IEM Katowice 2020 is about to enter its Playoffs Stage and only 6 of the initial 16 teams are left in the race. In this article, I will take a close look at what happened during the Group Stage and the CS:GO betting opportunities available for the Quarterfinals.
IEM Katowice 2020 Group Stage Results
The Group Stage of IEM Katowice 2020 saw quite a few upsets. In Group A, Vitality and FaZe got eliminated. The same thing happened with mousesports and Evil Geniuses in Group B.
Among the qualified teams there were two big upsets: 100 Thieves (former Renegades) and G2 Esports. Neither of them looked capable of doing as well as they did. But nonetheless, these teams somehow managed to steal Playoffs tickets from some of their more prestigious rivals. Furthermore, G2 Esports not only qualified. They actually won Group B and advanced directly to the Semifinals. This was one of the best Group Stage performances we’ve seen from them in recent years.
In Group A, the top three teams were Astralis, Fnatic and Natus Vincere. In Group B, the winners were G2 Esports, Liquid and 100 Thieves.
IEM Katowice 2020 Playoffs Favorites
Based on what happened in the Group Stage, the big favorites for winning the tournament are Astralis, Fnatic, and G2 Esports.
Astralis won Group A without losing a single map. Their victories against Cloud9, Vitality and Fnatic clearly demonstrated that they’re once again at the top of their game. Given that the organization has been very dominant and consistent (both in results as well as at the roster level) over the past two years, everyone expects the Danes to dominate the CS:GO scene in the coming months. With that in mind, I think it’s fair to say that Astralis is the number one favorite for winning IEM Katowice 2020.
Another big team at this competition has been Fnatic. With their good old roster, made up of KRIMZ, JW, flusha and Golden as their stable core, Fnatic is playing well at the moment and few teams can stand up to them. They got crushed by Astralis but other than that, their performances so far have been excellent.
And finally, among the top 3 favorites to win the tournament we have G2 Esports. This is a team that didn’t necessarily shine prior to this event, apart from a few notable performances. But as soon as IEM Katowice 2020 started, they went berserk and defeated opponents like 100 Thieves, mousesports and Team Liquid. These results clearly proved that we’re dealing with a G2 whose competitive form is at their ceiling level. Based on that, I expect them to finish 2nd.
IEM Katowice 2020 Betting Opportunities
IEM Katowice 2020 offers excellent esports betting opportunities for the Playoffs Stage, starting with the Quarterfinals. These are the odds provided by Betway, LOOT.BET and Cyber.bet.
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