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IEM Summer 2021 kicks off Thursday with 16 teams fighting for their share of a $250,000 prize pool. In attendance are all partner teams, along with each team that made it through the open qualifiers.
Where to Watch
Each match of IEM Summer will be available to watch on both Twitch and YouTube. However, as there are simultaneous matches on the first few days of the tournament, there is a B stream for both Twitch and YouTube.
Refer to the schedule below for approximate match start times. All times below are in ET.
Thursday: Opening matches and Group A lower and upper bracket
- Gambit vs. Sprout (6 a.m.)
- Vitality vs. Complexity (6 a.m.)
- Astralis vs Fun Plus Phoenix (7:10 a.m.)
- Extra Salt vs. G2 (7:10 a.m.)
- Heroic vs. Imperial (8:20 a.m.)
- Evil Geniuses vs. Spirit (8:20 a.m.)
- NIP vs. OG (9:30 a.m.)
- Fnatic vs. Virtus Pro (9:30 a.m.)
- Upper bracket semifinal (10:40 a.m.)
- Lower bracket first round (10:40 a.m.)
- Upper bracket semifinal (1:55 p.m.)
- Lower bracket first round (1:55 p.m.)
- Group B lower bracket first round (7:30 a.m.)
- Lower bracket first round (7:30 a.m.)
- Upper bracket semifinal (10:45 a.m.)
- Group A lower bracket semifinal (10:45 a.m.)
- Lower bracket semifinal (2 p.m.)
- Group B upper bracket semifinal (2 p.m.)
- Group B lower bracket semifinal (7:30 a.m.)
- Lower bracket semifinal #2 (10:45 a.m.)
- Group A lower bracket final (2 p.m.)
- Group B upper bracket final (7:30 a.m.)
- Group A upper bracket final (10:45 a.m.)
IEM Summer Playoffs
- Quarterfinal #1 (10:45 a.m.)
- Quarterfinal #2 (2 p.m.)
- Semifinal #1 (10:45 a.m.)
- Semifinal #2 (2 p.m.)
- IEM Summer 2021 grand final (10 a.m.)
Format of IEM Summer 2021
IEM Summer is split into two parts: two group brackets and the playoffs. The group brackets feature a double-elimination format with eight teams in each group. While the opening round of the series will feature all best-of-one faceoffs, the rest of the tournament will take place in a best-of-three format. The top three teams of each bracket will move onto the playoffs where they’ll face off to determine the IEM Summer 2021 champions.
Zain Merchant is an Esports writer who has previously worked with Team Dignitas. He loves FPS games such as Valorant, Counter-Strike and Valorant.