Intel Extreme Masters Season XVI – Katowice: Everything that you need to know. The first professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament of 2022 will begin in February. Eight directly qualified teams and 16 Play-In teams will be competing for a total prize pool of $1,000,000 and becoming the IEM champions title in 2022.
With @TeamVitality‘s victory at #IEM Winter, the IEM Katowice 2022 group stage is set!
See you in 🇵🇱 from February 15th-27th! 👏
— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) December 12, 2021
Intel Extreme Masters Season XVI – Katowice: Teams
- Here are the eight teams that have got direct invites to the tournament:
- Natus Vincere (Road to Katowice EU#1)
- Gambit Esports (Road to Katowice EU#2)
- G2 Esports (Road to Katowice EU#3)
- Team Vitality (Road to Katowice EU#4)
- Heroic (Road to Katowice EU#5)
- Virtus.pro (Road to Katowice EU#6)
- Furia Esports (Road to Katowice NA#1)
- Team Liquid (Road to Katowice NA#2)
- Here are the 16 Play-In teams:
- Ninjas in Pyjamas (Road to Katowice EU#7)
- Astralis (Road to Katowice EU#8)
- FaZe Clan (Road to Katowice EU#9)
- GODSENT (Road to Katowice NA#3)
- Extra Salt (Road to Katowice NA#4)
- MIBR (Road to Katowice SA#1)
- Renegades (Road to Katowice OCE#1)
- TYLOO (Road to Katowice AS#2)
- BIG (ESL World Ranking)
- Entropiq (ESL World Ranking)
- OG (ESL World Ranking)
- Copenhagen Flames (ESL World Ranking)
- Fnatic (ESL World Ranking)
- ENCE (ESL World Ranking)
- MOUZ (ESL World Ranking)
- Wisla Krakow (Mistrzostwa Polski)
Intel Extreme Masters Season XVI – Katowice: Format
The Intel Extreme Masters Season XVI – Katowice will take place in three stages. These will be:
- Play-In Stage: The 16 Play-In teams will compete from 15th to 16th February 2022. It will be a Double-Elimination bracket format here. The first opening matches will be Best-of-1. The remaining following matches will be Best-of-3. The top eight teams from the Play-In will advance to the Group Stage.
- Group Stage: The eight directly invited teams along with the eight advancing from the Play-In stage will compete from 17th to 20th February 2022. 16 teams will be divided into two (GSL) Groups following a double-elimination format. There will be 8 in each group and all matches will be best-of-3 series.
The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs, with the Group stage winners moving to the semi-finals, the runners-up moving to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds, and the 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds directly.
- Playoffs Stage: It will be conducted between 25th to 27th February 2022. It will be a single-elimination bracket format here with the Quarterfinals & semi-finals having a Best-of-3 match series. The Grand Finals will have a Best-of-5 series.
Intel Extreme Masters Season XVI – Katowice: Schedule and Prize Pool
- The Intel Extreme Masters Season XVI – Katowice will be held from 15th to 27th February 2022. The total prize pool of the tournament is $1,000,000. Teams will also get a load of ESL Pro Tour points here according to their rankings. These rewards will be distributed among the teams as follows:
- 1st Place: $400,000 and 1800 EPT points.
- 2nd Place: $180,000 and 1400 EPT points.
- 3rd and 4th Places: $80,000 and 1100 EPT points each.
- 5th and 6th Places: $40,000 and 825 EPT points each.
- 7th and 8th Places: $24,000 and 575 EPT points each.
- 9th to 12th Places: $16,000 and 325 EPT points each.
- 13th to 16th Places: $10,000 each and 125 EPT points.
- 17th to 20th Places: $4,500 each and 60 EPT points.
- 21st to 24th Places: $2,500 each and no EPT points.
Intel Extreme Masters Season XVI – Katowice: Where to watch
You can look at all the CSGO gameplays LIVE on the ESL_CSGO, ESL_CSGOb, and ESL_CSGOc channels in English on Twitch TV. Stick with us as we bring you the latest updates regarding IEM Season XVI – Katowice 2022.
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