IEM Katowice Legends Teams Confirmed

IEM Katowice 2019 Legends Stage

Challengers Stage

This past week in Katowice fans got to watch the CS:GO Challengers stage play out. Filled with upsets and thrills, with some of the favourites disappointing. The Challengers stage consisted of 16 teams, the eight that qualified are:

  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • G2 Esports
  • Cloud9
  • Avangar
  • ENCE Esports
  • Vitality
  • Renegades
  • NRG Esports

Teams on form

Both NRG and Renegades stormed their way through the Challengers Stage. They were using a Swiss format in Challengers. For a team to progress, they needed to win three games. On the flip side, if a team lost three games, they would be eliminated. NRG and Renegades both finished with 3-0 records, and NRG is close to becoming firm favourites to win the event with some bookmakers.

Scraping through

Although their 3-1 record may make it look at if G2 didn’t have too much difficulty qualifying for the Legends stage, this isn’t the case at all. The team was horribly inconsistent. After winning their first game 16-14 against Vega Squadron, they found themselves losing to both ENCE and Avangar.

This loss smacked them into Elimination Round 2 where they faced off against Fnatic. The loser of this game would be going home. This shocked many as both teams were favourites to advance. G2 took the series 2-1 however none of the maps were particularly close.

Their final game was against Tyloo where they need to win to progress. Things didn’t start great for the French squad. They found themselves 1-0 down in the series after a 16-12 loss on Mirage. The team finally found their groove as they demolished Tyloo and the other two maps 16-2 and 16-7.

Legends Stage

The full list of teams competing in the Legends Stage are listed below:

  • Astralis
  • Liquid
  • BIG
  • MIBR
  • FaZe
  • Natus Vincere
  • HellRaisers
  • Complexity
  • NRG
  • Renegades
  • Vitality
  • Avangar
  • ENCE
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • G2
  • Cloud9

Round 1 Match-Ups

Much like the Challengers Stage, the teams will be battling through a Swiss format in the Legends stage. The Round 1 schedule is listed below.

Wednesday, February 20

12:00 – Round 1 – ENCE vs. Renegades | BO1

12:00 – Round 1 – BIG vs. Vitality | BO1

13:10 – Round 1 – Natus Vincere vs. G2 | BO1

13:10 – Round 1 – FaZe vs. HellRaisers | BO1

14:20 – Round 1 – NRG vs. NiP | BO1

14:20 – Round 1 – Liquid vs. Avangar | BO1

15:30 – Round 1 – MiBR vs. Cloud9 | BO1

15:30 – Round 1 – Astralis vs. Complexity | BO1

Matt Dixon
Matt Dixon
Matt has been involved in Esports for the better part of 5 years now, more commonly known by those in the scene as Fozzii. In the past, he has competed at a high level in Esports and also managed teams and organisations, some of which went on to win a Championship. Esports is his passion and it's fair to say he's a fanatic.