The last sixteenth participant of IEM Katowice 2020 in CSGO has been determined. It is the Australian team of Renegades, who emerged victorious in the closed qualifier for Oceania region.
Renegades (ex-Grayhound) qualified for the IEM event in Poland
for the second year in a row
photo courtesy of ESL
Renegades were one of the four squads that took part in the qualification by receiving a direct invite. They started off their showing in the match against Airborne E.C, prevailing over them with a 2-0 score. The next opponents of RNG, Paradox Gaming and ORDER, also did not win a single map, which led them to 0-2 losses.
As a result, the lineup led by Chris "dexter" Nong came out on top in the upper bracket, so they grabbed a spot in the grand-final while securing a one-map advantage for the last series. There, they faced off against ex-Genuine Gaming.
The match kicked off with a Train victory for the former Genuine roster, 16-14. The score was tied, 1-1, but then RNG took down their rival on Dust2 and Inferno, 16-12 on both occasions. Joshua "INS" Potter was the most valuable player of this clash, as he left the server with a 1.54 KDR (79-49 K-D) and a 103.4 ADR.
The participant list for IEM Katowice 2020
|100 Thieves||NAVI||Evil Geniuses||Ninjas in Pyjamas|
|Team Vitality||Virtus.pro||FaZe Clan||G2 Esports|
|MAD Lions||Cloud9||ViCi Gaming||Renegades|
In total, sixteen teams will be in attendance at the upcoming Katowice tournament. Three of them secured their participation via winning the previous ESL Pro Tour events: FNATIC (DreamHack Masters Malmö), Astralis (IEM Beijing), and mousesports (ESL Pro League S10 Finals). Seven squads, in their turn, received direct invitations. These are Liquid, 100T, Natus Vincere, EG, NiP, Vitality, and VP.
Other six slots were allocated to the regional qualifiers. In the EU qualification, the victory was gained by FaZe, G2, and the Danes of MAD Lions, who managed to overcome ENCE Esports. In the NA division, the best level of play was shown by Cloud9, while ViCi Gaming won the qualifier in China, taking down TYLOO along the way.
IEM Katowice 2020 will be held on February 25 - March 1, featuring a $500,000 prize pool. The group stage is set to be hosted in Int. Congress Centre, while the Playoffs will take place in Spodek Arena. Only six teams will reach the final phase of the championship. There, they will fight in the bracket of Single Elimination. The tournament’s winner will earn $250,000 of prize money.