IEM Katowice 2023 groups and Play-In opening matchups announced
Tournament operator ESL has announced via its official Twitter account the seeding in the IEM Katowice 2023 group stage and the opening matchups in the Play-In.
The Play-In will see sixteen teams compete in a Double Elimination bracket, where eight participants in the group stage will be determined. The debut matches will be held in a best-of-one format, with the subsequent matches being played as best-of-three.
The opening matchups in the IEM Katowice 2023 Play-In are:
Permitta – FURIA
Complexity – BIG
Evil Geniuses – fnatic
OG – Sprout
Team Spirit – Grayhound
MIBR – NIP
ENCE – paiN
Cloud9 – IHC
In the group stage, the eight best teams from the Play-In will join eight directly invited squads. Those placed first to third in each of the groups will secure their spot in the playoffs, where they will be fighting in a Single Elimination best-of-three bracket featuring a best-of-five grand final.
The currently known participants in the group stage are distributed as follows:
IEM Katowice 2023 will run from January 31 to February 12. The total prize pool of the prestigious tournament is $1 million.