The exciting final of this year’s Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 tournament saw a clash of two powerful Counter-Strike 2 teams: Team Spirit and FaZe Clan. Ultimately, it was Team Spirit, a team consisting mainly of Russian players, who ultimately claimed victory.
The Polish accent in the final was the coach of FaZe Clan – Filip “NEO” Kubski, who, despite his great commitment, failed to lead his team to victory over a strong rival.
Team Spirit won IEM Katowice 2024
This year’s edition of the IEM Katowice 2024 tournament was an extremely important event in the history of Counter-Strike 2, being the first such a large international tournament in the e-sports season of this title. However, emotions are not everything! It is also worth paying attention to the teams and their renewed lineups that had the opportunity to present their skills during the lan tournament.
A total of 24 teams competed for a substantial prize pool of $1 million and an invitation to IEM Cologne and the BLAST Premier World Final.
IEM Katowice 2024
The unique event in Katowice, once again, attracted the attention of fans from all over the world, providing unforgettable emotions and a spectacle at the highest level.
We can only wait impatiently for the next edition of this prestigious tournament, which will probably not disappoint the expectations of Counter-Strike 2 fans.
Katowice has long been considered the capital of Polish e-sports. Every year, this city attracts players and fans from all over the world. This year’s competition was available not only to those who participated in the event on site. Many fans followed the CS 2 competition on platforms such as Twitch and YouTube. In addition, tournament participants could count on free entries to the IEM Expo at the International Congress Center, where they had the opportunity to learn about the behind-the-scenes of e-sports, modern technologies, meet other enthusiasts and try their hand at one of the most popular games.
The controversial winner of IEM Katowice 2024
Team Spirit, featuring: chopper, sh1ro, magixx, zont1x and donk, known in the world of esports for its achievements and for a team that constantly shows its advantage over its rivals, at the same time arouses discussions in the light of the current political situation. Despite growing tensions between Russia and Poland, and global sanctions imposed on Russia due to its actions towards Ukraine, the Russian team Team Spirit was allowed to participate in the IEM Katowice tournament.
The organizers’ decision caused stormy reactions among esports fans. On the one hand, supporters of maintaining neutrality in sport argued that athletes should not bear the consequences of their country’s actions. On the other hand, skeptics raised the issue of moral responsibility and solidarity with the victims of the conflict.