IEM Katowice 2023 – Teams, Schedule & Betting Tips

IEM Katowice represents the major above majors in the CSGO tournament scene over the past decade. Each iteration is considered the best of their respective year.

IEM Katowice 2023 is held between February 1st – 12th, 2023, with 24 teams battling out for a $1,000,000 prize pool. The past three years crowned FaZe Clan (2022), Gambit (2021) and NaVi (2020) as champions.

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IEM Katowice 2023 Format & Teams

The Katowice event features three stages of play and a total of 24 teams in the competition. 16 of the 24 will fight in a Play-In Format Double Elimination bracket, with the top 8 teams advancing into the main event. Here, the 16 teams are divided into two double elimination groups of 8, with the top 3 of each group advancing to the IEM Katowice Playoffs.

The Playoffs breakdown is relatively simple, with the best two teams from the group stage seeded directly into the semifinals, while the remaining four will battle out quarterfinals elimination style. Apart from the openers, all the matches at IEM Katowice will be played in bo3 series. The Grand Final will be a best-of-five series.

IEM Katowice 2023 Teams

IEM Katowice will feature a whopping 24 teams.. This means there will be some potential Dark Horse runs as well as big upsets. Let’s take a look at the list of invited teams.

IEM Katowice Invited Teams

IEM Katowice Betting Bonus & Tips

Esports bookmakers are running plenty of bonuses and promotions for IEM Katowice each year. After all, it is one of the biggest CSGO events of the season. Once you’ve selected your provider and a sweet sweet bonus, check out some of the betting markets.

Some good places to make money are the over-under for a number of rounds played. Oftentimes, if you understand why certain teams win or lose games, you can make a lot of money on this market. Another good market to check out is who will win the pistol rounds. Certain teams are pistol round specialists who gain momentum from these rounds. If you can get these right on some mismatched teams, you can win a lot of money.

Check the following article for a full breakdown of esports betting markets. We also have an exclusive IEM Katowice Play-In stage Match Predictions article.

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IEM Katowice 2023 Main Event Schedule

Below you can see the overarching schedule for the entire event, including days and start times.

Katowice Main Event Schedule 2023

IEM Katowice 2023 Outright Predictions

Potential Tournament Winners

There are three potential teams with the biggest chances of winning this event. G2 Esports, Outsiders and Heroic.

  1. Outsiders are not given much chances to compete these days, but when they are able to, their form speaks for itself.
  2. Heroic are favorites at almost every event nowdays, and if they are able to peak against G2 and Outsiders they have a big shot at winning.
  3. G2 had several massive roster shake ups over the past 13 months, but finally seem to have found the winning formula.

Dark Horse Winner

The biggest dark horse at IEM Katowice is Natus Vincere. Yes you read that right. NaVi is coming off a very difficult 2022 in terms of both team stability, mental resilience and tough circumstance. The team dropped in the rankings from #1 all the way to #6 and IEM Katowice will either be the start of their redemption arc or yet another step down in the CSGO rankings. They are considered the Dark Horse because we really dont know what NaVi we will get at this event. The NaVi that has 2 of the top 10 best CSGO players, or NaVi that falls out of brackets due to early losses.

We will follow IEM Katowice in its entirety from PlayIn to Final. Check back with our CSGO News section each day for a fresh take and match predictions & analysis.