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IEM Katowice 2019 Returns To Poland

Posted 28th October 2018 By: Derpina    571 Views

IEM Katowice 2019 Returns To Poland - Tipify

Esports News – The Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Katowice is always the most viewed event in Dota 2 championships. And as The International 8 recently concluded with a successful run, the brand will push its own standard to a new level by featuring another ESL One Katowice next year.

Tournament details

The IEM Katowice 2019 is a 6-day event which will run from February 19 to 24. It’s the 14th Valve-sponsored CSGO Major Championship and the first Major of 2019. It will be held at Spodek Arena in Poland, the same venue for the IEM Katowice 2018. Last year’s event was a huge success for the Dota 2 community, so it isn’t really a surprise to that ESL hosting it in the same place. ESL Senior Vice President of Product Ulrich Schulze even released a statement after the announcement: “We are looking forward to bringing ESL One back to the legendary Spodek Arena in Poland as part of another double weekend full of action-packed esports. Our events in Katowice are like no others, thanks to the passionate fans which travel to Poland from all over Europe and create a breath-taking atmosphere in the arena.”

The tournament will see 24 esports teams competing for the $1,000,000 USD prize pool this year. In a standard ESL-style, the eight teams will receive direct invitations to the event while the remaining four spots will be filled by one team from each regional open qualifier. But, the tournament introduces new event format this year with more matches and more competitions. Many fans anticipate if Fnatic, the previous winner of the IEM Katowice, can adapt to the new format and bag the title once again.

The New Challengers Stage will culminate on February 14 to 17. The 8 winning teams then proceed to The New Legends Stage on February 21 to 24, while the bottom 8 gets eliminated. The same process follows The New Champions Stage on February 28 to March 3, but it includes the single-elimination bracket, Quarterfinals, and Semifinals in best of three matches.

Competing teams

Current Legends

  • Astralis
  • Natus Vincere
  • Made In Brazil
  • Team Liquid
  • Complexity Gaming
  • BIG
  • HellRaisers
  • FaZe Clan

Returning Challengers

  • Ninjas In Pyjamas
  • Fnatic
  • G2 Esports
  • Vega Squadron
  • Cloud9
  • Tyloo

Minor Challengers

  • European Minor Winners (TBD)
  • American Minor Winners (TBD)
  • CIS Minor Winners (TBD)
  • Asia Minor Winners (TBD)


Written by Derpina