IEM Katowice CS:GO: Everything You Need To Know

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IEM Katowice CS:GO: Everything You Need To Know

For the sixth year in the row, Intel Extreme Masters will return to Katowice. The premier attraction of this event, which will draw fans to the Spodek Arena in their thousands, is undoubtedly the IEM CS:GO World Championship. And that's no surprise, with a $500,000 prize pool at stake and all of the world's very best teams competing. Let's take a look at the teams taking part:

The teams:

The worlds top six teams and home crowd favourites Virtus Pro claim direct invites to the tournament. The rest of the spots go to the qualifiers, with four teams from Europe, two from North America, one each from Asia and Oceania and one spot going (controversially) to the winner of the Farmskins Championship. [table id=5 /]

The format:

Group Stage:(February 27 - March 1)

First there will be two double-elimination groups, each one containing 8 teams, with seeding based on the ESL CS:GO World Rankings. The first group matches will be best-of-one; all subsequent matches will be best-of-three. The top three teams from each group will advance to the playoff stages. Group winners will advance directly to the semifinals; runners-up and third place finishers will both advance to the quarterfinals, with the runners-up taking the higher seeds. Playoff Stages: (March 2 - March 4) The playoffs consist of a simple single-elimination bracket. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be best-of-three, and the grand final will be best-of-five.

How to follow the tournament:

You can follow the tournament on one of the official streams:

We will be sure to keep you updated with regular articles on the GINX website. Both in the run-up to the event, where we will preview the top teams' chances in the event, and during the tournament itself, where we'll bring you up to date with the highlights of each day's action. Twitter is another place you can follow the tournament. Give the official GINX account a follow for regular updates on the action. Follow us here.