As Cologne prepares to welcome some of the best CSGO teams in the world, here are our IEM Cologne 2023 prediction
IEM Cologne 2023 is on the horizon, gathering the world's finest Counter-Strike teams in the city of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Known affectionately as the ‘Cathedral of Counter-Strike' among fans, this prestigious event holds a special significance in the professional Counter-Strike landscape. As the inaugural major tournament of the new season approaches, let's delve into our IEM Cologne 2023 predictions and explore the exciting prospects that lie ahead.
The Cathedral of Counter-Strike is calling.#IEM Cologne 2023.
July 26th – August 6th. pic.twitter.com/wkjg1wgmrI
— ESL Counter-Strike (@ESLCS) July 21, 2023
IEM Cologne 2023 Favorites
The IEM Cologne 2023 is set to showcase the crème de la crème of CSGO squads in the world. Which teams, however, are the most likely to lift the trophy at the LANXESS Arena on August 6? Here is our list of IEM Cologne 2023 favorites:
Heroic remain a constant force in top-tier Counter-Strike competitions. This Danish team consistently reaches Grand Finals, solidifying their position as one of the world's top CSGO teams. The key for them lies in crossing the finish line, and a strong start to the season could pave the way for a remarkable 2023. Casper “cadiaN” Møller’s men, however, can draw inspiration from their BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023 success and a solid Blast Premier Fall Groups 2023 campaign.
Champions, in and out of the server.
— BLAST Premier 💥 (@BLASTPremier) June 11, 2023
Team Vitality will also enter the fray as hot favorites, thanks to their recent Paris Major 2023 and IEM Rio 2023 triumphs. The French side, however, would expect a significant leap from Shahar “flameZ” Shushan as he steps into the shoes of the legendary Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen. Despite promising early signs, his performance during the BLAST Premier Fall Groups can be surpassed, leaving ample room for improvement.
PARIS MAJOR CHAMPIONS 🏆
— Team Vitality 🐝 (@TeamVitality) May 21, 2023
The addition of Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy and Denis “electroNic” Sharipov to Cloud9's lineup instantly transforms them into a serious contender. The roster now boasts an overwhelming amount of firepower, with top-tier stars filling every position.
Be afraid. Be very afraid 😈 pic.twitter.com/PE2WHariHL
— Cloud9 CS:GO (@C9CSGO) July 14, 2023
FaZe Clan have been on a strong run since returning from summer break. Their in-game leader Finn “karrigan” Andersen has clearly invested time in Deathmatch servers, resulting in his best fragging output in a considerable period. When karrigan is rolling, FaZe become a nearly indestructible force.
CHAMPIONS ONCE AGAIN 🏆 pic.twitter.com/vySSAXkVTq
— FaZe Clan (@FaZeClan) March 26, 2023
IEM Cologne 2023 Underdogs
While the focus often centers on the favorites, it's the unexpected triumphs and breakthroughs from lesser-known teams that capture our hearts. Here are the IEM Cologne 2023 underdogs who can catch us by surprise:
Into The Breach
Into The Breach underwent a major shake-up during the off-season bidding farewell to Cai “CYPHER” Watson and Sebastian “volt” Maloș, while introducing Aurimas “Bymas” Pipiras and Adam “NEOFRAG” Zouhar to their roster. The British organization's impressive top-8 finish at the Paris Major was surprising, and all eyes are now on whether the new additions can uphold their newfound standing among the top contenders in competitive Counter-Strike.
It was a true cinderalla story. We made history and gave UKCS something to cheer for.
— ITB SHUFFLE 🇺🇦 | ✈️ IEM Cologne 2023 🇩🇪 (@ITBesports) May 18, 2023
MOUZ's roster may be filled with young players lacking Tier-1 CSGO experience, but their potential is undeniable. If Kamil “siuhy” Szkaradek replicates his Paris Major performance for GamerLegion in MOUZ colors, the Germans could deliver a remarkable performance at IEM Cologne 2023, reclaiming their position among the top contenders.
— MOUZ (@mousesports) June 14, 2023
After failing to qualify for the BLAST Premier Fall Groups 2023, expectations for the new Team Liquid roster are modest at IEM Cologne 2023. Robert “Patsi” Isyanov and Aleks “Rainwaker” Petrov displayed enough potential on the server to spark hope for building a strong team. A crucial concern, however, revolves around whether Mareks “YEKINDAR” Gaļinskis, a young star rifler turned IGL, can rise to the occasion while sacrificing his individual stats for the team's benefit.
A new era. Ready to conquer the challenges ahead.
From darkness emerges strength.
It's time for the Dark Horse. pic.twitter.com/PHPIZ2yHzn
— Team Liquid CSGO (@TeamLiquidCS) July 20, 2023
Following underwhelming performances at the Paris Major and IEM Dallas, FURIA is eager to make a comeback. As the standout team in South America, they have consistently challenged the European powerhouses. With some refinements in their finishing, they have the opportunity for a remarkable showing in Cologne, with Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo and Marcelo “chelo” Cespedes’ additions enhancing their squad.
Vamos fazer história mais uma vez?
— FURIA (@FURIA) July 3, 2023
The countdown to IEM Cologne 2023 is almost over as the Play-In is set to begin later today. The tournament not only offers an attractive prize pool of $1 million USD but also grants the champion team an IEM Katowice 2024 spot.