The Second CS:GO Major of 2019

While the Katowice Major marches on, today we’re announcing the second CS:GO Major of 2019 will be hosted by Starladder and take place in Berlin, Germany.

The Champions Stage will take place at the Mercedes Benz-Arena from September 5th – September 8th. The full schedule can be found below:

  • July 17-21 – Europe & Americas Minors
  • July 24-28 – CIS & Asia Minors
  • July 29 – Minor Play-in
  • August 20-25 – Challengers Stage
  • August 27-September 1 – Legends Stage
  • September 5-8 – Champions Stage
  • Additional information on the Starladder Berlin Major can be found here.

    The Legends Stage

    Over the weekend the Challengers Stage of the IEM Katowice Major concluded, and eight teams advanced to the Legends Stage:

    Eight Legends await these new Challengers, and all sixteen teams will compete for a spot in the Champions Stage beginning Wednesday, February 20th. Grab your Viewer Pass and make your picks!

    The IEM Katowice 2019 Major Begins

    Tune in February 13th at 1:00 PM CET (4:00 AM Pacific Time) for the opening matches of the IEM Katowice Major Challenger Stage.

    Watch the matches live on steam.tv, in-game through GOTV, or on Twitch.

    Purchase the Katowice 2019 Viewer Pass in-game and receive an upgradable Event Coin that unlocks exclusive access to Katowice 2019 Souvenir Packages and the Pick’Em Challenge. (Passholders should get their picks in before the stage begins for a chance at the Diamond Tournament Coin.) You will also receive free unlimited Team Graffiti for the duration of the Major and all-new Steam.tv team flair. Detailed information about Viewer Passes, Souvenir Packages, and the Pick’Em Challange can be found here.

    Support your favorite teams and players with Katowice 2019 Team and Autograph stickers. As always, 50% of the proceeds from sticker and Viewer Pass sales go to the players and organizations participating in the IEM Katowice Major.

    Katowice 2019 – Tournament Items

    The 2019 IEM Katowice Major begins February 13th. Watch as twenty-four of the best teams in the world battle to become the next CS:GO Major Champion!

    2019 Katowice Viewer Pass

    The all-new Katowice 2019 Viewer Pass is now available for purchase.

    With a viewer pass, you’ll get an upgradable Katowice 2019 Event Coin, exclusive access to Katowice 2019 Souvenir Packages, full access to all teams in the Katowice Pick’Em Challenge, unlimited Team Graffiti for the duration of the event, and all-new Steam.tv team flair.

    Every time you upgrade your coin, you can redeem a Souvenir Package of the match of your choice. Souvenirs will feature one of the MVPs from that match, so watch the Major and make your choice!

    Team and Player Stickers

    Team stickers and player autographs are also now available for purchase. Team capsules feature Holo and Foil stickers, while player capsules feature paper, foil, and gold stickers.

    There’s no wrong way to support your favorite teams and players – whether you purchase stickers or the viewer pass, 50% of the proceeds go to the players and organizations taking part in the IEM Katowice Major.

    From Abbey to Zoo

    In today’s update we are saying goodbye to two Community-created maps – Subzero and Austria. In their place we are adding two new maps; Abbey, a bomb defusal map set in a Mediterranean village, and returning to CS:GO from a three year hiatus, we’re bringing back a community favorite, Zoo!

    These new maps are only available in Defusal Group Sigma for Casual and Deathmatch, but in the coming weeks they’ll be added to Competitive matchmaking. As with previous Community maps, be sure to vote on your favorites with your play time.

    High-altitude Wingman

    51 stories up you’ll find the newest Wingman location – a revised version of Vertigo’s B site. Terrorists can make their way to the site three ways; by climbing an exposed staircase from T spawn, by moving through a new boost window, or through CT spawn. Counter-Terrorists will need to utilize utility, teamwork, and steady nerves to keep the site secure.

    A local news helicopter is standing by to capture the action, so get out there and play!

    IEM Katowice 2019 Minor Championships


    The final chance for teams to qualify for the IEM Katowice 2019 Major begins on January 16th when the CIS and EU Minors begin. The top two teams from the European, CIS, Americas, and Asian Minors will qualify for the New Challengers stage of the IEM Katowice Major.

    Following the Minors, the four teams that place third in their respective brackets will compete head to head in a last chance play-in match where the two winners will advance to the New Challengers stage. Watch the matches live on ESL’s pair of Twitch channels, here and here.

    The full Minors schedule can be found below:

    CIS: January 16th – 20th
    EU: January 16th – 20th
    Americas: January 22nd – 26th
    Asia: January 22nd – 26th
    Minor Play-in: January 27th

    Detailed information on the Minors, including format adjustments and Play-in matches, can be found on IEM’s blog.