MOUZ 9 – 16 ENCE
UPPER BRACKET ROUND 2
FaZe and ENCE clinched the playoff spots as ENCE had a very close Bo3 against G2 where they secured a close victory with both games reaching 30 rounds.
On the other hand, the Major champion FaZe went face-to-face against Vitality. After their match in Dust2, Vitality had to surrender to FaZe in Nuke. FaZe and ENCE will battle it out on June 1 and the winner will get a by round in the playoffs.
FaZe 2 – 0 Team Vitality
G2 Esports 0 – 2 ENCE
FURIA met their fellow Brazilian team, Imperial with FURIA bagged a 16-9 victory. Meanwhile, Cloud9 dominated Team Liquid after an underwhelming performance in Antwerp. MiBR grabbed the win against the home team Complexity and NIP suffered the first loss in the event versus BIG.
FURIA Esports 16 – 9 Imperial Esports
Team Liquid 6 – 16 Cloud9
Ninjas in Pyjamas 10 – 16 BIG
MIBR 16 – 4 Complexity
Schedule for May 31
GROUP B LOWER BRACKET ROUND 1
Imperial Esports – Team Liquid May 31, 8:00 AM PST
Ninjas in Pyjamas – Complexity May 31, 8:00 AM PST
GROUP A LOWER BRACKET ROUND 2
G2 Esports – Astralis May 31, 11:30 AM PST
Team Vitality – MOUZ May 31, 3:00 PM PST
GROUP B UPPER BRACKET ROUND 2
FURIA – Cloud9 May 31, 11:30 AM PST
BIG – MiBR May 31, 3:00 PM PST