Sixteen of the world’s top CSGO teams will be competing for their share of the $500,000 awards pool at Monday, February 24.
The ESL Pro Tour, the open circuit sponsored by ESL and DreamHack, will have over 20 LAN tournaments by 2020 and will be its first Masters Championship in this area.
The world’s top ten teams will be at IEM Katowice, so there are some fun and close games that are expected during the week. Is Astralis going to defend the title and lift the trophy again? Danes, like Liquid, Fnatic and Evil Geniuses, have to face heavy competition.
Here’s all about IEM Katowice 2020 that you need to know.
The IEM stream https:/www.twitch.tv/esl-csgo is broadcast on two Twitch channels of ESL since simultaneous matches will be broadcast on the platform until the quarter-finals. No action on the main broadcast or the second channel will be missed.
Format The contest lasts seven days, with the grand finals set for 1 March. Sixteen teams will compete for a $500,000 prize pool share, while the Intel Grand Slam champion won one point.
The Intel Grand Slam will be contested for $1 million, and six out of ten consecutive big ESL Pro Tour tournaments, four of ten main events like IEM Katowice, ESL One Cologne or any major organised by ESL or DreamHack. The Intel Great Slam competition involves Liquid, Astralis, EG, Fnatic and mouse games.
Teams is split into two classes and a GSL double-elimination format is included. Apart from the best of five grand finals, the competition will be completely played by Best-of-Three. That category has three top teams advancing to the playoffs that use the one-elimination format. Group stage winners will directly proceed to semifinals and quarter-finals will feature second and third-place teams.
IEM Katowice’s winner will receive 250,000 dollars. The race will bring $100,000 to home, and the semifinalists will get $40,000 every time.
- Astralis: Nicolai “device” Reedtz, Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth, Emil “Magisk” Reif, and Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander
- Fnatic: Jesper “JW” Wecksell, Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson, Robin “flusha” Rönnquist, Maikil “Golden” Selim, and Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin
- Vitality: Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, Dan “apEX” Madesclaire, Richard “shox” Papillon, Cédric “RpK” Guipouy, and Alex McMeekin
- Natus Vincere: Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, Denis “electronic” Sharipov, Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy, Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov, and Egor “flamie” Vasilyev
- FaZe Clan: Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, Håvard “rain” Nygaar, Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer, Helvijs “broky” Saukants, and Marcelo “coldzera” David
- Ninjas in Pyjamas: Fredrik “REZ” Sterner, Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson, Simon “twist” Eliasson, Nicolas “Plopski” Zamora, and Tim “nawwk” Jonasson
- Renegades: Chris “dexter” Nong, Jordan “Hatz” Bajic , Joshua “INS” Potter, Simon “Sico” Williams, and Liam “malta” Schembri
- Cloud9: Aran “Sonic” Groesbeek, Johnny “JT” Theodosiou, Ian “motm” Hardy, Ricky “floppy” Kemery, and Joshua “oSee” Ohm
- Team Liquid: Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken, Keith “NAF” Markovic, Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski, Jake “Stewie2K” Yip, and Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella
- mousesports: Finn “karrigan” Andersen, Robin “ropz” Kool, Chris “chrisJ” de Jong, Özgür “woxic” Eker, and David “frozen” Čerňanský
- Evil Geniuses: Ethan Arnold, Tarik Celik, Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte, Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov, and Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz
- 100 Thieves: Justin “jks” Savage, Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad, Aaron “AZR” Ward, Jay “liazz” Tregillgas, and Sean “Gratisfaction” Kaiwai
- G2: Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač , Kenny “kennyS” Schrub, François “AMANEK” Delaunay, Nemanja “nexa” Isaković , and Audric “JaCkZ” Jug
- Virtus Pro: Ali “Jame” Djami, Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev, Alexey “qikert” Golubev, Timur “buster” Tulepov, and Sanjar “SANJI” Kuliev
- MAD Lions: Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen, Frederik “acoR” Gyldstrand, Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen, Fredrik “roeJ” Jørgensen, and Rasmus “Sjuush” Beck
- TYLOO: Son “xeta” Seon-Ho, Wing Hei “Freeman” Cheung, HaoWen “somebody” Xu, YuLun “Summer” Cai, and YuanZhang “Attacker” Sheng
Monday, Feb. 24
- 5am CT: Vitality vs. NiP
- 5am CT: Astralis vs. Cloud9
- 8:30am CT: FaZe vs. Na`Vi
- 8:30am CT: Fnatic vs. Renegades
- 12pm CT: 100 Thieves vs. G2
- 12pm CT: mousesports vs. TYLOO
Tuesday, Feb. 25
- 5am CT: Liquid vs. Virtus Pro
- 5am CT: EG vs. MAD Lions
- 8:30am CT: Group A upper bracket first semifinal
- 8:30am CT: Group A lower bracket round one, first match
- 12pm CT: Group A upper bracket second semifinal
- 12am CT: Group A lower bracket round one, second match
Wednesday, Feb. 26
- 5am CT: Group B lower bracket round one, first match
- 5am CT: Group B lower bracket round one, second match
- 8:30am CT: Group B upper bracket first semifinal
- 8:30am CT: Group A lower bracket round two, first match
- 12pm CT: Group B upper bracket second semifinal
- 12pm CT: Group A lower bracket round two, second match
Thursday, Feb. 27
- 5am CT: Group B lower bracket round two, first match
- 5am CT: Group B lower bracket round two, second match
- 8:30am CT: Group A upper bracket final
- 8:30am CT: Group A lower bracket final
- 12pm CT: Group B upper bracket final
- 12pm CT: Group B lower bracket final
Friday, Feb. 28
- 8am CT: First quarterfinal
- 11:55am CT: Second quarterfinal
Saturday, Feb. 29
- 8am CT: First semifinal
- 11:55am CT: Second semifinal
Sunday, March 1
- 10am CT: Grand finals