Esports News - February 1, 2024

Heroic flight on the first day of IEM Katowice 2024

The IEM Katowice 2024 Play-Ins have officially begun, with 16 teams looking to secure a spot in the group stage starting later this week. After the first day of the event, we have already seen huge upsets and several defeats, with two teams securing their places in the group stage of IEM Katowice 2024.

So what exactly happened at the opening ceremony? Let’s take a look at some highlights:

heroic security group stage slot

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Heroic emerged as the underdog against Astralis, who had looked strong in recent weeks. The Heroic CS2 roster drama late last year added some spice to the affair, forcing Heroic to prove they could do without their former stars Jabbi and Stavn. Prove that they did by beating Astralis 13:11 in a match on the edge of a sword.

Their day didn’t end there. They then comfortably beat BIG 2-1 to secure group stage qualification at IEM Katowice 2024. For Heroic, every player did their part that day to prove that this new project wasn’t dead on arrival.

Apex got donked

Has there been any hype about young talent before? If his win at BetBoom Dacha 2023 didn’t impress you, this should have. Spirit’s donk, a 17-year-old prodigy considered to be the next great rifleman, announced himself in tremendous form as his team completely demolished Apeks 13-0 at IEM Katowice 2024.

It didn’t even feel fair, as if the two teams were playing completely separate games. Even better, Donk would scream across the hallway at the end of each round, letting Apeks know exactly what the new kid on the block was.

We could wax lyrical about donks all day, but we don’t have to. His performance on the server delivers everything he needs to. Can I continue until the next day? MongolZ will be his latest test.

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Cloud9 fell to local team Rebels.

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Before IEM Katowice 2024, you could be forgiven for not knowing exactly who the rebels are. Rebels, the fall 2023 winners of ESL Mistrzostwa Polski under the PALOMA banner, are a local Polish team. On the first day of IEM Katowice 2024, they beat Cloud9 13:10 on Mirage in a match that was 99% certain to be the turnaround of the tournament.

Kudos to the Rebels, the bottom team in the IEM Katowice 2024 power rankings. They played great CS to block Cloud9’s chances of taking the map. They later showed confidence in their play despite struggling in a best-of-three series against Eternal Fire.

But for Cloud9, this is the latest in a series of defeats that call into question its sustainability for experiments without AWP. At what point do they accept it and make a change? This could be the bottom and it could fall to the plucky underdog here.

These were the highlights, but here are the full results from the first day of IEM Katowice 2024.

  • cloud 9 10:13 enemy
  • eternal fire 13:1 BetBoom Team
  • enemy 0:2 eternal fire
  • heroic 13:11 astralis
  • ENCE 9:13 big
  • heroic 2:1 big
  • rage 14:16 Mongolia Z
  • team spirit 13:0 top
  • Gamer Legion 13:10 M80
  • Cock 4:13