Winstrike and ViCi Gaming officially became New Challengers today following the conclusion of the IEM Katowice qualifiers.
The Third Place Play-In event took place today as the final, last-chance route to the 14th Valve Major in history. Out of four teams, Winstrike and ViCi emerged as the first and second-place teams, respectively.
- ViCi Gaming won Inferno 16-8 vs. North
- Winstrike won Overpass 16-4 vs. Team Envy
North vs. Team Envy
- North won Train 16-9
- North won Mirage 16-11
Winstrike vs. ViCi Gaming
- Winstrike won Overpass 16-14
ViCi Gaming vs. North
- ViCi won Dust II 16-12
- ViCi won Inferno 22-20
Winstrike and ViCi pulled off big upsets in the Play-In today, eliminating North and Team Envy in the process. North lost to ViCi twice, once in the initial match and another time in the decider match, which was a double-overtime nailbiter for the Danes. Winstrike, on the other hand, only had to win two best-of-ones to seal first place at the Play-In.
Below is a list of all of the Challenger teams that advanced to the IEM Katowice Major from the online and offline qualifier stages.
- Winstrike (Third Place Play-In, via CIS Minor)
- ViCi Gaming (Third Place Play-In, via Asia Minor)
- ENCE Esports (Europe Minor)
- Team Vitality (Europe Minor)
- AVANGAR (CIS Minor)
- Team Spirit (CIS Minor)
- NRG Esports (Americas Minor)
- Furia Esports (Americas Minor)
- Renegades (Asia Minor)
- Grayhound Gaming (Asia Minor)
The New Challenger stage of the IEM Katowice Major will commence on Feb. 13. Six returning challengers—Cloud9, Fnatic, Vega Squadron, G2 Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and TyLoo—will go up against the 10 new challengers for spots in the New Legends stage.