How to earn the IEM Katowice 2019 CS:GO Major event coins

Published: 11/Feb/2019 14:46 Updated: 13/Feb/2019 11:56

by Connor Bennett


One of the most enjoyable parts of a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major event is getting an in-game coin to display on your profile. However, there has been a change to how it works for the IEM Katowice Major, so here’s what you need to know. 

However, Valve has changed their system this year, adding a viewer pass for players to purchase in order to take part in the Pick ‘Em challenge, be eligible for those sweet souvenir case drops and ultimately have an event coin.

There may still be some confusion over how players get the higher tier coin – as its no longer based solely on achieving a high score in the Pick ‘Em challenge and showing off your knowledge of CS. The coins would usually be in a Bronze, Silver and Gold tier system but in In a change for Katowice, there is a new Diamond version. 

Here is everything you need to know about leveling it up. 

How do you upgrade the IEM Katowice coin?

The coins are now upgraded through a series of challenges that are linked to watching the event and completing a set number of objectives.

Complete five challenges to upgrade the coin from the original Bronze state to Silver. Completing seven of the challenges will then upgrade the coin from Silver to the highly sort after Gold. If you complete all eleven of the set challenges, you’ll get the new Diamond coin.

To upgrade the coin through watching matches on Twitch, you will need to link up your Steam and Twitch accounts. You can link your accounts here.

You will also be able to use steam.tv or GOTV in-game to upgrade the coin through watching.

IntelThe Katowice trophy will be up for grabs – with Astralis defending their crown as current Major champions.

What are these challenges?

The challenges are laid out in-game once you purchase the viewer pass. By activating your viewer pass, you’ll complete the first challenge.

However, the next few require you to take part in the tournament Pick ‘Em challenge and make some correction predictions while also watching at least one live match from each round of the Major – either using the in-game viewer or the Steam.TV platform.

Making five corrections predictions in the Challengers stage will complete one challenge, a further fiver corrections predictions in the Legends stage will complete another while predicting two of the quarter-finals winners will trigger a third completed challenge.

Once the action heats up and there is more at stake, players must make at one least correct prediction for the semi-finals to complete that challenge and then correctly predict the event winner in the Grand Finals to wrap up the predictions challenges.

ValveThe full list of challenges – which doesn’t seem all too hard to complete.

What does it all mean for souvenir cases?

The souvenir cases are the same as they used to be – a skinned gun from a certain map that contains gold stickers of both teams, the event and the round MVP in which it was dropped.

However, they won’t be dropped during games any more solely for viewers – you will have to complete the challenges and leveling up the coin. Each new level will bring one new case, meaning that three in total can be secured.

Any cases must be redeemed in-game by March 31, so you won’t be able to horde the cases until the next Major.

What else is there to know?

Choices for the Pick ‘Em challenges have to be completed before the round gets underway. 

With the Challengers stage of the event kicking off on February 13, picks must be locked in and ready prior to that. 


Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
ENCE TV, YouTube
Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.