ESL One Cologne slot to India

ESL have announced that the slot belonging to former LGB squad has been redistributed to ESL India who will send one team to ESL One Cologne next month.

Ever since the unofficial disbandment of former LGB squad prior to DreamHack Summer, the slot they won by placing in the top8 at EMS One Katowice was up in the air.

ex-LGB's slot for ESL One Cologne goes to India

After Olof "⁠olofmeister⁠" Kajbjer and Freddy "⁠KRIMZ⁠" Johansson joined fnatic, combined with the inactivity of Dennis "⁠dennis⁠" Edman, it became apparent no combination of three former LGB players would be coming together for the next $250,000 tournament and that the slot will be redistributed.

Today ESL have released a statement explaining that a team from India will fill the void and get the chance to take part in the next CS:GO major, coming as a result of ESL's recent expansion to the second most populated country in the world.

"We are happy to welcome India to the ESL One and to add an additional country to our participants list. The best Indian team will represent their country next month in Cologne amongst 15 other world class teams from around the world. We are looking forward to see them in action and compete at the next major CS:GO tournament with $250,000 on the line!

ESL India will hold a LAN qualifier where the best teams in India will be invited to fight it out amongst each other. The best team will receive travel and accommodation support while also having an extended bootcamp before the event."

The organizers have also expressed desire to hire a coach who would be expected to help the winning team prepare during their bootcamp, preferably a former pro player with coaching experience. They indicated that all expenses such as travel, accommodation, as well as lodging and food allowance would be covered. Interested individuals can send their application to

This past week saw North America's iBUYPOWER and Australia's Vox Eminor clinch spots in the qualifiers for their respective regions, joining the seven teams who secured their slots through the previous major:

Poland Sweden NiP Denmark dignitas Sweden fnatic
France LDLC United States compLexity Ukraine HellRaisers United States iBUYPOWER
Australia Vox Eminor      

India's representative will be found this coming weekend, same as the remaining six European representatives who will battle it out in ESL One Cologne European Finals on July 26th-27th.

Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
No team
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Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
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Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
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2014-07-21 21:32
2014-07-21 22:17
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2014-07-22 00:10
Wtf?! Where is my country?!
2014-07-22 01:15
ye man u guys deserved it :( better luck with the next major :((((((
2014-07-22 04:09
Given a fair chance we can succeed in any goddamn field.We run GOOGLE and MICROSOFT ffs!!! Don't be a hater, this is good for GO scene in the sub-continent.
2014-07-22 07:17
This, it is good news for csgo growth.
2014-07-22 07:36
ofc its good but maybe its a little late to announce it, imagine you were a player from india. you couldn`t prepare fast enough for an event of that size.
2014-07-23 01:30
best regards from Sri Lanka!
2014-07-27 16:09
waste of a spot gg
2014-07-21 21:32
2014-07-21 22:07
lol +1
2014-07-21 23:34
2014-07-22 04:06
+1 Like cant they stick to live supporting and making Tea
2014-07-23 03:59
World breezy0
2014-07-21 21:32
eh wut??
2014-07-21 21:32
nice joke
2014-07-21 21:32
Germany Bongskie
:O nice
2014-07-21 21:33
wtf ^_^
2014-07-21 21:32
why do you give fake flag? it is hungarian flag for sure please
2014-07-21 21:33
u should go to school
2014-07-21 22:20
same country np
2014-07-21 23:31
why do you care about flags if you're retarded?
2014-07-22 00:20
med indian please no talk
2014-07-22 01:34
i almost laughed :(
2014-07-22 01:50
:'D :/
2014-07-23 17:55
No wtf no
2014-07-21 21:33
Poland kRAMERO
smart move, + china, + brazil = nice ;)
2014-07-21 21:33
yes, but india at this moment? What teams do they have? They could probably find better teams in china and brazil for this now, china has tyloo/nbdale and brazil still has some teams I guess.
2014-07-21 21:36
Have You Even Seen Thr Indian CS:GO Scene? there are alot of LAN Teams. Dont Underestimate Us. :(
2014-07-22 06:45
Russia stat1c
inb4 indian team didnt get out of groups
2014-07-22 13:38
well even IBP doesnt get out of group stage.DO u stop calling them ? People talk as if there is a scene "outside" of EU. IBP wins everything @ NA.
2014-07-22 14:26
2014-07-23 17:59
Exactly what jager said
2014-07-22 16:15
bad move: many good teams in europe will not take the slot, which they deserved
2014-07-21 21:43
its like a worldcup. a slot to japan there is wasted, too.
2014-07-21 21:49
Japan qualified trhough the whole Asian qualifer, while India get a slot while they are not even fighting with other asian countries. I'm not against the fact ESL want to expand CS:GO which is a good thing, but I guess there is at least 5 better CSGO country than India in Asia and they are giving it randomly
2014-07-21 22:07
So.. u think only European countries have the right to play CSGO on international basis ? Asian countries doesn't gets chances to play on this level.. otherwise they are great too. They rarely gets chances.. and if ESL is giving them slot.. then they must have thought about it 10 times. So go back in your hole RUSSIAN.
2014-07-21 22:26
Rly? So, explain me, why other teams (except top8 katowice) must play qualification, and Indian teams no? What did Indian teams do on previos lans? This isnt football wc, this is gaming, and only best teams should participate, not some unkown players who didnt deserve that. And question is, why India? What they do special (except they probably paid to play this)? There are a lot of EU and Na teams who desevre this place more, and on other side, there is more asian teams who deserve more spot then India. This is horrible, honestly. Why my country didnt get spot? Gaming lvl in my country is on better lvl then in India + we had some teams who participate to big events, and do great jobs, but we still need to play qualification.
2014-07-21 22:43
Dude.. i answered u r question in my first comment. Don't worry ill answer it again. Recently ESL organised a tournament in India and is still organizing many. They must have saw some talent in them. That's why they are giving a chance to India. You are saying they dont deserve it because you have not seen it yet. May be they are really good and will surprise you when they will play in ESL colougne. So wait for it.
2014-07-21 22:52
Suprise like in ESWC? Rly? China hosted some tournaments too, even EU teams went to play with them, but still they didnt get free spot. India and other Asian teams should get chance, but not on 250k tournamets where should attend top teams who deserved that spot with previos results. What India did except they paying to play ti ESWC, and org 1 event?
2014-07-21 23:49
2014-07-22 05:47
ESL has Indian branch. That's it.
2014-07-22 06:30
There is something called wild card entry. If you dont know the meaning. Just google it. Also ESL doesnt have MM server in India to bring everyone on level ground.
2014-07-22 08:50
And w8, why India? In same postion are other Asian countrys? Why is India special? W8, obviosly, they paid, like Algeria and some other teams paying to ESWC to play. You should get a chance, and CS:GO should try to expand, but first step shouldnt be on 250k tournament which should be played by best teams who deserved with previos results to be there.
2014-07-22 15:12
it doesnt mean that they saw some talent, its just that esl is India and wants to expand itself thats why it's India instead of Brazil/China etc. correct me if esl is in other asian countries
2014-07-22 09:48
Think of ELS like the Olympics. They want every country to compete to prove they are the best in the world.
2014-07-22 06:15
No they are not. You people dont know what is nattional teams, and what is teams who paid random players (doesnt matter nationality) to play. This is like Champions League. Only best participate, and for others there is qualification.
2014-07-22 15:09
You are a very ignorant person my friend. How do you know who the best team is if half the world doesn't even get the opportunity to compete? At the moment the only place which you can sustain a career from CS is EU. Wouldn't it be better for CS:GO to expand? It will benefit every party. Give other nations a chance to build a full time job out of the game? The only way they can develop is getting the experience. Who know's what potential other teams have from South east and the Oceanic region. There's only one way to find out. But hey think what ever you want. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Even if it's wrong.
2014-07-22 18:36
why not china, they actually have a scene
2014-07-22 04:10
Brazil has no teams, thanks anyway.
2014-07-21 22:16
what about Games Academy ? isn't a team ? fallen play there, hes such a good player.
2014-07-22 02:33
np... Games Academy is such a organization :) It's like a CS school, if you want to join them you have to pay some money, maybe $30... there are lots of "teams" of course, but theyre beginners..
