Recap of the IEM Katowice 2019 EU Minor
The first European Minor of the year was scattered with former CS:GO giants, trying to pull themselves to the top again. The event was filled with upsets, which overshadowed the success of those that qualified.
Vitality and ENCE were the two teams that managed to secure spots at the IEM Katowice Major 2019. Some of the biggest upsets were those of Optic Gaming and Mousesports who both failed to qualify after formally being regulars at all major events.
North managed to secure themselves a 3rd place play in position, however, they are yet to live up to their expectations. If they hope to secure one of the final two consolidation spots at the Major, they will need to step things up a gear and play harder.
Virtus.Pro looked like a shadow of their former selves, after the huge roster shuffles at the end of 2018, it could take some time before we see VP making it back to the top. The ex-Space Soldiers roster and Optic Gaming didn’t manage to win a single map at the Minor, something that isn’t acceptable considering their previous standards.
The biggest storyline from the Katowice Minor is that of Mousesports. This is possibly one of the biggest upsets in CS:GO Minor history. They came into the event ranked the 5th highest team in CS:GO through HLTV. There’re rumours that the team didn’t prepare or practice for the event correctly which can’t be excused or used as an excuse from the team.
Finally, there were some format concerns that arose during the Minor this past weekend. It seems like a fair format with every match after the opening matches are best of three, plus the group stage and playoffs both include double elimination.
One flaw that has been noticed is how Valiance directly targeted Mousesports and countered everything they did. In fact, they beat them twice during the minor but failed to pick up a win against any other team. This is where the best of one Swiss format is argued to be a better alternative because you can’t fully prepare and plan for games that could be “easier” to win.