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Carmac discusses Katowice's success and the future of IEM

Travis sits down with Carmac to discuss StarCraft, CS: GO, League of Legends and Hearthstone at IEM Katowice, as well as the future of IEM.

One week after IEM Katowice, Intel Extreme Master's Michal 'Carmac' Blicharz sits down with Travis Gafford. The two discuss IEM Katowice's success, Virtus winning CS: GO, the state of StarCraft, League of Legends at IEM's, his hopes for an IEM World Championship in North America and more.

For viewing convenience, topic time stamps are listed below:

0:45 – How did Katowice end up holding the IEM World Championships?

1:40 – How enjoyable was the event for Carmac?

3:15 – Any surprise by the live turnout?

4:00 – Thoughts on Virtus winning in CS:GO?

5:30 – Reaction of Polish fans to the whole event?

7:30 – What is the relationship between IEM and ESL ONE events?

9:05 – StarCraft pro players distract Carmac.

10:10 – Any chance for games to switch between IEM and ESL ONE in the future?

11:35 – Thoughts on StarCraft scene after finals hit 150k CCU?

14:15 – Was there ever a discussion of replacing Naniwa in the lineup for IEM?

18:50 – Carmac’s thoughts on Naniwa’s departure from Alliance following the event?

19:50 – How satisfied is Carmac with the format (inviting teams, etc) for the League of Legends circuit/tournament?

22:00 – Are there any changes or better formats for League of Legends in IEM that could exist in the current LCS dominated climate?

24:30 – Thoughts on the community’s reaction to IEM, wanting to see more international events?

25:30 – How Carmac would structure the League of Legends tournament ecosystem similar to Tennis.

26:55 – Response to inControl’s statement that streams were run separately from each other on finals Sunday due to request from developers.

29:00 – Hearthstone as an eSport, at IEM Katowice and the possibility of it joining the circuit.

32:00 – Carmac’s vision for bigger and better IEM’s in the future including an epic standalone event in North America, and one day holding the world championships in North America.

36:45 – Discussion of how IEM budget increases vs increased production.

38:20 – Carmac’s final words towards IEM fans following Katowice.

39:40 – Carmac’s thoughts on Scarra retiring and the aftermath of the “Tomorrow Big” video.

41:00 – How Carmac made Scarra’s life worse.

42:00 – Carmac to reach out to Scarra and Saintvicious to cast next year’s IEM events.