Virtus.pro, NiP invited to IEM Katowice

Virtus.pro and Ninjas in Pyjamas are the first two teams to be confirmed for the $250,000 IEM Katowice 2017 that will take place from March 1-5.

ESL has revealed the first two teams to receive the invite for the first IEM event of the year which will take place in Katowice, Poland. As was previously announced, the tournament will follow the same format as last year's IEM Katowice and Oakland tournaments, with 12 teams in attendance and round-robin best-of-one groups.


PashaBiceps and co. will be playing in Katowice once again 

The first two invited teams are the home crowd favorites - Virtus.pro, and the team with fans all over the world - NiP. Six more invited teams will be revealed in the coming days, while others will have to try to earn their place in Katowice through a series of open and closed qualifiers.

At the moment, the team list for IEM Katowice is as follows:

Poland Virtus.pro Sweden NiP Other Invite #3 Other Invite #4
Other Invite #5 Other Invite #6 Other Invite #7 Other Invite #8
Europe EU Qualifier #1  Europe EU Qualifier #2  Europe EU Qualifier #3  North America NA Qualifier #1
gl nip!
2017-01-12 21:55
#38
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Germany Bier 
#nomouznocare go MOUZ!!!!
2017-01-12 21:58
#87
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Denmark Cleandog 
Astralis will win if invited. Nip legends deserve 2nd chance :-)
2017-01-12 22:36
what are the Danes hyped with astralis? did they start playing good recently or what?
2017-01-12 22:42
Exactly what I thought. Astralis played pure cancer shit the whole year, won ECS -> instant "EZ Astralis".
2017-01-13 08:20
#155
Nifty | 
Poland doton 
Just One lan, same as g2
2017-01-13 08:24
they surely will need
2017-01-12 22:01
whey must invite nip not posible to qualify
2017-01-12 22:18
#91
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Germany Merkelistan 
lmao +1
2017-01-12 22:42
Yeah, Nip's never qualified for a tournament before, it's unheard of!
2017-01-13 03:29
Nip won 3 big events 2016. Which is more than almost all teams, its tied for first if im not mistaken. Call when ur country gets a scene xD
2017-01-13 12:38
#84
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
should have invited vega squadron
2017-01-12 22:32
Have fun waiting another 10 years for a NA team to win another2 event xD
2017-01-13 12:40
"I am a child who feels a connection to 5 complete strangers who wouldn't give a fuck about me if I were starving. I watch CS for my feelings instead of for making money" - you
2017-01-13 15:24
Lol wtf u on about?
2017-01-21 16:53
#107
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United Kingdom trtr098 
16-2 Vega Squadron never 4get
2017-01-12 23:19
Ez for the poles!
2017-01-12 21:55
#5
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Lithuania Tomekas85 
VP deserved but why nip?
2017-01-12 21:55
Stop baiting
2017-01-12 21:56
couldnt get throw major qualifier therefore they dont deserve an invite. Simple logic
2017-01-12 23:10
NIP = more viewers
2017-01-12 21:57
what a retard xD
2017-01-12 22:01
#57
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Sweden pontus767 
Maybe because they won las IEM tournament?????????
2017-01-12 22:07
polish fans like Krzysiek
2017-01-13 14:55
wow im getting slow
2017-01-12 21:55
next navi?
2017-01-12 21:55
#9
mason | 
Tunisia mason~ 
n1
2017-01-12 21:55
#10
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United States donaldjae 
Astralis top 1 world
2017-01-12 21:55
#11
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Russia Reph 
2-16 lul
2017-01-12 21:55
yey
2017-01-12 21:55
Nice, GL!
2017-01-12 21:55
nip top 5 lul
2017-01-12 21:55
lul nip
2017-01-12 21:55
#17
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Kazakhstan Juandro 
IEM
2017-01-12 21:55
WELL DONE !
2017-01-12 21:55
nip nice joke
2017-01-12 21:55
:)
2017-01-12 21:55
#22
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Europe GytiZ 
WHYYY?
