North handed Epicenter invite

Last year's champion, although under the Dignitas tag at the time, North, has been invited to take part in this year's Epicenter in St. Petersburg.

The Danish team, which turned some heads last weekend after finishing in second place at DreamHack Masters, has been confirmed as the fifth team in the Epicenter lineup.

A lot of expectation was created around the Danish squad when Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså stepped into the shoes of the now OpTic player Emil "Magisk" Reif. The new member of the team didn't disappoint, and was a central figure in his team's success in Sweden. Now, North, scheduled to play in Montreal this weekend, will also have Epicenter to look forward to.

North showed one of the biggest improvements in the first tournament after the break

There are now three more invites left to give out, plus two teams to qualify from an on-site wildcard stage which will feature the best teams from the regional qualifiers. The tournament, which will take place at the Yubileyny Sports Palace on October 23-29, will have $500,000 up for grabs.

The teams confirmed to the event so far are:

Brazil SK Denmark Astralis
Kazakhstan Gambit Poland Virtus.pro
Denmark North Other Invite
Other Invite Other Invite
Other Qualifier Other Qualifier
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
981
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
#1
Xyp9x | 
Spain ColdDevil 
Lul
2017-09-06 14:17
#13
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Spain Hola) 
tier 4 event
2017-09-06 14:18
#21
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Kazakhstan Bombardian 
Expected
2017-09-06 14:19
actually first edition had a crazy cool production and huge prize money. it was one of the best tournaments
2017-09-06 14:25
Yeah i also Think that
2017-09-06 20:04
#31
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Dominican Republic Morda_Killa 
ahahah with sk
2017-09-06 14:53
#79
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Portugal Flame20 
Yes 80% of their wins is tier 4 tournament
2017-09-06 16:46
ayy
2017-09-06 14:17
#3
fer | 
United Kingdom DJ_Nr8 
ez for navi
2017-09-06 14:17
G1
2017-09-06 14:17
North handed vac ban
2017-09-06 14:17
#6
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Portugal dabl1w 
Ez for sk
2017-09-06 14:17
#7
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United States MaceCS 
yuh
2017-09-06 14:17
#8
k0nfig | 
Denmark QDouble 
ez again
2017-09-06 14:17
as expected
2017-09-06 14:17
G2 next
2017-09-06 14:18
n1
2017-09-06 14:18
Ez for g2
2017-09-06 14:18
#16
cromen | 
Denmark ilnert 
They should have invited them first. They are champions of the previous event.
2017-09-06 14:19
#48
World hkzz 
That was under dignitas genius
2017-09-06 15:18
#49
cromen | 
Denmark ilnert 
So? Doesn't change anything
2017-09-06 15:19
#50
World hkzz 
Yes it does. I dont know where you have lived but invites are given to orgs not teams
2017-09-06 15:20
#51
cromen | 
Denmark ilnert 
Virtus.pro are finalists with the same org but they invited them only as the fourth team
2017-09-06 15:21
#52
World hkzz 
And? Tournaments usually give a guaranteed invite to the winning org only so they are lucky to get one in the first place considering how trash they have been
2017-09-06 15:23
#66
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Netherlands Lynch^_^ 
What do you mean? They made the finals in the last tournament they played in. And they made it to best 8 teams in the last Major.
2017-09-06 15:47
He is obviously talking about VP, not north, chill fanboy!
2017-09-06 19:16
Implying VP deserved it and were not invited because of fanbase?
2017-09-06 15:40
If they belong to orgs and not the teams, then where is the new Dignitas lineup's invite? The only events i can think of that give invites to organisations and not teams are the ESL Pro League, ELEAGUE and maybe ECS. A good majority of events just hold the 3-player core rule
2017-09-06 15:41
That is wrong. As when a team qualifies for a tournament it is the players within the team that gets the invite and not the org. Which also the reason that teams must have 3 or more players of the core roster that qualified. This is to secure the players right for the tournament because org would be able to switch entire teams out with new players. And in the same time denying the possibility of players buying out "seats" on a qualified team, to some extent at least.
