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CS:GO: IEM Katowice will be online

CS:GO: IEM Katowice will be online

ESL has confirmed that IEM Katowice 2021 will be online; check details.

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Monday, December 21 2020

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event organizer, ESL, has confirmed that IEM Katowice 2021 will be online. The competition, which would likely have an audience of the public, physically, will have to be held in LAN format, based in Europe. IEM Katowice 2021 will be the first event of the ESL Pro Tour Masters Championship.

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The competition organizer projects that the tournament will be played from February 16 to 28, as if it were a "face-to-face competition", which will take place at a headquarters in Europe that has not yet been revealed. However, the LAN dispute is being widely considered for future 2021 tournaments, "if COVID-19 remains a major barrier to the security of our talent, players and employees".
The past IEM Katowice was the first tournament directly affected by the world crisis, having played the competition's playoffs with the arena empty. In the edition in question, Natus Vincere was the champion and took the trophy home. Since then, ESL itself has projected that ESL One Cologne and the IEM Global Challenge may return to LAN, but both have been made official in an online format.

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IEM Katowice 2021 will feature 24 teams in the $ 1 million dispute that will award points to the Intel Grand Slam, which is scheduled for February. The Play-in (Entry Phase) of the tournament is scheduled for the 16th and 17th of February, while the Group Stage, for the 18th and 21st. The playoffs were for the 26th and 28th of February.
Teams that will be part of IEM Katowice 2021

Group Stage

G2 Esports
Evil Geniuses
Natus Vincere
FaZe Clan

Play-in Phase

Team Liquid
Complexity Gaming
+7 teams that will receive invitations.
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