2017-01-12 21:55
#23
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
NiP will lose 2-16 vs fnatic and GeT_RiGhT will have 0.09 rating
2017-01-12 21:55
:D
2017-01-12 22:06
#24
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Germany AAArkaYYY 
NIP fanpage was faster
2017-01-12 21:55
#25
NiKo | 
Bangladesh XalYWero 
nip will win
2017-01-12 21:55
#26
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Ukraine gungrave 
NIP IN 2017 ULU
2017-01-12 21:56
Lol
2017-01-12 21:56
#28
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Russia PS1337 
NiP 2017 cmon
2017-01-12 21:56
#29
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Russia Nikosimus 
Legends never die boiiis
2017-01-12 21:56
#30
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Azerbaijan Talley 
The only way NIP could possibly attend that event.
2017-01-12 21:56
#31
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Croatia mds818 
dopecases .com code ba0047c case opening site
2017-01-12 21:56
IEM Katowice hype!!! why NiP doe..
2017-01-12 21:56
NiP should be glad that their fanbase is so big
2017-01-12 21:56
SK invited NaVi invited OpTiC invited New french super team invited Astralis invited North invited EU Qualifier 1 : Mousesports EU Qualifier 2 : fnatic EU QUalifier 3 : FaZe NA Qualifier : Cloud9
2017-01-12 21:57
cloud9 ? lmao selfless has more chance to qualify
2017-01-12 21:58
Selfless > Cloud9 > Immortals?
2017-01-12 22:05
immortals selfless echo fox cloud9
2017-01-12 22:05
But echo fox isn't a team anymore
2017-01-12 23:21
This has got to be bait, Selfless can barely muster up 6 rounds against c9. TSM and CLG have a better chance of beating c9 than Selfless. But it doesn't really matter as c9 will most likely get the invite due to viewership.
2017-01-12 22:10
selfless would destroy c9 with brehze, youre delusional
2017-01-12 22:14
yeah definatly bait...brehze lol.....
2017-01-13 02:51
his cheats are the best on the market
2017-01-13 14:36
#37
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United Kingdom voxhyy 
VP vs NiP final and VP win 2-0 like old good times :)
2017-01-12 21:57
Or NiP will take revenge on this one :)
2017-01-13 00:01
NiP won the last IEM event, its kinda fair that they are also invited for this one aswell.
2017-01-12 21:58
#42
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Brazil cadik 
another orgs who afraid that nip will not qualify and dont want to lose nipfangrills viewers
2017-01-12 22:01
Katowice event must be February 16. Cuz 2-16, u know.
2017-01-12 22:01
250k tournament in 2017! bravo carmac give more money to Star Craft 2 this fantastic game and army of koreans pros what nobody give shit deserver more attention just fuckign kick this cancer game SC2 and give prize pool to CS:GO and we got 400k tournament in Katowice
2017-01-12 22:04
You obviously have no clue about viewership, as SC2 still retains a higher viewership during tournaments than CS:GO unless its the majors. And Carmac does not set prize pools.
2017-01-12 22:12
i know this game since 2010 where was most popular e-sport tittle even LOL scene not exist yet + before BW era 2000-2010 yesterday on twitch this trash game watch less than 7000 ppl (on all streams english german russian french polish etc..) i talk about 400.000$ tournament with best foreginer players+ koreans also this WESG in china wiki.teamliquid.net/starcraft2/World_Ele..
2017-01-12 22:25
#74
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Sweden ConaN007 
SC2 is dead and we should let it die..
2017-01-12 22:22
Whoever set prize pools it is not enough. Poland deserve to 1 big tournament and in my opinion 250k will not make Katowice prestigious, premier event.
2017-01-13 00:40
What a Surprise XDDDDD
2017-01-12 22:02
#47
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Poland Matt2121 
Vp expected, but why nip?
