IEM Katowice 2024: A Comprehensive Guide to the Premier CS2 Event

IEM Katowice 2024: A Comprehensive Guide to the Premier CS2 Event

30. January 2024 by Valentin Pasetti

The IEM Katowice is back, bringing together the elite of Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) for one of ESL’s most prestigious tournaments. With a whopping $1 million prize pool and coveted invites to IEM Cologne and the BLAST Premier World Final, the competition is set to be fierce.

Event Highlights:

  • Prestigious Tournament: Among the most significant in the CS2 scene.
  • Grand Prize: $1M pool, with special invites for the winner.
  • Intel Grand Slam: Points contribution for the grand slam.

Vuelve IEM Katowice 2024

Format and Teams Breakdown

The IEM Katowice 2024 is structured into three main phases: Play-In, Group Stage, and Playoffs. A total of 24 teams will vie for the trophy, but only six will make it to the Spodek Arena stage.

Play-In Phase:

  • 16 Teams: Double-elimination format.
  • Qualification: Based on ESL regional rankings.

Group Stage:

  • 16 Teams: 8 from Play-In, 8 invited.
  • Format: Double-elimination in two groups.


  • Final Showdown: Top three from each group in the Spodek Arena.
  • Determining the Champion: Epic battles for the prestigious title.

List of Participating Teams:

TeamQualification MethodStarting Phase
G2 EsportsIEM Cologne 2023Group Stage
MOUZESL Pro League Season 18Group Stage
FaZe ClanIEM Sydney 2023Group Stage
Team VitalityESL World RankingGroup Stage
Complexity GamingESL World RankingGroup Stage
Natus VincereESL World RankingGroup Stage
MonteESL World RankingGroup Stage
Team FalconsESL World RankingGroup Stage
Rebels GamingESL Mistrzostwa PolskiPlay-In
Cloud9ESL World Ranking (EU)Play-In
Virtus.proESL World Ranking (EU)Play-In
HeroicESL World Ranking (EU)Play-In
FURIAESL World Ranking (SA)Play-In
M80ESL World Ranking (NA)Play-In
RoosterESL World Ranking (OCE)Play-In
The MongolZESL World Ranking (Asia)Play-In
BIGESL World RankingPlay-In
GamerLegionESL World RankingPlay-In
ApeksESL World RankingPlay-In
AstralisESL World RankingPlay-In
Eternal FireESL World RankingPlay-In
BetBoom TeamESL World RankingPlay-In
ENCEESL World RankingPlay-In
Team SpiritESL World RankingPlay-In

Prize Distribution:

  • Champion: $400,000 and more.
  • Intel Grand Slam: Valuable points towards the grand slam.
  • Other Teams: Share in the $1M prize pool.

Schedule Overview:

  • Timing: All times in Central Time (CT), subject to change.
  • Play-In Start: Wednesday, January 31st.

Initial Matches:

  • Cloud9 vs Rebels Gaming
  • Eternal Fire vs BetBoom Team
  • Heroic vs Astralis
  • ENCE vs BIG
  • FURIA vs The MongolZ
  • Team Spirit vs Apeks
  • GamerLegion vs M80
  • Rooster vs

Overview of IEM Katowice 2024

IEM Katowice 2024 stands as a significant milestone in the CS2 competitive calendar, showcasing top-tier gameplay and immense stakes. With the blend of established giants and rising stars, the event promises unforgettable moments and a thrilling contest for the crown of CS2 supremacy.