The first match-ups for IEM Katowice have been revealed for IEM Katowice 2020. The event is scheduled to run from February 24th to March 1st and will feature 16 of the world’s best teams competing for their share of the $500,000 prize pool.
In addition to the lion’s share of the prize pool, the team that comes out on top will be crowned the first-ever ESL Pro Tour Masters Championship.
The 16 teams attending have been split into two groups of eight and will compete in best-of-three double-elimination brackets. The top teams from each group will move directly into the semi-finals while the second and third-placed teams will meet in the quarter-finals.
- Natus Vincere
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Evil Geniuses
- 100 Thieves
- G2 Esports
- MAD Lions
Astralis will be opening up their IEM Katowice run in the hopes of recovering from a 0-2 exit from BLAST Premier Spring Series with Cloud9 being their first opponent. The champions of Group B, Natus Vincere, will be facing FaZe who won Group A in their opener. The two North American giants of Liquid and Evil Geniuses are playing Virtus.pro and MAD Lions respectively in their debut matches.
Monday, February 24th
06:00 – Astralis vs. Cloud9 | BO3
06:00 – NiP vs. Vitality | BO3
09:30 – Natus Vincere vs. FaZe | BO3
09:30 – Renegades vs. fnatic | BO3
13:00 – mousesports vs. ViCi | BO3
13:00 – 100 Thieves vs. G2 | BO3
Tuesday, February 25th
06:00 – Liquid vs. Virtus.pro
06:00 – MAD Lions vs. Evil Geniuses