The group stage of IEM Katowice gave us the biggest surprise of the year so far, with three-time Code S champion Maru suffering a shock early elimination in Group B. The #1 Korean looked off his game, with consecutive series losses to Trap, Leenock, and Neeb sealing his fate. Dark, Trap, and Neeb ended up advancing from group B, with Dark earning a spot in the quarterfinals by placing 1st place in the group.
Meanwhile, in Group A, Stats clinched a quarterfinal spot with a magnificent 5-0 performance. Combined with his run in the RO76, Stats is on an eight-match winning streak (16-3 map score) at IEM. Zest and herO claimed the 2nd and 3rd place spots in the group, advancing to the round of 12 in the playoffs (March 2-3).
IEM continues on Friday, Mar 01 10:45am GMT (GMT+00:00) with Groups C & D, featuring Serral, INnoVation, Rogue, Scarlett, soO and other star players. You can catch up on the games at IEM's official Youtube channel.