2017-09-06 16:11
#104
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Denmark donfrankie 
Major spots are given to the players, not the org. ESL Pro League spots are also given to the players not the org.
2017-09-06 21:00
#53
f0rest | 
Indonesia rareguy 
What's different with being invited now?
2017-09-06 15:28
#17
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France Static2k 
g2 soon
2017-09-06 14:18
Let's hope not
2017-09-06 14:19
#18
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France Sofio 
g2
2017-09-06 14:19
#19
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Expected... We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-09-06 14:19
Well you're not smart, hostile as shit, and loyal like the SS would be hitler.
2017-09-07 12:48
#113
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Thanks my fan <3 appreciate your support!
2017-09-07 15:39
#22
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France MarioReL 
navi next, then G2 and FAZE/Optic/C9
2017-09-06 14:20
#40
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Faze were confirmed in trailer
2017-09-06 15:08
#23
TaZ | 
Denmark allebara 
final invites: fnatic, immortals and big
2017-09-06 14:20
#39
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Rofl
2017-09-06 15:08
#24
mir | 
El Salvador NotHotMan 
EZ VP NEXT INVITES : G2 Faze Envy
2017-09-06 14:24
#35
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Envy wut
2017-09-06 15:00
Probably Faze, G2 and Navi/C9
2017-09-06 20:06
On russian site another info, they will give only 6 invites and get 4 team from china, cis, na, eu to play wildcard for 2 slots, So there will be only 8 teams on main event
2017-09-06 14:24
its old info for first epicenter cs go event
2017-09-06 15:51
Epicentr s2 annonce was the same as we see now on hltv, but they reduced 2 slots after offical annonce
2017-09-06 17:09
#27
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Indonesia FinZzz 
G2, Faze, Navi next plz
2017-09-06 14:26
-navi +nip They deserve it more. But might be navi since CIS region loves their incest.
2017-09-06 19:18
+fnatic and g2 pls
2017-09-06 14:34
#34
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Ye invite fnatic for 0-3 in groups with vp
2017-09-06 14:59
same for navi, vp and faze, so no matter
2017-09-06 15:05
#38
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Navi can show pretty good perfomance.
2017-09-06 15:07
and fnatic can't, nice logic
2017-09-06 15:10
#43
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Well, they were sucking at last DH, lets see, but im sure they will show nothing soon
2017-09-06 15:11
stfu u russian piece of astralis fangay, go and suck thorins dick
2017-09-06 15:15
#58
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Hahahaha
2017-09-06 15:33
#59
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Triggered dicksucker
2017-09-06 15:33
they lost to imt who are #6 atm
2017-09-06 16:58
#82
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Russia v1p3rrr 
they are 6 only because they got 2nd place at major with easiest bracket
2017-09-06 17:00
thats why both fnatic and imt rekt Na'Vi on major but u still think that Na'Vi is better than them
2017-09-06 17:27
#86
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Lmao there was other navi roster at major, retard
2017-09-06 17:28
yy i forgot that everything changed and now they play great
2017-09-06 17:30
#88
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Not great but much better, they need time for trainings to improve their game and they will be top5-6 team atleast
2017-09-06 17:41
i can say the same about fnatic, they have already shown potential with new roster
2017-09-06 19:33
+G2 + Faze + Na'Vi
2017-09-06 14:47
#30
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Portugal KSCERATOGOD 
If they invite Virtus.pro who absolutely suck at the moment and not NiP I will be absolutely fuming.
2017-09-06 14:50
QQ
2017-09-06 15:10
#54
f0rest | 
Indonesia rareguy 
Maybe they invited VP because their org is from Russia?
2017-09-06 15:29
#32
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Russia AyvaN 
