SK, NiP to SL i-League StarSeries S3

SK Gaming and Ninjas in Pyjamas are the latest two teams confirmed for the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 finals, Starladder has announced.

SK and NiP join Astralis and as the teams invited so far, with four more sides due to be revealed by Starladder in the coming weeks.

NiP won the last edition of SL i-League StarSeries after beating G2 in the grand final of the event, which took place in September at the National Palace of Arts, in Kiev. SK were initially invited to the tournament but ended up withdrawing due to Fernando "fer" Alvarenga's ear injury.

NiP are the defending SL i-League champions 

SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 will kick off on February 10 and will culminate with the offline finals, in Kiev, from April 4-9. Sixteen teams will be taking part in this $300,000 competition, with the final eight participants being determined by online qualifiers, held in Europe, North America and China.

Below you can find a provisional list of participants for the event:

Denmark Astralis Poland Sweden NiP Brazil SK
Other invite Other invite Other invite Other invite
Other qualifier Other qualifier Other qualifier Other qualifier
Other qualifier      Other qualifier      Other qualifier      Other qualifier     
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Maps played:
2017-02-10 16:04
Poland Svcr_ 
ez 4 NiP
2017-02-10 16:04
2017-02-10 16:04
2017-02-10 16:04
It's because they won the previous SLI-League
2017-02-10 16:07
ik this system is such retarded
2017-02-10 16:07
Why? Most sports have a spot reserved for the previous champion. It's logical and not retarded at all.
2017-02-10 16:15
"Most sports have a spot reserved for the previous champion." Do they?
2017-02-10 16:22
Well I must admit that I don't have any statistics for it, but my point is that it is hardly something unusual. Champions league in football is one example where the winner secures a spot for next year.
2017-02-10 16:29
nop. still: An exception to the usual European qualification system happened in 2005, after Liverpool won the Champions League the year before, but did not finish in a Champions League qualification place in the Premier League that season. UEFA gave special dispensation for Liverpool to enter the Champions League, giving England five qualifiers.
2017-02-10 16:34
Yes, new for this season is that also the Europa league winner (Sevilla) gets a champions league spot.
2017-02-10 16:56
2017-02-10 16:04
2017-02-10 16:04
2017-02-10 16:04
ez vp
2017-02-10 16:04
2017-02-10 16:04
srsly why NiP.. coming from a NiP fan
2017-02-10 16:04
you're obviously not a nip fan if u dont know why they were invited
2017-02-10 16:08
They won last Starseries, so they are defending. read the Article maybe?
2017-02-10 16:15
meh fair enough, just disappointing to see them perform like this so early in the year after a really decent 2016. -> not qualify for majors -> gettin easily 4-0'd in the league.
2017-02-10 16:38
bs from a nip fan hahahahah
2017-02-10 22:35
lol nip
2017-02-10 16:04
no it's not roster changes
2017-02-10 16:04
United Kingdom QY 
why NiP?
2017-02-10 16:04
Because they won the last season of SL i-League StarSeries, read the article.
2017-02-10 16:05
United Kingdom QY 
oh sry mb
2017-02-10 16:05
No problem, I would question them being invited as well if it weren't for their win last season.
2017-02-10 16:06
EZ for NiP
2017-02-10 16:04
2017-02-10 16:04
Let's go BRAZIL ZIL ZIL! my proud, my team, my country! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-02-10 16:05
high quality post XD
2017-02-10 16:13
ty we aappreciate that!
2017-02-10 16:14
he will die with his "post"
2017-02-10 16:29
I was don't know this details
2017-02-10 16:31
2017-02-10 16:05
because they won last edition. read first
2017-02-10 20:25
Ez 4 Godzera
2017-02-10 16:05
Why nip?????????????????
2017-02-10 16:05
cuz they won last starseires they cant just put them out :D
