Your survival guide to the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice CS:GO tournament

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Katowice

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

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.

Schedule:

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

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