IEM Katowice 2024; Teams and format

IEM Katowice kicks off on January 31 with a massive prize pool of $1 million, 24 teams will fight for a chance for direct invite to the IEM Cologne and BLAST Premier World Final

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IEM Katowice 2024

The 2024 Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Katowice hosted by ESL is set to start on January 31. It is one of the most popular esports events for Counter-Strike 2.

Multiple top-tier teams compete in IEM events each year. Similar to last year, the event is featuring an impressive prize pool of $ 1 million. Winners of the IEM Katowice will also secure a spot in IEM Cologne and the BLAST Premier World Final.

Here are all the teams taking part in the IEM Katowice

G2 Esports


FaZe Clan

Team Vitality

Complexity Gaming

Natus Vincere


Team Falcons

Rebels Gaming


Virtus. pro





The MongolZ





Eternal Fire

BetBoom Team


Team Spirit

IEM Katowice format and match-ups

Matches for IEM Katowice will be played in three stages - Play-In, Group Stage, and the Playoffs.

  • Play-In

Play-In will feature 16 teams in a double-elimination bracket. All teams will start from the puppet brackets. Losing teams will move to the lower bracket for another chance to reach the Group stages.

  • Group Stages

Eight out of 24 teams have directly qualified for the Group Stages. Eight more will join them from the Play-In. Group Stage matches will be divided into two stages each with eight teams in double elimination matches.

  • Playoffs

Two teams from an upper bracket in the group stage and one from a lower bracket will move to the Playoffs. This allies to both groups in the Group Stages.

First-position teams will be in the semifinals of the playoffs while the lower seed winners and the second position will have to face each other in the quarter-finals. The winner will take home $400,000 along with the title of the first IEM Katowice winner of CS2.

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