IEM Katowice 2023: Semi-Finals Predictions

Published: Feb 11, 2023 - Last Updated: Apr 8, 2024

The stage is set for the remaining four teams competing for the ever-so-popular IEM Katowice trophy. In this piece, you will find our take and analysis regarding the upcoming matches alongside the best bets for the IEM Katowice semi-final, so do not miss out on this one.

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Heroic vs Natus Vincere (02/11/2023 15:30 CET)

The fact is, betting on IEM Katowice has been traditionally difficult due to fierce competition. Most matches are coin flips, and the same rule applies to this bout as well. On one side, we are seeing an unstoppable Heroic that won all three IEM Katowice matches they played so far, including victories against Complexity, OG, and Vitality.

On the other hand, Natus Vincere found their footing after dropping the series to G2. But, we do not want to take anything away from s1mple and co. as they defeated top contenders like Outsiders, Liquid, and Cloud9.

Map pool should not be that hard to predict. Natus Vincere will ban Vertigo, while Anubis looks like the best ban option for Heroic. Lately, Na’Vi has looked good on Inferno, and we are positive they will pick it up again. On the other hand, Heroic looked comfortable on both Mirage and Overpass in recent matches.

As we mentioned above, betting sites are seeing this match as a total coin flip, with both teams coming into this match at even odds. In our opinion, the smart money in this match is definitely on the total maps played bet. Do not forget to claim the IEM Katowice promo that will help increase your bankroll.

IEM Katowice Semi Finals Picks

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G2 vs Liquid (02/11/2023 19:00 CET)

NiKo and his crew are coming to this match fired up and ready to go. Liquid definitely earned their spot in the semi-final, but they struggled to get here. Every single match they played required a decider to be played, and to be honest, all of those matches could have easily gone the other way around.

G2, on the other hand, have won ten straight matches, and they only dropped one map while doing so. This information is more than enough, and if you are still learning how to bet on CS, this type of information should be something to base your picks on.

When it comes to map pool, we do not think that Liquid has what it takes to throw a curve ball and surprise everyone with their picks. They can either go for Mirage or Inferno, and this is where G2 thrives. On top of that, G2 has plenty of options to choose from. Ancient and Vertigo are two options where they will definitely have an edge in this bout.

All in all, everything is pointing toward G2 in this one. They are playing at a very high level right now, and they have proven that by winning ten straight matches. The fact is, Liquid struggled in recent matches, and this time around, they will not have room for error as G2 is miles ahead of the IEM Katowice teams Liquid played against. The only problem we have with this bet is going for a clear 2-0 bet. Even though the odds are more rewarding, we prefer to stick with the safer one, that being G2, to win this match.

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Luke Warr

Since: April 6, 2022

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