World’s Best CS:GO Teams Return To Poland For IEM Katowice 2023
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World’s Best CS:GO Teams Return To Poland For IEM Katowice 2023

FaZe Clan face stiff opposition as they look to reclaim the no.1 spot on the global ladder at IEM Katowice 2023.

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice is back on the menu, welcoming the world’s best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams who’ll face off for the coveted trophy at Spodek Arena in Poland. With $1,000,000 and a ticket for IEM Cologne 2023 on the line, IEM Katowice 2023 promises to bring out the best of CS:GO squads, but who has what it takes to emerge victorious?

IEM Katowice 2023 Format & Schedule

Twelve months after FaZe Clan claimed its first Intel Extreme Masters Katowice title, the prominent CS:GO tournament returns to the Polish city with a $1 million prize pool, the same format, and a lineup of 24 teams.

  • Date: February 1-12
  • Venue: Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland
  • TV: Twitch, YouTube

The IEM Katowice 2023 will kick off on Wednesday, February 1, with the Play-In stage, featuring 16 teams, who will vie for eight tickets leading to the main event. The Play-in stage will use a double-elimination bracket, with all opening matches played as best-of-one (Bo1) and the rest as best-of-three (Bo3).

The top eight teams will then advance to the Group Stage, slated for February 10-12, joining eight directly qualified teams in FaZe Clan, Team Vitality, Outsiders, Heroic, Team Liquid, Natus Vincere, G2 Esports, and MOUZ.

The Group Stage will divide the 16 teams into two double-elimination (GSL) groups of eight. All games will be played as best-of-three (Bo3), and the top three teams from each group will proceed to the Playoffs.

The Playoffs will take place over the weekend (February 10-12), welcoming the best-performing six teams from the group stage. Group winners will receive a direct invite to the semifinals, runners-up will proceed to the quarterfinals, while the two third-placed teams will advance to the quarterfinals as low seeds.

The final stage of the tournament will use a single-elimination bracket. The quarterfinals and semifinals are played as best-of-three (Bo3), with the Grand Finals played as best-of-five (Bo5).

IEM Katowice 2023 champions will take home a $400,000 winner’s share and a direct invite to IEM Cologne 2023, while the runners-up will pocket $180,000. The test of the prize pool will be divided among the remaining 22 teams.

Four Strong Contenders For The Title

IEM Katowice 2023 promises to be a very competitive tournament, and according to the latest CS:GO betting odds, there are four strong candidates to lift the coveted trophy. FaZe Clan, who enter the 2023 season following a fairly successful campaign in 2022, sit atop the outright betting markets (5.00 at bet365) but are closely followed by the current no.1 team, Heroic (6.00 at bet365), Natus Vincere (7.00 at bet365), and G2 Esports (7.00 at bet365).

Behind the leading four, we have the reigning Major champions, Outsiders (9.00 at bet365), FURIA (9.00 at bet365), Team Liquid (10.00 at bet365), and Team Vitality (10.00 at bet365).

Although there’s quite a gap between FaZe Clan and Vitality/Liquid, we’re still talking about nine of the best CS:GO teams in the world, who occupy nine of the top 10 spots on the global ladder. The only team missing from the list are MOUZ (current no.7), who are priced behind Vitality at 17.00 with bet365 to win IEM Katowice 2023.

Priced at 18.00 and over, we have Team Spirit, OG, Fnatic, ENCE, BIG, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Sprout, paiN Gaming, COmplexity, Evil Geniuses, MiBR, Permitta Esports, IHC Esports, Grayhound, with the latter two at 501.

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2023 Betting Odds Comparison

Team / BookmakerBet365PinnacleNitrobetting
FaZe Clan5.004.905.00
G2 Esports7.006.147.00
Team Liquid10.0010.110.0
Team Vitality10.0010.110.0
Team Spirit18.0017.1718.00
Ninjas in Pyjamas26.0024.9026.00
paiN Gaming67.0063.5967.00
Evil Geniuses67.0063.5967.00
Permitta Esports151.00152.25151.00

Should You Bet On IEM Katowice 2023?

IEM Katowice will mark only the second Big Event of the 2023 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive season, which usually brings uncertainty and a good chance that stronger teams will suffer upset losses. That particularly holds true for squads who have been out of action since December, and even those who have been active in January tend not to be fully in sync yet.

The spotlight will still be on the elite teams such as FaZe Clan, G2 Esports, Natus Vincere, and other juggernauts in the CS:GO world. But particularly the Play-in stage should offer excellent esports betting opportunities for smaller or lesser-known teams such as Grayhound and IHC Esports to cook up an upset or two.

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