Esports News - February 7, 2024

IEM Katowice 2024 Semi-Finals Preview | Holder vs Favorite

With the IEM Katowice 2024 group stage ending yesterday, all six teams have now qualified for the play-offs. Spirit and MOUZ have already secured semi-final spots. But who will join?

Let’s look at two matchups to find out. G2 vs FaZe Clanand ENCE vs FalconsFind out who will come out on top and move forward in the IEM Katowice 2024 quarterfinals.

G2 vs FaZe Clan

The big matchup in the IEM Katowice 2024 quarterfinals is definitely tournament holders G2 vs. FaZe Clan, who lifted the trophy themselves in 2022. Despite G2 being the reigning champions, we have to give the edge to FaZe here. They have looked better throughout Katowice so far and G2 is primarily looking to m0NESY for success on the server. Meanwhile, FaZe’s firepower could come from anywhere. Especially as Frozen continues to establish itself on the roster. FaZe’s experience winning CS2 tournaments in recent months should prove to make a difference.

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What map will these two people see when they join the server? Both teams had extremely mixed vetoes throughout Katowice. G2’s addition of nexa has mixed things up for the team, adding Overpass to the list of potential maps. We haven’t seen G2 Inferno yet because every team immediately banned G2. FaZe will have no fears about Inferno Brawl. Based on our choices so far, we think the three maps will be: hell, nuclearand Anubis.

MOUZ awaits in the semifinals for teams that advance in FaZe vs. G2. This is MOUZ, who still has no big stage experience, especially compared to FaZe or G2. We hope that whoever wins the quarterfinals will advance to the grand finals of IEM Katowice 2024.

ENCE vs Falcons

ENCE vs Falcons is a matchup we don’t expect to see in the IEM Katowice 2024 quarterfinals for a number of reasons. On paper, this ENCE roster doesn’t quite match up. Getting the Polish 9INE core to join ENCE alongside dycha and the legendary IGL gla1ve was considered a free pass to a major RMR, but as it turns out, coach kuben actually let them cook on home turf. Now they get to play to their home crowd on a big stage.

Meanwhile, progress on the Falcons side was slow but steady. You can see them improving with each game, and we think their star power will push them over the edge. The narrative of the existing ENCE core against the new core is certainly an interesting one and will be interesting to watch play out.

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In the case of a map veto, it depends on who gets eliminated first. Both teams will immediately permanently ban Inferno, so whoever picks first will most likely avoid Inferno and ban it on their weakest map. If the Falcons are eliminated first, Vertigo is gone. If ENCE is eliminated first, Ancient may be banned. Because of this, I think there can be two ways to exercise the veto. If the Falcons drop a map first, their map pool should look like this: ancient, Anubisand nuclear. If ENCE gets rid of it first, I think we’re looking at: turning, Anubisand nuclear Map pool.

The winner of ENCE vs. Falcons will face the Spirit in the semifinals. With Donk still in fearsome form and putting fear into every opponent, it will take something special from either of these teams to stop the Spirit from advancing to the Grand Finals.