SK & Astralis invited to IEM Katowice

Astralis and SK Gaming are the latest two teams to be invited to the IEM World Championship, ESL has revealed.

The Danish team and the defending Major champions, respectively the world No 1 and 3 based on our ranking, bring the list of participants up to four, after Virtus.pro and Ninjas in Pyjamas received the first two invites.

Four more teams will be invited by ESL in the coming weeks, with the last four spots being determined by online qualifiers, held in Europe and North America. 


Astralis join IEM Katowice team list together with SK

IEM Katowice 2017 will run from March 1-5, with the playoffs being held at the iconic Spodek Arena, where the winner will take home the lion's share of a $250,000 prize pool.

The list of participants for the event now look as follows:

Poland Virtus.pro Sweden NiP Denmark Astralis Brazil SK
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
#1
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Finland cockcheek33 
n1, i think deserved
2017-01-16 18:41
#23
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Brazil StupidNigNogs 
ez for astralis
2017-01-16 18:41
why the fuck did nip get invited LOL
2017-01-16 19:29
#80
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Brazil xpassw0rd 
#1
2017-01-16 19:36
#88
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Netherlands TsunamiCow 
they have a big fanbase who will watch them
2017-01-16 19:52
#107
Happy | 
Georgia Sarkie 
They won the last IEM tournament
2017-01-16 21:41
#119
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United States mcbrisket 
top teams usually get invited to top events
2017-01-17 00:19
>nip >top team pick one
2017-01-17 12:24
#152
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United States mcbrisket 
they had one off tournament lol they're always going to be a top team
2017-01-18 03:55
NiP = money .
2017-01-17 04:38
To get NIP fanboys views
2017-01-17 09:46
Nip was good on last 3 months
2017-01-18 08:47
good joke
2017-01-18 16:52
What a surprise Kappa
2017-01-16 18:41
#71
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Macau fAKEs2j 
The most stupid comment i've read to try to be the first, comment.
2017-01-16 19:21
#72
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Finland cockcheek33 
thank
2017-01-16 19:22
#74
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Macau fAKEs2j 
I reported you btw, am just tired of see those shit spam trying to be the first comment.
2017-01-16 19:24
NIP? They ready to play
2017-01-17 12:47
#6
kaboose | 
Finland fe11owH 
Cool
2017-01-16 18:41
#8
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Germany Bestgerman69 
gl
2017-01-16 18:41
great
2017-01-16 18:41
#13
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Sweden Daquan 
Nice
2017-01-16 18:41
hype
2017-01-16 18:41
Faze aswell
2017-01-16 18:41
fully expected
2017-01-16 18:41
#22
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
Your reply was not posted, reason: You posted less than 30 seconds ago, please do not spam the forums.
2017-01-16 18:41
navi will be next
2017-01-16 18:41
Gonna be sick
2017-01-16 18:42
ez for the new swedish superteam
2017-01-16 18:42
#81
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Brazil xpassw0rd 
Where's it
2017-01-16 19:38
#29
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
to the stars
2017-01-16 18:42
Easy4SK
2017-01-16 18:43
omg, why... north instead of sk would be great
2017-01-16 18:43
#37
JZFB | 
CIS Ansoro 
there'll be 12 teams m8
2017-01-16 18:45
1st they invite 1 popular team from important countries to get guaranteed viewers then they invite other ppl surely based off major or other top teams
2017-01-16 18:50
#32
720 | 
World cl^ 
sk with felps = win
2017-01-16 18:43
#51
TACO | 
Brazil SUVACO 
dont think so... felps plays pretty much like fer and sk already got fer, that is much better than felps
2017-01-16 18:54
#93
720 | 
World cl^ 
two fers > 1 fnx and 1 fer.
2017-01-16 20:05
omg.. i have to read this shits.
2017-01-16 20:06
nice hoping for a great event like always, with VP and SK in the grand finals, it should be epic!
2017-01-16 18:44
#34
JZFB | 
CIS Ansoro 
the 1st lan event im gonna attend xd
2017-01-16 18:45
#54
