Esports News - February 1, 2024

Astralis crashed on day 2 of IEM Katowice 2024.

The second day of the IEM Katowice 2024 Play-In has come to an end. Yesterday we suffered a shocking result and a crushing defeat, and today was no different. It was the biggest elimination of the tournament.

Here are all the highlights from our second day of play in Katowice.

Astralis is out at the first hurdle

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goodness. The team ranked third in the IEM Katowice 2024 Power Rankings faces its first hurdle. And the worst part? It wasn’t even close. After yesterday’s disappointment with Heroic, most would have made Astralis the favorite to beat former IGL gla1ve and his Polish ENCE project. There was no rebound, no fight, as ENCE took down Astralis in 2-0 fashion.

For gla1ve this was a personal issue. After being kicked out of the team in June 2023, he set out to prove that the Danish team had made a mistake. He did so in style, almost single-handedly sending his former team to the airport with a 24-5 lead in the penultimate map of the series.



Astralis has no time to wallow in self-pity. With Copenhagen RMR just around the corner, they need to hit back right away. Anything less than PGL Major Copenhagen 2024 qualification will lead to some serious questions being asked about this expensive Astralis project, which initially got off to a pretty solid start.

Recharge your mental strength until the group stage

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If today was a test of Spirit’s mental resilience, they passed it with flying colors. After not dropping a map on Apeks yesterday, things looked too easy for Spirit led by Donk and sh1ro. Today looked simple as they got off to a similar start against The MongolZ, winning 13-2. However, MongolZ is a solid team that bounced back with some amazing plays of their own.



MongolZ took the second map to overtime, but after suffering a slight loss in the title round, Spirit held their nerve and won the series 2-0. At one point, it looked like a third map was being seriously considered, but it was a good test of the mentality of a team that hasn’t really struggled yet. Following the tie, Spirit have now advanced to the group stage of IEM Katowice 2024, where they will face stronger opposition in the future.

GamerLegion progresses after Virtus.pro shock

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GamerLegion joins the lineup of teams advancing to the group stage of IEM Katowice 2024 on day two. The team led by Snax was very hot and cold at times, making the latter the favorite to get the job done here when compared to the consistency of their opponents Virtus.pro. In the end, it was GamerLegion who came out on top in a 2-1 series that was the result of a huge team effort. No star was much better than the rest. Everyone did their part to secure this victory.



It’s a huge win for GamerLegion, who continues to produce decent results on the field. Time will tell whether we can go further from Katowice. Virtus.pro will now face Cloud9 in their last chance to secure a spot in the group stage.

Here are the full results from day two of the IEM Katowice 2024 Play-Ins:

  • soul 2:0 Mongolia Z
  • Gamer Legion 2:1 Virtus.pro
  • M80 2:0 Cock
  • betting boom 1:2 cloud 9
  • Astralis 0:2 ENCE
  • top 2:1 rage