FaZe win marathon IEM Katowice 2022 Grand Final

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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.

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IEM Katowice 2022: Recap

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.

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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.

IEM Katowice 2022: schedule & results

Playoffs: February 25 ⁠— February 27

Day 1: February 25

Stage Match PT ET GMT
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

Stage Match PT ET GMT
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

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Grand final G2 0-3 FaZe 9AM 12PM 5PM

Group Stage: February 17 ⁠— February 20

Day 1: February 17

Stage Match PT ET GMT
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

Stage Match PT ET GMT
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

Stage Match PT ET GMT
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

Stage Match PT ET GMT
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

Stage Match PT ET GMT
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

Stage Match PT ET GMT
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

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IEM Katowice 2022: Final placements

Placement Team Prize Money (USD)
1 FaZe Clan $400,000
2 G2 Esports $180,000
3-4 Heroic $80,000
NAVI
5-6 Gambit $40,000
Virtus.Pro
7-8 NIP $24,000
Astralis
9-12 MOUZ $16,000
Vitality
Fnatic
FURIA
13-16 Copenhagen Flames $10,000
OG
Team Liquid
ENCE
17-20 BIG $4,500
Entropiq
GODSENT
Movistar Riders
21-24 MIBR $2,500
Renegades
Sprout
Wisla Krakow

IEM Katowice 2022: Teams

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.

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s1mple’s NAVI are hot favorites for IEM Katowice 2022.

You can find the full list of teams who played at IEM Katowice 2022 below.

Teams qualified for Play-ins

Team Region Players
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.

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Teams qualified for Group stage

Team Region Players
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