As the group stage of the ongoing minor CS:GO tournament Europe Minor Championship – Katowice 2019 has ended, only four teams remain in the competition. In the playoffs stage Team Vitality will play with North, while ENCE eSports will face Valiance. Two of them will qualify for the upcoming IEM Katowice – Major 2019.
The group stage, which took place on January 16-17, featured two GSL groups where the opening matches were best-of-one and the following matches were best-of-three. Team Vitality placed first in Group A, where they defeated OpTic Gaming (16:8) and Valiance (2:1), who later placed second after outplaying mousesports twice (16:14; 2:0). ENCE eSports showed the best results among Group B teams – they defeated SpaceSoldiers (16:6) and Windigo Gaming (2:0). North secured the second place – they lost to Windigo (6:16) in the opening match, but then managed to beat both SpaceSoldiers (2:0) and Windigo (2:1).
|Group A||Group B|
|1.||Team Vitality||2-0||62-43||1.||ENCE eSports||2-0||48-21|
|4.||OpTic Gaming||0-2||44-48||4.||Space Soldiers||0-2||24-48|
The competition will continue with the playoffs stage on January 18th. The teams will compete in a double-elimination bracket with best-of-three matches. The grand final will not be played. The teams placed first and second will make it to the New Challengers stage of IEM Katowice – Major 2019. The team placed third will compete with the teams placed 3rd in other regions for the last spot at the major.
Europe Minor Championship – Katowice 2019 takes place on January 16-20 at ESL Arena in Katowice, Poland. The prize pool of the event is set at $50,000.