2017-01-12 22:04
#48
jks | 
United Kingdom FAPPY17 
INVITED: SK Gaming, Optic Gaming, North, Natus Vincere, Astralis, G2/EnVyUs (new french superteam i mean)
2017-01-12 22:04
#49
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Spain akproxx 
nip
2017-01-12 22:04
+SK +Fnatic +Astralis +Cloud9 +Natus Vincere +OpTic +EnVyUs +Kinguin +GODSENT +Hell Raisers
2017-01-12 22:04
#71
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Sweden ConaN007 
-Hellraisers +North -Kinguin +Mousesports or +Gambit
2017-01-12 22:20
gay
2017-01-12 22:49
#160
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Sweden ConaN007 
Kinguin and HR is trash.
2017-01-13 08:47
#164
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Czech Republic LIFTY! 
Yes, HR is trash, thats the reason why they won againts NIP, mouz, C9 and made it to major. HLTV logic.
2017-01-13 12:13
+SK +Fnatic +Astralis +Imortals +Natus Vincere +OpTic +EnVyUs +Kinguin +GODSENT +Hell Raisers xDD
2017-01-12 23:34
RIP NIP
2017-01-12 22:04
GJ VP FOR KATOWICE :P
2017-01-12 22:06
#56
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Germany grabke 
virtus invite never qualified for anything :)
2017-01-12 22:07
but always secure legend status 4Head almost like nazisports
2017-01-12 22:08
jealous? de scene whauhuahauah
2017-01-13 11:23
#58
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France t3r4byt3 
All these morons saying 'Why NiP?' lmao
2017-01-12 22:08
#81
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
you got baited lol
2017-01-12 22:28
quadruple the prize pool for Katowice please, it's been a long time without a good EU crowd
2017-01-12 22:09
NiP is a waste of a slot...
2017-01-12 22:11
why u baiting ?
2017-01-12 22:13
lmao, I'm serious... NiP was a good team but not anymore!
2017-01-12 22:17
#73
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Sweden ConaN007 
Are you retarded?
2017-01-12 22:21
No, I'm not retarded. Are you a retard?
2017-01-12 22:56
NiP is still one of the best team .. they can beat everyone. NiP is a waste of a slot...ahahaha but they won last IEM
2017-01-12 22:25
Last IEM was one year ago! Please stop baiting with 'one of the best team'. They were one of the best team but not anymore...they're like tier 2 team!
2017-01-12 22:58
ahahahah tier2 ... 0/8
2017-01-12 22:58
That's the truth but you can't understand it because you're a blind NiP fangayyy!
2017-01-12 23:02
2017 just started for only two weeks, what's your other arguments?
2017-01-13 00:03
Just wait and watch NiP losing to the tier 2 team at IEM.
2017-01-14 21:45
whey must invite nip not posible to qualify
2017-01-12 22:17
Because nip have the best crowd in the world Katowice really need crowd if no VP on playoff
2017-01-13 00:28
nip play 2 games and whey go home
2017-01-13 00:29
jk They invite Nip because they won iem oakland lets see what can nip do in 2017
2017-01-13 00:31
$250,000K LOL Easy IEM GG
2017-01-12 22:18
NIP would've lost qualifier against some shit teams as always, that's why they got invited
2017-01-12 22:19
#75
Europe bueR 
luckiest team in the history of this game.
2017-01-12 22:23
Same goes for VP
2017-01-12 22:25
They were invited because they won the previous IEM tournament
2017-01-12 22:36
#76
NEO | 
Poland P0is0n777 
ez FOR VP
2017-01-12 22:24
#79
Boombl4 | 
Poland xcappy 
vp will win this tournament and they will be double major champions 2017
2017-01-12 22:25
#83
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Norway jon_be_goode 
I actually overheard GabeN at a Subway™ as he was getting ready for his delicious, succulent Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki sandwich, that according to the script for 2017, VP will go 88-0 Pls don't share with anyone I plan on using this info for betting
2017-01-12 22:31
#85
Boombl4 | 
Poland xcappy 
vp without script will be 88-0
2017-01-12 22:33
UNEXPECTED
2017-01-12 22:26
Why only one NA qualifier. Haters gonna hate
2017-01-12 22:30
If they invite optic and SK that's fine. otherwise that's unreasonable
2017-01-12 22:57
Na`Vi please.
