IEM Katowice qualifiers announced

ESL has announced the details for the qualifiers for the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Katowice.

The Spodek Arena, in Katowice, will stage from March 2-6 the World Championship, an event which will mark the end of the current Intel Extreme Masters season.

Twelve of the world's finest teams will be competing for their part of a $250,000 prize pool in the tournament, which will begin with two round-robin six-team groups.


Top eight from the Cluj-Napoca major invited for IEM Katowice 

The winners from the group stage, which will be played behind closed doors on March 2-3, will advance to the semi-finals, while the second and the third-place finishers will be placed in the quarter-finals.

Eight of the participating teams will be invited based on their results at the previous major, DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca. Should any of these teams decline to play at the event, ESL will issue more invitations based on its world ranking.

The following eight teams have been invited to take part at IEM Katowice:

France EnVyUs CIS Na`Vi
Europe G2 Sweden NiP
Denmark questionmark Poland Virtus.pro
Brazil Luminosity Sweden fnatic

Three of the final four spots will be filled through regional qualifiers, while the last place will go to the winner of the Asian Minor Championship, the Intel Extreme Masters Taipei.

To sign up for the qualifiers, visit the following links:

Nice
2016-01-11 20:36
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Nice
2016-01-11 20:36
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#21
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Italy Sh0WN
Expected
2016-01-11 20:36
12 replies
CSGO back to IEM WC! Fuck yeah! This is going to be the best cs major in hostory!
2016-01-11 21:25
10 replies
It's not a major rofl
2016-01-11 21:29
8 replies
MIRAA wrong like always. The prize pool will be over 250k. twitter.com/mbCARMAC/status/686641287622.. "Michal Blicharz ‏@mbCARMAC @lTZII @csgo_dev our prize pool will be over 250K :D" so yeah. It will be a supermajor.
2016-01-11 21:49
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prize pool is a like a major, however this is not a official major tournament since valve stopped sponsoring this like katowice 2014 and 2015. the 8th Major CsGO tournament will be in ohio,usa last day of march to april 1st week.
2016-01-11 22:10
I know. #127. It will be World Championship (a spuer major). The biggest event in cs history.
2016-01-11 21:50
5 replies
Biggest event..... doesn't even have 16 teams...... not even a valve funded major..... just a normal IEM tournament.....
2016-01-12 01:31
3 replies
reporting low quality trolltard
2016-01-12 01:31
2 replies
okay syria, just don't blow me up, I'm surprised you can even speak english and not just bomb
2016-01-12 01:34
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k IS lover
2016-01-12 01:45
it will definetly not be the biggest event in cs history, are you retarded or trolling? the biggest prizepool yes, but that doesnt mean its the biggest event.. and there is no such thing as a "super major", its just a lan with a big prize pool
2016-01-14 12:21
calm down guys lol
2016-01-12 01:43
+1
2016-01-11 22:37
rip #1
2016-01-11 20:37
nice
2016-01-11 20:41
Nice
2016-01-11 20:55
1 reply
Nice
2016-01-11 21:00
eZ
2016-01-11 20:37
nice
2016-01-11 20:36
5 replies
nice try coldzera
2016-01-11 20:39
4 replies
more like fallen, fallens name is gabriel
2016-01-11 20:41
3 replies
nice try TACO
2016-01-11 20:44
2 replies
Ok roca
2016-01-11 20:48
nt stewie2k
2016-01-11 20:49
k
2016-01-11 20:36
#7
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Turkey SG^^
yes
2016-01-11 20:36
ez
2016-01-11 20:36
gl VP
2016-01-11 20:36
yea
2016-01-11 20:36
GOGO
2016-01-11 20:36
#14
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Spain Alser
Great lineup of teams!
2016-01-11 20:36
1 reply
Top 8 HLTV
2016-01-11 21:55
nice
2016-01-11 20:36
ez for fnatic
2016-01-11 20:36
FUCKING HYPE
2016-01-11 20:36
#19
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Poland Mval
:D
2016-01-11 20:36
will this be a major again?
2016-01-11 20:37
2 replies
250k
2016-01-11 20:37
1 reply
didn't answer the question m8...
2016-01-11 20:44
this tournament is not a major, right?
2016-01-11 20:37
2 replies
Not sponsored by Valve but it's 250k so it's a major-like.
2016-01-11 20:50
1 reply
actually,it will be the first event in cs go with prizepool OVER 250k,so i guess we should call it a major
2016-01-11 22:25
ez for s1mple and liquid!!
2016-01-11 20:37
250k ...
2016-01-11 20:37
:D
2016-01-11 20:37
Awoooott
2016-01-11 20:37
ez for for fox
2016-01-11 20:37
is it a major?
2016-01-11 20:37
1 reply
#43
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Poland Redrumowy
nope, MLG took Katowice major spot
2016-01-11 20:39
where is top 10 player pls +1
2016-01-11 20:37
#37
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Germany 1criT
That's nice
2016-01-11 20:38
PLZ stickers, ez money, GL to all!
2016-01-11 20:38
#39
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Lithuania karkeris
Nice
2016-01-11 20:38
#41
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Norway SpicyJuice
Cant wait for this major!
2016-01-11 20:39
nice! gl hf everyone!
2016-01-11 20:39
gj na
2016-01-11 20:39
this event is looking really good
2016-01-11 20:39
Nice ez money for navi
2016-01-11 20:39
1 reply
#168
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Luxembourg alex24
ez 4th place for navi ofc fnatic wins again, damn it
2016-01-12 07:39
so only 250k$? they said i could be more
2016-01-11 20:39
4 replies
they will announce that closer to the tournament to have maximum hype for the potential sponser
2016-01-11 20:42
3 replies
i hope you are right:)
2016-01-11 20:43
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ok thats good thanks for info go IEM lets show velve how to make a good event !
