CS:GO IEM Katowice 2024: Predictions and best odds
Explore our forecasts, as top teams gear up for intense competition in this highly anticipated event.
This year has been super busy for esports, and the excitement is not stopping anytime soon. Counter-Strike is a favorite among pro gamers, making it a must-watch. The action doesn’t stop at just watching – Counter-Strike also offers great betting opportunities. Get ready for the big event, Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024, where the top teams will battle it out. Explore the upcoming bets and futures for Katowice 2024, and consider making some strategic wagers.
IEM Katowice 2024 teams
The action kicks off with the 16-team Play-In stage, featuring initial best-of-one matches followed by best-of-three matches throughout. The top eight teams will move on to the group stage, where they’ll face off against eight invited squads. In the group stage, all matches will be in the best-of-three format. Group winners secure a spot in the semi-finals, while the second and third-placed teams qualify for the quarter-finals. Playoffs maintain the best-of-three format, except for the grand final, which will be a best-of-five showdown.
- Eternal Fire
- Natus Vincere
In terms of the format for Intel Extreme Masters 2024 Katowice, it’s divided into three main stages:
- Double-Elimination Bracket:
- Opening matches are Bo1 (Best of 1).
- Subsequent matches are Bo3 (Best of 3).
- The top eight teams move on to the Group Stage.
- Group Stage:
- Two double-elimination format (GSL) groups, each with eight teams.
- All matches in the group stage are Bo3.
The top three teams from each group progress to the Playoffs:
- Group winners move on to the Semifinals.
- Runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds.
- 3rd place teams from each group go to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds.
- Single-Elimination bracket.
- Bo3 matches for the Quarterfinals and Semifinals.
- The Grand Final is a Bo5 match.
The Play-In stage features a double-elimination bracket with Bo1 opening matches and Bo3 series thereafter. The top 8 teams from this stage advance to the Group Stage. In the Group Stage, there are two groups, each with 8 teams. Winners advance to the Semifinals, Runners-up go to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds and 3rd-placed teams proceed to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds. When it’s time for the Playoffs, expect a single-elimination bracket with Bo3 for the Quarterfinals and Semifinals, and a Bo5 format for the Grand Final.
Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 event schedule
IEM Katowice is set to begin on January 31, starting with the play-in stage. This stage involves a double-elimination bracket with the 16 play-in teams. Initial matches will be single maps, but all subsequent matches will be best-of-three. The top eight teams will move forward to the group stage. On February 3, the group stage will commence with the 16 teams divided into Group A and Group B. Every match in this stage will be a best-of-three. The group stage follows a double-elimination format, with two teams advancing from the upper bracket and one team from the lower bracket in each group. Closing on February 6, the group stage will be followed by a two-day break before the playoffs start on February 9 at Spodek Arena. The two group winners will enter the single-elimination bracket in the semifinals. Meanwhile, the second and third-place teams in each group will compete in quarterfinal matches to secure a spot in the semis. Both quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be best-of-three. The grand finale of IEM Katowice is set for February 11 and will be a best-of-five showdown.
CS:GO IEM Katowice 2024 predictions
Forecasting the results and bets of a CS2 tournament is never easy, and this time is no different. With a flurry of changes in team rosters over the past few months, there are still certain teams that will enter the tournament as the ones to beat.
Favorites of Counter-Strike IEM Katowice
Team Vitality and FaZe Clan stand out in Counter-Strike 2, emerging as frontrunners as IEM Katowice approaches. FaZe clinched victories in IEM Sydney, the Thunderpick World Championship, and the CS2 Asia Championship last autumn. Meanwhile, Team Vitality triumphed over FaZe in the grand finals of the Blast Fall Final and World Final. Their rivalry extends to IEM Sydney, where FaZe only faced defeats against Vitality and GamerLegion. Anticipating another grand showdown at IEM Katowice, FaZe, the 2022 champions, faces off against Team Vitality, aiming for its inaugural title in Katowice.
G2 Esports and NAVI emerge as strong contenders to challenge FaZe and/or Vitality in IEM Katowice. G2, the reigning champions, underwent changes with Nemanja “nexa” Isaković replacing Justin “jks” Savage. Despite a recent performance dip, G2, led by Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, remains a formidable team with a championship history. NAVI, in exceptional form, secured wins against G2 in the Blast Spring Groups and displayed dominance in the Spring Groups and Copenhagen Major European RMR Qualifier. While facing challenges from Vitality, NAVI, even with Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyljev temporarily stepping away, has become a top CS2 team since the addition of Ihor “w0nderful” Zhdanov.
Two noteworthy teams from the play-in squads are Virtus.pro and Astralis. Virtus.pro achieved a perfect 3-0 record at Blast Spring Groups, with wins over BIG and Cloud9, and a 3-1 performance in the Copenhagen Major European RMR Qualifier. They have been active since last fall, claiming victories at Dreamhack Atlanta and the Roobet Cup. Astralis, ranked higher than their No. 23 position, is the only team to beat Team Vitality since October. They went 3-1 in both the Spring Groups and the Copenhagen Major European RMR Qualifier, showing strong performances since adding Martin “stavn” Lund and Jakob “jabbi” Nygaard in November, both familiar faces from Heroic’s Katowice final last year.
Also, don’t forget to check the odds on GGBet:
- Vitality – 2.50
- FaZe Clan – 4.00
- Team Spirit – 6.00
- Virtus.pro – 8.00
- G2 Esports – 10.00
- Cloud9 – 11.00
- MOUZ – 15.00
- NAVI – 15.00
- compLexity – 21.00
IEM Katowice 2024 prize pool
The prize pool for the IEM Katowice 2024 event has been known since the qualifiers. The top CS2 teams will compete for a $1 million reward. In addition to securing slots for earlier mentioned events, here’s what the winner and other placements will receive:
- 1st Place: $400,000 + 3000 BLAST Premier Points
- 2nd Place: $180,000 + 2000 BLAST Premier Points
- 3rd-4th Place: $80,000 + 1200 BLAST Premier Points
- 5th-6th Place: $40,000 + 500 BLAST Premier Points
- 7th-8th Place: $24,000 + 300 BLAST Premier Points
- 9th-12th Place: $16,000
- 13th-16th Place: $10,000
- 17th-20th Place: $4,500
- 21st-24th Place: $2,500
IEM Katowice 2024 for CS:GO is just around the corner, and everyone’s buzzing with predictions and hunting down the best odds. It’s like the Champions League for Counter-Strike, with all the top teams battling it out in Poland. People are getting all analytical, checking team forms, and recent performances. And even keeping an eye on any last-minute roster changes to predict who’s gonna come out on top. As we gear up for IEM Katowice 2024, it’s not just about the frags and headshots; it’s also about the thrill of predicting and maybe even making a little something on the side. Can’t wait to see how it all plays out!
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