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February 3rd, 2021

Bracket Play-in for IEM: Katowice 2021 published

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.

Play-in format

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.

Play-in stage for IEM: Katowice 2021

Participation in the main stage was guaranteed by:

  • Heroic
  • Astralis
  • Vitality
  • NAVI
  • 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.