IEM Katowice 2017 details out

ESL have revealed the details for IEM Katowice 2017 which will offer $250,000 in cash prizes.

The tournament will feature twelve teams, eight of which will be invited. The qualifiers will hand out four spots.

Running from March 1-5, the event will have two groups of six teams. The group stage will feature a best-of-one, round-robin format. The group winners will qualify for the semi-finals while the second and third teams from opposite groups will face each other in order to advance to the semis.

IEM Katowice returns to the Spodek Arena 

The qualifiers will hand out three spots in Europe and one in North America. In Europe, two open qualifiers will take place where an undisclosed number of teams will earn a spot in the closed qualifier. The closed qualifier will also feature invited teams. The North American qualifier will use the same format except it will only have one open qualifier.

The group stage will take place on the first two days and will be close to the public while the playoffs running from March 3-5 will be in the Spodek Arena. You can secure your tickets by clicking here.

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2017-01-10 20:05
2017-01-10 20:05
Germany Bier 
will be ez 4 Mousesports
2017-01-10 20:12
2017-01-10 20:12
Germany Bier 
won't qualify
2017-01-10 20:15
EZ 4 ENCE.ASUSROG salty noob
2017-01-10 20:18
Germany Bier 
no but EZ 4 MOUSESPORTS salty nub
2017-01-10 20:29
Salty nub
2017-01-10 20:44
Let us spell it out for you N00B E Z 4 E N C E ! ! !
2017-01-10 20:45
Mousesports is trash.. BIG > Mousesports
2017-01-10 21:09
2017-01-10 21:15
BIG is the next german top team.. stop sucking mousesports dick stupid fangay. It was a very close game vs Mouse and they are a new team.
2017-01-10 21:19
big pracced only 1 week together
2017-01-10 21:31
And that's why BIG > Mousesports
2017-01-10 21:37
Dude,big will never play at a major with this squad,they just cant cuz they have bot b and legija(2 igls that are always bottom fraggers) if they want to perform they need to kick bot b as legija has a bit more aim.
2017-01-11 12:37
BIG new they had to play mouz and therefore practiced their mappick (cobble), mouz mappick (cache) and hoped for a good decider map. Mirage was a good map for them, but not good enough after that short time. But yes, they definitely got potential
2017-01-10 22:19
Not really that line up is terrible af, Tabsen has to carry hard af with those 4 bots on his team. I want them to do good but they just suck so bad as a team, you have to feel bad for Tabsen the guy deserves a better team he's the best German player without a doubt.
2017-01-11 03:41
Mouz without D2.
2017-02-04 11:05
2017-01-10 20:05
2017-01-10 20:05
250k lul
2017-01-10 21:08
2017-01-10 20:06
Xd +1
2017-01-10 20:31
250k in 2017 Low tier no reason to attend for the best Except of course VP
2017-01-10 20:07
Andorra TYZ4 
which is because they kind of live there, and have literally 0 excuses to make.
2017-01-10 20:10
If no other big events nearby, it's a one to attend. Amazing crowd probably motivates teams.
2017-01-10 20:37
Amazing crowd? Has to be told by Taz not to BUU Fnatic when they won over VP. That is the definition of a horrible audience.
2017-01-10 21:05
That was ESL Cologne and it was NiP fans booing but whatever..
2017-01-10 21:07
This is when a normal HLTV kid would say "baited". But since I'm actually an adult, I will say: my mistake, I stand corrected! However I seriously doubt you can prove that it was NIP fans. But I was wrong about it being Katowice.
2017-01-10 21:15
Respect sir!
2017-01-10 21:26
No, it wasn't NiP fans. Sure, they might be fans of NiP but they wholeheartedly were first and foremost VP fans. They could have been fans of anyone to be honest. Cloud 9, Dignitas, Na'Vi. But first and foremost they were VP fans.
2017-01-11 00:56
U forgot SK :)
2017-01-11 12:01
2017-01-12 22:15
lol.. If not you don't know, don't write
2017-01-10 21:11
