One of CS:GOs first (non-Valve) Majors kicks off today at 13:00, the Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice, Poland. This will be our first taste of what the world’s best CS:GO teams have to offer for 2016. Teams such as EnvyUs and Luminosity finished off 2015 with a bang, but it was Fnatic who retained their number one spot in the world.
They’ll meet tough competition in Katowice as Luminosity look for their first major win, while newly named Astralis begin their campaign to become the number one-ranked team after a considerably strong start to the year.
All eyes will be on veterans Ninjas in Pyjamas as they hope to pull themselves out of their current slump and reclaim former glory.
Schedule and Tournament Structure
The opening day will be a round-robin structure with each team playing each other. The group winners will advance to the semi-final with the second and third placing teams moving on to the quarter-final stage. From there the losing teams will be knocked off of the lower bracket (quarter and semi), reaching the final four who will play for $250,000.
Group A (March 2nd)
13:30 – Fnatic vs. Natus Vincere
13:30 – Mousesports vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas
14:30 – Luminosity vs. Natus Vincere
14:30 – Mousesports vs. Mongolz
16:00 – Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Mongolz
16:00 – Fnatic vs. Luminosity
17:30 – Mousesports vs. Natus Vincere
18:30 – Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Natus Vincere
18:30 – Luminosity vs. Mongolz
20:00 -Fnatic vs. Mongolz
20:00 – Mousesports vs. Luminosity
21:30 –Mongolz vs. Natus Vincere
21:30 – Fnatic vs. Mousesports
21:30 Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Luminosity
Group B (3rd March)
13:30 – EnvyUS vs. Atralis
13:30 – E-Frag.net vs. FaZe
14:30 – Virtus.Pro vs. Astralis
14:30 – E-Frag.net vs. Tempo Storm
16:00 – EnvyUs vs. Virtus.Por
16:00 – E-Grag.net vs. Astralis
17:30 – Virtus.Pro vs. Tempo Storm
18:30 – FaZe vs. Astralis
18:30 – E-Frag.net vs. Virtus.Pro
20:00 -EnvyUs vs. Tempo Storm
20:00 – Astralis vs. Tempo Storm
21:30 –Virtus.Pro vs. FaZe
21:30 – EnvyUs vs. E-Frag.net
The quarter-final and semi-final will commence on Friday March 4th, with the Grand Final being played on Saturday the 5th.
All action can be watched the CS:GO ELS stream, and be sure to not miss the action!
Last Updated: March 2, 2016
Alien Emperor Trevor
March 2, 2016 at 14:07
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