We're underway with the first weekend of the IEM World Championship and we've already seen the group stages of the League of Legends tournament. Nevertheless, the whole event will have a lot in store for us in terms of action and excitement.
Here are five things to keep an eye on in the next coming eight days.
League of Legends semi-final and final
We will of course start with the conclusion of the League of Legends tournament where ROX Tigers, G2 Esports, Flash Wolves and H2K were able to get out of the group stage in order to participate in tomorrow's playoffs.
It will be interesting to see how the new Tigers will be able to cope with Europe's best team in G2 who are waiting for them in the semi-final after beating the Unicorns of Love in the elimination match of their group.
Similar to the ROX Tigers, H2K saw themselves at the start of a new chapter after making the semi-finals at last year's Worlds. This is the first international test for their new line up around Febiven who joined them from FNATIC.
Their opponents, the Flash Wolves, will try to improve from their IEM World Championship performance from two years ago where they lost to TSM in the semis, who then went on to win the tournament.
Make sure to tune in to see how everything plays out.
HGC Western Clash
Unfortunately, our busy bees over in the Heroes of the Storm department were not able to qualify but that doesn't mean it will not take place. FNATIC, Misfits and Team Dignitas will represent Europe at the Heroes of the Storm Global Challenge Western Clash which sends the best teams from Europe, North America, Latin America and Australia & New Zealand to face off in the first intercontinental showdown of the HGC era.
The double elimination bracket will determine which team will be able to call itself the Best in the West and take home $30,000 and the action will take place from March 3rd until March 5th.
Intel Challenge Katowice
One tournament where we are taking part, however, is the CS:GO female tournament taking place at the Expo on March 2nd and 3rd. The $30,000 prize pool tournament involves the eight best teams of female Counter-Strike. Favorites will be Team Secret who were able to win the challenge in both 2015 and 2016 (which slightly different lineups and in different organisations).
But, however, the field definitely has not been as competitive as it is this year with Counter Logic Gaming, Selfless Gaming and our very own team having decent chances to make their mark on the tournament.
You can read more about our participation here.
CS:GO male tournament
Many storylines lead into the next event in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive calendar. The first has already been finished before the tournament even started - the new French super team surrounding shox and kennyS were not able to beat Heroic in the decider and thereby are not going to attend IEM Katowice.
But shifting focus on the attendeés, many questions will beg for answers during the five days of action. Will Virtus.Pro be able to duplicate the success they had in Las Vegas last week? Is Fnatic ready to play in the big leagues again? How will FaZe look with their newest addition, NiKo, in the team?
Action starts on March 1st with the first group with both OpTic vs. Astralis and NiP vs. Fnatic - it will for sure be must-see action!
And, of course, IEM regularly hosts one of the most important StarCraft II tournaments of the year and this year is no different. The action starts on Monday where 64 players will fight for the twelve remaining spots in the group stage - among these players are players like Snute, Stats, Patience, Nerchio and our very own Bly.
On Thursday, the group stage with these twelve gentleman as well as the twelve players who already qualified - with our World Champion ByuN already being placed in Group A - will commence.
Favorites besides our Korean Blizzcon Champion are WESG winner TY, Blizzcon runner-up Dark and IEM Gyeonggi winner INnoVation who are meant to have the best chances going into the tournament.
Again, more about our participant right here.
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