IEM Katowice is eagerly awaited every year, and IEM Katowice 2022 continues at full speed this year as well. Playoffs for the 2022 version of IEM Katowice, one of the most favourite tournaments of all CS:GO fans, starts on February 25.
Great teams will compete fiercely for the championship. Here's what you need to know about the IEM Katowice 2022 playoffs.
IEM Katowice 2022 quarterfinals
Virtus.pro - G2 Esports (February 25 - 15:30 CET)
The first match of the quarterfinals will be between Virtus.pro and G2 Esports. On one side is Virtus.pro, who lost 2-0 against Heroic in the Group A final. Overall they had a good tournament. They lost to Heroic after their wins against CPH Flames and Ninjas in Pyjamas. Their most recent achievement is the ESL Challenger #48 championship.
Their rivals are G2 Esports. Losing to Fnatic in Group B, G2 Esports later eliminated Team Liquid, FURIA Esports and Astralis to become the lower bracket winner. Their biggest recent achievement is being runner-up at the PGL Major Stockholm 2021.
The two teams have not faced each other for a long time. Their last encounter was at ESL Pro League Season 14 that Virtus.pro won 2-1. Since then, there has been a noticeable improvement in the performance of G2 Esports. Even though G2 Esports is the favourite side, it's sure to be a fun and competitive series.
FaZe Clan - Gambit Esports (February 25 - 19:00 CET)
FaZe Clan is the only team that made it to the playoffs from the play-in stage. In fact, if they had won one more map against NAVI in the Group B final, they would have started from the semifinals. Although they are one step behind compared to other teams, they have displayed the determination of wanting to be the champion of IEM Katowice 2022 with their performance. They were also among the top three teams at BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2022.
FaZe Clan's rival is Gambit Esports. They are the second championship favourite of the tournament, after NAVI. Although they lost to Ninjas in Pyjamas in Group A and fell to the lower bracket from the first round, they reached the quarterfinals with their performance in the lower bracket. They won the Funspark ULTI 2021 last month.
The last time the two teams met was at IEM Winter 2021. Gambit Esports won this match 2-1. While the favourite team is Gambit Esports, FaZe Clan has performed quite well so far in IEM Katowice 2022.
Heroic and NAVI await their opponents in the semifinals
Having beaten OG, Team Vitality and Virtus.pro in Group A, Heroic is one of the teams that will start from the semifinals. NAVI, on the other hand, defeated ENCE, FURIA Esports and FaZe Clan. With their performance, they qualified to start the playoffs from the semifinals.
Tremendous matches await fans of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at IEM Katowice 2022.
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