IEM Fall 2021 to be held online as RMR event; Renewal lose the LAN spot

by Juandi

Due to unforeseen circumstances and the continuation of the coronavirus pandemic, IEM Fall 2021 will be split into six regional divisions covering North America, Europe, CIS, Asia, South America, and Oceania.

The regional IEM Fall will act as the final Regional Major Ranking (RMR) event for the second half of 2021. All six regions will compete in the last opportunity to qualify for the PGL Major later this year.

“With the current situation and ongoing restrictions due to COVID-19, we will not be able to gather teams on LAN in all regions. Europe will meet at LAN, whereas North America, CIS, South America, Asia, and Oceania will be played fully online within the respective regions.” the announcement reads.

IEM Fall 2021 will not be ESL’s next LAN event after IEM Cologne
(Photo courtesy of ESL)

IEM Fall 2021 Asia will take place from October 5-10, and will feature four teams: two invited teams, and two teams determined via a closed qualifier. The event will follow Valve’s qualifying rules, with half of the teams determined based on their current RMR rankings and the remainder through qualifiers.

TYLOO and ViCi are invited to the main event as the highest-ranked teams in the Asian RMR standings. The closed qualifier will include four teams and will follow the same format. Invictus Gaming and Wings Up Gaming are invited, with the remaining two spots to be filled by the winners of the first and second open qualifiers, respectively.

The open qualifier will take place from September 9th-12th, with the first two days held for the first open qualifier, and the remaining two days dedicated to the second open qualifier. The event would resume five days later with a closed qualifier, held on September 17th-19th.

Teams can register by clicking the link below:

Renewal instantly lose the IEM Fall spot; no further statement by ESL

DreamHack Open June Asia served as Asia’s first and only DreamHack tournament in 2021. Nonetheless, the tournament was a significant one since the champion would represent Asia at IEM Fall 2021. Renewal took down domestic rivals Checkmate 3-0 in the DreamHack Open June Asia. In addition to that, Renewal also secured the US$16,000 first-place prize and 60 ESL Pro Tour Points.

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As a result of the event’s reclassification status as a Regional Major Ranking, Renewal, the only qualified team by the time of the announcement, will no longer hold the spot that they secured following their win in DreamHack Open June Asia. Renewal will have to play through the open qualifier and qualify for the main event once again if they want to remain in contention for the PGL Stockholm Major.

Previously, Renewal were instantly invited to this year’s inaugural Asian RMR tournament, Perfect World League Season 1, based on their third-place finish in the 2020 RMR Asia Rankings. However, the squad headed by Yesuntumur “nin9” Gantulga did not finish in the top four to earn RMR points, only finishing in 7th-8th place.

Here are the current RMR standings as of August 25:

RankingTeamTotal Points
1🇨🇳 TYLOO1600
2🇨🇳 ViCi Gaming1600
3🇨🇳 Invictus Gaming1120
4🇨🇳 Wings Up Gaming1040
* The top team is granted a slot at the PGL Major Stockholm

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