The IEM Katowice 2019 New Legends Stage has now concluded. The Top Eight teams will now advance to the Champions Stage, where they’ll battle it out to become the IEM Katowice 2019 Winner. But who’s still in and who will they face off against? Here are the IEM Katowice 2019 Champions Stage Teams & Matchups.
IEM Katowice 2019 Champions Stage Teams
The following eight teams from the IEM Katowice New Legends Stage made it through to the Champions Stage.
With their victory, @FaZeClan have claimed the 8th and final spot in the Champions Stage of the @IEM Katowice Major. Beginning February 28th, these eight teams will compete at Spodek Arena for a Major Championship: pic.twitter.com/NcQa6umrqe
— CS:GO (@csgo_dev) February 24, 2019
Team Liquid (3-0)
FaZe Clan (3-2)
Ninjas in Pyjamas (3-2)
This means that compLexity Gaming, BIG, HellRaisers, NRG Esports, Team Vitality, AVANGAR, G2 Esports, and Cloud9 are now out of the tournament.
It’s no surprise to see the top two teams in the world progress 3-0, although there were some surprising results. Renegades were one of the first teams to qualify 3-1. Despite their high expectations, FaZe Clan just pulled through with a 3-2 result in the end.
IEM Katowice 2019 Champions Stage Matchups
IEM have also revealed the first matchups for each team at the Champions Stage. Here is how the tournament bracket looks.
Natus Vincere vs FaZe Clan
Team Liquid vs ENCE Esports
MIBR vs Renegades
Astralis vs Ninjas in Pyjamas
The seeding is based on how the teams ranked at the previous stage. This means that 3-0 teams Astralis and Liquid will face off against teams that went 3-2 – NiP and ENCE.
This still leaves for some interesting match-ups. Natus Vincere and FaZe Clan are two of the top-rated teams at the tournaments. A Best of 3 series between these two could turn out to be a barnburner, especially with so much on the line.
Renegades have also had an incredible run throughout the Major. They went 3-0 in the Challengers Stage and 3-1 in the Legends Stage. They now face off against MIBR- a winnable matchup which could go their way.
We’ll see how things pan out at the Champions Stage begins on February 28th.