StarCraft II – IEM Katowice 2019 betting preview

Starcraft IEM Katowice 2019

SCII is not really a popular Esports title. If developers invested as much effort into this game, it would definitely stand toe-to-toe with popular Esports games such as CS:GO, League of Legends, Dota 2, and Overwatch. Even though this is not an Esports game that all the bookmakers talk about, there are some that are providing us with StarCraft II betting odds.

From what we were able to find out, Bet365 is one of the few bookmakers that offers StarCraft II betting. Furthermore, Bet365 is offering better odds than their rivals, and if you are into StarCraft II betting, you should definitely take advantage of that.

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StarCraft II – IEM Katowice 2019 outright winner odds

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If you see that some outright bets are missing, feel free to contact Bet365, as you can get most of the StarCraft II bets on request. Furthermore, you can see that Serral is a clear favorite in this one, and I completely agree with that. He has been dominating the StarCraft II scene for a while now, and it feels like that there is no stopping him. Serral is definitely the best Zerg player on the scene. In conclusion, betting on him will probably double your money, and I really can not see anyone else winning StarCraft II IEM Katowice 2019.

Betting prediction: Serral to win IEM Katowice 2019
Odds: 2.62
Bookmaker: Bet365

StarCraft II – IEM Katowice 2019 tournament facts

  • Date: February 25th – March 3rd
  • Tournament Type: Offline
  • Location: Katowice, Poland
  • Number of Players: 76
  • Total Prize Pool: $400.000
  • Format:
    • Qualifiers:
      • 4 server qualifier, up to 11 players can qualify
    • Round of 76
      • 64 players split into 4 double-elimination brackets
      • Top 3 players from each group will advance through to the playoffs
    • Round of 24
      • 4 groups of 6 players play in round robin format
      • Every match is played in a best-of-3 series
      • First place advances through to the Quarter-finals
      • 2nd and 3rd place ends up in Round of 12
    • Playoffs
      • Single-elimination bracket with 12 players
      • Round 12, Quarter and Semi-finals are played in a best-of-5 series
      • Grand-finals is played in a best-of-7 series
  • Maps: Automaton LE, Cyber Forest LE, Kairos Junction LE, King’s Cove LE, New Repugnancy LE, Port Aleksander LE, Year Zero LE

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Tournament Format

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If you are not very familiar with StarCraft II tournament, we got you covered. This is a pretty usual format that is going to be used in this event. There are 4 stages to this event, and there are a couple of reasons for that. A lot of players are taking part in IEM Katowice 2019, and hence why there are a lot of qualifiers to advance through.

Basically, the group stage is identical when it comes to the format of the matches. However, playoffs are very different from other stages, as the format of the matches is increased to best-of-5 and best-of-7 for quarter and semi-finals, and of course the grand-finals.

Best SC2 IEM Katowice 2019 bookmakers?

Since this is the biggest SC2 event of the year, every Esports bookmaker is turning their focus towards it. You can also expect ridiculous odds on some matches since every IEM Katowice 2019 bookmaker will want to stay ahead of the competition.

From what we were able to find out, there are three bookmakers who stepped up with their odds. Beware, there is still a couple of days left before the tournament starts, and you should expect some other bookmakers to step us as well. This is the list of the bookmakers that offer the best IEM Katowice 2019 betting odds:

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Betting Odds presented by bet365. The listed odds are intended as a guide only and are subject to change. Please check current SC2 odds on the bet365 website before placing any bets. Read more about esports betting at Bet365.

StarCraft II IEM Katowice 2019 prize pool

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As mentioned above, a total of $400,000 has been put in the total prize pool. However, this is not how hosts planned it out. Initially, a total of $250,000 has been added to the total prize pool. Short after WaR Chests have been purchased, another $150,000 has been added to the purse. Alongside his share of the total purse, winner of StarCraft II IEM Katowice 2019 is also going to be awarded a WCS Global Finals seed. Down below, we will provide you with the full prize pool breakdown.

Place
Prize
WCS Global Points
1st
$150,000 + WCS Global Finals seed
3000
2nd
$65,000
2100
3rd – 4th
$25,000
1350
5th – 8th
$10,000
900
9th – 12th
$5,000
450
13th – 16th
$3,000
150
17th – 20th
$2,500
150
21st – 24th
$2,000
150
25th – 28th
$1,550
75
29th – 36th
$1,250
75
37th – 44th
$900
75
45th – 60th
$600
0
61st – 76th
$0
0

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Where to watch StarCraft II IEM Katowice 2019?

You have probably heard about twitch.tv All the popular Esports titles are broadcasting their events there. This is the same case with StarCraft II. A total of 3 streams has been put in place. From what we were able to find out, official streams will only be streamed on English. However, you will definitely be able to find someone streaming IEM Katowice 2019 on the language you are familiar with.

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