IEM Katowice is going to take place for fifth time in a row in Poland. It is considered one the major tournaments in CS GO and now it’s time for Europe to lead the way.
After the Dreamhack in Las Vegas that took place in February, where Virtus.pro won the 1st place of the Tournament in a great final against SK Gaming its time now to bring the hype in Poland where we have seen some of the best games in CS GO.
In Miami the Prize Pool was 450.000 $ while in IEM it is 250.000 $ , but that does not seems to bother the best teams in the game as everyone is going to compete in IEM. It is one the tournaments that is bringing fame to every organization as they compete the best of the best over there.
In last year’s tournament Fnatic came up with the 1st place in a final against Luminosity Gaming, but this time it seems that is going to be more difficult for them. In Las Veags their performance it was not the one we expected so now they want to show what they really got.
On the other hand Virtus.pro would like to show their dominance in the game and why not to take the 1st place of another major tournament.
But let’s try to go through the basics in Katowice, check the structure of the groups, the schedule and the broadcast team.
The most important and exciting information before this is that the Final will be a Best of Five! This is one of the few times we have seen the Organizing Committee of the tournament to go with five maps in the Final.
We will have to see if Teams with bigger map pool will have an advantage over that feature.
Now let’s check the teams and the two groups that we are going to see in IEM.
We are going to have two groups of of 6 Teams. In the first Group we are going to see :
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- FaZe Clan
- OpTic Gaming
While in the Group B that teams will compete will be :
- Natus Vincere
- Virtus Pro
- SK Gaming
It is clear that already from the Group Stage we are going to see some great games between the best teams in the Global Offensive Version.
Regarding the Format of the Tournament we will have 12 teams in two round robin groups of six. The winners of each group are placed into the tournament’s semi-finals, while the second and third place finishers also have a playoff to decide who goes to the semi-finals.
There is also the Tiebraker where if a three-way tie occurs between the teams in fourth to sixth place, the total prize money for these slots will be split among them.
On beginning of February the Organization announced also the Broadcast Line up of the Tournament as you can see below.
If you would like to get an insight of ticket prices and a more detailed schedule you can visit the IEM Official website http://en.intelextrememasters.com/season11/worldchampionship/csgo/
It is clear that Katowice will be in the centre of the attention for the upcoming weeks so stay tuned for any news that we are going to share with you.