2017-01-12 22:34
#127
Poland n1u 
Next invites for Na'Vi and SK, my predict ;>
2017-01-13 00:15
#89
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India zlonczek 
katowice isn't a major?
2017-01-12 22:38
no Thooorin, no major.
2017-01-12 22:48
not because, IEM can not be major, as in stage played are also other games - LOL and WoW. valve has taken the decision in 2015 Not major but still prestige tournament
2017-01-12 23:09
Ye, but will it be prestigious with only 250k? Weird decision from ESL.
2017-01-13 00:42
True. But I'm also glad that cashprize isn't the only thing that counts. Kat. is a great event, and I'll enjoy it much more that I've enjoyed e-league for example.
2017-01-13 08:06
It depends. Crowd, casters, experts are important but with small prizepool most teams wont focus on the game.
2017-01-13 20:54
#94
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Argentina juanme555RIP 
nip?
2017-01-12 22:56
0.09
2017-01-12 22:59
VP and NiP in 2017 LUL LUL
2017-01-12 22:59
Virtus.pro, NiP invited to IEM Katowice two most popular in Poland team WOW, big suprise Kappa
2017-01-12 23:06
People are fucking stupidos, nip won iem oakland and therefor are invited
2017-01-12 23:16
What has that to do with iem?
2017-01-13 14:46
#112
Spain SR4 
Invite GODSENT so they can dodge it LUL They will disband by then anyways
2017-01-12 23:36
they wont brah....they will be new major winners :) believe just believe
2017-01-12 23:48
#120
Spain SR4 
Aint believing m8
2017-01-12 23:53
Sad to watch how Katowice went to tier 2 of events
2017-01-12 23:36
0/8 don't compare to WESG...
2017-01-13 00:32
tier 2 when it comes to cashprize only. Still one the greatest event for most of us. With Koln and DHW.
2017-01-13 08:08
#116
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Poland mamba99999 
expected
2017-01-12 23:47
VP rly? Bullshit :v
2017-01-12 23:49
idd why would they invite the best polish team to a polish event, bullshit :v ok
2017-01-13 03:37
dude for real?
2017-01-13 17:28
2014 final again? hope so!
2017-01-12 23:50
and congratz finally tournament in EU in normal hours !
2017-01-12 23:58
#124
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
expected! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we FORBES, we AWARD CHAMPIONS, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-01-13 00:05
#125
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Serbia ZAG0R 
Nice :D
2017-01-13 00:08
#126
Poland n1u 
I don't care they didn't qualify to major, NiP have to be in Katowice, good decision.
2017-01-13 00:10
250k in 2017 EleGiggle
2017-01-13 00:17
#133
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Netherlands Funtobedavid 
Fnatic must get a invite, they won IEM in 2015 and 2016
2017-01-13 00:33
EZ4SK
2017-01-13 00:50
better invite subtle and vega sqadron
2017-01-13 01:55
vp and a tier3 team, cool
2017-01-13 02:50
G2, SK, IMT, NA'VI
2017-01-13 03:08
invite nip in 2k17? they must be kidding...
2017-01-13 03:16
#145
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Russia SHADOWBEASTz 
Are you brainless retard like all of these idiots above, who write some shit like 2-16,0.09 lul.? Or just too bad b8r? If so.. Dont try to b8 anyone in future.
2017-01-13 05:25
NiP because largest Fanbase VP because in poland
2017-01-13 06:58
#153
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Sweden s!d_xaxa 
NiP are previous IEM event winners. btw i read a tweet saying that f0rest is the only player to have played in all iem events since 2006,so they are not gonna risk breaking that record by inviting them to qualifiers.
2017-01-13 08:11
f0rest best
2017-01-13 09:03
Six more invited teams will be revealed in the coming days That suxx, the French "super"team will be out of it :-( +Na`Vi +SK +FaZe +OpTic +Astralis +fnatic
2017-01-13 11:03
#175
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Poland mamba99999 
What about Vega ?
2017-01-13 15:08
SK next please.
2017-01-13 15:21
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