6 Teams Fight for 3 Places in the New Legends Stage of IEM Katowice 2019

As the first major of the 2019 CS:GO calendar moves into full swing, six teams are left in the New Challengers Stage. TYLOO, Winstrike Team, Ninjas in Pyjamas, ViCi Gaming, G2 Esports and Cloud9 are all vying for the final three positions which would see them enter the New Legends portion of the tournament. With five teams already confirmed into the prestigious round and another five eliminated from the tournament, the window of opportunity is dwindling for the final six rosters who are still unaware of their fate.

The IEM Katowice 2019 venue. Source: Intel Extreme Masters.

The first of the highly contested matchups features Ninjas in Pyjamas and ViCi Gaming, two teams who began their tournament with wins before eventually slumping to a 2-2 standing. While both have been inconsistent overall, NiP might just feel as if the momentum from their last win would be enough to push them over the line. 

After the NiP and ViCi matchup, G2 Esports will battle it out with TYLOO for the second spot in the New Legends stage. Despite both teams being also showing having an inconsistent tournament, it is TYLOO who is perhaps raising the most eyebrows after their first two matches, where they picked up unexpected wins over Vitality and Cloud9. After slumping to two straight losses after their positive start, they might be feeling the pressure of the Major, while G2 would be feeling full of confidence after relegating their European rivals, Fnatic.

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The final matchup of the New Challengers stage features Cloud9 and Winstrike Team. Both teams boast players with huge potential to perform in this Major, and while C9 are coming off a shaky win over FURIA, they would have to feel like the favourites in this matchup. Regardless, Winstrike managed to take down both Fnatic and NiP in their second and third matches, so they’ll be looking to add another big name to their list of takedowns as they hunt for their position in the New Legends stage of Katowice 2019.

Overall, with only one match being the difference between advancing to the New Legends stage and total elimination, all six teams have to leave everything on the map, where the heated three matches will surely deliver a few fireworks to the already explosive Katowice Major.

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