IEM Katowice viewer's guide

With IEM Katowice set to kick off on Monday, we have prepared a comprehensive viewer's guide for the Polish event.

The $500,000 tournament featuring 16 teams will run from February 24 to March 1, with the action reaching its climax during the playoff stage which will be played in front of a live crowd at the prestigious Spodek arena in the final three days.

The group stage will have two double-elimination, best-of-three groups, each consisting of eight teams and seeded according to the ESL World Rankings. The group winners will advance straight to the semi-finals, while the runners-up and third-placed teams will progress to the quarter-finals as the high and low seeds, respectively.

Vitality will kick off the action in Katowice versus NiP

A best-of-three format will also be used throughout the playoffs except for the grand final, which will determine a champion with a best-of-five series.

The tournament features a stacked list of teams - primarily hailing from the top 15 - with Group A notably consisting of an Astralis side looking to bounce back from a disappointing BLAST Premier Spring Series campaign and a FaZe squad on a rapid upward trajectory. Meanwhile, Group B contains a mousesports side in phenomenal form having secured four out of five titles from their last five tournaments played.

The groups for the tournament are:

The complete schedule for the event is below:

Monday, February 24
12:00 - Sweden NiP vs. France Vitality | BO3
12:00 - Denmark Astralis vs. United States Cloud9 | BO3
15:30 - Russia Natus Vincere vs. Europe FaZe | BO3
15:30 - Australia Renegades vs. Sweden fnatic | BO3
19:00 - Australia 100 Thieves vs. France G2 | BO3
19:00 - Europe mousesports vs. China TYLOO | BO3

Tuesday, February 25
12:00 - United States Liquid vs. Kazakhstan Virtus.pro | BO3
12:00 - Denmark MAD Lions vs. United States Evil Geniuses | BO3
15:30 - Group A upper bracket semi-final #1 | BO3
15:30 - Group A lower bracket round 1 #1 | BO3
19:00 - Group A upper bracket semi-final #2 | BO3
19:00 - Group A lower bracket round 1 #2 | BO3

Wednesday, February 26
12:00 - Group B lower bracket round 1 #1 | BO3
12:00 - Group B lower bracket round 1 #2 | BO3
15:30 - Group B upper bracket semi-final #1 | BO3
15:30 - Group B lower bracket round 2 #1 | BO3
19:00 - Group B upper bracket semi-final #2 | BO3
19:00 - Group A lower bracket round 2 #2 | BO3

Thursday, February 27
12:00 - Group B lower bracket round 2 #1 | BO3
12:00 - Group B lower bracket round 2 #2 | BO3
15:30 - Group A upper bracket final | BO3
15:30 - Group A lower bracket final | BO3
19:00 - Group B upper bracket final | BO3
19:00 - Group B lower bracket final | BO3

Friday, February 28
15:00 - Quarter-final #1 | BO3
18:55 - Quarter final #2 | BO3

Saturday, February 29
15:00 - Semi-final #1 | BO3
18:55 - Semi-final #2 | BO3

Sunday, March 1
17:00 - Grand Final | BO5

The broadcast team will feature the likes of Tres "stunna" Saranthus on the desk with the trio of Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill, Jacob "Pimp" Winneche and Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez as analysts, while eight commentators will be split across two streams, with Henry "HenryG" Greer & Alex "Machine" Richardson and Anders "Anders" Blume & Jason "moses" O'Toole bringing the action live from the main stream.

The full on-air talent lineup for the tournament is:

United Kingdom OJ Borg - Stage Host
United Kingdom Frankie Ward - Sideline Reporter

United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Desk Host
Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst
Denmark Jacob "Pimp" Winneche - Analyst
Switzerland Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez - Analyst

United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson - Commentator
Denmark Anders Blume - Commentator
United States Jason "moses" O'Toole - Commentator
United States Jason Kaplan - Commentator
United Kingdom Tom "Tombizz" Bissmire - Commentator
United Kingdom Vince Hill - Commentator
United Kingdom Jack "wolfy6679" Saunders - Commentator

Half of the $500,000 prize pool will be awarded to the victors in Katowice, with the whole distribution available below:

1. $250,000
2. $100,000
3-4. $40,000
5-6. $15,000
7-8. $7,000
9-12. $4,000
13-16. $2,500

