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What makes an eSports event incredible? The crowd. And there is no better crowd than the one at the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice. Polish fans anticipated the game so much they created an unforgettable atmosphere. And this is not just our opinion, this is the opinion of most of the eSports professional players. StarCraft 2, League of Legends, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitors were all hypnotized by the magnificent audience at Spodek Arena.
The best League of Legends teams met at Spodek Arena for the first week of Intel Extreme Masters. Group A was won by Rox Tigers with a clear score of 2:0, after wins against M19 and H2K. On the other side, H2K needed to win one more match to pass the groups. After an incredible battle against Hong Kong eSports, the European team secured their spot in the playoffs.
In the other group, a bit surprisingly, Flash Wolves surpassed the competitors and won first place. The battle for second place featured another two teams from Europe – Unicorns of Love and G2 eSports. The Spanish organization won an intense match with a score of 2:0 and earned the second spot at the finals.
Playoffs started in a perfect way for G2 Esports. They grabbed the win against ROX Tigers and made their way to the final. In the other match, Flash Wolves beat H2K in some intensive 3 map action.
In the final battle, Flash Wolves were uncompromising and won 2:0. Flash Wolves became a champion in Katowice for the first time, but the performance showed by the team was really amazing. If they continue with that sort of play, we can expect a lot from them in the upcoming League of Legends Worlds Finals.
Unlike the first week, the second one consisted of two eSports disciplines – StarCraft 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Let’s start our IEM Katowice 2017 review of the second week with the StarCraft 2 competition.
The best players in the world met at the stage in Katowice to complete at the Intel Extreme Masters event and win the World Champion Title. The tournament started in a 64 player format, in the 4x double elimination bracket. After that, the 24 best competitors played in 4 groups of 6 in a round robin format. Only 12 reached the playoffs and only Stats and TY had the skill to be in the final.
Both played amazingly and the final battle between them can be considered as one of the most intense matches in StarCraft 2 history. In the end, TY managed to win and become the champion with a final score of 4:3 in his favor.
Maybe the most anticipated tournament at IEM Katowice 2017 was the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition, with Polish Virtus.Pro as one of the favorites among the cream of the Counter-Strike elite, IEM Katowice is one of the biggest events of the year for CS fans.
The groups stage delivered some unexpected upsets. Especially in Group B, where three of the favorites were eliminated. SK Gaming, Virtus.Pro, and Cloud 9 were all eliminated so early in the tournament. On the other hand, Heroic, North, and NaVi found their way to the playoffs.
In group A, Astralis, FaZe Clan, and Immortals gave no chance to the rest of the teams. They occupied the top places, each with a 4:1 score. Swedish teams Fnatic and NiP, along with Optic Gaming, were sent packing.
The quarterfinals started with Brazilian Immortals’ win against the Danish shooters from North. In the other match, Astralis easily passed through NaVi. The first map was close, but on Nuke, the Danish boys showed some decent plays and won without any problems.
The semifinals delivered way more action. Immortals did their best against FaZe, but unfortunately for the Brazilian players, it was not enough. The international squad of FaZe won with 16:9 on Inferno and 16:10 on Mirage, where they compensated 3 rounds passive. In the other battle, Astralis continued with their decent performance and won with 2:0 against their compatriots from North. And then it was time for the final!
The difference here was that the organizers chose best of five formats for the final battle, which is a real CS: GO marathon. The final started in the best possible way for FaZe Clan and they won the first map with 16:10. Astralis managed to improve their performance and won three straight maps in a row ending the series with 3:1 and becoming the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice Champion!
We hope you enjoyed our IEM Katowice 2017 Review! You can also check our special interviews with some of the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players!
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