By the way, on what basis does blast give direct invites to showdown? Is there some scoreboard or something? Fnatic and mouz both failed showdown quals so they cant get direct invites i guess? And the other big names that keep fighting on epl either already secured spots at fall finals or got their showdown spots cuz they lost at fall groups. So there are only outsiders and c9 left, outsiders cant get invited because it's a Russian-based team.
Edit: i forgot about FURIA, they also can get invited