NAVI get 1 million dollars for winning Intel Grand Slam S3
The ESL Pro League Season 14 title has become the fourth one in the NAVI’s run for the Intel Grand Slam Season 3 award, which they won. The players of the team thus earned 1 million dollars.
To win the Intel Grand Slam S3, the contenders of ten consecutive events had to win five ESL Pro Tour tournaments. This series also included the IEM Katowice and IEM Cologne championships, which were placed in a separate category of Masters. Victories at these reduced the required number of tournaments to four. For NAVI, IEM Katowice 2020, DreamHack Masters Spring 2021, IEM Cologne 2021, and ESL Pro League Season 14 were the championships of their victorious run.
It is noteworthy that even in case of failure at the last tournament from ESL, Natus Vincere would have had two more championships in spare to win 1 million dollars. Gambit and Heroic would have remained in the competition, though.
Let us add that Astralis and Liquid won the first two IGS seasons. The Danish team did it in 2018, while the North American squad received the award in 2019.