I admitted I was wrong, more than 99,999999% of hltv users would ever do. The booing crowed was still VP fans (maybe not as first team but more VP than Fnatic fans) so it is not that much of a stretch to think the same thing could happen in Katowice. Them VP fans not really know for their modesty.
2017-01-10 21:20
They are very energetic, someone would even say that the energy there is ELECTRIC :P
2017-01-10 21:11
2017-01-11 12:02
why they shouldn't attend one of the most prestigious tournaments?
2017-01-10 20:47
IEM Katowice even with such 'small' price pool is still one of the most important events for the pro teams in CS:GO.
2017-01-10 21:02
Why would no one attend one of the best, most hyped events of the year?
2017-01-11 03:22
France Bouf 
2017-01-10 20:19
sick ez fnatic
2017-01-10 20:05
i agree
2017-01-10 20:05
Nice to see
2017-01-10 20:05
2017-01-10 20:06
Europe selbi 
2017-01-10 20:05
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2017-01-10 20:05
maybe 11 in 2016 but 2017 no1, ez katka
2017-01-10 20:05
2017-01-10 20:48
2017-01-10 20:05
you're too fast.
2017-01-10 20:05
2017-01-10 20:05
2017-01-10 20:05
2017-01-10 20:05
HYPE !!!
2017-01-10 20:06
2017-01-10 20:05
2017-01-10 20:05
2017-01-10 20:05
Oh its gonna be Good
2017-01-10 20:05
Katowice, GREAT!
2017-01-10 20:05
nice gonna be great tournament again
2017-01-10 20:05
slowly becomes tier2 tournament with those prize pools
2017-01-10 20:05
lul 250k tournaments in 2017
2017-01-10 20:05
+intive VP -ez VP mark my words..
2017-01-10 20:06
Plz qualify Godsent
2017-01-10 20:06
ez for VP
2017-01-10 20:06
still 250k tho? why
2017-01-10 20:06
it's not a big league, like epl or eleague, so 250k is enough i think
2017-01-10 20:09
its not enough man, someday another major will appear and will replace it because, moneywise, it doesnt give enough it must grow soon
2017-01-10 21:53
Lol no one offers big money unless it's a league or a major. Most tournaments are 100k etc... 250k is still good enough. Don't say wesg, it's a one off new event.
2017-01-11 03:24
Poland n1u 
It's "just" IEM, not Major so...I think 250k is still good prizepool.
2017-01-11 12:03
Should have higher prize pool, it becomes T2 turnament as someone already said.
2017-01-10 20:07
When will be this tournament ?
2017-01-10 20:07
March 1st
2017-01-10 20:08
2017-01-10 20:09
ez fnatic. number #1 team in the world.
2017-01-10 20:07
#21* number
2017-01-10 20:16
#1 in 2017. inc.
2017-01-10 20:43
rip katowice major ever happening
2017-01-10 20:08
>Katowice >250k >not a major Why would anyone watch this? You had something great when katowice was a major, now you killed it, gj ESL
2017-01-10 20:08
IEM Katowice is still one of the most important events to pro teams ;)
2017-01-10 21:04
2017-01-10 21:13
I guess that players would care about tier3 tournament with 1kk more than iem with 250k :C
2017-01-11 00:21
It's not ESL fault it's Valve fault cuz they don't want to make a IEM major anymore.
2017-01-11 16:53
250k lol expect tier 2-3 teams to play here
2017-01-10 20:09
"ESL have revealed the details for IEM Katowice 2017 which will offer $250,000 in cash prizes." Nice ESL... but still all the best teams come here, because in Katowice is a magical atmosphere
2017-01-11 10:31
Hmm really makes you wonder if MTG will hold another major in the future, or if Valve are exclusively dealing with the NA organizers now.
2017-01-10 20:10
afaik there will be 2 majors each year - 1 in NA 1 in EU.
2017-01-10 20:13
250k $ in 2017 LUL....
2017-01-10 20:11
not even a Major, smh.
2017-01-10 20:11
ez for izak
2017-01-10 20:13
LUL 250k tournaments in 2017 who cares LUL dogshit event compared to WESG
2017-01-10 20:14
WESG can have more money in prizes but they will not have the atmosphere and interests as Katowice. Money is not everything. I wonder if in China will be a lot of spectators in the stands and special effects like in Katowice BUT 250K is not good. Thanks ESL.
2017-01-11 10:37
IEM 250k ? ? ? omg gg wp easy
2017-01-10 20:18
miserly ESL fucks, $250k... at least the qualifier spots are good this time, only 1 NA
