The details of the first stage have appeared - Play-in to IEM: Katowice 2021, 8 teams at the end of this stage will get into the main stage with a prize pool of $1 million.
In this tournament, the rules from Valve will apply: the prohibition of communication between coaches and teams, as well as lineups should not exceed 5 players.
16 teams were placed in the double elimination bracket, the first matches were best of 1, and the rest were best of 3. The top 8 teams advance to the main stage of IEM: Katowice 2021.
Participation in the main stage was guaranteed by:
- G2 Esports
- FaZe Clan
- FURIA Esports
- Evil Geniuses
Schedule of matches of the Play-in stage to IEM: Katowice 2021
February 16, 12:00 CET: BIG vs. Movistar Riders @ BO1
February 16, 12:00 CET: Team Spirit vs. Cloud9 @ BO1
February 16, 12:00 CET: Gambit Esports vs. Team One @ BO1
February 16, 13:30 CET: Renegades vs. mousesports @ BO1
February 16, 13:30 CET: Virtus.pro vs. Wisla Krakow @ BO1
February 16, 13:30 CET: Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Complexity @ BO1
February 16, 15:00 CET: OG vs. fnatic @ BO1
February 16, 15:00 CET: Team Liquid vs. MIBR @ BO1
The championship IEM: Katowice 2021 runs online from February 16 to 28. 24 teams will compete for a total prize pool of $1 million. The winner will earn $400,000.