ESL reveal IEM Katowice talent

ESL have revealed the talent lineup for IEM Katowice, set to take place from March 1-5 at the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland.

The official English broadcast of the $250,000 tournament at IEM Katowice will feature 11 members, including four commentators: Drop the Bomb duo Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett and Henry "HenryG" Greer, as well as Lauren "Pansy" Scott and Jason "Moses" O'Toole.


YNk returns to IEM Katowice

The analyst desk comprises popular host Alex "Machine" Richardson, who will be joined by three former players as analysts: Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill, Joona "natu" Leppänen, and Janko "YNk" Paunović.

The full talent lineup is following:

United Kingdom O. J. Borg - Stage Host
  
United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson - Desk Host
Finland Joona "natu" Leppänen - Analyst
Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst
Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunović - Analyst
 
United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
United Kingdom Lauren "Pansy" Scott - Commentator
United States Jason "moses" O'Toole - Commentator
 
Australia Mitch "Uber" Leslie - Reporter
 
United Kingdom Pala "Mantrousse" Gilroy Sen - Facebook Live

IEM Katowice is set to start on March 1 with 12 teams fighting for six spots in the playoffs in the round-robin group stage. For more information about the $250,000 event, head over to the event page.

Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
117
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
United States Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
158
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.18
United Kingdom Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
14
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Finland Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
188
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
#1
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
good talent ynk <3
2017-02-08 15:58
Lets see who changes: prntscr.com/e640l1
2017-02-08 15:59
#73
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Finland OpTic_allu 
O.j borg = good event
2017-02-08 16:17
#2
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Finland Despasiitto 
Natu <3
2017-02-08 15:58
#59
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Germany JuaNiko_^ 
How can you like natu?! oh i see it now
2017-02-08 16:07
Why would they hire pansy as a commentator with moses. There exists so many other fantastic/passionate talent that would make long days of counterstrike not only endurable but enjoyable. Quick fix, switch Pasny and Pala. Side note I already know Thooorin shit himself of excitement when it was revealed YNK would be traveling to Poland. I by no means despise YNK nor do I think his accent is something that hinders his ability to perform. Just to point out a few of his issues, his level of enthusiasm is almost non-existent, portraying to the fans/audience a lack of care for being at "work," paraphrasing previously made points by the desk/commentators and essentially regurgitating it into his own words, and not preparing himsslf for events and seldomly tieing past information into current day to make things more relevant and understandable to the audience. We know you cant fix the baby dick issue so well leave that out for now. I only pointed out a few of his short-comings to actually being a 'top-talent' and getting invited to event after event.
2017-02-08 16:22
what the fuck did u smoke brother LOL cant believe i actually read that my bad xD
2017-02-08 16:37
#116
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Hungary Shaperz 
He has a point tho
2017-02-08 17:07
as far as im aware, he is talking crap about pansy, which is unjustified imo as there are not many other good casters. the big guys in CS are all alright, but not "fantastic". and "passionate"? she is much more genuine than some of the old guard. then he is talking shit about ynk for "level of enthusiasm", which is also nonsense, since he is on the desk. and while obviously not being the banter guy ever, no other analyst is super hype either. the games are super hype, the desk is analysis for when we got nothing better to do anyway in between games. not to mention the other crap he said about him not being prepared or whatever, which is obviously stupid.
2017-02-08 17:31
your level of intelligence really doesn't justify a response from me. so I'll leave my comment as is.
2017-02-09 23:18
Ynk = pure knowledge of cs Thoorin= tryharding in insulting players, shittiest predicting ever #0-7
2017-02-27 06:42
Well thoorin banned from Kato events because he insulted Polish people on one of previous Kato thet is why he is not in. For rest I don't know it is preference.
2017-02-27 06:51
YNk is back!
2017-02-08 15:58
#5
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
LUL
2017-02-08 15:58
#7
Norway pEyzo 
Pala <3
