The lineup for the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice Major is almost done as the Asia and Americas Minor were wrapped up.
Joining the New Challengers Stage this February will be Renegades and Grayhound Gaming from the Asian region together with NRG Esports and Furia representing the Americas.
The Asia Minor didn’t came out as a shocker for the Australian squad of Renegades as they stormed past everyone else to stage their third consecutive Major appearance by taking the winner’s final with a 2-1 win over fellow Australians Grayhound.
Grayhound whom after being relegated to the lower bracket shattered the dreams of Vici Gaming who aims to join Tyloo as the 2nd Chinese team through their first Major appearance if ever. The Aussies who will also make their Major debut pulled off a reverse sweep against the upcoming Chinese squad better known for their Dota 2 group. This sets back Vici Gaming for the third place play-in.
Americas meanwhile had a fair share of upsets as well as dominating runs as showed by NRG Esports who never dropped a single map within the duration of the Minor to claim the top spot and join fellow North American teams Complexity Gaming, Team Liquid and Cloud9 at the higher ranks.
They will be joined by the young group of Furia Esports from Brazil who made an upset win after downing Team Envy at the loser’s finals. Envy despite the addition of former Faze Clan captain Finn "karrigan" Andersen will be joining the third place play-in.
The third place play-in for the IEM Major will feature all the third place finishers from all the minors namely Vici, Envy, as well as North and Winstrike Team from the Europe and CIS Minors. They will be pitched in a double elimination playoff bracket where the top 2 finishers will be qualified for the New Challengers Stage of the Major.
The play in’s will begin today still at the ESL Arena in Katowice, Poland.