IEM Katowice qual. invites revealed

ESL have announced the invited teams for the European and North American closed qualifiers where the last four teams for IEM Katowice will be determined.

The $250,000 contest which will be hosted in Katowice, Poland from March 1-5 will hand out a total of $250,000 prize money to twelve squads. Eight of these teams have already been determined as the likes of Virtus.pro, SK, and Astralis were invited.

G2, Envy, Natus Vincere, mousesports, and fnatic have received invites to compete in the closed European qualifier. Joining them are GODSENT and Heroic who triumphed in the first open qualifier.


The European qualifier will feature heavy hitters such as fnatic

The second European open qualifier will take place from February 1-2 and four more teams will qualify for the closed qualifier. The aforementioned seven teams and four teams from the second open qualifier will fight for three spots at IEM Katowice in the closed qualifier taking place from February 4-5.

Here is the team list for the closed European qualifier:

France Envy CIS Natus Vincere France G2
Europe mousesports Sweden fnatic Sweden GODSENT
Denmark Heroic Europe Slot for open qual.  Europe Slot for open qual. 
Europe Slot for open qual.  Europe Slot for open qual. 

The North American closed qualifier will feature Liquid and Immortals, who were both invited, and they will be joined by two teams from the open qualifier which will run from January 21-22. On the fourth and fifth of February, four teams will clash for the last spot at IEM Katowice:

Below are the teams that will participate the closed NA qualifier:

United States Liquid  Brazil Immortals 
North America Slot for open qual.  North America Slot for open qual. 

If you wish to attend IEM Katowice, click here and buy your ticket.

BenjaCS is a staff writer at HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter.