2017-02-08 15:58
NICE ! But -YNk would be perfect.
2017-02-08 15:58
good luck
2017-02-08 15:58
#17
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CIS sergioff 
ez
2017-02-08 15:58
#18
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Brazil oskadopLis 
nice
2017-02-08 15:58
thorin rip
2017-02-08 15:58
#20
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Ethiopia Bloody_Ganker 
yung metro
2017-02-08 15:58
#21
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Sweden Kasidro 
finally ynk gets a gig
2017-02-08 15:58
Pansy <3
2017-02-08 15:58
GOD YNK is back
2017-02-08 15:58
no anders
2017-02-08 15:58
Good with a change once in a while
2017-02-08 16:01
Pala "Mantrousse" Gilroy Sen - Facebook Live
2017-02-08 15:58
good at least then we dont have to suffer from him on the live stream
2017-02-08 16:38
#28
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Poland Sueyy 
Borg is Back!
2017-02-08 15:58
#29
f0rest | 
Romania twrbo 
facebook live lmao
2017-02-08 15:58
#32
rain | 
United States Waagz 
Good List of Talent! YnK is back!
2017-02-08 15:58
pansy <3
2017-02-08 15:58
#35
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Spain akproxx 
elite analyst lul
2017-02-08 15:58
#36
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Sweden godname 
nice
2017-02-08 15:58
Facebook live ? Lul HF pala
2017-02-08 15:59
Lauren "Pansy" Scott - Commentator
2017-02-08 15:59
Bad
2017-02-08 15:59
Lmao what a budget cut. No anders and semmler. No James and ddk. No dazed.
2017-02-08 15:59
lol, assuming Dazed would go all the way to Poland.
2017-02-08 16:37
#42
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United Kingdom ryb1kkk 
pala <3
2017-02-08 15:59
Good talent but frozen is better
2017-02-08 15:59
no, not Pansy. Please!
2017-02-08 15:59
pansy and moses are an amazing caster duo, the best imo. pansy doesnt talk shit the whole time like sadokist or semmler would and moses understands the game enuff to do color, as opposed to anders or ddk/blackddk.
2017-02-08 16:41
You made me laugh especially because of pansy hehe
2017-02-08 16:57
whats funny about it?
2017-02-08 17:00
whats funny about it = pansy does talk annoying shit the whole time + her voice is annoying.
2017-02-08 17:39
she has the reputation of talking annoying shit. yet the last lan she casted with moses she definitely didnt. the voice is ur opinion. id say she has a pretty standard chick voice, nothing wrong with it.
2017-02-08 17:48
#119
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Germany Cavynn 
+1
2017-02-08 17:23
Is this the B-analyst/caster event? :)
2017-02-08 15:59
No Thoorin, no Anders, no Semmler, no DDK, no James. Gtfo with this trash
2017-02-08 16:00
thorin in poland lul
2017-02-08 16:03
#48
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Brazil xpassw0rd 
I missed Machine, but no semmler and anders = small event
2017-02-08 16:03
#49
Edward | 
Moldova flymans 
Pansy!!! oh...
2017-02-08 16:01
Bring Metuz and Thoorin here and remove Pansy and natu ffs
2017-02-08 16:04
NATU???? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2017-02-08 16:02
go ynk~~~!~!!!!!!!!!!
2017-02-08 16:02
O. J. Borg - Stage Host <3
2017-02-08 16:03
#57
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Israel ZiinTotH 
"facebook live" ??? Anyways glad to see YnK once more on a big lan event
2017-02-08 16:04
guessing that it means that when ESL does interviews with a player he'll be interviewing the player on fb live instead of doing it on stage straight after the game. don't take my word for it though
2017-02-08 16:37
im guessing he'll do the whole 'stadium experience' thing where he does interviews with ppl from the audience and other impressions from the sideline that noone gives a fuck about for the two dozen ppl that will tune in there.
2017-02-08 16:43
yeah probably. facebook isn't good for streaming video, personally I think little interviews like that would be better placed on the ESL channel.
2017-02-08 16:55
id just be happy if i was right and i wouldnt have to see this crap on the official stream tbh. crowd shots and chanting in the background is plenty enuff impressions from the crowd, no need for cringey polskis and cringey pala up close.
2017-02-08 16:59
yeah I agree. a good crowd displays the atmosphere of the match quite well. don't mind interviews with players after the match although many players come out with the same repeated 'we hit our shots' line though.
2017-02-08 17:07
im guessing OJ will do stage interviews with players and uber will provide additional content about them. the thing with player interviews is mostly dependant on the interviewer. if u got malinformed smix who always asks the same generic shit questions and gets hired for her long legs and nothing else, then obviously they are useless. OJ is more charismatic but the same. if u got a guy like redeye as stage host tho, then these interviews are great.
2017-02-08 17:38
No thorin? Afraid of being beheaded in pro league brazil... ok but youre welcome in poland Duncan! No worries. #RuNThorin
