The IEM Katowice 2019 CS:GO Major is now just a few days away. As usual, the CS:GO Major stickers and Pick’Em challenge are back in the game. To take part, players need to buy the new CS:GO Viewer Pass for $10 USD (£7.99 GBP). This will allow you to take part in the Pick’Em Challenge for every stage of the major at no extra cost. Here are some IEM Katowice Pick’Em Predictions for the Challengers Stage.
IEM Katowice Pick’Em Predictions – Challengers Stage
We now know the IEM Katowice 2019 team rankings and first matchups. While majors always have a few upsets, we can make some guesses on how things will play out.
The first team to go 3-0 should be fnatic. As well as being the #1 seed, they’ve shown great consistency throughout the past few months. They should breeze through their matchup with ViCi Gaming and have a good chance to take on whatever teams the tournament has to throw at them.
Cloud9 should have no problem qualifying. Despite a turbulent 2018, the team now looks to be much more stable. With experienced major players like flusha and kioshima, they may even be able to 3-0.
NRG is another one of the top-ranked teams at the major. While they don’t have the experience of fnatic or Cloud9, they should have the ability to make it through the first stage.
Ninjas in Pyjamas should also qualify comfortably. Despite some inconsistency, the team looks strong enough to get through 3-1.
ENCE are another team that has shown constant improvement over the past 3 months. They may falter against top teams but should make it through.
Vitality is one of the best upcoming teams of 2019. With experienced players and a prodigy in Zywoo, they should make it in 3-1 or 3-2.
Renegades are also an underrated team. In the past few months, they’ve won against top teams like G2, BIG, and MIBR. While many of these were online, they’ve also shown their mettle at LAN, topping the Asia Minor.
AVANGAR have upset potential. They’ve improved throughout 2018 to become one of the most dangerous CIS teams. However, G2 and TYLOO are also good picks for the final team to make it through the Challengers Stage.
IEM Katowice 2019 Major Challengers Stage Start Date
The IEM Katowice 2019 CS:GO Major will start on February 13th. The Challengers Stage will have 16 teams competing to make it to the Legends Stage.
Each team needs 3 wins to qualify. Those who accumulate 3 losses will be out of the tournament. Elimination and Qualification matches will be Best of 3s, giving teams plenty of chances to show their worth.
You’ll be able to watch the tournament and find out more on the IEM Katowice website.