2017-01-10 20:18
Should be easy for Fnatic
2017-01-10 20:19
it should be at least 750k for a tournament like katowice probably organizers minds stopped at 2014 or something lol
2017-01-10 20:23
2017-01-10 20:23
12 teams only, 8 of which are invited... I was hoping for more from this tournament.
2017-01-10 20:27
$250k in 2017 LUL
2017-01-10 20:27
2017-01-10 20:28
2017-01-10 20:29
"The qualifiers will hand out three spots in Europe and one in North America." with 7 EU and 1 NA invited teams
2017-01-10 20:31
yes cuz NA suxx xddd
2017-01-10 20:33
Whole NA = 2 countries / Only FaZe = 4 countries Nothing fair in this ='(
2017-01-10 20:37
feelsbadman :D
2017-01-10 21:18
1 NA spot = SK 1 Qualifier Spot = hard battle between Optic and IMT If 2 spots for NA will be common in future its defo rip c9 / liquid / rest :D
2017-01-11 01:25
Excited,I live near Katowice like 30min with car and 45 with bus <3 Love this event
2017-01-10 20:32
Invites in 2017 LOL
2017-01-10 20:34
1,5 mln for tier 3 teams, 250k for tier 1 L U L
2017-01-10 20:34
events in Poland are fucking amazing, can't wait for this event. I just wish that the prize pool was a little bit bigger is all. also that it was a major as well, I dislike most of the events being in NA so it would have been a nice change for a Major.
2017-01-10 20:35
so the exact same as last year?
2017-01-10 20:43
Should been a major ;/
2017-01-10 20:45
not a major, dreamhack maybe?
2017-01-10 20:46
2017-01-10 22:29
thats in the summer, there surely wont be a 5-6 month gap between the majors
2017-01-10 22:32
You'll see
2017-01-10 22:54
2017-01-10 20:49
no major nice bcz katowice major's boring
2017-01-10 21:04
mousesports invite pls
2017-01-10 21:08
ez NiP invite
2017-01-10 21:11
2017-01-10 21:21
2017-01-10 21:22
2017-01-10 21:34
I dont understand why katowice isnt a major
2017-01-10 21:44
Because they have also LOL and starcraft. Only tournaments with CS can be a majors
2017-01-10 22:22
mlg ? call of duty stronghold eleaque? also do it some blizzard owerwatch leaque
2017-01-10 23:14
its about event, mlg can host cod whenever they want but at mlg columbus 2016 was only CS
2017-01-10 23:41
2017-01-10 22:09
And some fgt from IEM said that IEM will have 1 mln prizepool...Fucking lier
2017-01-10 22:21
$250,000 in 2017 4Head LUL xD $250,000 in 2017 4Head LUL xD $250,000 in 2017 4Head LUL xD $250,000 in 2017 4Head LUL xD
2017-01-10 22:24
tier 3 tournament
2017-01-10 22:31
It will be most viewed non-major tournament - You will see
2017-01-11 00:14
2017-01-11 06:16
Yes, Katowice is a prestigious event with lots of spectators on the stage and twitch, but 250k it kills.
2017-01-11 10:27
Not even hyped
2017-01-10 22:28
250k in 2017 LUL
2017-01-10 22:29
250,000 dollars. That's it? What happened to the IEM Katowice that used to host majors. Now they can't even compete with other organizers and do million dollar tournaments
2017-01-10 23:18
250k in 2017 hahaha, tier3 lan
2017-01-10 23:36
250k in 2017 LUL
2017-01-10 23:42
Not a major because major must have 8 challengers & 8 legends.
2017-01-11 01:45
Poor Mongolz no chance getting there
2017-01-11 04:03
250doler in 2017? cmon
2017-01-11 08:26
Why u heff to bi med?
2017-01-11 11:39
zeig he*l se u in chel germans
2017-01-11 13:41
nice ESL.... 250k at such a prestigious event... ESL slowly departs from the Katowice. LOL is important than CS on this tournament :(
2017-01-11 10:25
invites is: VP,SK,NiP,Fnatic,Astralis,Navi,North,G2 Qualifier:Godsent,Gambit,Mou,Optic
2017-01-11 10:28
NiCE :)
2017-01-11 11:54
It should be a Major Poland has to crazy fans
2017-01-11 13:47
i was dont know this IEM Katowice 2017 details
2017-01-11 23:18
ez for french dreamteam
2017-01-12 01:19
poland is so cheap to travel to, i think i'm going apparently katowice was free entry last year? tickets for premium only? will it be like that again?
2017-01-17 02:33
Entry is free but people stand in front of Spodek since like 5 AM so its better to buy a ticket.
2017-02-04 11:10
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