Esports News - February 3, 2024

Cloud9 and ENCE among the final teams of the IEM Katowice 2024 group stage

The IEM Katowice 2024 play-in was completed after three days of intense Counter-Strike. Of the 16 teams that started the play-ins, only 8 remain, joining the 8 that have already qualified for the Main Event.

There were 4 spots left until the last day. Who will get them there to find a spot in the IEM Katowice 2024 group stage? Let’s explore.

Cloud9 removes Virtus.pro.

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No matter how much they have struggled in the last few days of IEM Katowice 2024, it was always surprising to see these two teams face elimination here. Most teams will be considered the two strongest teams in Katowice, meaning this elimination match will certainly be a huge blow. Both teams performed well, with Cloud9 winning three maps. None of the maps were particularly close. When these teams hit, they hit Stiff.



Ultimately, it was ElectroNic’s consistency throughout the series and Boombl4’s dominant performance on the final map where Cloud9 crossed the line. They will now try to find their rhythm for the remainder of the tournament after being placed in Group B with MOUZ topping the table a few days later.

ENCE has blocked MongolZ.

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After eliminating Astralis at IEM Katowice 2024 yesterday, ENCE had to get past The MongolZ to get the job done and reach the main event. MongolZ is no slouch team and will always push back any team that tries to keep their distance. ENCE was no different. The series was put to the sword by ENCE, who won the first map in overtime. But there was a real world one where MongolZ won 2-0. Instead, ENCE won 2-1 and advanced to the IEM Katowice 2024 group stage.



Yesterday it was gla1ve who made the difference, but today it was more of a total team effort. Every player at ENCE had their own class, and no one in particular struggled more than the rest. Their biggest test now lies ahead with Vitality, who are next on the Polish (+gla1ve) roster.

Apeks and Rebels round out the winners.

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Who could have predicted this? After sitting at the bottom of the IEM Katowice 2024 Power Rankings, the Rebels have advanced to the group stage! After rocking Cloud9’s world in the tournament opener, they defied the odds and went one step further. Today they demolished M80 in a 2-0 series that most expected them to lose. What’s next for FaZe Clan to pull off another upset in this Cinderella match?



The team that qualified for the IEM Katowice 2024 play-ins is Apeks. Their run concluded with a win over BIG, with the final map requiring overtime. It was a real struggle for Apeks as they advanced to the group stage. It’s an impressive rebound, especially considering a 13-0 loss to the Spirit in the tournament opener. Next up for Apeks is Complexity, a tough match at any moment. However, given Complexity’s recent form, Apeks may find themselves favored here.