2014-07-22 04:17
PG.TD? idk much about brazil scene
2014-07-22 04:12
cs go scene is broken in Brazil(Few tournaments, no league, fewer lan tournaments and very low prizes. PG.TD wins everything here or almost everything, but they don't look too stronk compared to NA and EU teams, they have the potential but they don't explore because there are no ambitions. Fallen is more interested in Crossfire than CSGO.
2014-07-22 16:15
such a waste ....
2014-07-21 21:33
2014-07-21 21:34
aaaarghh comon dudes n dudetes we wana c the best competition it wud b nice to have alot of countries like the world cup but common india n china are not good teams n very low the usa shud get 4 spots + netcode+ moes team instead
2014-07-21 21:34
you shoud never understimate a chinese :)
2014-07-22 04:19
Give slot to brazil!...
2014-07-21 21:34
it should be china or SEA, but brazil still over India
2014-07-22 04:13
i think so ! china or sea better than india .. !
2014-07-22 07:31
ofc at least SEA scene is past infancy
2014-07-22 09:08
Give slot to Brazil... 7-1 vs NIP xD
2014-07-22 11:21
2014-07-22 04:20
Are they stupid? Give another slot to Scandinavia or at least a country with a single team
2014-07-21 21:34
I see what you did here. Nice.
2014-07-22 07:37
What did I do there?
2014-07-22 19:08
2014-07-21 21:35
ikr. :D You guys have been missing out on so many nice tournaments.
2014-07-21 22:20
look he is mad!!!!
2014-07-22 05:49
Naah, why would I?
2014-07-22 08:26
man!! i have seen your clan played some guys deserved a wildcard slot. i dont really know how come our country got all these slots. Experience wont matter over here because this is one big tournament and how would our clan fair?? this one "OUT OF THE BLUE" chance wont help to gain experience or to bring up the indian csgo gaming scene..the game is getting closer to become 2 years old. and we are still lagging behind many asian players( forget NA and EU and AMERICAS). Very few play in lan as our cafes cant afford good configured PCs, which is infact one of the problem, Others play either Dota 2 or still plays Counterstrike 1.6 . They dont care to play the game (GO) because they think the game is shit. The main thing is to bring CSGO MM servers in india so that we can play through better pings and feel more "enthusiastic" to play the game. As from Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and etc , have some standard players who deserve to get exposure to esport scene...specially in ESWC and some more tourneys... havent seen tyloo getting a wild card invitation as well. Which is quite disappointing. I am happy with the involvement of India in one of the greatest tourney to be held (ESL cologne) but there wont be any benefits leave alone experience
2014-07-22 08:45
sweet, also nice to see some coach will get a free trip!
2014-07-21 21:35
Really? Why? Omfg...
2014-07-21 21:36
We can do this fellow countrymen!
2014-07-21 21:36
yes :D wait wut that flag
2014-07-21 21:39
2014-07-21 22:05
ahahah, rotate flag by 90 degree xDDDDDD
2014-07-21 22:20
2014-07-21 21:37
i doubt even india government's fastest super computer is able to run go at a decent fps
2014-07-21 21:37
Liechtenstein Chamele0n
You clearly haven't been to India
2014-07-21 21:48
well i've been to sri lanka, which is esentially the same thing
2014-07-21 22:17
RIP logic.
2014-07-21 22:28
I've been to Norway, which is essentially the same thing as Finland, ok.
2014-07-22 06:31
Almost, we could be part of norway or otherwise, no difference imo.
2014-07-22 12:09
Poland kRAMERO
u can be part of russia. wladimir is waiting 4u:*
2014-07-22 18:24
2014-07-23 12:55
but u can be sure we won't go and start cooking mince meat during a game
2014-07-21 22:07
sure, cows are way too holy :)
2014-07-21 22:17
India FREQ^
Dont worry , there's a massive population in India that eats Beef as well, fellow countrymen of a mince meat maker.
2014-07-21 22:30
HAHAHA.. nice joke!.. u r comment says everything about u r knowledge about other countries. And as far as computers in India are considered... it is far better then at least Finland. Finland HAHAHAHA.. pongu country
2014-07-21 22:29
Liechtenstein Chamele0n
Well, I wouldn't argue on the fact that India might not be in the top3 of well-developed countrys in the world. But Finland isn't far away man. Its just a colder version of norway or sweden..
2014-07-21 22:41
+1, and finland has been several years in a row one of the most educated countries in the world, like any other nordic/scandinavian country, tho many argues that finland isnt one.
2014-07-22 12:11
I met an indian in london who could afford to buy your whole family then sell them for 99.9% discount and then re-buys them again. - I'm not indian.
2014-07-21 23:08
in Finland you don't sell people as commodities, not sure how things are done in egypt though
2014-07-21 23:12
I know.. but he is so rich that he could afford to get you off the black market and you would go willingly. - Not from egypt either.
2014-07-21 23:14
indian govt. doesnt use computers...
2014-07-21 23:35
Latvia shtx
:D what then typing machine? no insulties! peace India! ;)
2014-07-22 00:19
Pedal drive ftw.
2014-07-22 06:34
Lol mad paki
2014-07-23 09:09
FYI india has its own indigenously developed supercomputers, let me know when Finland develops its own super computer. OR its own space program OR its own nuclear weapons.
2014-07-22 11:33
Finland only invented most used electrical equimpment in whole world np, and why would we fucking need a space program, we cant play hockey or ski up in space, fuck logic.
2014-07-22 12:13
Haha you Indians are so funny when you get offended by a silly joke.
2014-07-22 12:19
nice idea to collect small stones and apeshit for 3000 years and then found out in space " is totally nothing..."
2014-07-22 12:19
throwing a spot....
2014-07-21 21:37
Its actually not that bad, because IEM said they need a scene beyond US and europe to host an IEM CSGO Event. So it might be a wise decision in the long term.
2014-07-21 21:37
And it's also supposed to be the biggest CS:GO tournament, with 16 best teams supposed to attend, I mean if they want to expand worldwide at least give the slot to a country who has a minimum of competitive scene and who has at least one good team on any games. I mean, India, well...
2014-07-21 21:40
its the same with vox from australia they are not even in top50 world
2014-07-21 22:15
I do think they are top50 and even though they are not they are practicing to get better, they are bootcamping and atleast they have a scene with some teams fighting, while I don't even know if any indian team is top1000. that's the problem
2014-07-21 22:20
They did pretty good on last event, better then some eu teams, and for sure better then iBP.
2014-07-21 22:45
australia actually has a bit of a scene, it could use some incentive, maybe SEA as well, but india.........
2014-07-22 04:16
Europe midi
IEM is sold out to Riot, that's why we see only league of lesbians and somehow sc2 there. We have EMS for DotA 2 and CS:GO, which is sponsored by valve.
2014-07-21 22:22
"IEM is sold out to Riot" Clueless dumbshit
2014-07-22 13:24
The best team will receive travel and accommodation support while also having an extended bootcamp before the event That's insane
2014-07-21 21:37
Indian team is going to win the tournament You heard it here first
2014-07-21 21:38
lol...not going to happen.
2014-07-21 22:11
2014-07-21 22:25
give it to japan , why india, WHY???? o.o
2014-07-21 21:38
i would rather have a brasilian team xD!
2014-07-21 21:38
ESL don't organizes tournaments in Brazil. It's really bad!
2014-07-21 21:46
do you have anything in brazil or south america anymore? I only see streams from Fallen, some Bida guy and XCL TV(I think it was called). How's ESEA though?
2014-07-21 21:50
They got some Esea championships and "games academy" championships (ga is like a CS school) but nothing really important.
2014-07-21 21:55
we don't have lans with conditions to play csgo, and our bigger event (XMA) dont feature csgo because other companies gives money to them to have their games in the event (CrossFire, AssaultFire, Point Blank)... and without any tournament we don't have any motivation to keep playing in a high level, cs in brasil is DEAD.
2014-07-21 21:57
sad but true
2014-07-22 17:27
It's not true. They oranized IEM Brazil in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
2014-07-21 21:58
Yes, they organized, but CS:GO was out of these tournaments...
