This Wednesday, the Intel Extreme Masters Counter-Strike: Global Offensive World Championship proceedings begin. Twelve top CS:GO teams will meet in Katowice, Poland and fight for an incredible US$250,000 prize pool as well as the all-important Intel Extreme Masters World Championship title - but only one will prevail. Find out what’s what, who’s who and get ready for one of the biggest CS:GO events of the year with our handy survival guide!
- Where? The Spodek arena, Katowice, Poland
- When? 3rd to the 5th of March 2016
- Homepage: Intel Extreme Masters homepage
- Stream: http://www.twitch.tv/esl_csgo
- Twelve of the world’s best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams will face off in Katowice to try and seize the title as well as their share of a US$250,000 prize pool
The following top CS:GO teams will be competing at the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Katowice:
- Team EnVyUs
- Natus Vincere
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Luminosity Gaming
- The MongolZ
- Tempo Storm
Meet the experienced broadcast team who’ll be there live in Katowice to take you through all the CS:GO action:
- Host: Will "Chobra" Cho
- Sideline Reporter: OJ Borg
- Analyst Desk Host: Matt "Sadokist" Trivett
- Analyst: Janko "YNK" Paunovic
- Commentator: Lauren "Pansy" Scott
- Commentator: Alex "Machine" Richardson
- Commentator: Anders Blume
- Commentator: Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat
- Commentator: Henry "HenryG" Greer
- Commentator: Jason "Moses" O'Toole
- Observers: Alex Rush and Heather "Sapphire" Garozzo
Take a look at our mini Intel Extreme Masters CS:GO World Championship schedule below!
DAY ONE (Wednesday, 2nd of March 2016)
- From ~12:00 CET: Group A matches (backstage)
DAY TWO (Thursday, 3rd of March 2016)
- From ~12:00 CET: Group B matches (backstage)
DAY THREE (Friday, 4th of March 2016)
- ~12:30 CET: Quarterfinal one
- ~15:50 CET: Quarterfinal two
- ~19:10 CET: Semifinal one
- ~22:30 CET: Semifinal two
DAY FOUR (Saturday, 5th of March 2016)
- ~18:00 CET: Grand final
Please note that some match start and finish times may vary, plus you can find the full schedule - including match times in your local time zone - here.
Fancy demonstrating your knowledge of the CS:GO scene and winning yourself some ESL Shop vouchers? Make sure you sign up for ESL Fantasy for the Intel Extreme Masters CS:GO World Championship in Katowice! Join the public league and face off against thousands of other fans or set up a private league with your friends - the choice is yours. Check out the rules in full here and good luck!
With the event ticking ever closer, we’ve been taking a look at some of the teams who’ll be competing in the Intel Extreme Master CS:GO World Championship in Katowice - who will you be cheering for?
- Maikelele and his crew to conquer Katowice under the FaZe Clan banner?
- Ninjas in Pyjamas return to Katowice with a new face on the team
- The biggest hope of the American CS:GO scene: can Luminosity Gaming claim victory at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice?
- Always among the best: can Astralis climb to the very top at Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in CS:GO?
- Will Team EnVyUs make us raise our baguettes at Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Katowice?
- Fnatic return to the land they’ve conquered before: can they do it again?
- Can Virtus.pro stand victorious in front of their home crowd at Intel Extreme Masters World Championship?
- Can Natus Vincere break the curse in Katowice this year?
- Can the four Davids take on the eight Goliaths in the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in CS:GO?
For all the latest Intel Extreme Masters CS:GO World Championship updates, make sure you’re following the below social media accounts:
- Intel Extreme Masters Facebook page
- Intel Extreme Masters Twitter account
- ESL CS:GO Facebook page
- ESL CS:GO Twitter
- Intel Extreme Masters hashtag: #IEM
Whether you’re joining us online via Twitch or in person, we hope you enjoy the show!