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Poland DzonPrice 
see ya in Spodek m8
2017-01-16 18:59
#67
JZFB | 
CIS Ansoro 
cya brah
2017-01-16 19:10
#141
HaZR | 
France Tag117 
Have fun there, make the most of it!
2017-01-17 15:48
only 1 na qualifier LMAO shouldn't have one
2017-01-16 18:45
katowice start 3.3 or not ?
2017-01-16 18:45
#55
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Poland DzonPrice 
yes,only playoffs for viewers
2017-01-16 18:59
thank you
2017-01-16 19:00
Only one qualifier for NA, that's good
2017-01-16 18:46
feelsbadman
2017-01-17 11:05
vp dont deserve a spot
2017-01-16 18:46
comon..they are the home team...they will most likely go out in groups like last year tho :D ez for astralis and device #1 player 2k17
2017-01-16 18:49
#58
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France t3r4byt3 
they made it through groups last year
2017-01-16 19:01
Its held in poland, noway theyre not inviting their best team
2017-01-16 18:50
kinguin isnt invited?
2017-01-16 18:51
I dont think they will get an invite. Theyre not as good as other teams like mouz, g2, envy and so on
2017-01-16 18:53
then why is vp invited when kinguin are better
2017-01-16 18:53
U think so? Kinguin aint better only cuz they won one match against vp. Kinguin might get one qual spot but i dont see them getting an invite
2017-01-16 18:57
he is trolling you
2017-01-16 20:07
+1
2017-01-17 11:06
i guess so...
2017-01-18 19:15
Mouz gonna get invited and big gonna claim one qualifier spot easily
2017-01-16 18:48
#47
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Serbia ZAG0R 
ez vp
2017-01-16 18:52
#48
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Latvia t0m1kS 
ez for Nicolai 'device' Reedtz Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen #ToTheStars #RUNASTRALIS
2017-01-16 18:52
#68
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Brazil bandicoot 
#fallingStars #shootingstars #chokingStars
2017-01-16 19:15
Invite Kinguin
2017-01-16 18:58
#57
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Poland DzonPrice 
Invite Natus Vincere please~!!!!!
2017-01-16 19:00
In other news: water is wet
2017-01-16 19:01
I love how all the top teams are coming despite the low prize pool just cuz of how historic katowice is for cs - respect that.
2017-01-16 19:02
Its not low prize pool.
2017-01-17 08:22
for cs considering the fact nowadays within the last 5 months this would be the lowest prizepool for an event where most top teams attended then yes. Since Malmo last year this is the smallest prize pool to have most the top teams attend.
2017-01-17 20:44
new york?
2017-01-17 21:15
#61
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France t3r4byt3 
+FaZe +OpTic +Na'Vi +Fnatic qualifier: French super team, Gambit, mousesports, Cloud9/IMT
2017-01-16 19:02
#62
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Sweden godname 
+G2 AND + ENVY
2017-01-16 19:03
#63
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Korea MavenCSGOD 
+ OpTiCkek Gemig + Kinguin + North + FaZe PLEASEEE
2017-01-16 19:04
I hope that Kinguin will be invited.
2017-01-16 19:06
SK felps <3 <3
2017-01-16 19:06
na navi no funny
2017-01-16 19:07
SK is a joke team. And u will see it in 2017!
2017-01-16 19:16
#70
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United States Calipso1527 
lol
2017-01-16 19:20
#73
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Poland Pjatka_fox 
Invate Mouz and FaZe pls #Gomouz #FazeUP
2017-01-16 19:22
North > Mouz
2017-01-16 21:36
ez for astralis
2017-01-16 19:24
Cloud9, FaZe, and North coming up
2017-01-16 19:24
+navi +north +NV +Faze. ez katka
2017-01-16 19:25
#78
myth | 
Bulgaria mythtw 
Virtus pro >
2017-01-16 19:27
#82
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Brazil xpassw0rd 
Invite immortals
2017-01-16 19:41
#83
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France kennySsSsS 
SK felps will destroy some noobs
2017-01-16 19:41
#84
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Portugal Death_Hack 
SK!!
2017-01-16 19:42
Kinguin pls i hope they gonna play there
2017-01-16 19:43
nice
2017-01-16 19:45
2-18 invited and Born to Win not? Lol kek.
2017-01-16 19:47
#89
Europe bueR 
why the hell is NiP invited.
2017-01-16 19:54
NIP LUL.