2017-02-11 13:35
NiP in 2K17 4Head
2017-02-10 16:05
inviting NiP in 2017 LUL
2017-02-10 16:05
NIP LOL stupid orgs inviting nip just because they get more viewer -.-
2017-02-10 16:06
No, it's because they won the previous SLI-League
2017-02-10 16:08
the also won the last event
2017-02-10 16:08
They are the champions of this event. They have also won 3 titles since last time SK won anything.
2017-02-10 16:18
And they have been rekt by Vega heroic and mous since SK got rekt by renegades. Also SK got semi finals in major with stand-in while nip are concentrating on saving strats for minor.
2017-02-10 17:23
They won last star series and they deserve their invite. Get over it.
2017-02-10 17:32
LoL they don't deserve the invite but the evemt organizers are forced to invite them...get over it mad boy.
2017-02-10 21:47
Why are they forced you idiot?
2017-02-11 02:40
omg use your brain dumb... They were forced because NiP won that event last year. Swedistanian with their low iq strikes again!
2017-02-11 09:41
And thats why they deserve their invite you immigrant
2017-02-11 09:57
They don't deserve the invitation... OMG you're so dumb.
2017-02-11 17:12
Fuckoff cunt
2017-02-11 17:46
Expected from the Swedistanian.
2017-02-12 07:51
they were not forced :D Nip has the title like you can just put out Astralis out of next major just cuz they suck atm no they won the last one they are going to play the next one
2017-02-11 13:37
NiP = + views
2017-02-10 16:06
if(NiP) ++views;
2017-02-10 16:14
nip wasted slot
2017-02-10 16:06
Well, at least NiP will get to play two games before being eliminated and not suffer through on-line qualifiers and be embarassed.
2017-02-10 16:07
NiP in 2017? LUL
2017-02-10 16:07
Mousesport will not play in this league, because of lowel have bann ;)
2017-02-10 16:09
I was don't know this details
2017-02-10 16:17
LUL nice 1. Seems you are right. Banned lineup: Germany kRYSTAL Germany tahsiN Netherlands mikeS Spain loWel Spain Kairi Austria kakafu Teh problem was however, that Penta couldnt have qualified anymore anyway, on the other hand, them beating Kinguin might have enabled some1 else to qualify.
2017-02-10 16:23
Why did they have ban?
2017-02-11 01:48
atleast nip won tournaments with lelele xD
2017-02-10 16:10
not more than with pyth doe
2017-02-10 22:37
Finally we can see how NiP perform with fkin Pyth instead of Maikelele :) With Maikel they won, but lets see how it goes with Pythi:))))))
2017-02-10 16:11
NiP won iEM Oakland with pyth and that tournament had better teams though i agree NiP is better with maikelele than pyth cuz it seems like they have a nice flow together with Maikelele
2017-02-10 16:28
pyth is nasty when he is actually able to play with the team. Too inconsistent attendance last year
2017-02-10 16:34
Navi and North next
2017-02-10 16:15
pls tell me, how many grades do you have in school in netherlands? 13 grades? when you enroll to university, are you usually 19? or 18 like in us?
2017-02-11 19:35
I am not from Netherlands xD
2017-02-11 19:54
xdddddd fking confused :D
2017-02-11 19:54
2017-02-11 19:55
nip x~~~~~~~~~~DDDD
2017-02-10 16:15
NaVi removed, c9, Zeus, .. NiP no we keep friburger
2017-02-10 16:19
ez for nip Kappa
2017-02-10 16:27
North, G2, Cloud9 and EnVyUs as the last invites I believe.
2017-02-10 16:29
Navi > C9,EnVy
2017-02-11 07:33
Lul, "home" tournament will invite C9 and nV over Na`Vi. Especially these two. nt
2017-02-11 09:48
I was thinking more in the sense of they actually made it to the playoffs where Na'Vi didn't :) Then it might be Na'Vi instead of EnVyUs.
2017-02-11 11:36
2017-02-10 16:29
hope they will invite gambit
2017-02-10 16:29
nip? gg tier2-3 teams
2017-02-10 16:30
2017-02-10 16:32
NiP will be back
2017-02-10 16:34
they can't be back if they are already in the trashcan
2017-02-10 18:15
thank god NiP gets invited to events, they wouldn't be able to qualify
2017-02-10 16:34
+Na'vi +North +Faze +Fnatic
2017-02-10 16:40