2014-07-21 22:52
A good thing for the scene. Not so much for the viewers. Unless they surprise us all and make a decent run.
2014-07-21 21:39
Recently, probably the best event of the year regarding actual team forms ... well be really interesting
2014-07-21 21:40
2014-07-21 21:40
The real question: Will the team from India get LGB's seed if they use the same system the previous majors have?
2014-07-21 21:40
haha, yeah :D
2014-07-21 21:48
Why India? I don't understand...
2014-07-21 21:41
Read the article..."second most populated country"...bigger market...use us head before posting stupid questions.
2014-07-21 22:27
India GDP per capita: $1,504 compared to... China: $6,807 South Korea: $23,052 Japan: $46,838 Why India again?
2014-07-22 01:05
Do you know what population means?
2014-07-22 08:14
Yes but that indian guy refered to bigger market, but i dont think valve trades csgo for cows.
2014-07-22 12:16
More people = bigger market. Wealth doesn't matter as long as you have a cheap product, in this case CS is what, 13€? Twitch streams are free. Stop being a retard, you sit in fucking saunas. All countries have different cultures.
2014-07-22 12:20
More people = bigger market, fuck logic, better go to africa then volvo! And 13e is worth more than indians can afford + computer that even runs that game properly. Cs_sauna
2014-07-22 12:41
RIP logic. U do know that CS in general has one of the highest sales in india..and so does steelseries and razer stuff ?
2014-07-22 14:46
Thanks for informing, didnt know that. But still being top 1297510 country in cs.
2014-07-22 14:48
... We don't measure markets by population. Do you realize how little $1,504/capita is? A computer capable of running GO costs a third of that, not to mention the inflated costs of internet, electricity etc. due to poor infrastructure. Only the wealthy have such luxuries. Am I arguing with a child? Do you have any concept of money?
2014-07-23 06:39
You make it sound like they live in hoods in the middle of the desert, don't be stupid.
2014-07-23 09:19
And the number of wealthy persons in India are greater than the whole populations of several European countries soo, we have many many people who can afford gaming pcs and stuff
2014-07-23 09:23
lol i know what i am trying to say is that India sucks in cs:go Not deserved...
2014-07-22 03:52
Its actually good but they still wont do any damage..
2014-07-21 21:42
Guys u need to understand that our top players need international exposure to showcase their talent. yeah we know that we arent that good in this game . But i guess u were not the same while you were taken out of your mom's stomach ? Just give us few chance show that we can gain experience learn from our mistakes and try to be good at this game . kthxbye;)
2014-07-21 21:43
We understand but there are other good teams in Asia too from Japan,CHINA,Korea,Singapore,Thailand,vietnam,Indonesia etc.. they deserved that spot more then you guys.. they have solid teams imo they should just have SEA qualifiers like they have in DOTA.. the team who comes first in SEA goes to play the main tournament and the 2nd plays the qualifiers with other EU/Na teams to go into the main tournament
2014-07-21 21:48
You already have a team who attended last year's ESWC and you also have a spot for this year, we saw at ESWC 2013 what Indians can do. But this is ESL ONE which is supposed to be the biggest CS:GO tournaments, which top 16 teams attending, I guess the best indian team is not even top200. If they want to expand then just host a qualifier with teams from Japan, China, Singapore, Vietnam and Korea and the winning team would be more decent, and then CS:GO could grow in these countries like other big games did, but India in nowhere in eSports and won't grow imo
2014-07-21 21:49
Exactly, the best competition should be here, not some shitty indian team
2014-07-21 21:54
Getting knocked out 16-0 16-0 isn't showcasing anyones talents, if your top players were good enough, they would come to europe to play in smaller tournaments, dont expect to have everything handed to you on a silver plate.
2014-07-22 01:43
It's not ESWC. The point of this tournament is to bring the BEST teams in the world. Not the most countries
2014-07-21 21:44
rofl here comes the bulldozer!
2014-07-21 21:44
India...... really??? Should be China or Vietnam ..... or even Korea
2014-07-21 21:47
Poland tamb
What a nonsense
2014-07-21 21:47
Last spot to India... Okay. Why not last spot to China at least there scene is past infancy o_O
2014-07-21 21:47
2014-07-21 21:48
Brazil please...
2014-07-21 21:48
2014-07-21 21:51
No br play tibia not Cs
2014-07-21 22:19
Mibr send hugs...
2014-07-21 22:53
minr are deaded
2014-07-22 04:19
hahah it's funny because nobody takes csgo serious in esl, iem, valve etc
2014-07-21 21:49
waste of slot there are tons of great teams out there, they could have given this slot to ESG/Epsilon. IDK. Why an Asian team in 3rd Major of CSGO? Do they really think that people would watch NiP play an Indian team in the group stages? *sigh* Really sad
2014-07-21 21:52
Med cuz no slot for porkistanis . Nvm u guys will be called for real life cs . STAY TUNED*
2014-07-21 22:22
so brain much amazed wow
2014-07-21 23:21
LooL u are funny
2014-07-22 00:39
Im mad cuz there is not slot for my country, but for Indai, who didnt do shit on cs scene, there is.
2014-07-22 01:53
Name the 3 best players and teams from serbia please Scandinavian derserves the slot alot more than you guys
2014-07-22 04:29
Wow, and we dont have enough teams from Scandinavia? Ex gamepub (ination) niko, emi, kingor, neno, janko (emi), 3rd in starladder.
2014-07-22 05:09
i wrote 2 times emi :D janko (1ntel)
2014-07-22 15:23
just a reminder Legija is serbian :)
2014-07-22 07:18
yea man, ur country have the best players of csgo and still no slot for you kappa
2014-07-22 09:08
We dont lick ass, and we dont pay for slot like you and similar counties like you. But you will ger rekt 16:0 every game
2014-07-22 15:05
paid for slot? really?stop making stories and show some proof or u can do 1 more thing CRY ME A RIVER!
2014-07-22 17:24
I dont see other explanation why ESL do that. If i dont count you guys, from India, from comments you will see that 90% of community disagree with this decsision. Probabl 80%(like me) think that countrys like your and mine, and other not so successful should get chance to improve gaming in their countrys. But its not place on one of biggeest tournament of the year in this game. Also, decision to make qualification only for Indian teams, and not for teams from whole Asia is shameful. And about previos your comment, we have good teams who did something on scene, and individual players who plays in top15 teams, and you dont have nothig.
2014-07-22 18:03
ESL did that it coz it recently expanded its operations to india and only such big events can afford to invite teams from Asia or the sponsors here(specially SEA) cannot afford to send teams to every tournament in EU or US. i only remember your country during 1.6 days which were decent enuff and why are u even counting individual good players? slots are for team and not players
2014-07-23 06:45
You heard from gamepub (ination) ? They did pretty well, but lack of motivation since they couldnt find good and stabile organistaion.
2014-07-23 13:59
did well coz they already had exposure from 1.6 days but its not like that here we dont have that many qualifiers for events and when someone wins qualifiers they lack sponsorship its the same from the 1.6 days and yea srry but could u pls enlighten me with what "pretty well" they did?
2014-07-23 18:13
3rd place on sltv is good enough?
2014-07-23 18:27
how did u guys qualify for lan finals?
2014-07-23 18:59
Like overgaming qualify for esea. Some teams didnt want to participate for some reason, and SLTV menagers chose ination instead kick or 3dmax. They replaced CM in grand final
2014-07-23 19:02
so basically they placed 10th and played in lan finals coz other 6-7 teams couldnt/didnt participate? well they did pretty well
2014-07-23 19:14
I dont know why they picked up them honestly. Well, when it was about kick or ination, SLTV said that ination have advantige cuz they won vs kick in groups. Anyway, Valve have to make first competetive scene in Asia, and then to fuse it with EU and NA. Its pointless to send 1 team if you want to imrpove popularity. They should make a lot smaller events in India, China, Thiland, South Korea and later, before big event to make big qualifications, not to just give someone slot as a gift.
