Today, eight matches will take place within the Play-In stage of Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2021. The winners will advance to the second round of the upper bracket, where they will already compete for invites to the group stage. Losing participants in the meetings will exercise their margin of error and continue their way in the lower bracket. There they will have another opportunity to fight for an invitation to the final stage of the championship.
As a reminder, Natus Vincere, Heroic, Team Vitality, Astralis, G2 Esports, FaZe Clan, FURIA Esports and Evil Geniuses received invitations to the group stage. These members will of course miss the Play-In. Group A includes Astralis, EG, G2 Esports and Heroic, while Group B includes Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, FURIA and NAVI.[break]matches_Nys7cxWjY[break]
Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2021 is one of the biggest championships of 2021. Its prize fund is $ 1,000,000, and 24 teams take part in its division. The tournament starts today and ends on February 28. The main cash prize of the event will be $ 400,000, as well as 1,800 ESL Pro Tour rating points and 3,200 BLAST Premier rating points.