One invite will go to c9 since they didn't get a qualifier spot.
2017-02-11 05:27
2017-02-10 16:44
Cant wait for NiP performance with their new song at grand-final halftime show. The only way for them to get there in 2017.
2017-02-10 16:46
2017-02-10 16:46
2017-02-10 16:46
NiP? jesus, event tier 3
2017-02-10 16:47
NiP EleGiggle
2017-02-10 16:48
I dun get it, how does nip keep getting invites to lans when they SUCK thesedays..At some point, brains should kick in..Dont fking invite teams just cuz they USED to be decent.
2017-02-10 16:55
NiP are the defending champions of three different tournament series: DH Masters, IEM and StarSeries. It's no surprise they've been invited to the three corresponding events.
2017-02-10 19:19
defenfing or not, theres so many teams out there that actually deserve the invitation instead! So go back to sauna
2017-02-10 21:18
if they won the last tournament of the series ofc they deserve their spot?? and that sauna joke was good hahah!!
2017-02-10 22:37
the other teams who 'deserve' the invites will get them. nip is a nobrainer invite because they won the event last time and have to return as defending champion. its how this and other 'invite' events work.
2017-02-10 23:38
SK is ok but NiP... if u invite NiP u should invite teams like Outlaws, Nexus, Rush3d, Tengri, Zarlans.. because NiP is worse than them
2017-02-10 16:59
fnatic next?
2017-02-10 17:04
Lol. Why nip. Ence better even with xarte
2017-02-10 17:07
-nip +vega squadron :)
2017-02-10 17:15
na`vi manager Ugin told they will be bootcamping to SL so they got invite aswell
2017-02-10 17:20
Invite G2 or nV pls.
2017-02-10 17:25
2017-02-10 17:36
nip lul
2017-02-10 17:55
+FaZe +fnatic +Na`Vi +North
2017-02-10 18:12
NIP??? Really? lol.
2017-02-10 18:13
NIP??? please no -.- take a better team ffs. G2 or envy deserves more.
2017-02-10 18:35
NiP are the defending champions of three different tournament series: DH Masters, IEM and StarSeries. It's no surprise they've been invited to the three corresponding events.
2017-02-10 19:19
+Navi +G2 +North +Fnatic
2017-02-10 19:03
2017-02-10 19:06
why tier 3 team NiP? lol.
2017-02-10 19:14
because they are defending champions from winning it last time.
2017-02-10 23:39
Because vp could not get past group stage last time at starseries.
2017-02-11 05:13
nt Vega Squadron h@h@h@h@
2017-02-11 12:00
Nt Kinguin 16-0
2017-02-11 12:26
Aye this starts on my bday PogChamp
2017-02-10 19:36
fuck logic, tournament in ukraine, navi's home..they should get invite as first team!
2017-02-10 20:12
NIP for viwers! What'ts surprising?
2017-02-10 20:15
NiP won the last edition
2017-02-10 20:29
nip still getting invites lmao
2017-02-10 20:41
NiP are the defending SL i-League champions, not in this nightmare of teams.
2017-02-10 20:46
This will be a nice event.
2017-02-10 20:58
EZ for Immortals.
2017-02-10 21:03
man, 2017 will be the best year for competitive
2017-02-10 21:06
They don't deserve it. Lemme guess the other 4 invites: FaZe, Optic, North, C9 (Na'vi as a backup prediction)
2017-02-10 21:07
2017-02-10 21:36
ez for sk
2017-02-10 22:31
Why do they call it "finals" when there is no league anymore^^
2017-02-10 22:39
Are NiP even top 10 anymore? Start inviting teams that actually get results and deserve a spot rather than a sellout brand where winning is the least of their priority.
2017-02-11 00:05
while they don't deserve an invite with the current results they did win the previous sl
2017-02-11 15:09
2017-02-11 00:23
2017-02-11 05:08
lul the salt over a few online matches. FNC is trash too right guys?
2017-02-11 15:27
so....where NAVI? :D
2017-02-11 17:14
still waiting for qualify invite
2017-02-11 19:10
Thanks for bringing up the news HLTV!! <3
2017-02-11 19:34
NiP seriously? XD
2017-02-12 10:27
+Na`Vi I guess.
2017-02-12 23:06
NiP arent deserved invited
2017-02-13 00:34
Ez for Astralis
2017-02-14 09:24, lol. Old dudes who can't beat tier 5 teams like Kinguin
2017-02-14 09:29
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