NICE!!!
2017-01-21 17:09
"heavyhitters" -> fnatic haha xddd
2017-01-21 17:15
SHUT UP
2017-01-21 17:15
"heavyhitters" -> navi,mouz,heroic,godsent,g2 XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2017-01-21 17:18
navi mouz godsent g2 are acceptable but fnatic and herioc i arent think that
2017-01-21 18:24
#73
JUGi | 
Germany Triggered 
You srsly think godsent is better than fnatic these days? and mouz is better than fnatic? Mouz is hardly better than heroic ._.
2017-01-21 19:05
ecatly why mouz made it to the major with 3-1 and herioc didint even qualify right?
2017-01-21 19:20
#92
JUGi | 
Germany Triggered 
W/e. "in memory of cyx" says it all. I am a fan of mouz as well, but you have to stay realistic.
2017-01-21 22:38
im actually a fan of BIG and cyx died while he was great player and if he went on to cs go i'd assume he's one of the best atm
2017-01-22 13:22
Why do ppl always keep regarding G2 as a good team when they never put up any results. Got totally spanked by Fnatic some week ago. Worlds most overrated team with worlds most overrated players (Shox and scream).
2017-01-21 21:46
#75
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France Meerkat_ 
lmao hltv get your shit together
2017-01-21 19:35
#3
Gr4vity | 
United Kingdom Remen 
ye
2017-01-21 17:09
#4
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Finland Despasiitto 
why is hltv lagging?? ....
2017-01-21 17:09
ez4fnatic
2017-01-21 17:09
nice
2017-01-21 17:09
#10
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Germany ludiio 
11 teams wtf how do you want to play that?
2017-01-21 17:14
u dont
2017-01-21 17:31
#68
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Germany grabke 
strange why not 12 would make more sense !!!
2017-01-21 18:32
#89
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United States morkmodkip 
It is 12 teams. 3 from Europe, and one from NA It only shows the eu spots tho, not sure why.
2017-01-21 21:56
#12
f0rest | 
Poland ksk111 
cool
2017-01-21 17:09
#13
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United States kappa360 
ez 4 navi and fnatic
2017-01-21 17:09
Haha nice
2017-01-21 17:10
#15
f0rest | 
Estonia Rebae 
good luck fnatic :)
2017-01-21 17:09
navi in qualifier xd
2017-01-21 17:09
#76
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Europe wai7ing 
Yeah wtf, navi, a team from last year's semis, and fnatic, a whole event's winner, gets only to qualifier?
2017-01-21 20:08
You get invites based on current ranking and form
2017-01-21 21:00
#93
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Europe wai7ing 
Well nip got destroyed in major qualifier...
2017-01-22 00:26
C9 has been shit since pro leauge but they got invited LMAOOOO ESL
2017-02-02 01:15
heroic not kinguin idiotsss
2017-01-21 17:09
woo
2017-01-21 17:09
#19
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Poland matblo 
no Kinguin? :(
2017-01-21 17:10
#20
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Indonesia de_insertion 
AYY LMAO NAVI NV FNATIC GODSENT G2 ON QUALIFIERS LMFAOOOOOOO
2017-01-21 17:10
#21
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Let's go BRAZIL, we can do it! #LGLOYAL and #IMTWIN We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! <3 Kreygasm
2017-01-21 17:10
#22
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United States HiddeNK 
No C9 or Optic invited?
2017-01-21 17:10
#29
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Indonesia de_insertion 
OpTic already invited 0/8 bad b8
2017-01-21 17:11
Too easy for Immortals.
2017-01-21 17:10
#24
AdreN | 
United Kingdom Lonom8 
Nip invited over Navi lmfao ESL are a joke
2017-01-21 17:10
#42
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France t3r4byt3 
dont know if you're baiting or not, but NiP are the defending IEM champions while Na'Vi just go out in group stages nowadays
2017-01-21 17:26
NiP are the defending IEM champs you fucking twat
2017-01-21 17:51
As the ppl above said, but even disregarding that, what has navi shown that would put them over nip?
2017-01-21 21:48
#25
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Europe _EpiC_ 
kek
2017-01-21 17:10
Ez for french superteam!
2017-01-21 17:10
#28
paz | 
Sweden daboxD 
navi fnatic enyvus ez
2017-01-21 17:10
lul fnatic won last iem katowice xd
2017-01-21 17:12
#31
ketchup | 
Netherlands yrraB 
no nip, no good tounament
2017-01-21 17:13
nip already invited deal with it
2017-01-21 17:14
#32
Snax | 
Poland NeRioPL 
I don't understand. Tournament is in Poland. Virtus.pro is already in the game but Kinguin is not. Why they didn't invite Kinguin for closed quali? Why they have to play i open quali? I doesn't make sense. After good performance in WESG they should be invited.
2017-01-21 17:13
Even if the tournament is in Poland people would rathrr watch old school teams. It's all about money, they have to consider twitch spectators which would be higher than watching kinguin
2017-01-21 17:28
#77
Snax | 
Poland NeRioPL 
I'm not saying that they should invite them to main tournament. But they deserve to be intited to closed quali.
2017-01-21 20:26
I know your point. They can still get through open qualifier.
2017-01-21 21:01
Who should they remove for kinguin? All qualifier invites are much better and more respected teams. And since VP is in, they don't need more pull to get the polish fanboy to come.
2017-01-21 21:50
WESG is tier3 tournament and Kinguin doesn't deserve this spot. Even NaVi wasn't invited
2017-01-22 03:26
#33
fer | 
Turkey MaskoN 
inv Space Soldiers come on
2017-01-21 17:13
God no.
2017-01-21 17:18
easy for fnatic flusha
2017-01-21 17:18
its harder to qualify for katowice then win wesg :O
2017-01-21 17:19
#41
Sweden kMh- 
interestink what lineup fnatic and godsent will bring =D
2017-01-21 17:21
NaVi and fnatic in the qualifier LMAO
2017-01-21 17:27
nV and G2? W? T? F?
2017-01-21 17:27
anyone have the qualifier link
2017-01-21 17:29
Imagine if one year ago someone said that fnatic, Na`Vi and nV will be playing qualifiers
2017-01-21 17:36
#51
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
Why C9,Faze got invite over Fnatic.Faze hasn't won anything yet and C9 only won a single tournament last year.Fnatic won # tournaments last year and were 2015,2016 Katowice Champions
2017-01-21 17:38
#52
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Germany Bennime 
mythic gonna win op qual. with sumsum keppo
2017-01-21 17:40
#53
s1mple | 
Turkey solfex 
hope to watch this tournament with new line ups
2017-01-21 17:40
hltv.dk rank is shit faze and ex dig > NaVi/Fnatic lolz
2017-01-21 17:43
#55
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Poland mamba99999 
Will G2 and nV play in their current rosters ?
2017-01-21 17:45
#90
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United States morkmodkip 
Yes
2017-01-21 21:58
cyka((((
2017-01-31 15:24
Ez IMT
2017-01-21 17:46
ayy lmao Na`Vi not invited xD
2017-01-21 17:48
7 major team, lul
2017-01-21 17:48
#60
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Russia AR4ER 
Gambit?
2017-01-21 17:53
#61
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France France98123 
will be fun to see what g2 look like, i think they might have to pull out we ll see
2017-01-21 17:54
Mouz always seems to qualify:)
2017-01-21 18:01
#65
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Other VladimirLucas 
defending champions play in qualifiers? hah?
2017-01-21 18:27
Nip are Iem defending champions. Fnatic are defending katowice champions
2017-01-21 21:02
23 teams?
2017-01-21 18:29
#67
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Denmark Yung_Leann 
FaZe and Cloud9 get direct invites and Na'vi has to play the qualifier? LUL
2017-01-21 18:30
Yes because faze ain't ranked 11th. Also what have na'vi done since ESL ny which was ages ago
2017-01-21 21:03
#70
NEO | 
Poland Dodo77 
With this teams you could make a whole new tournament. Can't wait to see IEM Katowice the scene will explode.
2017-01-21 18:47
#72
NEO | 
Poland m@rulek 
where is Kinguin , wtf ?
2017-01-21 18:56
#91
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United States morkmodkip 
Why would they invite Kinguin?
2017-01-21 21:59
#101
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Germany jonko 
Polish team, polish crowd
2017-01-22 15:25
nip
2017-01-21 20:27
#79
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Denmark regnant 
The quals are stacked
2017-01-21 20:59
ez for navi gg
2017-01-21 21:53
wonder why teams like faze didnt get an invite
2017-01-22 14:03
Space Soldiers?
2017-01-22 14:39
#100
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Germany jonko 
"click here to buy ticket" Are you guys serious? Tickets were sold out after 6 minutes (!!!) a week ago.. :P
2017-01-22 15:25
RIP TyLoo
2017-02-04 04:22
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