2017-02-08 16:07
oj borg,damn,pure yoy. pala...please leave cs go...
2017-02-08 16:09
#62
gob b | 
Germany Flexb0y 
OJ = OP Great lineup
2017-02-08 16:09
hahah finally no gaymler and gaynders
2017-02-08 16:09
pansy Kreygasm
2017-02-08 16:10
#65
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Singapore AerusXV 
stanislaw = ynk
2017-02-08 16:10
Nice analysts but no Anders and Semmler ? :/
2017-02-08 16:10
no thorin no fun worst analyst desk yet, janko is fine but natu and spunj are so fucking boring, don't see why moses is caster instead of an analyst
2017-02-08 16:10
u think of moses as part of a fun desk only bcs he usually does desks with thorin and rlewis, who will bring plenty of banter. i dont think changing natu for moses would make this desk less boring. needs a banter guy for some laughs, like thorin, rlewis or even fiffy.
2017-02-08 16:45
Yea, I agree, even with moses there I think it would be a pretty bad desk (although a bit better). I'm not saying that natu and spunj doesn't know alot about the game and can bring some insight (which they obviously can) but its just that I don't see how the desk will be any fun to listen to, just a bunch of boring opinions from each person without any synergy between eachother.
2017-02-08 16:49
i still have hopes for spunj. he could become a bit more charismatic and at least he knows how to get a point across properly, always does his research and understands the game in depth. but natu... just switch him out already come on he barely adds anything to a desk except for stuttering very general and basic shit.
2017-02-08 16:54
Yea, he's so fking boring and everytime I hear him I know exactly what he's going to say, its always so predictable. There's alot more people who are more deserving of that job and would do it better, just because he's an ex-pro doesn't it mean he's good at it. To me he's like the awkward guy of the desk, he just seems to be a bit more off than the rest of the guys and outside the conversation and as soon as he says something its so basic and brings nothing new to the conversation.
2017-02-08 17:00
Jankooo gut choice
2017-02-08 16:11
#70
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Portugal Shion 
Did Anders and Semmler sign a exclusivity contract with E-league? seems so since you dont see them in other events lately
2017-02-08 16:11
anders has a kid, i dont think he is arsed to go to every event anymore. and without him theres hardly a need for semmler.
2017-02-08 16:46
anders is fine, but i hate semmler. - pansy but it won't happen because she is always on ESL events, also natu is pretty bad but O.J <3 love this man
2017-02-08 16:11
no anders no party... anders and semmler was in 2016 katowice
2017-02-08 16:13
yay ynk :)
2017-02-08 16:22
at least we have to see this fucking cunt Thorin wp
2017-02-08 16:25
Thank god theres no anders and semmler!
2017-02-08 16:26
#78
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Poland ramones1 
pansy <3
2017-02-08 16:29
#79
f0rest | 
Estonia Rebae 
oj back bois
2017-02-08 16:31
#80
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Switzerland GoTMedicine 
All no sceners
2017-02-08 16:32
Why the fuck is Pansy commentating? get ddk instead, she's utter trash at casting edit: YNk is back, finally some good analysis on the desk. ESL made up for their shitty caster choice
2017-02-08 16:36
pansy and moses are the best duo there is.
2017-02-08 16:47
that's your opinion but Pansy is just a terrible caster for me. I really don't mind pretty much every other popular caster there is other than Semmler sometimes but she's just not good at casting imo.
2017-02-08 16:54
shes genuine, hype, understands all the basics of the game (which is rare for pbp casters in cs), and most importantly: doesnt overstep her borders and leaves all the color shit to moses, who is much better at casting than on the desk. for me they have perfect synergy, as seen at that ESL in murica late last year where they first got paired.
2017-02-08 16:57
she overreacts a lot to certain plays for me, doesn't really talk about the game so she doesn't really understand much about it although she leaves that to moses and I feel she overhypes situations a lot. maybe also because I feel that she doesn't have the voice for casting. I personally would rather mute her voice when the game is on if I were able to keep the in game sounds by doing it. she's also very, very repetitive which irritates me. the classic 'x player says no' really gets old fast when she casts a match.
2017-02-08 17:04
well i dont really watch online games, hence i dont know about the overreacting part. in a stadium at a big LAN, i think its justified to keep the hype up. may not know much about the game, but leaving it all to moses is better than saying pseudo-intelligent bullshit like a lot of other casters do (prime example semmler). whateva.
2017-02-08 17:27
can def agree with you on the semmler point, also a lot of the cringy things he'll say when someone dies like 'GET SLAPPED' or 'GET OUT OF THE SERVER' as to try and keep the hype up ruins it for me. even Pansy's better in that regard. can agree to disagree though.
