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When is IEM Katowice CSGO? Groups, schedule, format

Published: 10/Feb/2020 16:15

by Kamil Malinowski

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One of the biggest events in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive calendar, IEM Katowice, is just around the corner and some key details have already been revealed.

When it comes to CSGO events, few are as popular as the annual tournament in Katowice, where the best in the world battle it out for some of the biggest prize pools.

This year, the event hosts the first-ever ESL Pro Tour Masters Championship LAN event, which is a part of ESL’s new competitive circuit. Teams will not only secure a cash prize, but also vital points to ensure qualification to ESL One Cologne – another Masters Championship.

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ESL
IEM Katowice is one of the most prestigious events in CSGO.

When is IEM Katowice CSGO?

IEM Katowice kicks off on February 24 and will bring almost a whole week of exciting CSGO action as it culminates in a grand final at the Spodek Arena on March 1.

The first four days of the event will be dedicated to the group stage, while the playoffs will be played in the remaining three, giving both fans and players enough time to rest between matches.

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Current CSGO Major champions Astralis will be attending IEM Katowice.

IEM Katowice schedule and format

IEM Katowice will be played in a standard format for Counter-Strike events, with double elimination groups leading into a single-elimination playoff bracket.

There will be two groups of eight teams that are seeded using the all-new ESL CS:GO World Ranking with all matches being played in a best-of-three format. The winners of each group will advance straight to the semi-finals, while second and third will advance to the quarter-finals.

The playoffs will also consist of best-of-three matches up until the grand final, which will be a lengthy best of five.

Monday Feb 24

Stage Match GMT EST PST
Round 1 Astralis vs Cloud9 11:00 06:00 03:00
Round 1 Ninjas In Pyjamas vs Team Vitality 11:00 06:00 03:00
Round 1 Natus Vincere vs FaZe Clan 14:30 09:30 06:30
Round 1 Renegades vs Fnatic 14:30 09:30 06:30
Round 1 Mousesports vs ViCi Gaming 18:00 15:00 12:00
Round 1 100 Thieves vs G2 Esports 18:00 15:00 12:00

Tuesday Feb 25

Stage Match GMT EST PST
Round 1 Team Liquid vs Virtus.pro 11:00 06:00 03:00
Round 1 Mad Lions vs Evil Geniuses 11:00 06:00 03:00
Lower Bracket Round 1 TBD vs TBD 14:30 09:30 06:30
Upper Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 14:30 09:30 06:30
Lower Bracket Round 1  TBD vs TBD 18:00 15:00 12:00
Upper Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 18:00 15:00 12:00

Wednesday Feb 26

Stage Match GMT EST PST
Lower Bracket Round 1 TBD vs TBD 11:00 06:00 03:00
Lower Bracket Round 1 TBD vs TBD 11:00 06:00 03:00
Lower Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 14:30 09:30 06:30
Upper Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 14:30 09:30 06:30
Lower Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 18:00 15:00 12:00
Upper Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 18:00 15:00 12:00

Thursday Feb 27

Stage Match GMT EST PST
Lower Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 11:00 06:00 03:00
Lower Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 11:00 06:00 03:00
Lower Bracket Round 3 TBD vs TBD 14:30 09:30 06:30
Upper Bracket Round 3 TBD vs TBD 14:30 09:30 06:30
Lower Bracket Round 3 TBD vs TBD 18:00 15:00 12:00
Upper Bracket Round 3 TBD vs TBD 18:00 15:00 12:00

Friday Feb 28

Stage Match GMT EST PST
Quarterfinals  TBD vs TBD 14:00 09:00 06:00
Quarterfinals TBD vs TBD 17:55 12:55 09:55

Saturday Feb 29

Stage Match GMT EST PST
Semifinals TBD vs TBD 14:00 09:00 06:00
Semifinals TBD vs TBD 17:55 12:55 09:55

Sunday March 1

Stage Match GMT EST PST
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 16:00 11:00 08:00

IEM Katowice groups

IEM Katowice sees two extremely competitive groups that are almost impossible to predict. Group A sees top teams like Astralis, Team Vitality, and an in-form FaZe Clan.

Meanwhile, group B consists of North American stars Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses, as well as the impressive Mousesports squad.

Group A Group B
Astralis Team Liquid
FaZe Clan Mousesports
Natus Vincere Evil Geniuses
Fnatic 100 Thieves
Team Vitality G2 Esports
Cloud9 MAD Lions
Ninjas in Pyjamas Virtus.pro
Renegades ViCi Gaming

Now that you know which teams are competing and when to watch, all you need to do is wait for what is undoubtedly set to be one of the best CSGO events of 2020 so far.

Before you know it, the action will kick off at the Spodek!

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Gen.G to reward CSGO fans in new crypto partnership

Published: 22/Oct/2020 10:29 Updated: 22/Oct/2020 10:43

by Adam Fitch

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Multinational organization Gen.G Esports are set to reward their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans through a partnership with crypto startup Rally.

Having recently launched a cryptocurrency named Creator Coin, Rally will enable Gen.G Esports to launch their own coin for avid fans.

Named GG Strike Coin, the org will issue their own cryptocurrency that will be used to identify and then reward supporters of their CS:GO roster.

Earlier on October 22, it was reported that former 100 Thieves player Liazz was set to sign for the team after the org announced their exit from Counter-Strike.

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GG Strike Coin is Gen.G’s new cryptocurrency.

Gen.G will give fans access to private chats with coaches, players, and staff on Discord, and allow them to vote on key team decisions like jersey designs, team cheers, and emotes. Coin holders will also be able to buy exclusive merchandise through the system.

Gen.G isn’t the first esports team to launch a reward system based on cryptocurrencies, however. Spanish organization Team Heretics launched their own in August, following two-time TI victors OG, who did the same in March.

It’s a strange time for Gen.G in CS:GO as they only have three players officially signed following the departure of daps on September 17 and s0m on October 7 — they both now play for NRG, but in Riot Games’ Valorant.

“This means the fans are a part of it,” said Rally CEO’s Kevin Chou. “They own part of the brand. That’s a really important concept. I can pay to get merchandise. But I want to feel like I am a loyal fan and I get to participate in decisions.”

With this partnership, Gen.G will be hoping to increase their fan engagement by making them feel closer to the brand by aiding in the choices they make.