IEM Katowice 2022, the first major Counter-Strike event of the year ended with FaZe taking down G2 in a showstopper of a Grand Final in the Spodek Arena. Here’s what happened at the event, including the full schedule, results, and how the final went down.
- FaZe wins OT-packed Grand Final match against G2 3-0
- G2 fly past NAVI 2-0 to secure first Grand Finals spot
- FaZe take down Heroic 2-0 to face G2 in finals
IEM Katowice might not be a Major, but it’s still one of Counter-Strike’s biggest events. Returning to Poland again for 2022, 24 teams duked it out for a share of $1 million — including $400,000 for the winners.
All the big names were there, and the action was definitely intense. Here’s all you need to know about IEM Katowice 2022, including full results, teams participating, and how the Grand Final went down.
Following the Group Stages, eventual champs FaZe were forced to play with stand-in jks in place of Rain for the entire knockout portion. However, they made quick work of Gambit, taking them down 2-0. On the other side of the bracket G2 also made quick work of Virtus.Pro, also winning 2-0.
The semis were full of even more sweeps. FaZe would get past Heroic unscathed with a 2-0 score, and G2 pulled off the upset against NAVI with their own 2-0 sweep.
This set up the FaZe vs G2 Grand Final, and despite finishing with a score of 3-0 in FaZe’s favor, it was a much closer match than that.
On the second map Mirage, the two teams would slog it out in more than 50 rounds of Counter-Strike for a map that ended up lasting over 2 hours in total. FaZe would end up winning 31-27 in one of the most memorable matches in recent CS history.
After that, Dust II seemed to fly by with FaZe wrapping things up 16-14, and an emotional karrigan raised the Katowice trophy along with the rest of his teammates.
Playoffs: February 25 — February 27
Day 1: February 25
|Quarter-finals||Virtus.pro 0-2 G2||7:30AM||10:30AM||3:30PM|
|Quarter-finals||Gambit 0-2 FaZe||11:00AM||2:00PM||7:00PM|
Day 2: February 26
|Semi-finals||NAVI 0-2 G2||7:30AM||10:30AM||3:30PM|
|Semi-finals||Heroic 0-2 FaZe||11:00AM||2:00PM||7:00PM|
Day 3: February 27
|Grand final||G2 0-3 FaZe||9AM||12PM||5PM|
Group Stage: February 17 — February 20
Day 1: February 17
|Group A Upper Bracket Round 1||Heroic 2-1 OG||3:30AM||6:30AM||11:30AM|
|Group A Upper Bracket Round 1||Virtus.pro 2-0 CPH Flames||3:30AM||6:30AM||11:30AM|
|Group A Upper Bracket Round 1||Vitality 2-1 MOUZ||7AM||10AM||3PM|
|Group A Upper Bracket Round 1||Gambit 1-2 NIP||7AM||10AM||3PM|
|Group B Upper Bracket Round 1||FURIA 2-0 Astralis||10:30AM||1:30PM||6:30PM|
|Group B Upper Bracket Round 1||Liquid 1-2 FaZe Clan||10:30AM||1:30PM||6:30PM|
Day 2: February 18
|Group B Upper Bracket Round 1||NAVI 2-1 ENCE||3:30AM||6:30AM||11:30AM|
|Group B Upper Bracket Round 1||G2 Esports 1-2 Fnatic||3:30AM||6:30AM||11:30AM|
|Group A Upper Bracket Round 2||Heroic 2-0 Vitality||7AM||10AM||3PM|
|Group A Lower Bracket Round 1||OG 0-2 MOUZ||7AM||10AM||3PM|
|Group A Upper Bracket Round 2||Virtus.pro 2-1 NIP||10:30AM||1:30PM||6:30PM|
|Group A Lower Bracket Round 1||CPH Flames 1-2 Gambit||10:30AM||1:30PM||6:30PM|
Day 3: February 19
|Group B Lower Bracket Round 1||Astralis 2-1 ENCE||3:30AM||6:30AM||11:30AM|
|Group B Lower Bracket Round 1||Team Liquid 0-2 G2 Esports||3:30AM||6:30AM||11:30AM|
|Group B Upper Bracket Round 2||FaZe Clan 2-1 Fnatic||7AM||10AM||3PM|
|Group B Upper Bracket Round 2||FURIA 0-2 NAVI||7AM||10AM||3PM|
|Group A Lower Bracket Round 2||MOUZ 0-2 NIP||10:30AM||1:30PM||6:30PM|
|Group A Lower Bracket Round 2||Vitality 0-2 Gambit||10:30AM||1:30PM||6:30PM|
Day 4: February 20
|Group B Lower Bracket Round 2||Astralis 2-1 Fnatic||3:30AM||6:30AM||11:30AM|
|Group B Lower Bracket Round 2||G2 Esports 2-1 FURIA||3:30AM||6:30AM||11:30AM|
|Group A Lower Bracket Final||Gambit 2-0 NIP||7AM||10AM||3PM|
|Group A Upper Bracket Final||Virtus.pro 0-2 Heroic||7AM||10AM||3PM|
