After a lengthy wait, we finally got to witness an intense CS: GO LAN event exactly nearly after 500 days. Due to the global Covid – 19 pandemic, the IEM Cologne event was postponed, now that Covid has settled in Germany and few other parts of the world, ESL has announced Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2021 (IEM). Though this was a LAN event, it was held in the absence of a live audience.
24 Top Tier Counter Strike Global offensive teams from different parts of the world participated in this event and battled it out for a massive prize pool of $1 Million US Dollars.
After 1 week of intense CS: GO action, Natus Vincere and G2 Esports made it to the grand finals of Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2021, where they went face to face against each other. After three intense matches, Natus Vincere was crowned as the champions of IEM Cologne 2021.
The performance of G2 Esports was pretty impressive throughout the tournament. They knocked out Astralis, the previous champions of the IEM Cologne event. After the group stage, Natus Vincere was the only team from the CIS region. They were consistent throughout the entire tournament. Their victory against FaZe clan ensured their way into the Grand finals.
Natus Vincere dominated the entire grand final brackets against G2 Esports with their aggressive gun power. NaVi won the first round by a score of 16-11. G2 Esports tried their best to bounce back in the second round but NaVi once again won the match with a score of 16-14. Natus Vincere won the third round by nuking the map with a score of 16-13.
IEM Cologne 2021 prize pool:
Natus Vincere takes home $400,000 US Dollars, 1,800 ESL Points, and 3,200 BLAST Points. The runner-up, G2 Esports will get $180,000 US Dollars, 1,400 ESL Points, and 1,600 BLAST Points. The remaining teams will get a small part of the prize pool.