The ex-NRG team reached a new milestone on Sunday as they picked up their first-ever Intel Grand Slam title after edging out Astralis in the best-of-five grand final of ESL One New York – the second IGS event of the season after IEM Chicago.
In winning the event in the Big Apple, Evil Geniuses became the first team other than Astralis or Liquid to claim an Intel Grand Slam title since mousesports came out on top of ESL One New York 2018, precisely 12 months ago.
ESL changed the rules for Season 3 to increase the difficulty of the challenge after Liquid won Season 2 inside 63 days. A team can still claim the $1 million prize if they win four IGS-eligible tournaments inside a span of ten events as long as at least one of those trophies came at a Masters level competition (for 2020 these tournaments will be IEM Katowice, ESL One Cologne and any potential Major run by either ESL or DreamHack). Otherwise, teams will require six tournament victories during a window of ten events to collect the cheque.
Below you can find a list with the Season 3 events that are already behind us and the ones that have already been confirmed:
IEM Chicago – Liquid
ESL One New York – Evil Geniuses
DreamHack Masters Malmö – October 1-6
IEM Beijing – November 7-10
ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals – December 3-8
IEM Katowice 2020 – February 25-March 1
ESL One Cologne 2020 – July 6-12