2014-07-23 19:17
the problem that ination(gamepub) faced lately is exactly the same Asia is facing since 1.6 days(especially SEA),atleast ination had that experience from 1.6 days,but we have got very few chances since 1.6 (only ESWC and WCG)coz of this theres probably no way to improve
2014-07-23 21:53
There is way, but valve dont want to put money to improve game. If they reduce requirements of the game, so people with not expensive pc's can play it on 100 fps, it would be a lot popular. They must make tournaments all over the world, to help community by imrpoving gaming level. Giving India place in ESL isnt soulition for Asia, and if they want to game become bigger to must invest little bit more. About ination, well, my country dont have conditions like sweeden or other developed country have, but they were still near the top, and they always provided good fight vs anybody.
2014-07-23 22:05
u reach halfway to my point and then return back :@ my country is exactly the same as urs in terms of esports, but atleast ur teams have managed to go to many international events since the 1.6 days and u can also scrim/practice with better teams of EU which definitely improves ur game, we cant do it here(blame it on shitty internet most of us have or lack of teams to practice with)
2014-07-23 22:25
you are so smart, u should play in the lan
2014-07-22 04:20
This guy is a fucking disgrace.
2014-07-22 14:30
Mo banda maghiya
2014-07-22 18:26
Pakistanis fucked you in WCG back in the 1.6 days. Remember? Shitholes!
2014-07-22 19:04
India fucked you in LOC kargil back in 90's . Remember? Asshole.
2014-07-22 20:27
... Wtf has that got to do with cs
2014-07-23 09:33
2014-07-21 21:52
It's great the ESL One is opening up so globally, but I'm a little confused! Isn't the reason that CS:GO isn't at IEM due to the fact it's not considered by ESL to have the global reach?
2014-07-21 21:52
you what?????
2014-07-21 21:52
Is this a joke? There are way better countries you could have chosen.
2014-07-21 21:52
2014-07-21 21:53
all in csgolounge inc
2014-07-21 21:53
So basically ESL India is holding a LAN tourney with the prize consisting of a free vacation for 5 in EU.
2014-07-21 21:55
2014-07-21 22:00
2014-07-21 22:01
Every Indian CS:GO player that have ever touched the game will be traveling to the LAN qualifier. :D
2014-07-21 22:34
lol...may be the best way to put it
2014-07-21 22:34
basically... yes.
2014-07-21 23:23
arch | 
Ukraine arch
2014-07-21 21:55
thats so retarded i cant believe it...
2014-07-21 21:56
Random decisions from ESL are random. Looks great on your cv's ESL but it is worse for the scene. India has no competitive scene nor even a tier2 team. Might as well fly some random ppl for a nice trip..
2014-07-21 21:57
Na'Vi, ESG, CphW, Titan, mouz, Epsilon, Flipside, Alternate,Planetkey Dynamics, Berzerk, DAT, Aligon, etc. And only 6 places for all these teams?
2014-07-21 21:58
Russia monte:)
2014-07-21 22:19
Shit just got real :O
2014-07-21 22:00
indian vs nip ; map overpass
2014-07-21 22:00
Match of the year.
2014-07-21 22:36
indian team to win 16-14
2014-07-21 23:23
2014-07-21 22:00
lol what a joke
2014-07-21 22:01
such waste
2014-07-21 22:01
2014-07-21 22:02
2014-07-21 22:03
WTF ? Why ? Why waste a slot for Stupid indian teams? when they arent good enough to compete. Come on could have invited Flipsid3.
2014-07-21 22:03
stupid coz they are not good enough, are you even an indian kid? either support your countrymen or go bet skins and dance like u always do, our scene is non-existent thanks to tards like you who neither grow nor let others do.
2014-07-21 22:22
Go bet your skins ? and dance like you always do ? Bye retard :)
2014-07-21 22:34
It really is non-existent though. The Indian teams don't compare to the other Asian teams either so this is just a waste.
2014-07-21 22:39
Better grasp what i meant here, i said its non-existent coz of lack of events or exposure, not coz the teams are bad which they might, know for a fact that there are plenty of viewers/players from india, if no1 tries to invite or support countries which don't have exports, they will remain non-existent.
2014-07-22 04:26
fuck u traitor
2014-07-21 22:23
Traitor for writing the truth ? Indian logic.
2014-07-21 22:34
I bet u r one of those indians who study in india and go work as a slave for a govt of other country. Learn to respect ur country no matter how poor or bad it is
2014-07-21 22:39
That is actually really bad nationalistic logic. Would have been way better to hold an Asian qualifier and atleast make them work for the slot. As it is now, they barely compare to other Asian teams.
2014-07-21 22:45
See? Indian fucked up logic. This is why india sucks at everything. Retards everywhere.Cant see the truth when its staring you in the face.
2014-07-21 23:14
Its logic to blame that you kids act so arrogant and stop being a bit optimistic, again with the India sucks topic, seems you take pride in saying you suck harder yourself. No one is saying that Indian team is gonna rekk in the qualifiers and go to the playoffs especially not with support of your kind, its a matter of chance and exposure, agreed there are other better countries too though. So let our country have a go at it and support them like you should or just stay out of it.
2014-07-22 04:41
I will give you one simple reason to support this move. Support the Indian team going to the ESL Cologne for two reasons 1)Your country LMAO 2)All these butthurt european kids writing Indians are terrorists let them play T side will get more butthurt :)
2014-07-22 11:53
brain dead?? so nazis were good just because they thought about their own country and fellow germans? blind patriotism is always bad...this slot is a waste to be honest...people want good matches and entertainment...i bet except indians no one is going to watch that match with a 16-0 rape....india first needs to compete with other asian countries, gain some foothold on the scene build some reputation and then should try out globally
2014-07-21 23:52
Actually, even If its gonna be a 16-0 rape, i think the first couple of Indian matches will draw some crowd. Hell, i got fucking curious. Now i wanna see them play. And maybe If they suckar really hard, indian kids starts thinking "oh hell no, i wanna represent india next time and be the best" -(with apu pronounciation ofc
2014-07-22 01:24
Read this u idiot vegeta.
2014-07-22 14:47
Bro if u dont know top indian players daily play against asian players !
2014-07-23 01:23
u wot m8
2014-07-22 04:22
I love your brutal honesty and the rage of your countrymen XD
2014-07-22 07:19
fuck you prateek sahoo
2014-07-22 11:31
Fuck you too bro ;)
2014-07-22 14:48
Slovakia giveitup
2014-07-21 22:05
Go to school and learn to spell first
2014-07-21 23:04
Slovakia giveitup
2014-07-22 00:53
are you retarded guys? yes sure you find 100 better teams in Europe but we need CS:GO to go global thats reason why no IEM for CS:GO... we need teams from Asia and India etc doesnt matter if they will be best to compete top teams... it bring more viewers from this regions
2014-07-21 22:06
If you need teams from Asia then host SEA qualifiers where all the asians can compete and qualify for the main tournament
2014-07-21 22:11
"yes sure you find 100 better teams in Europe but we need CS:GO to go global thats reason why no IEM for CS:GO" CS:GO won't show up in IEM anyway lol, ESL ONE are hosting CS and DOTA tournament while DOTA is already global. Valve is giving money to ESL to host a great tournament and they are wasting it, that's like you would be okay with TI5 inviting team from Congo because they want to expand to Africa "doesnt matter if they will be best to compete top teams.." thats enough, lets host a 250k$ tournament with random teams, not matter their level is "it bring more viewers from this regions" inb4 +100 viewers, could have been 100 times better with China/Korea/Japan
2014-07-21 22:13
ok but if you dont give chance team from poor region to compete they would probably never compete EU teams I know everybody wants best teams at moment in the event but that might be investition to the future... If this teams never compete aganist the best they never become good ....
2014-07-21 22:21
I agree with you, but starts with small things, like ESWC seems to be a good start. But well ESL ONE only features 16 teams which is already not a lot at all, and they are wasting one slot. If ESL want to expand to Asia maybe they could start with something a little bit smaller, but not the 3rd biggest major in 10+ years of CS history. ^_^ and if they do, at least try to get the best team out there, they could at least host a qualifier which features more countries. I suppose they are not even aware of one India CS:GO team ffs x)
2014-07-21 22:26
Thats true. They should start on smaller tournaments not major tournament. But most people want completely eliminate them because match end 16:3. Yes of course from beginning... but they need time and experience to start compete them and it bring more viewers, players of game and money in game, 250K can be joke and they play for money like TI4. I know its long future but maybe possible
2014-07-21 22:43
That's what ESCW does, but ESL is supposed to bring the best teams, why can't you expand global with china, brazil, etc
2014-07-22 00:15
They might as well add awp_india to the map pool. They're trolling so might as well go all the way.
