With the revamped Inferno recently added to the active map pool, theScore esports compared how teams performed on the map at IEM Katowice 2017 against how they did on the old version during IEM Katowice 2016.
In last year's tournament, the old Inferno was played nine times, making it the most popular map at the event, being played 21.74 percent of the time. Luminosity (the current SK Gaming squad) and tournament winners Fnatic both performed well on the map as Fnatic held a 4-1 record on it while Luminosity were 3-1 (their only losses were against each other). T-side was favored with a win percentage of 51.88 percent while CT won 48.12 percent of the time.
The new Inferno was played six times at IEM Katowice 2017 and was tied for third place in map popularity with Cobble, Mirage, Nuke and Overpass. Contrary to the map's previous iteration, CT-side was favored at Katowice with a win percentage of 53.76 percent while T-side had a 46.34 win percentage.
While 2017's champions, Astralis, were able to go 2-0 on Inferno this time around, SK and Fnatic both lost the only games on it they played. While Fnatic was highly dominant on old Inferno, they had the misfortune of facing off against Astralis in it. it's also possible they've yet to adapt to the new version, particularly considering the team's recent re-introduction of Jesper “JW” Wecksell and Robin “flusha” Rönnquist.
Sasha Erfanian is a news editor with theScore esports. Follow him on Twitter, it'll be great for his self-esteem.