Esports News - February 6, 2024

The Falcons and G2 have confirmed the final playoff spot at IEM Katowice 2024.

The IEM Katowice 2024 group stage has come to a close and the six teams that will advance to the playoffs have now been confirmed. Spodek Arena awaits you, where one of Counter-Strike’s biggest events comes to life in front of thousands of people.

Ahead of today’s match, two final playoff spots were secured. Here’s what’s going on as the battle to secure a spot in the IEM Katowice 2024 quarterfinals progresses.

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The Falcons completed a Lower Bracket run to reach Spodek.

After a tumultuous lower bracket performance at IEM Katowice 2024, the Falcons were able to clinch the final playoff spot with a 2-0 win over NAVI at Ancient and Mirage. When they lost 2-0 to Eternal Fire in their opening match, it would have been easy to think that this tournament was numbered. But they bounced back brilliantly, taking down Rebels, Complexity, and now NAVI.

The Falcons’ biggest strength is their tangible progress between games. Even if you sign the best players right away, a super team isn’t created overnight. With AWPer SunPayus finally getting the better of him, the Falcons will take a chance on the deep run that awaits ENCE in the quarterfinals.

Holder G2 enters the big stage.

In the Last Chance Salon, trophy holders G2 beat Heroic 2-0 in the IEM Katowice 2024 group stage to become the final team with the best chance of retaining the trophy, which started last year in 2023. G2 have been a mixed bag so far in Katowice, scraping by with “m0NESY and friends” but more is needed from the rest of the team.

Against Heroic it was a little different. Of course, m0NESY was still putting up huge numbers, but this time he had help. NiKo found his mojo throughout the series, while nexa, HooXi, and huNter all performed well enough to defeat the Heroic threat. G2’s win conditions are simple. The idea is to raise the minimum scores for the lowest performing players. If they can continue like Heroic, G2 will still have more to say in Katowice.

Katowice is a donk show

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You can’t deny it. IEM Katowice 2024 is a donk show. In every game, the 17-year-old Spirit prodigy raised questions. “Surely the next test would be a step too far?” Doubters say: This time it was FaZe Clan trying to quell the donk hype train. In the end, if he can do it against FaZe Clan, there will be no question about his ceiling. So what happened to him?

Even FaZe proved too easy for the donk, who went the Spirit’s way in 2-0 fashion, 48-24 throughout the series. This is a breakout tournament for the donks, the likes of which we haven’t seen in a very long time. If he goes all the way, he probably will. His next test will be either Falcons or ENCE at the Spodek Arena in the IEM Katowice 2024 semifinals. If he can handle the bright lights and pressure of the big stage, we could be witnessing the beginning of a new king. A fightback over the next decade or more.

The full list of teams participating in the IEM Katowice 2024 playoffs is as follows:

  • ENCE
  • team falcon
  • FaZe Clan
  • G2
  • team spirit
  • muse