United Kingdom Alex 'Machine' Richardson
Alex 'Machine' Richardson
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.04
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Denmark Anders 'Anders' Blume
Anders 'Anders' Blume
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.53
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.19
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.12
Denmark Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
United States Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
United Kingdom Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
14
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
158
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.18
Switzerland Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
831
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Tres 'stunna' Saranthus
Tres 'stunna' Saranthus
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.64
Maps played:
4
KPR:
0.30
DPR:
0.54
APR:
0.09
Ez for Faze! NA teams will get rekt in this tournament!!!
2020-02-22 18:54
#7
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Armenia NarArmGamer 
Not so EZ but I hope FaZe will win! #FaZeUp btw your shout about NA teams totally agreed🔥. None of them will reach final
2020-02-22 18:58
#13
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Vietnam XanhLongHack 
+1 same, as you wish :D
2020-02-22 19:10
#20
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Europe AllowItFam 
+1
2020-02-22 19:30
0/8 Liquid will destroy FaZe this time, they spent their whole bootcamp anti-stratting FaZe, Bc they are the only team that can beat Liquid rn
2020-02-22 20:22
was aggreeing until "they are the only team that can beat Liquid rn" Everyone can beat Liquid rn
2020-02-22 20:24
how? No one can except FaZe. Astralis can’t even beat coL, mouz hasn’t beaten Liquid for as long as I remember, and fnatic will be rusty af
2020-02-22 20:25
Remember DH Masters Malmo ? OpTic Gaming & Grayhound ? Because everyone does (and coL was a fluke)
2020-02-22 20:28
ok that was one event
2020-02-22 20:45
ez faze
2020-02-22 20:48
oke
2020-02-22 19:05
+1
2020-02-22 19:13
#26
rain | 
Israel ReakZez 
i want to see fnatic vs faze finals so we can have our revenge mens lets get it!!!!!
2020-02-22 20:14
#41
NiKo | 
United States Frotha 
Prob
2020-02-23 04:11
faze can only win on blast events lulw it's either mouseports or navi taking the trophy (secretly hoping for liquid but we all know that's impossible)
2020-02-23 07:15
#2
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Turkey mbee 
thanks
2020-02-22 18:53
cant wait!
2020-02-22 18:54
#8
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Sweden Fizze 
Ez for EU
2020-02-22 18:59
fucking excited to watch
2020-02-22 19:00
FaZe vs Navi on round 1 wow
2020-02-22 19:00
Why no sadokist?
2020-02-22 19:07
:( i don't know
2020-02-22 19:26
He is shit
2020-02-22 19:46
#40
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Bulgaria CHAPOLE! 
Im shit
2020-02-23 03:23
Ez4Solek
2020-02-22 19:13
Ez 4 NAVI
2020-02-22 19:25
insane event
2020-02-22 19:27
Poland, the greatest and most underrated country ever!! JAZDA POLSKA!
2020-02-22 19:42
#22
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United States nenemehta 
Damn indonesia time zone is good
2020-02-22 19:44
#42
NiKo | 
United States Frotha 
+1
2020-02-23 04:11
preach
2020-02-23 07:10
#23
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Argentina nymeros 
wtf is happening between sado and henry?? it's has been a while since they were together
2020-02-22 19:44
Wolfy semmler family?
2020-02-22 19:47
ez for G2
2020-02-22 20:23
#32
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Brazil millerjmatos 
The new era begins now FaZeUP
2020-02-22 20:29
ez faze
2020-02-22 20:54
#36
JW | 
Sweden Mullden 
This .... will be nice!!
2020-02-22 21:25
No ENCE omegalul
2020-02-22 22:47
god i hate frankie she seems like she can't get enough cringe moments get her out ffs
2020-02-23 01:21
Hard for tylul
2020-02-23 02:03
#45
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Indonesia lumayan 
Nope, very ez now they got a proper awper
2020-02-23 06:29
They just lost their best player. The only good news is that now they can switch to full Chinese communication.
2020-02-24 03:38
#49
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Indonesia lumayan 
Xeta cant speak chingchong lol
2020-02-24 07:54
Bruh, he can do basic call
2020-02-24 16:32
#43
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Brazil Maujubudo 
fAzE VS mADlIONS FINAL
2020-02-23 04:16
#44
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Indonesia lumayan 
Ez tyloo jajaja
2020-02-23 06:29
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