ESL have announced the groups for their upcoming CS:GO event Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV. Fnatic, Astralis, Renegades, Cloud9, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Vitality and FaZe Clan will compete in Group A, while Group B will feature mousesports, Evil Geniuses, MAD Lions, Vici Gaming, 100 Thieves, Virtus.pro, Team Liquid, and G2 Esports.
The group stage will be played on February 24-27th and follow a GSL format with all matches being best-of-three. The winners of each group will qualify directly to the semifinals, while the teams placed 2nd-3rd will make it to the quarterfinals. The first series will look as follows:
IEM XIV – World Championship will be played in a Polish city of Katowice and will feature a $500,000 prize pool. The event is part of Intel Grand Slam, the winner of which will get additional $1,000,000.