Everything you need to know about IEM Katowice 2022

All twenty-four teams participating at IEM Katowice 2022 have been announced. The list of leading Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams is quite exciting, even though there are more than two months left until the tournament.

As IEM Katowice 2022 approaches, we have gathered everything you need to know about the tournament in one article.

IEM Katowice 2022 format and schedule

IEM Katowice 2022 will start first with the play-in stage. NAVI, Gambit Esports, G2 Esports, Team Vitality, Heroic, Virtus.pro, FURIA Esports and Team Liquid will not be featured at this stage. These eight teams count as directly qualified teams because of their success at Road to Katowice. On February 15 and 16, the play-in stage will be played in a double-elimination bracket. After the Bo1 opening matches, all subsequent rounds will be Bo3. Out of the sixteen teams in this stage, the eight most successful teams will advance to the group stage.

On February 17, the group stage will begin. There will be two double-elimination format groups. Eight teams will take part in each group. As a result of the Bo3 matches, the first three of the groups will advance to the playoffs. Group stage winners will advance directly to the semifinals. The runners-up will take part in the quarterfinals as high seeds. Third places will be low seeds. The group stage will end on February 20.

On February 25, things will heat up and the playoffs will begin. The playoffs will be played in a single-elimination bracket. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be Bo3. The grand final will be Bo5, and at the end of this magnificent match, the grand prize of $400,000 will find its owner on February 27.

Overview of IEM Katowice 2022 teams

Participating Teams
Natus Vincere Gambit Esports G2 Esports Team Vitality
Heroic Virtus.pro FURIA Esports Team Liquid
Ninjas in Pyjamas Astralis FaZe Clan GODSENT
Extra Salt MIBR Renegades TYLOO
BIG Entropiq OG Copenhagen Flames
Fnatic ENCE MOUZ Wisła Kraków

When we look at the teams, we do not know where to start. There are twenty-four teams, each better than the other. When we ask who is the favorite of the tournament, the answer is probably the same for all of us. Natus Vincere, a team that has long forgotten what second place looks like, is the likely favorite of the tournament. The teams that NAVI might have the most difficulty with are Gambit Esports and Team Vitality. Considering their recent performances, G2 and Heroic should not be underestimated as well. However, NAVI, who lost their last title to Gambit Esports in IEM Fall 2021 CIS, is undoubtedly the best team of recent times, considering their performances in PGL Major Stockholm 2021, BLAST Premier Fall Finals 2021 and BLAST Premier: World Final 2021.

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Prize pool

Place USD Pro Tour
1st $400,000 1800 points
2nd $180,000 1400 points
3rd-4th $80,000 1100 points
5th-6th $40,000 825 points
7th-8th $24,000 575 points
9th-12th $16,000 325 points
13th-16th $10,000 125 points
17th-20th $4,500 60 points
21st-24th $2,500 -

IEM Katowice 2022 regional rankings

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Another great Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament, IEM Katowice 2022 will be with us soon. Are you also someone who eagerly waits for CS:GO tournaments? You can watch the matches of your favourite teams and place bets on Luckbox.