ez for my boyz again!
2017-09-06 14:55
#33
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Hope for Astralis - North grand final <3
2017-09-06 14:57
#36
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Denmark clutchkongen 
Me too
2017-09-06 15:02
Astralis won't get out of groups, so nvm
2017-09-06 15:15
#56
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Nice joke fnatic fan :)))
2017-09-06 15:32
Nice joke 1 major fan :)))))))))))
2017-09-06 15:32
#60
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Im astralis fan from time when karrigan joined team stfu
2017-09-06 15:34
u still got 1 major, we got 3
2017-09-06 15:40
#64
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Russia v1p3rrr 
u still won only shitty tier2 dh for last year
2017-09-06 15:45
last year? We won 6 tourneys, how many tourneys did Astralis win in 2016?
2017-09-06 15:45
#67
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Oh wait you didnt win that tier2 dh, the last win was iem katowice which was 1.5 years ago
2017-09-06 15:49
#94
NBK- | 
China Gnikiv 
both of ur flag confused me lmfao
2017-09-06 18:11
#95
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Whats wrong?
2017-09-06 18:19
G2 Fnatic Nip last invites
2017-09-06 15:16
Ez for the defending champions
2017-09-06 15:16
#55
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United States KrakeNCSGO 
next invite navi.
2017-09-06 15:31
next invites gonna be G2, NIP, FaZe(or Na'Vi)
2017-09-06 15:55
#71
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Malaysia phyzell 
They lost a map to Gambit yesterday, so yay. No god-level teams thus far.
2017-09-06 16:07
#73
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Kazakhstan MadKazakh 
you believe that c9 and optic/ liquid perform better?)
2017-09-06 16:09
#78
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Malaysia phyzell 
NA scene in CSGO. LUL
2017-09-06 16:30
#89
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Russia v1p3rrr 
They are both just came from malmo, north did 2-0 against gambit on LAN lol
2017-09-06 17:43
#93
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Malaysia phyzell 
Fitch was overzealous and Hobbit was too careful. Both didn't practice double peeking that gave them the poor result.
2017-09-06 17:52
+ NiP +NaVi +clown9 or G2
2017-09-06 16:12
#90
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Faze comfirmed, so +faze +navi +g2/nip/c9/etc (g2 is more possible)
2017-09-06 17:44
NIP deserve invite over navi. Faze, nip g2
2017-09-06 19:22
#105
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Just remember navi is cis team, epicenter is cis tournament with cis fans
2017-09-06 23:34
I know, but I'm saying that NIP deserve it more.
2017-09-07 08:20
#108
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Russia v1p3rrr 
If they show good perfomance in next event, yes
2017-09-07 09:24
+faze +g2
2017-09-06 16:19
+NaVi 100%
2017-09-06 16:20
jajajaja 100% lul
2017-09-12 08:47
#77
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Turkey Realtyy 
Wtf? Where is FAZE UP!!
2017-09-06 16:20
+NaVi +c9 +g2 LUL SpaceSoldiers to qualify Dope LAN incoming
2017-09-06 16:59
#84
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Poland mamba99999 
Where's G2 invite ?!
2017-09-06 17:23
#91
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Russia v1p3rrr 
I hope they will invite vega to closed quals :>
2017-09-06 17:45
last invites Na'Vi G2 FaZe / Immortals
2017-09-06 17:46
G2 Immortals Faze/Navi/Fnatic would probably be best invites
2017-09-06 18:23
#97
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Russia KRLL 
fnatic,navi,faze next
2017-09-06 18:44
Where is Cloud9 ???? Putin's veto or what?
2017-09-07 08:40
#109
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Russia v1p3rrr 
They just dont deserved i think - new lineup+only 8 invites where other eu teams are more prior. They could be invited instead vp, but now they have only chance to go through qualifer
2017-09-07 09:30
#110
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CIS amatera5u 
last invites Na'Vi G2 FaZe / NiP
2017-09-07 11:59
#112
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Finland niklaSjj 
WE WANT MOUZ! <3
2017-09-07 12:49
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