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IEM Season XVII – Dallas 2022 Preview

The first major CSGO tournament of the year, PGL Antwerp 2022, is finally over. However, CSGO events have had a small interlude of a few weeks. After this break, we are getting ready to open the month of June with the most senior tournament of the CSGO Esports scene. Of course we are talking about IEM Dallas 2022. Again, the world’s best CSGO teams are facing each other in United States, Dallas, under the sponsorship of ESL.

A total of 16 teams will compete for the grand prize pool of $250,000. The team that succeeds in being the first will also receive a serious prize of $100,000. At the same time, teams that achieve tournament rankings will also be able to earn points for the Pro Tour and BLAST Premier.

We decided to prepare a detailed preview of IEM Season XVII – Dallas 2022 in our blog post today. If you want to bet on IEM Dallas 2022 before starting our guide, you can check out our CSGO betting page. Don’t forget to come back later and get information about the teams and the tournament. Let’s start.

IEM Dallas 2022 Format

As we have just mentioned, the tournament will be held with the participation of 16 teams. 5 of the teams were invited directly because they are ESL Partner Teams. Then, the other 4 were invited from the ESL World Ranking, while the other teams were chosen from among the teams that won the regional qualifiers.

Group Stage – May 30, 2022

IEM Dallas 2022 group stage will begin with the classical division of the teams into 2 groups. A and B groups as a total of 8 teams will fight for the Upper Bracket. The opening matches will be Bo1, while all other matches will be Bo3. In addition, only the top 3 teams from each group will be able to advance to the playoffs.

And of course, teams that lost in the group stage will compete for the playoffs in the Lower Bracket.

Group A

  • FaZe Clan vs LookingForOrg – May 30, 2022 – 20:10 UTC+3
  • Astralis vs Team Vitality – May 30, 2022 – 20:10 UTC+3
  • G2 Esports vs Movistar Riders – May 30, 2022 – 19:00 UTC+3
  • MOUZ vs ENCE – May 30, 2022 – 19:00 UTC+3

Group B

  • FURIA Esports vs Imperial Esports – May 30, 2022 – 21:20 UTC+3
  • Team Liquid vs Cloud9 – May 30, 2022 – 21:20 UTC+3
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas vs BIG – May 30, 2022 – 22:30 UTC+3
  • Heroic vs Complexity – May 30, 2022 – 22:30 UTC+3

Playoffs – June 3, 2022

The playoffs will start with the single elimination format and all matches will be Bo3 until the Grand Final. The Grand Final match will be Bo5, as we are used to from classic CSGO tournaments. In addition, we will show the system where the matches will be played in the quarter-finals as a list below.

Quarterfinals

  • Group B 2nd Place Team vs Group A 3rd Place Team
  • Group A 2nd Row Team vs Group B 3rd Row Team

Semi-Finals

  • Group A 1st Place Team vs TBD
  • Group B 1st Place Team vs TBD

Favorite Teams of IEM Dallas 2022

It’s hard to predict which team will win when it comes to the CSGO Esports scene. Because in CSGO matches, anything can happen at any time and even the most favorite team can lose. However, despite all this, we can make some predictions by looking at the statistics and performance analysis. Moreover, we would like to say that these estimates are highly consistent.

Bet on your favorite CSGO teams at IEM Dallas 2022 by looking at the statistics.

  • FaZe Clan

As you know, FaZe Clan has not had serious success since 2018. However, with the player changes made in 2021, we can say that the team has been refreshed. They managed to win first IEM XVI Katowice, then ESL Pro League Season 15 and finally PGL Major Antwerp 2022.

With all this in mind, who can stop the FaZe Clan? Moreover, even NaVi couldn’t stop them in the PGL Major Antwerp 2022 final. In addition, NaVi is known as a team that has dominated all the tournaments in recent years. In our opinion, the favorite team of IEM Dallas 2022 is FaZe Clan.

  • Cloud9

Cloud9 was a huge disappointment at PGL Major Antwerp 2022 last week. C9 players and fans could not get over the knockout shock that took place early in the tournament. In addition, they lost the place by falling from 3rd place in the world ranking. This is the point where C9 needs to recover from now on. And their first opportunity looks like IEM Dallas 2022. Cloud9 and the professional technical team want to achieve their first success, which they have not been able to achieve for a long time, by focusing on their goals. In our opinion, one of the two teams that can stop FaZe Clan in this tournament is C9.

  • ENCE

ENCE came to the fore this season with their fight in ESL Pro League Season 15 and PGL Major Antwerp 2022. Although they are not shown as favorites in most tournaments, we think they are an extremely challenging opponent. There is no pressure on them in this tournament, anyway, they did their best in PGL Major Antwerp 2022. When we think that IEM Dallas 2022 will be a more comfortable tournament, we can easily say that ENCE will come to the fore.

If they manage to make it to the Semi-Finals without a hitch, they can beat whoever they face in the Finals. Moreover, they have a qualified team to do this. 

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