|Group B Lower Bracket Final||Astralis 1-2 G2 Esports||10:30AM||1:30PM||6:30PM|
|Group B Upper Bracket Final||NAVI 2-1 FaZe Clan||10:30AM||1:30PM||6:30PM|
Play-Ins: February 15 — February 16
Day 1: February 15
|Upper Bracket Round 1||NIP 16-12 Wisla Krakow||2AM||5AM||10AM|
|Upper Bracket Round 1||CPH Flames 16-7 Fnatic||2AM||5AM||10AM|
|Upper Bracket Round 1||GODSENT 8-16 MOUZ||2AM||5AM||10AM|
|Upper Bracket Round 1||Sprout 12-16 FaZe Clan||3:15AM||6:15AM||11:15AM|
|Upper Bracket Round 1||OG 19-16 Renegades||3:40AM||6:40AM||11:40AM|
|Upper Bracket Round 1||ENCE 16-9 Entropiq||3:40AM||6:40AM||11:40AM|
|Upper Bracket Round 1||Movistar Riders 13-16 BIG||4:30AM||7:30AM||12:30PM|
|Upper Bracket Round 1||Astralis 16-11 MIBR||5:20AM||8:20AM||1:20PM|
|Upper Bracket Round 2||NIP 0-2 CPH Flames||7AM||8:45AM||3PM|
|Upper Bracket Round 2||MOUZ 1-2 FaZe||7AM||8:45AM||3PM|
|Lower Bracket Round 1||Fnatic 2-0 Wisla Krakow||7AM||8:45AM||3PM|
|Upper Bracket Round 2||Astralis 2-1 BIG||10:45AM||1:45PM||6:45PM|
|Upper Bracket Round 2||ENCE 0-2 OG||10:45AM||1:45PM||6:45PM|
|Lower Bracket Round 1||GODSENT 2-0 Sprout||10:45AM||1:45PM||6:45PM|
Day 2: February 16
|Lower Bracket Round 1||Entropiq 2-0 Renegades||3:30AM||6:30AM||11:30AM|
|Lower Bracket Round 1||MIBR 0-2 Movistar Riders||3:30AM||6:30AM||11:30AM|
|Lower Bracket Round 2||BIG 1-2 Fnatic||7AM||10AM||3PM|
|Lower Bracket Round 2||ENCE 2-1 GODSENT||7AM||10AM||3PM|
|Lower Bracket Round 2||MOUZ 2-0 Entropiq||10:45AM||1:45PM||6:45PM|
|Lower Bracket Round 2||NIP 2-0 Movistar Riders||10:45AM||1:45PM||6:45PM|
Qualified teams: CPH Flames, Astralis, OG, FaZe, MOUZ, NIP, ENCE, Fnatic
|Placement||Team||Prize Money (USD)|
24 teams descended on the Spodek for IEM Katowice 2022. They were split into two seeds — eight teams going right through to the Main Event, and 16 teams who had to tackle the Play-In gauntlet.
NAVI, Gambit, G2 Esports, and Vitality pushed through to the Main Event, and so did Liquid. However, names like Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis, and MIBR started in the Play-Ins.
You can find the full list of teams who played at IEM Katowice 2022 below.
Teams qualified for Play-ins
|Astralis||Europe||Xyp9x, gla1ve, Lucky, k0nfig, blameF|
|BIG||Europe||tabseN, tiziaN, syrsoN, k1to, faveN|
|Copenhagen Flames||Europe||Jabbi, nicoodoz, roeJ, HooXi, Zyphon|
|ENCE||Europe||Snappi, Spinx, dycha, haden, maden|
|Entropiq||CIS||El1an, Lack1, NickelBack, Krad, Forester|
|FaZe Clan||Europe||rain, broky, Twistzz, karrigan, jks|
|Fnatic||Europe||KRIMZ, Brollan, ALEX, mezii, smooya|
|GODSENT||Brazil||TACO, felps, latto, b4rtiN, dumau|
|MIBR||Brazil||exit, WOOD7, Tuurtle, JOTA, brnz4n|
|MOUZ||Europe||frozen, JDC, dexter, torzsi, NBK-|
|Movistar Riders||Europe||ALEX, mopoz, DeathZz, dav1g, SunPayus|
|Ninjas in Pyjamas||Europe||REZ, Plopski, hampus, es3tag, phzy|
|Renegades||Oceania||Sico, INS, Hatz, aliStair, Liazz|
|Sprout||Europe||Spiidi, slaxz-, raalz, Staehr, Marix|
|Wisla Krakow||Europe||SZPERO, jedqr, Goofy, snatchie, Sobol|
Note: Due to multiple infection cases, TYLOO and Complexity withdrew from the event. They were replaced by Sprout and Movistar Riders.
Note 2: FaZe’s Robin ‘ropz’ Kool and MOUZ’s Aurimas ‘Bymas’ Pipiras have tested positive ahead of the event. Complexity benched player Justin ‘jks’ Savage will step in for FaZe, while MOUZ have brought in academy player Jon ‘JDC’ de Castro for the event.
Teams qualified for Group stage
|FURIA||Brazil||yuurih, arT, KSCERATO, drop, saffee|
|G2 Esports||Europe||JACKZ, huNter-, NiKo, m0NESY, Aleksib|
|Gambit Esports||CIS||nafany, sh1ro, interz, Ax1Le, Hobbit|
|Heroic||Europe||stavn, cadiaN, TeSeS, refrezh, sjuush|
|Natus Vincere||CIS||s1mple, electroNic, Boombl4, Perfecto, b1t|
|Team Liquid||NA||EliGE, NAF, oSee, shox, nitr0|
|Team Vitality||Europe||apEX, ZywOo, misutaaa, dupreeh, Magisk|
|Virtus.pro||CIS||buster, Qikert, Jame, YEKINDAR, FL1T|