Fnatic ascended to champions on Polish soil at the Spodek arena, where they lifted the inaugural IEM Katowice trophy in 2016. The Swedish sensations earned themselves the lion’s share of $250,000 and absolutely haunted the 12-team tournament.
Following many critics voicing the opinion that one of the greatest and most successful squads to grace Counter-Strike were seemingly on the decline, Fnatic incinerated any ideas of descent dropping only two of 13 total maps during the event. Victory at the now-established ‘Home of Esports’ also beaconed Fnatic’s presence within the competitive landscape: the Swedes went on to place 3rd-4th at the ESL One Cologne 2016 Major & win ESL Pro League Season 4 within the coming months.
Composed and Complete
The back-to-back Major champions of 2015 spearheaded by the 2015 HLTV.org No. 1 player in the world, Olof ‘olofmeister’ Gustafsson, stepped into 2016 convincingly winning their first tournament of the year. Leveraging confidence and composure leading into IEM Katowice 2016, the Swedes sweeped the Group A bracket, winning four of five total matches with only a single 12:16 loss to the breakout Brazilians of Luminosity Gaming.
Landing themselves in the Quarter Finals, Fnatic steamrolled Virtus Pro in front of the Polish home crowd 2:0, meeting the recent four time Major champions Astralis in the Semi Finals. Dropping one map to the Great Danes, Fnatic slaughtered Astralis and confidently closed the series 2:1, thus greeting Brazilian standouts Luminosity Gaming in the Grand Finals. The Swedes secured the IEM Katowice 2016 title in a 3:0 series sweep.
Fnatic’s roster at IEM Katowice 2016:
The Bolstering Brazilians
Lead by world renowned AWPer and IGL Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo, Luminosity Gaming had yet to truly thrust themselves into the halls of Counter-Strike. Boding relatively positive results the year prior , the most notable victory Luminosity Gaming collected was a 2nd place finish at ESL Pro League Season 2, four months prior to IEM Katowice 2016. Irrespective of past results, the world was soon to be astounded.
Placing runners-up at IEM Katowice 2016 resonated rigorously within Luminosity as the core grew hungrier for victory. This tournament was a catalyst to earn themselves a Major victory in Columbus just one month after faltering to Fnatic in Katowice. Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David invigorated the Brazilian region, donning the title of No. 1 player in the world [with Fallen sitting at No. 2] following a consecutive Major victory at ESL One Cologne 2016. The superstar still to this day holds the highest rating [1.25] and consistency at Major tournaments to date.
We recently announced the ESL Pro Tour, where IEM Katowice 2020 will feature as the first Masters Championship of the year boasting a $500,000 prize-pool. Be sure to check out the event information and ticket details so you don’t miss out on witnessing the home of esports and one of the most iconic events of the year.