SL i-League S3 invites revealed

All eight invited teams for SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 are now known as StarLadder announced that Gambit, Natus Vincere, FaZe and North will be attending the tournament in Kiev, Ukraine.

StarLadder has announced the final four teams to receive invites to the $300,000 tournament that will be held in Palace "Ukraine" this April.


s1mple had his debut for Na`Vi at SLi StarSeries S2

Joining the likes of Virtus.pro and SK are Gambit, Natus Vincere, FaZe and North, four teams that are currently in the top 10 of HLTV's team rankings.

The team list for SL i-League Starseries Season 3 is now as follows:

Denmark Astralis Poland Virtus.pro Sweden NiP Brazil SK
Kazakhstan Gambit Denmark North CIS Natus Vincere Europe FaZe
Other qualifier Other qualifier Other qualifier Other qualifier
Other qualifier      Other qualifier      Other qualifier      Other qualifier     

The remaining eight spots will be filled out through the online qualification process, with teams such as G2, fnatic and Cloud9 looking to secure a spot at the LAN tournament.

Professeur writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter.

#1
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Poland Snacer2K 
#GOGOVP
2017-02-22 17:01
#111
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Sweden ConaN007 
No NA teams.. finally a tournament organizer have come to their senses.
2017-02-22 18:50
#169
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Denmark Yung_Leann 
tbh that's kinda unfair, they should at least invite one NA team Optic would be a good invite. just found out that the there will be only 2 spots for NA from the qualifiers, 3 spots for EU, 2 For NA and 3 for China. damn, it seems like Starladder doesn't like NA.
2017-02-23 09:56
no!
2017-03-11 22:23
#2
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CIS sergioff 
Go CIS!
2017-02-22 17:02
how does NIP get a invite lmfao
2017-02-22 19:25
you must be new smh. NiP are the defending champions of that event. Season 2..
2017-02-22 20:00
Nip are also the defending champions of being below average
2017-02-22 20:08
sure big events last year 2016 $200k+ or more prize pool SK\LG core - 2 (2 majors) Navi - 1 Astralis - 1 fnatic - 2 Envy - 1 G2- 1 NiP - 3
2017-02-22 20:09
SK won 3 btw they also won Esl pl s3 and what did do nip in their other tournaments? 3 flukey events gz
2017-02-22 20:20
3 events with top teams =/= fluke
2017-02-22 21:45
went out in groups more often than they won also failed to qualify for a few tournaments lmfao nt tho
2017-02-23 00:47
They can't NOT invite the current champions even though they're trash last few months, that's just how it is
2017-02-23 16:15
with that reason aswell why not invite 2nd place of last event and 3th and 4th and 5-8th? exactly cuz its not smart u look at recent results to invite teams to have the best event, best competition
2017-02-23 23:28
#183
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United Kingdom XNL 
Look at it like football. If you win the Champions League you automatically go into it for the next year. The champions should always have the right to defend.
2017-03-09 13:49
yeah but in football a team cant go from godtier to utter shit in 5 months
2017-03-10 00:11
#185
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United Kingdom XNL 
Oh they can. Look at Leicester.
2017-03-10 09:06
U said champions League and still they got out of their group in the UCL and if they win 1-0 they'll go to quarters. Also less long break between champions leagues
2017-03-10 12:45
#187
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United Kingdom XNL 
It was an example, don't cry dude.
2017-03-10 13:21
Should've just used the Chelsea example when they won the ucl then next season 3rd in their group (did win Europa league but who cares about that)
2017-03-10 14:19
#190
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United Kingdom XNL 
So you see my point then?
2017-03-10 14:34
yeah stupid to invite teams even if they won the last tournament make them requalify by being good in their domestic leagues
2017-03-10 15:19
#145
Latvia Dhu 
omg :D funny kidoss
2017-02-22 21:50
theyre making money and youre just a lil kid typing on your computer lmao.
2017-02-22 23:13
Wow if you are talking about money, nip won the 3 least important events........ They had 3 good events that's it. Didn't do much for the rest of the year.
2017-02-23 15:07
#180
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Serbia whoa!! 
They won events with tougher competetion than most of the other big teams. 1.Majors and Eleague seasons 2.Epicenter,iem katowice,dh masters,iem oakland,star series events. 4. Esl proleague season finals and ecs s1 finals 5. Ecs s2 finals(worst competetion ever)
2017-02-25 03:06
#182
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Ethiopia BlackBird101 
Holy shit
2017-03-09 13:48