2017-02-08 17:33
#146
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Finland jayss 
overreacts? overhypes? have you heard about this guy named anders?
2017-02-08 20:22
+1
2017-02-08 17:10
#82
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Serbia Djomla2 
KreyGasm
2017-02-08 16:35
#87
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Norway jon_be_goode 
ResidentSleeper PogChamp
2017-02-08 16:39
#91
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Ynk is back boys, better than thorin! thank you god! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-02-08 16:42
#94
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France t3r4byt3 
natu? no Anders or Semmler? other than that, sick!
2017-02-08 16:45
Gotta love richard lewis and thorin free events!
2017-02-08 16:47
henry and sadokist are officialy best casters
2017-02-08 16:51
ynk and natu 2 of the most boring analysts SPUNJ is gonna save us tho
2017-02-08 16:52
atleast ynk knows stuff about the game, its okay to have 1 boring guy at the desk but 2 or 3 is just too much
2017-02-08 17:05
ynk, spunJ, O.J <3 No DDK and Black DDK like always. .. But I mean We've Joe Miller, Tosspot, and that 18 year old British Guy. Bored to see everytime the same Casters. ...
2017-02-08 17:01
No Metuz?
2017-02-08 17:02
#118
oskar | 
Czech Republic ELV1S 
-pansy -moses +semmler +anders
2017-02-08 17:19
Pala "Mantrousse" Gilroy Sen - Facebook Live
2017-02-08 17:26
natu ResidentSleeper
2017-02-08 17:29
gotta give it up to henry and sado. They have adjusted themselves as such and are working hard enough to be in every possible tournament. Sado even more. GG
2017-02-08 17:38
ez for brendan fraser
2017-02-08 17:45
#130
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Indonesia de_insertion 
FeelsBad for no DDK&James FeelsGood for OJ BORG FAMILY SHOW BOIS
2017-02-08 17:59
#131
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
Thorin still shitting his pants when they ask him to come to Poland? lol that was so long ago..
2017-02-08 18:07
natu, pansy and the B team casters. This one is a pass.
2017-02-08 18:08
The e-leaugue desk was awful. It seemed as if they told thorin and rl to keep it down with the banter. I suppose the casters are okay but I miss fiffy, he was a great caster and analyst. This is what the tournaments are missing, some exciting changes. I think SpunJ is nice to watch but on these events he's sort of limited and it feels like he gets very little time to talk. Thorin would be great (without a limit), RL would be a good desk host, Dazed would be awesome and so would Steel, Fiffy <3, etc. Just give us something to make us excited. I don't remember if it were Anders, Semmler and Fiffy casting together or who he cast with but those 3 men casts were great.
2017-02-08 18:08
#134
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
No Anders is a real bummer as well :(
2017-02-08 18:08
#135
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Poland cinos 
Good, again without Thorin :D Good guy ESL.
2017-02-08 18:14
Bad guy ESL, please bring Thorin next year :(
2017-02-08 18:17
#137
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Poland cinos 
You probably don't know, why he is not invited to Poland once again.
2017-02-08 18:18
I know why, just because he said truth about our country which happened like 4 years ago. Like man it was 4 years already we all can forget it now...
2017-02-08 18:53
#138
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Germany totyplays 
yes finally YNk #YNkArmy
2017-02-08 18:21
#139
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Hungary lemusz 
no Anders no party
2017-02-08 18:44
#141
JD | 
Poland chujwto 
I'm so glad there won't be this yellowteethed ginger thoorin
2017-02-08 19:03
#142
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Czech Republic thek!ng 
Anders and Semleer? No? :(
2017-02-08 19:05
#144
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Azerbaijan Talley 
-natu +dazed and it's perfect.
2017-02-08 19:17
PANSY !!! WP :)
2017-02-08 19:28
machine... nice henry and sado.... nice ynk and spunj... meh ok i guess rest... ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
2017-02-08 21:06
They don't even have NA Anders, weak event.
2017-02-08 21:29
Tosspot, Anders, Semmler, ddk, James... RIP
2017-02-08 21:36
#151
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
pansy? really
2017-02-08 23:48
#152
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Germany jonko 
-pansy +semmders
2017-02-09 14:08
#153
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Poland KP1337 
XD
2017-02-09 16:00
drop boxes ? iem2017
2017-02-17 20:58
Oj + katowice = epic Gonna be much better than dhmlv and el major viewer wise
2017-02-21 13:50
#161
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Portugal Death_Hack 
ugh.... natu
2017-02-27 06:57
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