IEM Katowice 2020 is ready to move on to the 24-player group stage of the competition (Feb 27-28), with twelve players able to fight their way out of the live, RO76 open bracket in Poland. The round-robin group stage will take place over two days, with the top 12 players moving on to the single-elimination playoffs (Feb 29-Mar 1).
Day one of RO76 matches saw Patience, sOs, soO, Armani, INnoVation, and Has advance to the RO24—they were followed on day two by soO, SpeCial, and Hurricane from bracket #3, and Lambo, Dear, and Trap from bracket #4.
While no result matched Has' qualification in terms of pure surprise factor, Nice came close to making it a Taiwanese duo in the group stage by making it all the way to the final qualifying match of bracket #3. Though he narrowly lost to Hurricane, the series was one of the most entertaining of the RO76.
In bracket #4, Lambo upset Trap in one of the winners bracket qualifying matches, forcing the two-time Code S finalist to the losers bracket. Trap was still able to qualify in the end, taking out uThermal in the final qualifying match.