Last weekend, Intel Extreme Masters returned to the Spodek arena in Katowice for the third consecutive year to see the world’s top gamers compete for their share of a US$500,000 as well as a number of prestigious titles and trophies. In addition to League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and more all saw their scene’s best clash - but not everyone could come on top.
If you missed any of the incredible esports action, don’t worry - we’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find a comprehensive roundup of Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2016 coverage, so get stuck in!
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
In a tournament that saw many teams rise to glory, it was Fnatic who won their second world championship title at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice. The Swedes took home the lion’s share of the US$250,000 prize pool as well as tournament win after adding dennis to their lineup. Katowice was also the site of the Intel Challenge, which saw WeRunThisPlace dominate the proceedings as zAAz, Juliano and vilga defended their title from last year. Check out our coverage of these five thrilling days!
- 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?
- Favorites dominate in the first day of the Intel Extreme Masters CS:GO World Championship
- A tough fight for the CS:GO playoffs in Katowice continues
- On the road to the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship grand final!
- A new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive IEM World Champion has been crowned!
- Congratulations to the winner of the Intel Challenge 2016!
- The top CS:GO plays from the 2016 Intel Extreme Masters World Championship
- Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2016 CS:GO on Flickr
- Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2016 CS:GO VODs on YouTube
- Intel Challenge 2016 CS:GO VODs on YouTube
League of Legends
After three action-packed days of top-level League of Legends, it was SK Telecom T1 who emerged as the Intel Extreme Masters World Champion, thus earning the lion’s share of the US$100,000 prize pool as well as the Intel Extreme Masters trophy. Take a look at our team previews, daily recaps and post-event highlights below!
- From middle of the LCS pack to the top of the Intel Extreme Masters: can Fnatic and Origen step up their game in Katowice?
- Will Royal Never Give Up or the Qiao Gu Reapers cut through the competition in Katowice?
- Can either ESC Ever or SK Telecom T1 top the winners' podium once more in Katowice?
- Can Team SoloMid and Counter Logic Gaming carry the American dream straight to Katowice?
- League of Legends kicks off in Katowice with Group A of the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship
- Tough fights and turnarounds in Group B of the League of Legends Intel Extreme Masters World Championship
- Congratulations to the 2016 League of Legends Intel Extreme Masters World Champion!
- The top moments from the 2016 League of Legends Intel Extreme Masters World Championship
- Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2016 League of Legends on Flickr
- Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2016 League of Legends VODs on YouTube
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void
The Intel Extreme Masters StarCraft II World Championship was an incredible competition spanning four days. In the end, it was Choi “Polt” Seong Hun who triumphed, taking his fourth world championship title in addition to the lion’s share of the tournament’s US$150,000 prize pool and 10,000 WCS points as well as a WCS Global Playoffs seed. Find interviews, recaps and more right here!
- "Legacy of the Void brought so many things that made me regain passion for the game": an interview with Juan "VortiX" Moreno Durán
- "I think this is the first time when making it to BlizzCon is actually very realistic": an interview with Grzegorz "MaNa" Komincz
- "I won't let you down this time!": an interview with Choi "Polt" Seong Hun
- Apollo takes a closer look at the WCS Winter Championship
- Decisive victories and close calls in day one of the WCS Winter Championship
- Day two of the WCS Winter Championship sees favorites fight to advance
- Eight become four in the WCS Winter Championship quarterfinals
- Meet your Intel Extreme Masters StarCraft World Champion!
- The top ten StarCraft II plays from Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2016
- Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2016 StarCraft II on Flickr
- Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2016 StarCraft II VODs on YouTube
Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm
In addition to StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, two more Blizzard titles made an appearance at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2016. Both ESL Hearthstone Legendary Series and ESL Heroes of the Storm Spring Regional saw champions crowned last weekend - relive some of the highlights via the links below!
- Kaelaris looks ahead to the ESL Heroes of the Storm Spring Regional Katowice
- A new ESL Hearthstone Legendary Series champion has been crowned!
- The top five moments from the ESL Heroes of the Storm Spring Regional in Katowice
That’s it for this year’s installment of Intel Extreme Masters Katowice! For more information and the latest updates about Intel Extreme Masters, make sure to check out the official website and follow IEM on Facebook and Twitter.