They won the last time, they are the first to get an invite you fucking newfag. Go back to reddit or something
2017-02-23 16:39
gg
2017-02-22 17:01
#6
Spain ewg 
NICE
2017-02-22 17:01
#7
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
wheres fnatic??/ but ofc these shitters inv nip because if they dont get invited they wont qualify lmao pure joke
2017-02-22 17:01
Maybe because they won the last season??
2017-02-22 17:02
#44
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Brazil cotoadriano 
Nip was invite because they won last season, fnatic didn't win anything.. Stop whining
2017-02-22 17:03
rekted
2017-02-22 17:09
fnatic are top 12. top 8 = invite
2017-02-22 17:20
"Cloud9 looking to secure a spot at the LAN tournament." But cloud9 is not in the qualifier? Only top NA teams are IMT and Liquid
2017-02-22 17:04
hltv.org/news/19903-sl-i-league-s3-close.. Those were "open qualifiers" C9 has an invite.
2017-02-22 17:29
When I posted that the hltv page for the qualifier didn't have c9 or optic. Weird
2017-02-22 17:30
Hoping that Fnatic G2 envy/godsent/mouz make it through...and C9/liquid optic Immortals from NA...
2017-02-22 17:32
There's only two NA spots and three EU. Other three are China 4Head
2017-02-22 17:32
Oh shit,Forgot. China doesnt need more than 1/2 slots at max. They get it because of the i league patnership...atleast the finals are in kiev for CSGO... The dota finals start tomorrow in shanghai..
2017-02-22 17:34
I actually don't disagree with giving china opportunities, but their very best team hasn't done more than the odd upset here or there. Three spots doesn't make much sense.
2017-02-22 17:35
#9
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Finland gamermoment69 
ez for jumal allu god monster from finland!!!
2017-02-22 17:01
#12
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Poland Grzywinczi 
wow, nice!
2017-02-22 17:01
#13
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Turkey MaskoN 
n1
2017-02-22 17:01
deserved
2017-02-22 17:01
nice
2017-02-22 17:01
n1
2017-02-22 17:01
#17
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Brazil R_ananias 
Great
2017-02-22 17:01
gl
2017-02-22 17:02
#19
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Sweden BubbaKush 
NiP LUL
2017-02-22 17:01
rip nip :(
2017-03-10 13:22
no Superteam xD
2017-02-22 17:01
#21
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Palestine hevCS 
Why do they still invite nip
2017-02-22 17:01
Cuz they won Season 2..
2017-02-22 17:02
#22
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France Revitalize 
Rip G2
2017-02-22 17:01
#25
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Israel ZiinTotH 
Ez north
2017-02-22 17:01
#28
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Poland Spanksss 
why nip xddddddddddd
2017-02-22 17:01
They won last starladder. They are reigning champions, just like they where at dreamhack masters and at IEM (which is why they got Katowice invite).
2017-02-22 17:08
#29
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Serbia ZAG0R 
rip g2 :(
2017-02-22 17:01
#30
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India TYZ4 
The qualifiers will be tough, and if all the right teams get in, it will be a Teir 1 event.
2017-02-22 17:01
#31
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Finland Doom_69 
ez faze
2017-02-22 17:01
#32
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Poland kurwafa 
why do these nip shitters get invited everywhere????????
2017-02-22 17:02
They won last starladder. They are reigning champions, just like they where at dreamhack masters and at IEM (which is why they got Katowice invite).
2017-02-22 17:08
#60
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Poland kurwafa 
im not talking about this event in particular, im talking about almost every other event where nip get invited even though they cant even qualify for major
2017-02-22 17:09
They won last starladder. They are reigning champions, just like they where at dreamhack masters and at IEM (which is why they got Katowice invite) - RealEssin *2K17
2017-02-22 17:14
#73
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France t3r4byt3 
DH Las Vegas - reigning champs IEM Katowice - reigning champs (from Oakland, otherwise fnatic would've been invited) StarLadder - reigning champs
2017-02-22 17:15
But all the events so far this year except the major, NIP was the reigning champ. Dreamhack masters, starladder and IEM (they won last IEM at Oakland so they get invite for Katowice)
2017-02-22 17:17
#33
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France BigBlarg 
No respect for G2 lol
2017-02-22 17:02
haha so stupid ukrainian invited navi and didn`t invite g2
2017-02-22 17:02
g2 is a pure joke and NV proved it beating them 2-0
2017-02-22 17:24
haha match after shuffle are u srly 50/50 match g2 ledendary team of legends and they will win 3rd major
2017-02-22 17:26
exactly, the team that hasn't proved shit yet doesn't deserve to be invited all their achievements is getting rekt by NV (also with a new lineup)