2014-07-21 22:07
Also : "The organizers have also expressed desire to hire a coach who would be expected to help the winning team prepare during their bootcamp, preferably a former pro player with coaching experience. They indicated that all expenses such as travel, accommodation, as well as lodging and food allowance would be covered." Full trip sponsored. And a coach. xD Devilwalk please :P
2014-07-21 22:08
I wonder if any other team will get this kind of treatment lol XD
2014-07-22 07:30
any country in the middleeast would've been better really lmao.
2014-07-21 22:12
yea no..
2014-07-21 22:19
u guys better in real life cs
2014-07-21 22:24
While India is bad choice for this, any team in the middle east would have been way worse.
2014-07-21 22:42
Where did u base that off?have you followed any middle east tournament and indian tournaments to base your opinion because I have.
2014-07-22 01:41
we want to see them play with guns inside the computer not outside
2014-07-21 23:06
I love when people fell for my bait and start saying nonsense and most of the okay csgo middle east teams are better than your best csgo team and that's a fact and I am sure kyan1te who casted many of the middle east tournaments will approve.
2014-07-22 01:22
yea my bad that i fell for that bait :( who is kyan1te? tomorrow he would say middle east teams are better than EU teams and i know u would believe that too
2014-07-22 06:30
Kyan1te is a caster for multiple csgo events.
2014-07-22 08:26
kyan1te who?
2014-07-22 09:10
maa chudane gaya kyan1te, MODI ftw~ \m/
2014-07-22 09:25
Seems like your acting stupid now so I rest my case here and I won't argue with you.
2014-07-22 12:53
u really acted stupid to ask a 4000 follower streamer who has probably not casted any SEA games
2014-07-22 17:22
he still watched sea games as far as i know so ur the stupid one and the point still stands untill proven wrong middleeast top teams are better than indian top teams if they are actually topteams in the first place.
2014-07-22 18:30
u arent proving anything over here, only saying x>y and u can ask xyz that x>y
2014-07-23 06:36
ISIS best cs go team
2014-07-22 11:40
Ignore them...this is the general indian mindset...which i am sick of.
2014-07-22 11:50
Im from india??? or how can have india mindset in swedanye?
2014-07-22 12:41
this move is to atract gamers from india to play csgo
2014-07-21 22:16
Most people already do. Ever little kid here has steelseries and razer gear.its sickening to watch. Dont know how to play , but everyone has a 40$ mouse. Steelseries and razer sells the most stuff in india i guess :/
2014-07-21 22:37
Im indian, get me over there, lets go to cologne!
2014-07-21 23:12
lets gooooooooooo
2014-07-22 11:50
Seems like a bull shit. But form other hand this can be nice step to right direction expanding csgo in some new places and who knows, maybe in event we will se a pretty decent team from India, best of luck! :)
2014-07-21 22:21
Ony teem that have practiced Overpass and Cobble, INdia4go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2014-07-21 22:18
NA slot would have been better, or just add another spot for eu qualifiers.
2014-07-21 22:19
Or Brazil. Would love to see fallen's "we will win everything" team.
2014-07-21 22:20
he's probably too busy playing CrossFire right now =))
2014-07-21 22:45
Dude the only top teams from us are IBUYPOWER and CompLexity better with another eu spot
2014-07-22 04:34
LunatiK could put up a decent showing almost beat iBP and coL a few times.
2014-07-22 06:51
Feeling good for Indian players,they can go big now. Nice decision +1
2014-07-21 22:25
dam i had to laugh^
2014-07-21 22:25 too. But not to see the slot given to us...but seeing ppl complaining about it ;)
2014-07-21 22:49
Poland mki`
The problem is that there first needs to be a grass roots scene. This team won't do well, and after this event will disappear once more since there is no good competition in India. What I'm saying is: if you want the CS:GO scene in India to grow, you start from the bottom, not from the top.
2014-07-21 22:26
exactly +1
2014-07-21 22:27
Couldn't have said it better myself, they should have picked teams from other Asian countres that have a scene(China in particular) or perhaps Brazil or South Africa.
2014-07-21 22:39
or at least have an asian qualifier (would be the best solution)
2014-07-23 01:43
Europe midi
Better give a slot to China, they have somewhat experienced players there.
2014-07-21 22:27
and in compensation , India gives it's slot to Moscow 5 .
2014-07-21 22:28
I was thinking about the vacation and look it's here offence :-)....hope this time we could do something better :-)
2014-07-21 22:29
why not give it to china what the fuck... valve should take over the organizing of their events seriously, esl is fucking retarded. gg, indians, seriously? i bet there will be people playing in indian qualifiers who have never seen the game before in their and just wanna try it out like bingo, whoever is more luckier wins a free trip to germany LOL. what a disgrace and an insult to every cs go fan. fuck ESL.
2014-07-21 22:33
Willywonka go to ur choc factory n shove up all the chocolates inside ur chinise ass kid. There are so many pro players in india n i bet they will qualify for quarterfinals.
2014-07-21 22:39
Yeah.... not happening brah.
2014-07-21 23:17
2014-07-21 22:35
I think its the same giving the slot to a shit team like Berzerk or a random indian team. They will lose all their matches anyway.
2014-07-21 22:36
Prepare your anus guys otherwise you know what happens...
2014-07-21 22:37
Pakistan $Bills$
2014-07-21 22:40
Brasil team would be nice with FalleN in team.
2014-07-21 22:42
Why not host an Asian qualifier at least...
2014-07-21 22:49
where can i find any indian CSGO teams?(serious question)
2014-07-21 22:50
in India... :P (serious answer)
2014-07-22 12:13
I think indian guys are so funny actors
2014-07-21 22:53
Better watch bollywood BC.
2014-07-22 09:30
And where is here justice? How many teams need to play qualification, top20 teams playing each other to get spot for this tournamet and then valve said, oh w8, lets give India spot. Why they desrve more that spot then other Asian team? They cant get Asian crowd with that. They should give slot for some country who have history in cs, like is South Korea (They had we made fox and that was good team, so i guess that this country have a lot potentional), China (they alrdy have some solid teams who played vs EU teams), Thiland and etc. If they giving slots like that, why they didnt SA teams?
2014-07-21 22:54
2014-07-21 22:55
Are you kidding me! The csgo scene in South Africa is bigger and more competitive than India and they irrational decide on them :(, I'm going to cry now.please ESL one gief slot plox !!
2014-07-21 23:00
its all about money
2014-07-21 23:06
stiil believe that ... why not brazil ? years ago brazil top in cs , but no more qualifys
2014-07-21 23:21
It's actually a good thing to see csgo expand to have a wider fanbase throughout asia. BUT! Giving one slot to india isn't good enough, they should have had a regional qualifier in india for SEA. And then have one in MENA/AFRICA/SOUTH AMERICA. each winner should go to europe and have them a playoff both teams that reach the final get two slots. It will surely increase viewership. But i think valve just looked at the numbers and saw that indians play csgo more than other countrties (SOUTHAFRICA,SOUTHAMERICA,MENA) and just went for it. Anyways goodluck to the indians.
2014-07-21 23:11
Well, that is what people makes mad. Giving India free spot, and not to other asian teams. They should play qualification, not to pay to play. Still think that China, South Korea, Thiland, can give cs:go more viewers, and for sure better teams.
2014-07-21 23:46
Intelligent move by ESL?
2014-07-21 23:43
Well I'am all for trying to promote cs, but does India have a stronger scene than other countries e.g brazil? I really dont wanna sound rude nor offensive but I assume that the team from India is gonna make one group significantly easier to progress from - unless they have great teams overthere?
