IEM Katowice is one of Esports’ most famous tournaments. Having been a part of the competitive Counter-Strike circuit since 2006, few events can claim to have the same level of prestige as the annual event in Southern Poland.
With that being said, we come into the 2023 event with the current competitive CS:GO scene in an incredibly volatile state. G2 won the last S-Tier event of the year at the BLAST World Final, Outsiders won the IEM Rio Major, whilst FaZe Clan scooped up the most tournament wins over the year.
Which sides are favorites to kick off 2023 in the best way? Check out Gamelevate to find out!
What Teams Are Competing At IEM Katowice?
16 Sides will take to the main stage at IEM Katowice 2023:
- FaZe Clan
- Team Vitality
- Team Liquid
- Natus Vincere
- G2 Esports
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
Who Are The IEM Katowice 2023 Favorites?
As we mentioned above, picking out potential IEM Katowice favorites from these teams is no easy feat. Danish side Heroic finds themselves at the top of the world rankings currently and has been listed among the favorites at icecasino.
Elsewhere, G2‘s win at the BLAST World Final is sure to give the org some serious confidence. The additions of HooXi, jks, and m0NESY seem to have given the team some stability, and the talent on show in the server with them is undeniable.
FaZe Clan won IEM Katowice as well as a slew of other titles across 2022, including IEM Cologne and the PGL Antwerp Major. They slowed down comparatively in the second half of the year, but they do say ‘class is permanent’…
Finally, current Major champions Outsiders still look extremely solid as a potential dark horse pick. Their distinctive play style might not always make them the most flashy, but their consistency at these top-tier events speaks for itself.
When Is The Tournament?
IEM Katowice gets underway on Saturday 4th February and will conclude with the bo5 grand final on Sunday 12th February 2023.
Keep up to date with all the goings-on from the world of CS:GO right here at Gamelevate!