The first matches of the 16-team double-elimination bracket have been uncovered by the competition coordinator. IEM Katowice will get back to LAN on February 15 interestingly beginning around 2020, as the 2021 release must be moved online, and will begin with a 16-team Play-In highlighting NIP, Astralis and fnatic.
The double-elimination bracket will be played out over two days with two rounds of upper bracket play, which will see four teams go through, and two additional rounds of play in the lower section, where the leftover four survivors will punch tickets to the main event at the Spodek Arena.
The opening round will highlight the main best-of-ones in the play-in before best-of-three series take over in choosing matches to qualify or be killed from the occasion.
The first round of section play, starting off on three synchronous streams on February 15 at 11:00 , will highlight the accompanying opening matches:
NIP vs. Poland Wisla Krakow
Copenhagen Flames vs. fnatic
GODSENT vs. MOUZ
Sprout vs. FaZe
OG vs. Renegades
ENCE vs. Entropiq
Complexity vs. BIG
Astralis vs. MIBR