2014-07-21 23:57
they wanna make india more stronger,competitive country since China CS:GO is compromised by CS:O
2014-07-22 00:00
But i kinda fail to see how one spot for an international event will change that. CPL picked up CSS once, didnt do anything good for the scene. WCG once picked up CSS, didnt do anything good for the scene. CGS picked up CSS and that SURELY didnt do anything for the scene. If ESL wants to help the Indian CSGO scene to develop they should host ESL events like EPS germany etc. (and i dont know if they already do that, i just doubt India is as strong as other nations)
2014-07-22 00:04
well, they should help, but they should made some qualification, and not to invite some random team on 250k tournament, and wasting spot.
2014-07-22 00:17
There will be qualification, next time read the text lol :D
2014-07-22 03:03
You didnt get my point. Yeah, qualification only between Indian teams, they will not have to face EU teams there, but if some Serbian team would try to play qualification, they will have to face vs some EU teams, not teams from Serbia.
2014-07-22 03:56
Yeah i though you might think about that, maybe global asian qualification would be better choice.
2014-07-22 15:24
idk for CSS how it was exactly, i followed CS1.6 for a years, and teams from India,Kazahstan,Korea,China,Uzbekistan were always welcomed in tournaments, even they were low but as you told me now, probably this year ESL will give a slot for team from India, and they will never do same again :)
2014-07-22 00:19
Well , big step was ESL being introduced in India... ESL had 4 weekly tournaments... Even in these 4 weekly tournaments...A team managed to hack its way to victory in Weekly Cup #3. They logged into ESL wire from a separate PC and played GO from another.. Sad to say...But adding 1 slot to the BEST CSGO tournament will not help anything. ESWC is still ok...they want more countries to participate. But ESL ONE is only for the elite.. 15 pro teams and 1 noob team :/
2014-07-22 11:53
2014-07-22 00:00
this is bullshit.
2014-07-22 00:05
India rly?
2014-07-22 00:10
hahahahahahaha,even India will have a spot and Brazil don't,OMG LMFAO.Seriously now,i miss the good old CS days here in Brazil,now is all about fucking LoL and Crossfire,god i hate these players from favelas who think is pro.
2014-07-22 00:13
CS 1.6, one love, one memmory, one perfect game ;)
2014-07-22 00:20
one dead game
2014-07-22 07:24
after 7:1 no more invites for noobs.
2014-07-22 18:46
nailed it..
2014-07-22 19:14
Yeah,CS players was playing in that team right?
2014-07-23 00:20
status of a brazilian guy on facebook Am ashamed to go out with my German Shepherd coz instead of barking,hes laughing
2014-07-23 22:01
man i don't feel like esl thought this through are there even any teams in india and that region to actually compete on that level of skill?
2014-07-22 00:15
Latvia shtx
India Gaming Carnival... Do you remember that? :)))
2014-07-22 00:25
2014-07-22 00:30
+1 to esl..for giving a chance to India. To be true they are far behind in terms of hardware but i think they can gIVE a stuff competition..holey we play on 100+ ping :/ .JUST LIVE WITH IT..TRY IT OUT NO CRITICISM
2014-07-22 00:34
Nice step my ESL giving some chance to Asian team and hope our Neighbours Take some wins :D GL India :)
2014-07-22 00:40
yes yes yes
2014-07-22 06:08
ahaha :P
2014-07-22 11:53
United Kingdom smoggy:.
indias best teams should have had a qually from the start and same goes for the south american regions. saying that still nice to see india included, gl to the teams!
2014-07-22 00:57
It's not really fair of the organizers to pay this team everything, while every other team has to pay their flights etc by themselves! They shouldn't favor anyone...
2014-07-22 01:03
Stream to break 1m viewers. Heard it here first! Congrats india ignore the hate and do your best :)
2014-07-22 01:08
India Srsly?
2014-07-22 01:53
Yes, they are serious :p
2014-07-22 12:13
i am indian and let me tell you, being indian is actually a great thing. we have beautiful people and we have ugly people. just like any race. I for 1 am a great person, have great friends, and i take care of every one that is in my life and i am glad to do it, and for that i have people that love me around me. also, indian parents are one of the best parents you can have. sometimes they can be really strict, but they will take care of you no matter what, and they will buy you what ever it is that you need. as long as your not a selfish ****head. Also, we all have great jobs, lots of money and a family that we all love and take care off
2014-07-22 02:24
You may have compared HLTV with an oral presentation manuscript. I'm not judging
2014-07-22 02:35
are you really talking about india?
2014-07-22 10:35
Great story i suggest you make a soap opera about it
2014-07-22 07:12
What about Greenland?
2014-07-22 02:32
I understand you want to make the scene grow but atleast bring out a team from China instead of fucking... that.
2014-07-22 02:36
Where's Algeria?
2014-07-22 02:39
for some guys , who will answer with negative things , we have some good teams all what we need is tournaments , if kind of qualifier will happen , that's going to be great !
2014-07-22 02:49
Better give it to China
2014-07-22 02:49
Wake up nuck heads.. It's a game, each and every country will get a slot !! Fkn Racists !
2014-07-22 02:50
umadbro? There are nearly 200 countries and only 16 slots (8 if your remove the invited teams).
2014-07-22 03:27
something related to india hmmm .. most comments :D
2014-07-22 02:51
prctc karna chalu karde mote. :D
2014-07-22 09:33
WOW. #facepalm 1 slot wasted for Australia and 1 for India. It would have been so much better to hand them out to EU teams or part of a BYOC qualifier.
2014-07-22 03:26
Vox actually had a pretty decent showing last time. They can actually do some damage.
2014-07-22 04:38
Yea we've all heard of vox and they're a good org trying to get better and stay around, if this invite helps showcase a new org for top players in india its worth it otherwise no.
2014-07-22 06:01
If I'm not mistaken, the organization that is hosting the ESL qualifiers in India, will be Sponsoring the qualified team and will act as the org under whose banner the team will play.
2014-07-22 06:36
"decent" is being used loosely here... If you look at teams struggling for a slot at the event : Teams that would wipe the floor with Vox : ESG, Titan, CPH Wolves, NaVi, Epsilon, flipsid3, mouz, Reason Then there are team that should at least have an equal chance as Vox and are on a similar level : PKD, USSR, ex-h2k, overgaming, k1ck, that-finnish-team, All In All of those teams and only 6 slots to go around. I don't like how Vox always gets a free trip to Europe for essentially not doing shit in the tournament.
2014-07-22 07:34
I partialy can agree with what you are saying but VOX is by far always a better pick than an indian team :D
2014-07-22 07:40
Yup... But's that's like saying having herpes is better than having AIDS. Neither is desirable. The indian slot is a total waste as well. I covered that in #256.
2014-07-22 08:39
You do state valid points. But having an Oceanic team flying in, who do have the potential to beat some of the teams you have mentioned is worth it imo. We need more regions participating. And outside of EU and US, I think VOX deserve it the most.
2014-07-22 08:36
I agree that it's nice to see participation from more regions, but NOT at the cost of other elite teams when 250K USD is at stake in one of the biggest tournaments. You have to keep in mind that they haven't been able to take a single map off a Tier-2 team till date. AND they have had a shot at both the 250k tournaments before this. Maybe it's time to give chance to a Chinese/Korean/Brazilian team instead of Vox, if we're just freely handing out invites like that?
2014-07-22 08:47
I see what you are saying, but I'm going to come at this from my perspective. Firstly, it most certainly isn't a "a free trip to Europe". It costs roughly 12,000 AUD for flights and accommodation. I know you were probably talking more about qualification, not the actual cost. But I believe Vox were invited to EMS One because they put in the resources and effort to fly overseas to compete with the worlds best. Something no other team or organisation outside of NA/EU is willing or able to do. As for giving other countries a chance ("Chinese/Korean/Brazilian team instead of Vox"), Vox proved they are well ahead of the rest of the SEA scene at MSI Beat It back in November. I'm sure if Vox are given the chance to compete at a significant SEA event again they would be more than happy to attend and prove they are still the best team in SEA. The problem is the scene over there is very patchy, and I don't even think there is even an MSI Beat It tournament for CS:GO this year. I also think that Australia has the strongest/most active Counter-Strike scene and community outside of Europe/Eastern Europe and North America. I don't know this for a fact, but I don't hear much about any other communities. So again we're 3rd choice in that respect. So while yes, it could be said that teams such as flipsid3, mouz, Reason etc potentially deserve a spot over Vox - I think it's pretty clear that Vox Eminor are the only team outside of NA/EU that deserve a slot in major tournaments.
