Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 – Overview, Format, Prize Pool, Teams & Top 3 Prediction

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Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 – Overview, Format, Prize Pool, Teams & Top 3 Prediction

The Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 begins in exactly one week. Let’s learn everything about it.

The Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 is one of the most anticipated CS2 tournaments in early 2024. Taking place just a few days after the end of BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2024, IEM Katowice 2024 will be an event that you do not want to miss out on. Let’s go through everything you need to know, including some of the top teams to look out for.

Intel  Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 – Overview & Format

Before you start looking for IEM Katowice 2024 tickets, you should know that the tournament will take place in the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland. The event will give us access to 24 Coutner-Strike 2 teams that will compete for the jaw-dropping reward of $1,000,000. They will play between January 31 and February 11. IEM Katowice 2024 is one of the most important CS2 events of the year, and the winner will receive a slot for IEM Cologne 2024, as well as the BLAST Premier World Final.

Regarding the Intel Extreme Masters 2024 Katowice Format, there will be three stages:

  • Play-In
  • Group Stage
  • Playoffs

The Play-In stage will feature a double-elimination bracket with Bo1 opening matches and Bo3 series after that. The best 8 teams will advance to the Group Stage.

Once there, there will be two groups of 8 teams each. The team that wins goes to the Semifinals, the Runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds, and the 3rd-placed team will go to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds.

When it is time to play, watch the Playoffs, we will see a single elimination bracket with Bo3 Quarterfinals and Semifinals and a Bo5 Grand Final.

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IEM Katowice 2024 – Teams & Prize Pool

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 - Overview, Format, Prize Pool, Teams & Top 3 Prediction
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We’ve been aware of the prize pool of the event since the IEM Katowice 2024 qualifiers, so we know that the best CS2 teams will be playing for a $1M reward. Besides securing slots for the events mentioned earlier, here is what the winner and the rest will earn:

  • 1st Place -$400,000 + 3000 BLAST Premier Points
  • 2nd Place – $180,000 + 2000 BLAST Premier Points
  • 3rd-4th Place – $80,000 + 1200 BLAST Premier Points
  • 5th-6th Place – $40,000 + 500 Blast Premier Points
  • 7th-8th Place – $24,000 + 300 Blast Premier  Points
  • 9th-12th Place – $16,000
  • 13th-16th Place – $10,000
  • 17th-20th – $4.500
  • 21st-24th – $2,500

Regarding the IEM Katowice 2024 CS2 teams, we will see the best of the best. Here are the names of all squads that will take part in this tournament:

  • G2 Esports
  • Team Falcons
  • Team Vitality
  • FaZe Clan
  • Monte
  • Natus Vincere
  • MOUZ
  • Complexity Gaming
  • Clould9
  • Virtus.Pro
  • HEROIC
  • Rebels Gaming
  • M80
  • Rooster
  • The MongolZ
  • Astralis
  • Apeks
  • Furia Esports
  • Gamer Legion
  • BIG
  • Team Spirit
  • BetBoom Team
  • Eternal Fire
  • ENCE

We also know the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 raffle, and we expect to see a lot of epic matches. For example, a lot of you will be interested in watching the ENCE vs BIG clash, as well as the match between Team Spirit and Apeks.

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 – Top 3 Prediction

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 - Overview, Format, Prize Pool, Teams & Top 3 Prediction
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Now that we know the names of all of the CS2 teams that will take part in this competition, it’s time to see our IEM Katowice Winenrs prediction. There are a few names that stand out, so let’s share more about them.

FaZe Clan

Considering that FaZe Clan was first on our list of top https://estnn.com/top-cs2-teams-in-2023/, it is no surprise we believe this will be one of the big favorites to win IEM Katowice 2024. It seems like we are not the only ones who believe in this, judging from the odds from some of the best sites for CS2 betting. A lot of them consider FaZe the favorites, so we will have to wait and see if the squad will live up to the expectations.

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We’ll keep an eye on FaZe’s performance at BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2024, but overall, it’s safe to say this is one of the favorites to win IEM Katowice in 2024.

Team Vitality

Following the impressive results in 2023, Team Vitality remains one of the best CS2 teams in the world. If we analyze their most recent results and what bookmakers think about it, we can see that TV is one of the potential Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 winners. 

Following the first couple of matches at BLAST Premier: Spring Groups, we could see that Team Vitality is playing fairly well. Also, we need to remember that one of their players, ZywOo, won the Best HLTV Player of the Year award, which is no surprise. He has been one of the best in the world for some time now, and we expect him to continue to carry his team in 2024.

G2 Esports

The last of the IEM Katowice 2024 favorites that we want to include on the list is G2 Esports. A lot of people may consider them the best CS2 team in the world, which is true up to a point. The squad secured its IEM Katowice 2024 slot after winning the IEM Cologne 2023. G2 Esports defeated ENCE in the big final.

It definitely won’t be easy for m0NESY and the rest of the team to lift the trophy because the competition is fierce. However, we’ve seen G2 Esports playing under pressure, and it suffices to say this is one of the best teams at it.

Conclusion

If you want to watch the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024, you will be able to do that in multiple languages. The stream should be available in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, German, Hungarian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. IEM Katowice 2024 will definitely be the biggest CS2 tournament in January, so make sure you don’t miss out on it.

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 – Overview, Format, Prize Pool, Teams & Top 3 Prediction
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