IEM Katowice: What happened at one of E-Sport’s Biggest Stages

Every year, Intel holds its championship to it Intel Extreme Masters Season in Katowice, Poland. This year is the 10th season of IEM, and it certainly lived up to the hype. If you missed out on any of the action, don’t worry! Influential Gaming has you covered with the results from the major three tournaments of Counter-Strike, League of Legends, and StarCraft II.


The CS: GO tournament had 12 teams competing in two groups throughout a five day span. Brazilian team Luminosity took 1st in group A, with Fnatic and Natus Vincere also making it to the playoff round. In group B, Danish team Astralis placed 1st, going to the playoff round with Tempo Storm and Virtus.Pro. Luminosity was able to 2-0 their opponent Natus Vincere and secure their spot in Grand Finals. Fnatic was stretched to three games, but were able to come out on top against Astralis 2-1. In the finals, Fnatic proved once again that they are the best team in the world, going 3-0 against Luminosity.

League of Legends

The LoL tournament showed fan favorites from North America Team Solomid and Counter Logic Gaming compete against teams across the world, including European teams Fnatic and Origen, along with Season 5 World Champion SK Telecom T1 (from Korea). The tournament spanned three days, from Friday to Sunday. The four teams who made it out of groups were Team Solomid, Fnatic, SK Telecom, and Royal Never Give up. As expected, SK Telecom made quick work of TSM, going 2-0 against them in a best of three. What was a shock to most people though was the defeat of Chinese team Royal Never Give Up by Fnatic. In the finals, Fnatic was defeated 3-0 by SKT, proving further that Korean League of Legends teams hold quite the skill advantage over western teams.

StarCraft II

An intense StarCraft II tournament saw four names headline the semifinals of the tournament. Polt, Nerchio, Snute, and Hydra were the semifinalists, making quick work of their opponents, with only Hydra dropping more than one game to any of their opponents. Polt continued his domination with a 3-0 victory over Nerchio. Snute and Hydra had an all-out brawl, with Snute coming out on top 2-1. In the finals, Polt defeated Snute 4-2, and took home his fourth world championship title.

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