IEM Katowice playoff bracket set

The two highest-ranked teams in the world, G2 and Heroic, will start in the semi-finals from opposite sides of the bracket.

With the group stage of IEM Katowice drawing to a close, the six-team playoff bracket that will play out in front of a packed audience in the Spodek Arena has been announced.

Heroic and G2 won their groups and will therefore begin their on-stage run in the semi-finals on Saturday, where they will meet the winners of the two quarter-final matchups.

In the first quarter-final matchup, Vitality are set to clash with Liquid, who eliminated FaZe in the lower bracket final of the "group of death" and denied them a chance to claim the Intel Grand Slam title. Vitality had a slightly easier group and qualified for the playoffs with wins over Ninjas in Pyjamas and fnatic, but were trounced by Heroic in their final group stage match.

G2 come into the playoffs in scintillating form

The second quarter-final will see Natus Vincere taking on IEM Rio Major champions Outsiders. The majority-Ukrainian side showed much-improved performances at the Polish event after their lackluster start to the year at BLAST Groups. They took down Cloud9 and Liquid without losing a map to secure the playoff berth, but were no match for the in-form G2 side in the upper-bracket final.

On the other hand, Outsiders had a much more labored road to the playoffs as they began their tournament with a loss against fnatic, and thus dropped down to the lower bracket. They fought through Ninjas in Pyjamas and OG before winning a marathon three-map series against Complexity, which qualified them for the Spodek Arena in their debut event with Aleksandr "⁠KaiR0N-⁠" Anashkin.

The schedule for the playoffs of IEM Katowice looks as follows:

