NAVI, Gambit, Spirit, Virtus.pro, Astralis, and Liquid proceed to IEM Katowice play-off
IEM Katowice 2021 has reached its playoff stage, where six teams will fight for the title from February 26-28 in a single-elimination bracket.
The CIS will be represented by four of the six teams in the playoffs, making this year's IEM Katowice a historic tournament for the region.
Going into IEM Katowice, Natus Vincere were ranked first in the world, Virtus.pro were just inside the top five, Spirit were 16th, and Gambit were 19th. Now all four teams are in the top-15 and there will be at least one finalist from the CIS region.
Liquid and Astralis are the last two participants of the playoff stage. Spirit defeated Astralis 16-1 on the third map and secured a spot in the semi-finals while Astralis had to start from quarters against Virtus.pro.