2017-01-16 19:56
Ez for choker Astralis EleGigle
2017-01-16 19:57
they should wait Major results....
2017-01-16 20:01
Invite G2 pls
2017-01-16 20:09
#97
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Brazil VAC0 
EZ felps
2017-01-16 20:09
#98
Boombl4 | 
Poland xcappy 
i dont know why they want play this event. Virtus.pro will win this so they dont need to come there
2017-01-16 20:10
like they won wesg right?
2017-01-16 22:28
warmup, but romania team isnt top 50 so stfu
2017-01-17 17:28
Like i give shit about romania's team 1.5 mil warmup tournament rofl
2017-01-17 17:36
yes it was warmup taz said it they want elimanted fails for major romania=shit in everything
2017-01-17 17:37
1. If he would've won it he wouldn't have said that 2. I cannot undestand what the fuck you wrote 3. Romania bait ain't working m8, you can call me gypsy & shit all you want cuz it ain't happenin
2017-01-17 20:29
i dont know why they want play this event. Virtus.pro will win this so they dont need to come there
2017-01-16 20:12
My 2 fav teams <3 #RUNSKG #ToTheStars
2017-01-16 20:12
best
2017-01-16 20:13
#102
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Netherlands Funtobedavid 
wtf, where is fnatic? they won IEM KATOWICE 2015 and 2016.
2017-01-16 20:17
EZ for SK FELPS.. What a team!!!!! Coldzera, Fallen, Felps... FUUUUUUU
2017-01-16 20:26
#104
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France Kabby 
I hope the french super team will get an invite too, so we could already see their worth
2017-01-16 20:57
I hope Fox has improved.
2017-01-16 21:21
#110
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Croatia mds818 
Fnc should receive invite most probably,they're champions from last year(as org and they got 3 core)
2017-01-16 22:04
#118
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Turkey Shanon 
agreed, but they will receive invite probably
2017-01-17 00:08
Inb4 "Sk to miss IEM Katowice because of too small prizepool."
2017-01-16 22:31
#114
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Turkey powergs 
Fuck yea i was thinking top teams may not atten cauz of price pool but hopefully they re all attending which is great cauz Katowice>>>>>every other tournaments imo Polish crowd and German crowd best (Polish first tho) Lets Go VPPPPP
2017-01-16 22:59
+optic +north +navi +c9
2017-01-16 23:03
nip hahahaahahahahahah
2017-01-16 23:20
#117
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
cmon, invite OptiC!
2017-01-17 00:04
Thought IEM would've increased the prize pool a little.
2017-01-17 00:50
#121
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Thank you IEM, we appreciate that! We smart, we loyal, we FORBES, we are from BRAZIL! <3 Kreygasm
2017-01-17 01:39
+fnatic kthxbye
2017-01-17 02:46
NiP IS A WASTE OF A SPOT!
2017-01-17 04:13
navi,fnatic,optic,north and through qualifiers: ENVYUS FAZE G2 C9
2017-01-17 05:00
Hope Kinguin will qualify
2017-01-17 08:01
Nice to finally see more EU invitees compare to the shattered EU scene. Not fair that good EU teams get left out because of mediocer NA teams, because of having to achieve a quota.
2017-01-17 09:15
poland is so cheap, i think i will go to katowice
2017-01-17 09:23
+OpTic +FaZe +Na`Vi +fnatic
2017-01-17 09:58
SPACE SOLDIERS?
2017-01-17 11:08
it's getting stacked. Can't wait to see NIP, VP and SK!
2017-01-17 13:24
#139
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Yugoslavia bruco 
only 1 american team (if they wont invite another one), im curious how many na teams will there be and on what stage do they get
2017-01-17 14:04
navi fnatic optic envyus next
2017-01-17 14:07
#142
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
ez for felps
2017-01-17 15:54
#143
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
INVITE MOUZ OR RIOT
2017-01-17 16:43
#148
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Chile nachooww 
mouz? nt
2017-01-17 17:54
Well...Navi should be next :)
2017-01-17 16:48
#153
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Brazil WWWWWWW 
=D
2017-01-18 03:57
felps hype!
2017-01-18 09:02
#157
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Germany VeryNaziGuy 
Ez for Virtus.Pro #GOBEARS
2017-01-18 15:22
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