After several months at a discount, players have found their way to the AUG. Now that everyone has had a chance to learn to love it, the AUG has returned to its original price tag.
There’s a lot more to digest in today’s update, from changes to maps to the in-game economy, shotguns, and rifles. We’ve also added new features like flash assist UI and loadout shuffle. Full details can be found in the Release Notes.
Congratulations to Astralis, Champions of IEM’s 2019 CS:GO Major in Katowice!
ENCE’s magnificent improbable journey ends in the Grand Finals against heavily-favored back-to-back champions Astralis who won their third Major convincingly on Train and Inferno.
Thank you to everyone who watched, ESL, Intel and all the players and organizations who made this tournament possible.
After two stages, 8 teams remain in pursuit of a Major Championship in Katowice.
The quarterfinals of the Champions Stage begin on February 28th and culminate with the Grand Finals at Spodek Arena on March 3rd. Be sure to make your picks prior to the start of the Champions Stage – if your Katowice Event Coin has been upgraded to Silver you still have a chance to earn the Diamond Event Coin!
If you haven’t already purchased a Viewer Pass, get it now for 50% off to get unlimited Major graffiti and Steam chat flair for the duration of the Major as well as an upgradeable Event Coin. Players who purchase the Viewer Pass now can still complete up to 7 of the 11 challenges, resulting in two Souvenir Packages and a Gold Event Coin. Get your Pass now and make your picks!
The Champions Stage will take place at the Mercedes Benz-Arena from September 5th – September 8th. The full schedule can be found below:
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:
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.
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.