IEM Katowice is one of the biggest tournaments organized by the ESL, it is a LAN made in Poland that has brought almost year after year new records and brilliant performances. The year 2023 is also a debut for our country in this competition, as Sprout are also on the list of invited teams, making LauNX the first Romanian to participate in this prestigious tournament.

Competition prizes

  • 1st – $400.000 + IEM Cologne 2023 Spot
  • 2nd – $180.000
  • 3rd-4th – $80,000
  • 5th-6th – $40,000
  • 7th-8th – $24,000
  • 9th-12th – $16,000
  • 13th-16th – $10,000
  • 17th-20th – $4,500
  • 21st-24th – $2,500

Contest format

  • Play-In:
    • Double-Elimination bracket
      • Opening matches are Bo1
      • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top eight teams advanced to the Group Stage
  • Group Stage:
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group has eight teams
      • All matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs:
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals & Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5


Due to their 19th place ranking in the international rankings made by ESL, the Germans from Sprout have been invited to the Play-In phase of IEM Katowice 2023, the event that practically opens the new year for Tier 1 teams. Ninjas In Pyjamas, Team Spirit, Fnatic, Cloud9, FURIA, Ence, BIG, OG are the most dangerous names that stand side by side with Sprout in the fight for the 8 spots in the Main Event, places for which 9 other teams that are currently under the German organization will be fighting for, both in HLTV rank and in the form of the game they play.

Sprout will most likely enter 2023 with the same line-up, so for now the only details we know are about what the German line-up looks like, it’s lined up like this:


  • Laurentiu ‘lauNX’ Tarlea
  • Fritz ‘slaxz-‘ Dietrich
  • Victor ‘Staehr’ Staehr
  • Ismail ‘refrezh’ Ali
  • Rasmus ‘Zyphon’ Nordfoss