The first CS:GO Major Championship of 2019 in Katowice

Posted on: Jan 03, 2019 By smartlaunch in News and trends,

The next Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major is set to take place in Katowice, Poland, in February. Returning to ESL for the first time since 2016, the IEM Katowice Major 2019 will feature 24 of the best teams in CS:GO battling for the USD 1,000,000 prize pool. As with the last few Majors, IEM Katowice 2019 will consist of multiple stages played out over the course of three weeks in Poland.

Astralis will be coming into the event as one of the teams to beat after winning the last four prominent CS:GO tournaments of 2018.

The New Challengers Stage will kick off from February 13-17. A total of 16 teams will compete with the Top 8 teams moving to the next stage of the Major while the bottom eight will be eliminated. Six teams, known as “The Returning Challengers”, will be joined by 10 teams from the various qualifiers leading up to the event.

The New Legends Stage will then take place February 20-24 where the eight teams from The New Challengers Stage compete with Top 8 teams, known as “The Current Legends”, from the FACEIT Major: London 2018.

The Top 8 from The New Legends Stage move on to the The New Champions Stage to fight for the title of IEM Katowice champions on February 28-March 3.

The confirmed teams are listed below.

The Current Legends:

Natus Vincere
Team Liquid
compLexity Gaming
FaZe Clan

The Returning Challengers:

Ninjas in Pyjamas
G2 Esports
Vega Squadron


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