2016-01-11 21:18
I want to hear those crowd go wild again when VP will play :)
2016-01-11 20:40
iem qualifier on esea website dafuq
2016-01-11 20:40
1 reply
ESL and ESEA are both owned by MTG.
2016-01-11 20:44
[*] for c9 Kappa
2016-01-11 20:40
ez for Stewie2k
2016-01-11 20:40
Dota2 4x3000k majors, CSGO 3x250k majors, meh.
2016-01-11 20:41
1 reply
250k is from ESL not from fuc*ing velve so its still big
2016-01-11 20:47
#66
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Turkey FeverSpeed
I hope this will be a major with MLG . I like Katowice
2016-01-11 20:42
WILL THERE BE DROPS AND STICKERS PLEASE TELL ME?
2016-01-11 20:42
7 replies
looks like not cuz velve is fuc*ing shit and prefer low NA tournament then best tournament in the World but in Poland Spodek will be full and we have big community Velve think that if they will give major to NA there will be more players from NA so more money and sponsors...
2016-01-11 20:45
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Ah wow that sounds shit.. Would be lot more fun with drops and stickers tho!
2016-01-11 20:48
2 replies
i dont give a shit about drops with those numbers o viewiers its like win in a lottery and ppl. dont acctualy watch event but only stay to have a drop...
2016-01-11 20:50
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Same here but it would be more fun of drop chance, I usually like to watch all the games since I bet on them and place some pick em stickers as well
2016-01-11 20:54
low? on what grounds do you make that statement? and you act like Katowice not being a major this year will make it any less great. To count it differently from a major is pretty dumb.
2016-01-11 21:48
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i didnt say that... I believe it will be even better then the shity major by velve becouse velve do nothing just throw skin and drops and the show is created by ppl. and ESL with Intel.They will want to show Velve what they lost. And ofc. Europe has as many players as it could be and last even in Vegas shown that they wanna show what game is CS:GO and how many profits sponsors can have from it and the goal is NA cuz community there isnt as big as its in Europe
2016-01-11 22:09
No.
2016-01-11 20:47
fuck MLG
2016-01-11 20:43
The winner of IEM Taipei gets a spot at the Columbus Offline Qualifier as well as IEM Katowice. It will be a huge opportunity for that team.
2016-01-11 20:44
nice teams
2016-01-11 20:44
too bad it is not a major but yea im still gonna enjoy it :)))))))))))
2016-01-11 20:45
"ESL will issue invitations based on their world ranking." XD
2016-01-11 20:45
2 replies
PENTA confirmed
2016-01-11 20:48
Easy for LG
2016-01-12 00:32
finally IEM instead of ESL like in 2014
2016-01-11 20:46
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Bro can you just tell me the difference and if it's gonna be drops and stickers?
2016-01-11 20:46
5 replies
yes, the stickers look cleaner with IEM because ESL puts dumb shit next to the stickers, IEM uses only the logo, team name and the name of the major, in this case a fnatic sticker would say; Fnatic and under it Katowice 2016 and the sticker would be only the fnatic logo
2016-01-11 20:48
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But what about the drops? Many people here told me that there aint gon be no stickers or drops bro
2016-01-11 20:53
This event is not Valve sponsored so there will not stickers. And it is Valve who make the stickers and not IEM or ESL.
2016-01-12 01:21
#99
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Estonia jossd
This is not a Valve sponsored tournament. There will be no stickers and case drops.
2016-01-11 20:58
there won't be drops or stickers. that will be at mlg columbus.
2016-01-11 21:09
>Best teams in the world >NIP is there
2016-01-11 20:50
1 reply
r u kidding?
2016-01-11 21:48
#93
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Brazil Fr4m3
NA teams isn't invited for anything more AUHuaiahia. And they continue to say that prefer be champions of local lans than be a legend. rofl
2016-01-11 20:51
When can i finally buy my tickets? :D Any infos?
2016-01-11 20:51
The winners from the group stage, which will be played behind closed doors on March 2-3 well, that sucks
2016-01-11 20:59
1 reply
it's the same with every event for w/e reason...
2016-01-11 21:11
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Czech Republic tomassks
Hellraisers ?
2016-01-11 21:00
titan mouz cloud9
2016-01-11 21:01
ENCE to qualify :3
2016-01-11 21:06
#106
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Serbia Djomla2
KATOWICE HYPE
2016-01-11 21:07
gooooo g2 <3
2016-01-11 21:27
it will be more money than major over 250k, but the valve will major in NA than again in Katowice;) But I still can not wait for this event and be there again <3
2016-01-11 21:38
gl ENCE
2016-01-11 21:40
LG ez
2016-01-11 21:41
It still gonna be very good tournament in my opinion, 250k prize pool, top 8 from last major invited.
2016-01-11 21:42
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it will be more then 250k carmac said that :)
2016-01-11 22:09
Great invites!
2016-01-12 00:04
No stickers too bad lol MLG will have their auful CoD style stickers lol Valve hates EU CS
2016-01-12 00:18
its not a fkin major
2016-01-12 01:22
C9 aren't gonna qualify LOL
2016-01-12 01:43
Wtf, the registration of european qualifer 2 is already closed ? there's only 2-3 teams with full roster...
2016-01-12 17:28
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thx buddy ! i was looking for that ! kiss from switzerland
2016-01-12 17:58
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#178
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Slovakia montty
ye our team cant register too :/
2016-01-12 18:02
#180
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Czech Republic tomassks
tier 2 tournament
2016-01-12 18:51
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