IEM Katowice 2019 Europe Minor will start on 16th of January. Just like in previous Minors, 8 teams will battle it out for two spots at the Major. However, another $50,000 has been added to the prize pool alongside two Major spots.
2019 edition of Europe Minor attracted top teams from this region, but teams like mousesports and North are definitely heavily favored in this one. Popular bookmakers, such as Betway generally offers the best odds, and that is the case for this Minor.
Europe Minor – IEM Katowice 2019 winner odds
- mousesports 2.75 @ Betway
- ENCE 5.00 @ Betway
- North 5.00 @ Betway
- Vitality 7.00 @ Betway
- OpTic 9.00 @ Betway
- Valiance 11.00 @ Betway
- Windigo 12.00 @ Betway
- ex-Space Soldiers 15.00 @ Betway
As you can see, mousesports is heavily favored by Betway. However, CSGO teams North and ENCE should not be underestimated by any means, as they are able to beat anyone, especially if their top fraggers step up.
To be honest, I believe mousesports is much better then their competition in this Minor, and if I had to bet on a winner, then definitely mousesports would be my pick.
Groups and format
IEM Katowice 2019 Europe Minor does not stray away from other Minors. Double-elimination format has been put in place. 8 teams are divided into two groups of 4. Furthermore, all the opening matches will be played in a best-of-1 format, while every other game is played in a best-of-3 series. Only the top two teams from each group will advance to the playoffs, where they will again compete in a best-of-3 series.
This is a group of death. Literally, every team from this group is capable of making it to the playoffs. However, just like we mentioned above, mousesports is heavily favored and there is a reason for that. They are considered as a top 5 team in the world, and they will probably prove that in this event, especially against other inexperienced teams in this group.
You should also watch out for Valiance in this group. They acquired some of the best talents from Balkan region and they will definitely have to prove themselves in this Minor. Alongside Valiance, Vitality is a team filled with raw firepower. They have one of the hottest prospects on their roster, that being Zywoo. Furthermore, they have other experienced players like apex and NBK, but they did not play a big tournament for a while and trust me this is a huge chance for them.
So if I had to pick two teams that will advance through group A, my best bet would be mousesports and Vitality, simply because of the inexperience of other teams here.
- ex Space Soldiers
This group should be a walk in the park for two teams here, ENCE and North. Both of these teams are rated much higher then former Space Soldiers line up and Windigo. However, North has not been on point as of late, and they will look to make amends in this event. This is their last chance to book that Major spot, and hopefully pressure will not get the best of them.
Secondly, ENCE was on a terror in the last quarter of 2018 and they are looking to extend their run of good results in this Minor. Other two teams simply can not cut it for me. Ex Space Soldiers lost their best player, İsmailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş, while Windigo barely ever played against this type of competition.
Ence and North to get through group B is an excellent bet, and in my opinion, this bet is free money.