IEM Katowice 2023 will take place from January 31 to February 12 in Katowice, Poland. Teams will be competing for $1 million in prize pools. The highlight of ESL's year will again occur in front of fans in Poland's Spodek Arena. The Katowice will once again host the best teams in the CS:GO world, who will fight for an incredible prize pool and a place in the Intel Grand Slam. In this regard, the Cybersport.io team offers you to find out who the outsiders and favorites of IEM Katowice 2023 are.
In general, the Grayhound squad is not known for its smooth interactions. And teams such as NIP and Fnatic lack class. Spirit and Big could be more impressive in recent tournaments. The last three matches of the "dragons" ended with only one victory in their favor, although the major in Rio has reached the playoffs stage. And the latest achievement of the BiG team is the missed final at the Elisa Masters Espoo. IHC and Sprout had no time to show up at big tournaments, they are quite young crews, so you should not expect miracles from them. More interesting are the teams that can shoot at the most unexpected moment.
Now it's time to talk about the future of teams that no one takes seriously despite their ability to play beautifully. The Swedish team Fnatic in general has become a revelation in recent months. We can safely call them the second, if not the first, team in the Nordic countries (depending on the success of the Astralis). The team easily won Elisa Masters Espoo and advanced to the quarterfinals of the last major; do you think it will be the rebirth of the Fnatic era? With Complexity and Furia the situation is a little worse, but the teams always perform in a good lineup.
Cloud9 has quickly qualified for all past tournaments. Unfortunately, there was no luck at the tournaments. Disappointing defeats from Mouz at IEM Major and from Liqiud at Esl Pro League could shake their confidence, but they can still prove to everyone that they're a top-class team.
The mystery remains Ninjas in Pyjamas - is the squad really ready for this tournament? At the recent Blast Fall Premier, the organization performed almost flawlessly taking 3-4th place, but on the same major in Rio the team played disgustingly, for which they got their 15th-16th place. So it will be exciting to watch these squads - they can make a great performance.
Logically, the list of the second-range teams is opened by the participants who were invited to the tournament's group stage. We are slowly coming to the favorites of IEM Katowice 2023. But the main contenders are yet to come.
NaVi was perfect in the first half of last year. But after that they were inactive. Still, there is a good chance that they will be ready and will put up a fight in Katowice. The NaVi side has stability, although there has been a change in the roster, so that could play a big role in their performance on the upcoming stage. Almost the same can be said about Vitality. The ZywOo team is clearly not as formidable a force as it was six months ago. Not even made it to the final part of IEM Rio.
But it is safe to say about the strength of this group. After the recent matches, the team should sit down and discuss mistakes. Liquid and Mouz show a very stable and decent game nowadays. They have raised their level of play to the point that they are both in the top 10 teams according to the HLTV ranking. However, they are not yet clear favorites of this event.
And now it's time to find out what kind of shape the IEM Katowice 2023 favorites are in. Faze Clan clearly overslept the Major in Rio, but they attempted to redeem themselves in the eyes of the fans on Blast. They were one step away from the final. After these defeats, we should remember Faze Clan. FaZe have already passed through a decrease in results, but after a small break, they can return and make a noise. Heroic, Outsiders, G2 are the three main contenders for the title of the winner, as all three teams performed divinely in recent tournaments. G2 showed a great game at BLAST. The team was strong in absolutely every match, showing the best performance. And their main star m0NESY can lead them to another victory.
The Outsiders, who won the last major, are remembered as a strong team capable of competing for the highest scores. "Jame" and the team play straightforwardly but with stability. Yes, maybe not very spectacularly, but as we can see with this tactic it is possible to take trophies. They are the favorites of IEM Katowice 2023; it cannot be denied. These guys know what they have to do.
And to sum up we should say about Heroic, which in recent months has earned the right to be called a top-1 team. We should mention in advance that this team status saves only according to the results of the last two or three months. Refusing the coolness of the crew would be silly. CadiaN with its crazy game passion gathered like-minded people around him who could destroy anyone on their way. Of course, the Blast Premier team failed, but in Katowice the squad will have all the chances to show the world their power.
Of course, the results can be whatever you want. It remains to wait for the start of the tournament and enjoy the great game from the best teams in the world. Which team do you think is most likely to win the championship? And what squad will show the most impressive game? Share your thoughts about this event in the comments with Cyber-sport.io., as well as on our social networks. Subscribe and follow the latest eSports news!