BRACKET UPDATE – FINALISTS
Saturday February 24
The fourth iteration of the Intel Challenge Katowice is underway now and the women’s CS:GO scene is looking stronger than ever. Having begun today 11AM CET/2AM PST on the ESL CS:GO Twitch channel, eight of the best women’s teams in the world will begin their journey to championship sunday in pursuit of the largest Intel Challenge prize pool yet. Read on for more information on how to watch the top women’s CS:GO teams battle for a US $50,000 prize pool live from the IEM EXPO in Katowice, Poland on February 23-25.
The Intel Challenge Katowice kicks off with group stages at 11AM CET/2AM PST on Friday, February 23rd. Let’s take a look at the eight teams to prepare for tomorrow’s group stage.
- Team Dignitas (invited)
Team Dignitas placed second at the 2017 Intel Challenge and 3rd/4th under Team Karma in 2016. Since Katowice last year the Dignitas roster picked up one newcomer, milk, and we’re eager to see what this team can do after a year of increased support and resources from the Philadelphia 76ers. This is a roster full of storied female players and arguably the best-positioned North American women’s roster.
- Keyd Stars (Brazil qualifier)
Last October, the Brazilian organization Keyd Stars picked up Team Innova Pink’s women’s CS:GO roster. Pan and cAmyy competed with Santos Dexterity at the 2016 Intel Challenge and it will be interesting to see how this team performs on stage at Katowice.
- Team GoHome (Asia qualifier)
Team GoHome came out on top of the Asian qualifier, taking down Etab 2-1 in the grand finals. Hazel is the only player on this team who has experience playing on the Intel Challenge stage.
- Singularity FE (aka Team Unknown) (EU qualifier)
This roster was the first European team to earn an Intel Challenge spot through qualifiers, beating Squared Esports to the punch. Team Unknown is full of veteran European women players with kllyVe playing on a different team in every Intel Challenge to date. This team was picked up by Singularity Esports at the start of the tournament.
- RES Gaming (invited)
Winners of the 2017 Intel Challenge, Team Secret are returning under the new roster of RES Gaming. Their core lineup has remained and includes juliano, zAAz, vilga, and Ant1ka, with the recent addition of potter, formerly of CLG Red. Juliano, zAAz, and vilga have placed first together at the Intel Challenge for three years in a row and are heavily favored to take the trophy once again.
- CLG RED (NA qualifier)
CLG Red have been one of the top women’s teams for a few years now, but are returning to the 2018 Intel Challenge with a very different lineup. While di^ and bENITA remain, we’ll see how they can perform with the new additions of refinnej, EMY, and ProMise9k.
- Squared Esports (EU qualifier)
Squared Esports made their way to the Intel Challenge 2018 through the second European qualifier under the name Oplus. Three women from this roster have competed at the Intel Challenge before, but all with different teams and all in different years. Zon1Q played with Vexed Gaming in 2017, Hellrose played with Exertus eSports in 2016, and bullet girl played with ALSEN in 2015.
- ARES WOMAN (invited)
While ARES is a French organization, their newly announced women’s CS:GO team is made up of Russian talent formerly of London Conspiracy fe. This squad placed second at the 2017 Copenhagen Games and ESU Masters, and we can’t wait to see how they perform at their first Intel Challenge Katowice.
Matt Andrews is returning as the Intel Challenge Stage host for the second year in a row and this year the analyst desk will be graced by none other than former CLG Red player missharvey.
- Stage host: Matt Andrews
- Analysts: James “BanKs” Banks, Stephanie “missharvey” Harvey
- Commentators: Jack “Jacky” Peters, Alex “Snodz” Byfield , Hugo Byron
For the past three years, the Intel Challenge has had a prize pool of US $30,000, but this year a US $50,000 prize pot is up for grabs. Check out the breakdown below:
- 1st place: US$25,000
- 2nd place: US$12,000
- 3rd place: US$8,000
- 4th place: US$5,000
All matches will be streamed on the ESL CS:GO Twitch channel. Read on for start times and subsequent match times, which are subject to change.
Friday, February 23 – Group Stages
- 11:00 CET/2AM PST – group A matches start (bo1)
- 16:50 CET/7:50AM PST – group B matches start (bo1)
Saturday, February 24 – Semifinals
- 13:00 CET/4AM PST – semifinal #1 (bo3)
- 17:00 CET/8AM PST – semifinal #2 (bo3)
Sunday, February 25 – Third Place/Grand Finals
- 13:00 CET/4AM PST – third place match (bo3)
- 17:00 CET/8AM PST – grand final (bo3)
Be sure to follow AnyKey on Twitter and Facebook for updates throughout this weekend’s tournament, as well as ESL Counter-Strike on Twitter and Facebook for more Intel Extreme Masters updates. We hope to see you in the ESL CS:GO Twitch channel chat this weekend supporting some of the best women CS:GO players in the world!