FURIA & Evil Geniuses received a spot at IEM Katowice 2021
FURIA and Evil Geniuses are the first confirmed IEM Katowice 2021 participants. Both teams received a slot in the main part of the tournament as the strongest teams in North America according to the ESL Pro Tour rating.
Two other North American teams, Liquid and Chaos, have earned an invite to the Play-in stage, which will be held before the start of the final stage of the IEM Katowice 2021. It is noteworthy that in the case of a successful performance at the DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 Liquid could beat Evil Geniuses in the ranking and get a place in the main part of the IEM Katowice 2021, but the composition of Jake "Stewie2K" Yip was knocked out in the group stage.
In Play-in, Liquid and Chaos will be joined by Illuminar (winner of the ESL Polish Autumn 2020), the ESL European Championship Winter 2020, eight teams from the Road to Katowice ranking for Europe, South America, Asia, and Oceania, and six line-ups invited on to the Wild Card stage.
The IEM Katowice 2021 will be held from February 16 to 28. The 24 participants will play a total prize pool of $1 million. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the format of the tournament, which had previously been held at the Spodek Arena, is currently unknown.