2014-07-22 11:16
"Free trip" because 9-16th prize effectively guarantees that the travel expenses are almost covered. Would Vox travel to a tournament which did not absolutely guarantee it? Possible but extremely unlikely. Even random indian organizations would be willing to travel to the tournament with a guaranteed 5000$ prize. And yes, I could concede that Vox are the next best option outside NA/EU, but why consider the next best option when there are better teams available in EU to begin with? If it was the first time, a case could have been made. Vox has tried 2 times and failed to take a single map against any known team. Why keep pushing them into these huge tournaments rather than teams who have a genuine chance of upsetting other teams and actually getting a result out of it?
2014-07-22 11:38
You really think they wasted spot for Aussis? I don't.
2014-07-22 09:32
#329 Do you have a logical argument (besides geographical diversity) why one of those teams shouldn't get the slot instead?
2014-07-22 11:24
Dont you think it has to start somewhere.Its ESL one now and next ESWC, maybe other events might start including asian qualifiers. we start competing in more events and hopefully start improving. if we sit and complain about oppurtunities like this when will there be any exposure to intnl cs. NExt year? after that? or 3 years down the line, itl be the same story and same ppl hopefully this is the start of something good.we may not win anything this year or next year, but 2 years of attending events like this some team from india might do some damage
2014-07-22 16:57
...and burma will be a world super power. The teams have to prove their worth before tournament organizers start handing out free slots. There is no "we" in this. I don't give a shit if an Indian team makes it big in CS (or esports or not). I'm thinking about this from an objective standpoint and it's totally unfair to teams that are actually good and work hard to be good at the game. Much unlike Indian teams that are happy to stomp local opposition on pure aim and then get buttraped when they play international.
2014-07-22 17:29
how do they exactly prove their worth?. in the non existent asian competitions? other than the top 5-8 teams (NIP,titan,VP,dignitas,Navi,HR,fnatic,LDLC etc) most other european teams will never get past the playoffs despite having the best possible environment, opportunity, organisations, sponsors to play in. so a slot to a indian team or a 2nd tier european team wont make much difference as both will get butt raped by the top teams on lan.
2014-07-23 12:52
Dominating other Asian teams would be a good starting point of proving their worth. It's not like ATE is dominating Orange esports, Tyloo etc to begin with (And even those are teams with zero hope in EU tournaments). 2nd Tier European teams have a very legitimate shot of actually making it to top 8 (and a very respectable cash prize). Also, Ref #353.
2014-07-23 13:20
I really dont understand this.. GOOD european teams are having a hard time qualifying for this event, but just because u are from a different part of the world u can compete in this big tournament even if u would loose pretty hard in the european qualifiers and even in the american qualifiers. I dont care where the teams are from, I just want to see good games and im afraid that the indian team will get kinda stomped...
2014-07-22 03:42
And I want $1 million prize pool and next International with csgo. This brings us closer to this, so I'm happy.
2014-07-22 07:46
Yes, the point of choosing India is to make the game grow.. There a lot of Indiangamers... literally a lot. but none of us play seriously as we don't have tournaments like we used to have during the early 2006 days. So if they capture the Indian market, there will be a huge boom in money for E-Sports.. It will not only increase the prize pool but also give another reason to host more tournaments and get more European n Indian players to take gaming seriously
2014-07-24 20:53
good news but ... no China/Korea slot? The esports potential is there.
2014-07-22 03:50
So many dumbs saying it's waste of slot I can't believe it. All top teams are there so it's GREAT to see more teams outside of Europe in CS tournaments. Little close-minded peeps not seeing the bigger picture of those events and great opportunity to increase CS:GO role. YES - such teams can give it.
2014-07-22 04:11
They say its a waste of a slot bc any Indian team will be leagues and leagues below everyone else at the event, and they are 20 better teams that could be in that slot that might actually make it out of group
2014-07-22 05:17
Let me put it this way so you can understand Any EU team > Any Indian team Indian team in Cologne= Easy win and easy group for any EU/NA/AU team Get it?
2014-07-22 07:35
you're so dumb that you just wrote just the thing I highlighted as statement of people who got no idea why they decided to invite Indian team. Ye. I guess you're too stupid to understand anything. No worries, blame genetics. Not gonna try to explain you anything, it would take like... ages?
2014-07-25 00:59
Are you actually brain dead? O.o
2014-07-25 21:55
gL ! :D
2014-07-22 04:11
sorry to say this but i think even a girl team can beat the best team from india
2014-07-22 04:35
India vs Australia final, heard it here first
2014-07-22 05:09
hahaha.... dhoni kicking clarke's ass ? xD
2014-07-22 06:09
Clarke aka jks ripping up a 40 bomb more like it
2014-07-22 07:29
2014-07-22 11:56
Good news for someones group i guess
2014-07-22 05:15
Aache din aa rahe hai! #ModiPower
2014-07-22 05:28
2014-07-22 05:52
United Kingdom peaks
this is direct insult to China. they will not forgive or forget
2014-07-22 05:38
what if India vs australia in final ? ahem this is not cricket :D
2014-07-22 09:02
Suck it , bitch
2014-07-23 10:06
Hahahaha ;) nice 1 broda :-)
2014-07-22 05:44
wow thanks a lot great news :D
2014-07-22 05:53
wait wait wait is shazam leading though? omg
2014-07-22 05:54
Think of ELS like the Olympics. They want the best in the world competing, not the best in EU. They have devoted enough slots for EU, they give one to Oceanic, and one to South Asia, and everyone's annoyed. When all it's going to do is help expand the game you all play. Viewers in streams will go up, steam purchases, prize pools ect. People are so ignorant. Yeah sure it might make one group a bit easier. But it's like that in every competition/sport. ELS would have thought about this very thoroughly
2014-07-22 06:26
Why would anyone want to watch for example 5 indian newbies getting 16-0 by NiP in group stages?
2014-07-22 07:10
So that one day one of those stomped teams gets the experience to put up a fight eventually and maybe their home countries support cs go and esports even more?
2014-07-22 07:13
Not on a 250k tournament ;)
2014-07-22 07:13
250k majors are the ones that have the money to invite offshore teams, u'd think sltv should invite?
2014-07-22 07:18
Yes because ESL is the best tournament in CS GO so far and it should be played with the best teams on the scene not a free win wannabe team
2014-07-22 07:24
You've lost track of what you're arguing i suppose, get some rest to ur brain cells.
2014-07-22 07:55
ESL doesn't typically give travel money. This is an exceptional case. Invites shouldn't be a problem but they would never travel because they know they won't do shit at the tournament. This is not much unlike the shitty Indian reservation system.
2014-07-22 09:01
Again, won't do shit and trying to do shit one day is the difference I'm trying to state. Agreed that the travel money thing is a bit odd.
2014-07-22 09:50
Like I said this is like the reservation system in Indian education system. More qualified candidates get shoved into a black hole and "minorities" get all the cake.
2014-07-22 11:30
The only one loosing track here is sadly your little brain im making the same point from the start your shit team is taking the spot a better EU team should get because its 10 times better period
2014-07-22 17:23
my shit team, like i made and sent a team? it was esl/valve's decision to give a team from our country a chance so they can make cs go more popular here, coz we do have lotta viewers, do u even have brain/eyes brah? nvm.
2014-07-22 17:38
Do you have a brain at all? at all i mean ?
2014-07-22 19:16
2014-07-22 10:24
China,Brazil,Balkan > India
2014-07-22 07:09
india?? u kidding one of their pro team hacks like bitches wtf
2014-07-22 07:12
Hare Krishna Guys!
2014-07-22 07:26
hare Rama
2014-07-22 09:00
Jai Shree Krishna brother!
2014-07-22 10:33
har har mahadev :D
2014-07-22 11:29
God damnit when will i get to see some chinese teams surprising again at LAN like before :(
2014-07-22 07:31
2014-07-22 07:43
2014-07-22 07:49
2014-07-22 08:59
missing dennis and the LGB lineup :/
2014-07-22 07:52
Good decision. We need to give everybody a chance!! Respect for ESL and ESWC!