2017-02-22 17:30
#85
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Slovakia TatKo 
Navi might not be in the best form right now but inviting g2 would make even less sense.
2017-02-22 17:25
#37
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Brazil XEMBAO 
nip hahahaha
2017-02-22 17:02
nip with invite XD
2017-02-22 17:02
#100
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Sweden Kasidro 
why not, they won the last one? reigning champs are almost always invited, no matter how shitty they are atm
2017-02-22 17:45
#39
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India transformer 
fnatic, g2, envy, godsent all need to qualify. The qualifiers will be awesome
2017-02-22 17:02
it wont be easy either...hr,mouz,kinguin flipside playing the qualifiers as well..
2017-02-22 17:36
-faze +g2
2017-02-22 17:02
g2 sucks it will be hard for them to even qualify without strats and pure aim based playstyle.
2017-02-22 17:06
#99
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France Revitalize 
G2 dosent sucks lol. Its just because FaZe has better results. I'll bet that G2 beats Faze all day long.
2017-02-22 17:37
I'll bet against that
2017-02-22 19:00
me too
2017-02-22 19:40
#137
tarik | 
Belgium kaebboy 
Lol, nt Niko>Shox Rain>Apex Kioshima>Nbk Kennys>Allu Karrigan=body
2017-02-22 20:28
#142
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France Revitalize 
looks like you just began to watch CS. First Shox >>> NiKo, if you think Niko is better you're retarted. And then, you can't compare the others, but in term of skills, all players of G2 except NbK are better.
2017-02-22 21:20
#147
tarik | 
Belgium kaebboy 
lol, if you think shox is better, than you are mentally retarded, salty cuz he left mousesports?? loool
2017-02-22 22:22
#148
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France Revitalize 
Shox is better than Niko in stats and in rankings (Shox 6th and Niko 11th on Hltv). Do you think i care if he left mouz ? Shox was better than him this year, thats it.
2017-02-22 22:24
#149
tarik | 
Belgium kaebboy 
no he is not better in stats, shox is 6th bc he won titles last year lol, niko had better stats overall retard
2017-02-22 22:26
Shox is a top 5 all-times player in CSGO.
2017-02-23 01:42
#171
tarik | 
Belgium kaebboy 
yeah so is olof, but what is he now? retard....
2017-02-23 13:10
G2 to lose another qualify
2017-02-22 17:03
loool NiP
2017-02-22 17:03
Hard 4 RiP, ez Sk Felps and Imt Fnx
2017-02-22 17:03
-NiP pls why are people stil inviting them they suck major balls
2017-02-22 17:03
They won last starladder. They are reigning champions, just like they where at dreamhack masters and at IEM (which is why they got Katowice invite).
2017-02-22 17:09
why didn't they invite G2 then? they made the final but they only got an invite to the qual
2017-02-22 17:11
Because its not same lineup?
2017-02-22 17:14
#102
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Sweden Kasidro 
different team and they did not win? pretty obvious reasons
2017-02-22 17:46
#47
TACO | 
Brazil BATBILLA 
Nice
2017-02-22 17:03
#48
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Poland SUUL 
What's the point of inviting NiP right now? I bet they wouldn't even made it through qualifier.
2017-02-22 17:03
they won the last league it would be a joke not to invite the last winner
2017-02-22 17:04
#53
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Portugal wakens 
major top 8 teams invited, oh wait NiP didn't made, but still got the invitation over fnatic
2017-02-22 17:06
#56
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Croatia mds818 
I disagree with the fact that FNC should get invite over NIP however nip was top5 in 2016
2017-02-22 17:07
#63
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Portugal wakens 
I didn't exactly said fnatic shoud have Been invited Over Nip, what I think is none of then should be invited, but ir you invite 7 major legends, why NiP that didn't even qualified, why nota any other team that actually was até the major.
2017-02-22 17:11
#66
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Croatia mds818 
maybe because nip performed good at the last sl event..
2017-02-22 17:11
They won last starladder. They are reigning champions, just like they where at dreamhack masters and at IEM (which is why they got Katowice invite).
2017-02-22 17:11
#67
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Portugal wakens 
Oh that makes sense, sry
2017-02-22 17:11
GO LANBIT
2017-02-22 17:06
#58
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Poland Dawcioo 
- NIP + Kinguin
2017-02-22 17:08
Why is the concept of reigning champion so hard for the NIP haters to understand?
2017-02-22 17:11
Because some people are brain dead
2017-02-22 18:06
#175
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United States Logic_CSGO 
+1
2017-02-23 16:22
no fnatic or HOMESENT, LUL gl Gambit!