Date Matches
IEM Katowice 2023
10/02/2023
15:30
Match
10/02/2023
19:20
Match
11/02/2023
15:35
Match
11/02/2023
19:00
Match
12/02/2023
16:00
Match
Russia Aleksandr 'KaiR0N-' Anashkin
Aleksandr 'KaiR0N-' Anashkin
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
227
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.72
#1
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Europe idan)
Ez4g2
2023-02-08 00:27
#2
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Brazil flytw4tp
let’s go G2
2023-02-08 00:27
ez4g2
2023-02-08 00:27
In Osee we trust
2023-02-08 00:29
1 reply
#49
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Asia Ha$h
He generally plays better in playoffs, hopefully that is the case this time as well.
2023-02-08 11:24
Why does HOOXIs head look photoshopped on his body in the picture? lmao
2023-02-08 00:29
10 replies
NiKo looks like he got just 2 hours of sleep and yeah, hooxis head looks photoshopped xd
2023-02-08 00:32
8 replies
what about JKS? he looks like he is overdosing as this photo is being taken!😲
2023-02-08 00:40
3 replies
And I need glasses to see huNters blury face. Did them hella dirty with this photo lol
2023-02-08 00:43
1 reply
and the focus is all f*cked up as well, this picture is just a train wreck haha🤣
2023-02-08 00:45
he just looks at his opponents like sh*t :)
2023-02-08 09:50
According to the bts video Hooxi and JKS’ flight had issues so they were really tired on media day. Niko is just a crackhead I guess
2023-02-08 00:54
1 reply
+1 regarding the Hooxi & JKS case.
2023-02-08 01:24
#42
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Sweden skorpan
Hardcore gamer! Doesnt have time to sleep! :)
2023-02-08 08:08
1 reply
true :D
2023-02-08 21:57
#43
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Romania wadd
Bro wtf, they all look funny in this picture :)
2023-02-08 08:36
free ticket to semis for navi if they didnt choke it ofc
2023-02-08 00:30
1 reply
chcho choke is real
2023-02-08 11:42
Navi about to get humiliated by g2 again…
2023-02-08 00:35
6 replies
*by vp
2023-02-08 01:00
#23
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Aruba defoliant
by vp man
2023-02-08 01:08
4 replies
I understand that you are in awe from g2’s success, but please be realistic
2023-02-08 01:26
3 replies
if you want to be realistic on this tour NAVI cant win G2 if G2 dont make mistakes.. you dont have eyes? watch how G2 playing right now,yes tommorow they can lose 10 matches in a row but they are on fire and they dont make stupid thinks like on past.NAVI is legend team ofc but this period G2 are really better
2023-02-08 11:47
1 reply
can you read? where did i say that navi can beat g2? i literally wrote that g2 will humiliate them
2023-02-08 14:11
#62
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Aruba defoliant
i am super realistic thats why i insist on VP being stronger than navi.
2023-02-08 14:49
Lucky bracket for Na`vI
2023-02-08 00:36
#10
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United States McBubba
Let’s go liquid!
2023-02-08 00:36
m0nesy lets go!
2023-02-08 00:39
I'm interested to see the level Vitality can bring against Liquid. Anything can happen but NaVi/Outsiders should all but guarantee a GF for Heroic and G2 are surely favourites at this stage regardless.
2023-02-08 00:40
2 replies
Considering their level against heroic liquid shouldn't have a problem beating them
2023-02-08 07:47
1 reply
Yeah if they bring that level it'll be another quick one for sure, I'm hoping they'll step it up though.
2023-02-08 08:44
For some reason I thought Hunter was bigger than that lol
2023-02-08 00:48
hooxi and 4 manlets xD edt. menlet? whatever is the correct spellin xD
2023-02-08 00:49
2 replies
You got it right the first time.
2023-02-08 16:16
1 reply
thanks mate xD
2023-02-08 16:21
Hey guys, I'm new to this community :) I was told there are some nice people here! Just wanted to wish you a happy new year and have a good Tuesday. Yours sincerely Matsur ¯\_(:))_/¯
2023-02-08 00:52
2 replies
Looks suspicious
2023-02-08 11:03
#69
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Finland LIPISMIES
Thank you! Have a good Thursday!
2023-02-09 00:22
Niko lookin' straight up tired in that pic
2023-02-08 00:57
6 replies
They did him dirty he’s in the middle of blinking or some shit
2023-02-08 01:02
5 replies
Not as bad as this: hltv.org/gallery/view/61297
2023-02-08 05:08
4 replies
this picture is a banger ngl
2023-02-08 05:36
#37
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Pakistan LoOuU2
NiKo the Undertaker ?!?!
2023-02-08 06:24
Spooky fallen pic for reference hltv.org/gallery/view/60020
2023-02-08 12:46
1 reply
Emperor Two-Faced Toledo
2023-02-09 13:57
when i get to "They took down Cloud9 and Liquid without losing a map to secure the playoff berth" ngl i read it "they took clown cloud9..."
2023-02-08 01:13
Bruh that got to be the worst team photo ever taken. How did they mess this up so bas
2023-02-08 01:34
This time G2 won't choke finals and 3-0
2023-02-08 03:01
G2 vs Heroic finals, 3-1 G2
2023-02-08 03:10
Jame time again
2023-02-08 04:26
G2 - Heroic in finals probably
2023-02-08 04:34
Dont like this format, only 5 marches on big stage with crowd
2023-02-08 04:43
G2 looks like a best team by far never thought i'd say this
2023-02-08 05:19
LET'S GO G2
2023-02-08 06:04
Wtf is wrong with that picture :D
2023-02-08 07:02
2 replies
They look kinda on drugs…
2023-02-08 12:15
1 reply
Yeah they do
2023-02-08 12:16
change this ass format, 8-teams playoffs is way better
2023-02-08 07:26
1 reply
Yesssss +1
2023-02-08 12:38
So happy I’m going to Kato and see Liquid play live again. Can’t possibly be worse than what I saw in Cologne….
2023-02-08 08:04
6 replies
hope guys win!
2023-02-08 09:04
#50
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Asia Ha$h
You are talking about 2021 Cologne, right?
2023-02-08 11:25
2 replies
No I went 2022 when liquid lost to Spanish farmers
2023-02-08 14:49
1 reply
#71
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Asia Ha$h
Oh sorry I can't remember it's 2023 already. I actually meant 2022. Anyways don't worry my friend most certainly this time liquid will play much better.
2023-02-09 16:55
#57
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Denmark 45ETY
love the name
2023-02-08 12:24
#64
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Turkey Joper
Cheer for us too, man. Let's GOOOO Liquid
2023-02-08 15:50
EZ4HOOXI GIGACHAD
2023-02-08 09:50
Watch G2 win it all POGGIES
2023-02-08 11:27
mark my words liquid will win over vitality and lose 0-2 to g2
2023-02-08 12:09
#63
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Malaysia Rich1eG0h
Grand final : G2 vs Heroic IEM Katowice 2023 Champion : G2
2023-02-08 15:15
Outsiders to win it all
2023-02-08 16:46
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