2014-07-22 07:59
India doesn't have even one team that can compete in such high level. So it's a waste of slot.
2014-07-22 09:59
I think ESL organizers should make a quilifier exact in a lan place before the main event (lika it was on a ESEA, DH and so on). As I understood the problem is a ping, cause indian teams cant play for a spot with europeans on internet, for example. Of course that would be more expensive, you need to pay for a travel, but still, at least all community will be sure that there are the best of the best teams all over the world. That's not fair when a big part of pro teams don't get their spots cause of such ESL decisions, although there are more reasons for them to get the spots btw.
2014-07-22 07:59
Im going to India!
2014-07-22 08:03
2014-07-22 08:59
CIS Laggy
2014-07-22 08:35
ill informed people on the forum doesnt understand the meaning of wild card entry. :|
2014-07-22 08:52
2014-07-22 09:02
2014-07-22 09:05
good for the Indian teams but east Asia should have a spot..
2014-07-22 09:18
I rather see a team from Brazil, China, Vietnam (Legends preferably), or an additional team from Australia attend.
2014-07-22 09:32
While being an Indian I should support this move, I will not. Period. The thing is that Valve is spending so much money to get an Indian team in Europe with all the travel, coaching and extended bootcamp expenses covered, thinking it would expand CS:GO scene in India. However, it would have been great if all that money was invested in getting official matchmaking servers set up in India, so that we guys can play on <100 ping at least (Right now, we play on Singapore & Indonesian servers with >100 ping).This would have given us more exposure and experience. Investing so much money on a team which nobody has heard of, is to be very honest, a stupid move.
2014-07-22 09:42
yep bhai i agree
2014-07-22 10:53
gg esl, no Romania/balkan teams but India. the best joke i ever seen in my life :))))
2014-07-22 09:44
well there are no good romanian/balkan teams atm, atleast not good enough.
2014-07-22 10:27
aimface is good, even they need a lot of pratice, they are for sure better then Indian teams.
2014-07-22 21:42
Netherlands K1NGBOAZ
Time for M5's Payback. I guess the Indian guys will go home without all their belongings!
2014-07-22 10:04
Do u realize that its IGC was a big mistake and Indian gamers are the M5 side as well? whats wrong with u man. U think we would like our country to be represented like that?
2014-07-24 20:50
Why would you invite a country with low per capita meaning not many would have luxuries like computers. I've never heard of a competitive scene there either. Why not hold a qualifier in China/Japan or something? Especially the "travel, coaching and extended bootcamp expenses covered", this clearly means the Indian teams will not be prepared for this type of event. Face palm.
2014-07-22 10:08
This is seriously messed up logic..No wonder...Murica is so dumb..
2014-07-22 11:59
he's right tho
2014-07-22 12:24
Why would you invite a country with low per capita meaning not many would have luxuries like computers. This is messed up..dont care about the rest.
2014-07-22 12:41
Looking forward to watch those gay looking Indians of ATE.
2014-07-22 10:26
better ask your sister :) how big their dick is
2014-07-22 10:52
what is your point ? they dont look like OTHER GAMERS ?
2014-07-22 11:28
Now I feel like vindaloo.
2014-07-22 10:30
Australia evaD3
Actually lol'd
2014-07-22 14:39
I'd like to see a team from China stands on this such important event. And the skill of Indian team might just like Italian team.
2014-07-22 10:31
yoo, Lets have some Gujarati Pizza brother! ;D
2014-07-22 12:16
instead of doing this valve should try to organize local tournaments constantly and provide sponsers to so that we feel like competing apart from that they do these kinda stuff giving once in a while chance and that 2 aganist best teams how u expect them to perform obviously they will trash out......they should organise tournaments like ems poland ems germany instead of doing this kinda stuff....this ain't gonna help anybody.. :(
2014-07-22 10:33
I agree .. if they want the CS:GO community to grow in a region they need to support it by organising National tournaments instead of doing this for such a huge tournament. :/
2014-07-22 11:28
i wonder what they were thinking....these kinda stuff gonna dust the name of the country nothing more then that....
2014-07-22 11:36
India can not play -_-
2014-07-22 10:53
Terrible decision. And that's two in a row now - after adding overpass and the wannabe-cbble map. Let's be real here for a minute - the only reason India gets a spot is because they've got a huge population and Valve thinks they could gain a lot of income from India, if they give them some exposure. If China got the spot for the same reason, I think most people wouldn't mind, since they've got some legit teams. Only a complete nut-job could say that this move is motivated by the desire of growing the Indian scene. Sending an Indian team in an event where they would get absolutely demolished by everyone isn't how you help grow the scene. That's just some bad PR and could backfire hard, because they would only realize how bad they're compared to the EU scene and that they need to put some impossible effort to catch up. Some people really need to sit somewhere alone and think real good and hard on what's needed to grow a scene and not spout bs crap.
2014-07-22 11:11
They simply wanted this LAN qualifier to be ESL India's debut to give them enough exposure
2014-07-22 12:19
What kind of exposure are they talking about?? Inviting a team to europe and making them play against one of the best teams in the world give exposure to only 5 people, not all the gamers from india..
2014-07-22 12:24
2014-07-22 12:29
dafuq? why not china?
2014-07-22 12:30
china like a dota,DK,NewBee,Vici Gaming
2014-07-22 13:10
The slot belong to sweden or france..they have the majority of the best teams.
2014-07-22 12:34
Not a great move but hopefully countrymen can get something outta it !
2014-07-22 14:33
Australia evaD3
I'd much rather see an Indian team than another Swedish team. Even if they get smashed. 14 teams from Europe and North America, 2 from elsewhere. IMO though it should be 32 teams with more countries/regions included. Hopefully we are moving toward that in the future. I am stoked that Vox are going. As I'm sure all you Swedes, Norwegians etc are cheering for your home teams, us Aussies will be cheering for Vox, win or lose.
2014-07-22 14:45
ESWC is a global event. ESL is THE ELITE EVENT OF CS:GO , where only the top teams should be allowed to come,no matter where they are from :/
2014-07-22 14:51
Any teams that loses more than 6-7 rounds against indian team should disband...And if anyone loses,they should just disband and withdraw from the tournament.
2014-07-22 14:53
-india +china or brazil
2014-07-22 15:42
2014-07-22 16:00
tHm | 
Denmark tHm
wtf, why India of all places? :D
2014-07-22 17:04
It is a really nice move. We need to see China, South America and SEA too.
2014-07-22 17:14
Well ESL india was hosting weekly cups in india to get final 8 teams for ESL India Qualifier. Teams are Virtual Impact formerly known as LxG, ATE or U5 has good chances. I don't know much about u5 but Virtual Impact has good chances so far coz they beat most of the teams online as well as over LAN. VI does have some potential & lets get over "why indian team is invited to ESL Cologne ? ". ESL has big picture than any in HLTV atm.
2014-07-22 17:15
southeast east asia have better player? Go go orange , I would say that singapore, indonesia and malaysia need to be expose in larger tournament like this.
2014-07-22 18:14
NodwinGaming supporting Indian CS Scene. We recently had a 4weekly ESL Tournaments with total 1.2lac INR Cash Prize. Good going.
2014-07-22 21:28
Oh god, such threads makes me laugh every fucking time. Good luck to the team who qualifies and enjoy your time out!
2014-07-22 21:51
wonder how long it will take for an asian qualifier, three majors and we have an indian one.........
2014-07-23 04:07
are they stupid? give another slot to scandinavian team or at least a country with a single team
2014-07-23 16:51
snorlax,shiffu and co...
2014-07-24 04:15
Virtual Impact will qualify from India
2014-07-24 06:26
MaD kis team me h?
2014-07-24 08:26
idk check esl india site wha mil jyega
2014-07-24 08:35
Good move ! Why is everyone mad at India.. do u relaize how much money E-Sports will get if India becomes active ? Don't believe me? Google "IPL". We just don't have enough tournaments for anyoen to take this seriously.. come on guys 1 Billion people.. U ppl saw how chinese contributed to E-Sports, Indians can too.. big time !
2014-07-24 16:20
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