2017-02-22 17:16
#76
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Latvia Suspect)) 
#FaZeUP
2017-02-22 17:17
Thank you for inviting stable lineups instead of completely new teams. Very good choice in my opinion :)
2017-02-22 17:17
2 danish teams, 2 CIS teams, only team from sweden is NIP 4Head
2017-02-22 17:18
#82
BnTeT | 
Poland B4R73K 
No G2?????
2017-02-22 17:23
#88
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Malaysia phyzell 
N.I.P is a legendary organization in counter-strike. Respect the empire even if the young players are underperforming / have poor attitude.
2017-02-22 17:28
no fnatic?
2017-02-22 17:32
- NIP + Fnatic
2017-02-22 17:36
#101
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Brazil IguiN 
Starladder was the best tournament i have ever seen. The production was insane
2017-02-22 17:45
Go Gambit
2017-02-22 17:56
#107
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United Kingdom MansNotHot 
#FaZeUp #GONINJAS <3
2017-02-22 18:06
>2017 >inviting nip Vegan 16-2 NiP never forget
2017-02-22 18:11
Rip NA teams
2017-02-22 18:37
ez for nip
2017-02-22 18:58
EZ FOR FAZE
2017-02-22 19:07
+G2 +fnatic NiP and Gambit to qualifiers, shit org
2017-02-22 19:19
those two teams hasn't proved anything yet, they'll certainly will but it's logical they aren't invited
2017-02-22 19:25
#126
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
what did gambit proved?
2017-02-22 19:57
more than g2 and fnatic that are new teams. Anyway you don't invite teams without knowing their roster
2017-02-22 20:05
#141
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World kroy 
Lul gambit is top 7 in the world right now and they also did it to the legends at the last major. And whats about G2 and fnatic? They havent shown anything special yet.
2017-02-22 21:18
they dont have to show, they are legends. Gambit not.
2017-02-23 02:54
#121
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Hong Kong korean 
nip invited...
2017-02-22 19:37
NiP invited :D:D:D:D:D:D:D AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA
2017-02-22 19:42
they are the defending champions of that event, you must be new... smh.. just because they didnt make it to the major doesnt mean anything.
2017-02-22 20:02
Yes it does, it means they're slumping hard. But I do agree that they should have been invited as reigning champs.
2017-02-22 23:03
Major is just like any other tournaments except its a valve sponsored and bigger prize pool. The ones who made it to the major but didnt make it to the legend spot were the same as NiP. envy, godsent, g2, optic.. NiP won 3 big events $200k + prize pool in 2016 and the rest of top teams only 2 and 1. 1 major title and 5 straight major finals is not bad.
2017-02-22 23:07
It's also prepare for a lot harder by most teams. You can't disagree with me that NiP is slumping, that would be foolish. The point is if they don't show something at Starladder or IEM a change NEEDS to be made.
2017-02-22 23:20
#124
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Poland tarchmaike 
8 qual spots left and only 3 from EU and 2 from NA will qualify?? 3 more teams will be invited or what?
2017-02-22 19:46
#127
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World Vidua 
Awesome, the best teams (and NiP, with big fanbase) are there.
2017-02-22 19:59
2 biggest fanbases are there VP and NiP this is gonna be good
2017-02-22 20:03
2 most cancerous fanbases* fixed
2017-02-22 20:10
according to you which it doesnt matter, your opinion doesnt matter anyway *fixed
2017-02-22 20:13
#138
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
NiP, lol they had to give them invite cuz they wouldn't qualify for it.
2017-02-22 20:32
you must be new to the scene lil kid. They are the defending champions and won 3 big events $200k+ prize pool 2016. Rest of top teams only won 2 and 1 each.
2017-02-22 23:08
#158
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
Yeah they are defending champions so what? They are complete garbage right now. They will get rekt 16-3 on all of the maps. So fun to watch.
2017-02-22 23:36
#EZ4GAMBIT
2017-02-22 20:41
#143
NiKo | 
Brazil wnttl 
-NIP +Misfits
2017-02-22 21:39
3 China spots 2 NA spots ?????? NA CS 4HEAD memes aside, that's kinda silly
2017-02-22 22:09
#150
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Kyrgyzstan Devilr0ck 
lets go GMBT
2017-02-22 22:46
So that is basically top 8 from the Dreamhack Masters LV?
2017-02-22 23:14
xd
2017-02-22 23:43
NaVi with NIP in gropus, ez rigged.
2017-02-23 00:26
Hallo NA - where are you!? RIP
2017-02-23 09:09
Fnatic > NiP but who cares, it's all avout the money as always
2017-02-23 09:31
At least their will be a huge crowd unlike in Dreamhack.
2017-02-23 12:33
#177
fnx | 
Brazil Beicom 
lol gambit invited... that's great
2017-02-23 17:30
astralis/sk/vp
2017-03-06 14:35
Ez 4 immortals qualify. Lul NIP and Fnatic whores cry
2017-03-15 15:29
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