ESL reveals IEM Katowice invites

MIRAA
January 18th, 2018 17:42

ESL has revealed the list of teams who have been invited to compete at IEM Katowice and in the closed qualifiers in Europe and North America.

Without surprise, the current top 6 teams in the world plus home crowd favourites Virtus.pro take up seven of the eight invite spots, with the final team being determined by UCC's Farmskins Championship #2, which is currently underway.

Europe will have four qualifying slots, while North America has been allocated two. Oceania and Asia will both have one qualifying spot at the main event.

SK among the teams invited to attend the $500,000 IEM Katowice

The following teams have been invited to IEM Katowice:

Brazil SK Denmark Astralis
Poland Virtus.pro Europe FaZe
United States Cloud9 Sweden NiP
France G2 Europe UCC tournament winner

With the invites for the Oceanic and the Asian qualifiers already out, ESL has now revealed the names of the teams who have been invited to the European and the North American closed qualifiers. The list looks as follows: 

Europe (February 3-4) North America (January 30)
Kazakhstan Gambit Australia Renegades
Sweden fnatic Europe OpTic
Denmark North United States Liquid
Europe mousesports Brazil 100 Thieves
Germany BIG United States NRG
Europe HellRaisers Brazil Luminosity
Ukraine Natus Vincere United States Misfits
France Envy  

IEM Katowice will span six days and culminate with the playoffs at the Spodek Arena, in Katowice, from March 2-4. A total of $500,000 will be up for grabs in the tournament, which will be played under the new format announced by ESL last month, with two double-elimination groups of eight teams leading to the playoffs.

#1
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Sweden zl1ze 
nice they invited top 6 teams, +vp?? why edit : YES I KNOW THAT IT IS IN POLAND AND THAT IS WHY VP GOT INV
2018-01-18 17:45
#13
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Mongolia Tendies 
good for nip vp though smh
2018-01-18 17:43
does it matter anymore? no one gonna watch this shit
2018-01-18 17:43
facebook LUL
2018-01-18 17:44
nip vp and c9 wasted slots
2018-01-18 17:46
EZ for farmskins championship #2 winner tbh
2018-01-18 17:50
#96
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Denmark mrlolba 
Why c9? They qualified for the Major.
2018-01-18 17:54
#99
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Russia Sur10n 
Stop bullshitting about c9 they deserves this invite rn,dunno about VP and NiP,mb its better to put them in closed quals,but who should take the 2 free slots?Fnatic?May be.Gambit,Na'Vi,North?!!Hell no,dawg!!!
2018-01-18 17:54
why should anyone get a free slot?
2018-01-18 18:02
#115
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Russia Sur10n 
"ESL REVEALS IEM KATOWICE INVITES",their choise to invite 7 team,not my,so why you asking me about this?
2018-01-18 18:04
you're asking me who should get free slots, I say no one should get free slots.
2018-01-18 18:05
#122
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Sweden BenneDoT 
yes...nip only won the last IEM xP
2018-01-18 18:10
Nip > most sub top +10 teams
2018-01-27 15:08
ESL One is on fb. This is IEM so I think it’s gonna be twitch.
2018-01-18 18:08
#121
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Spain G3SG1LOVER 
I believe iem tournaments wont be broadcasted on facebook only epl and esl one
2018-01-18 18:09
This is still on twitch
2018-01-18 17:48
rly?
2018-01-18 17:54
Yes only epl and esl one are affected
2018-01-18 17:54
o i forgot
2018-01-18 17:55
#111
suNny | 
Finland iPaZ 
thank mr iem
2018-01-18 18:00
thank mr iem
2018-01-18 21:29
#22
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Estonia JuliaFriberg 
wow, inviting vp and nip, but not mouz ???
2018-01-18 17:43
Because it's polish event?
2018-01-18 17:45
#54
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Estonia JuliaFriberg 
lol assuming vp will do anything in the event?
2018-01-18 17:46
Can u predict top 20 hltv 2018?
2018-01-18 17:47
U said same at Epicenter and they almost won the whole tournament
2018-01-18 17:48
VP to major grand final but may not beat sk. Will be 2-1 either way.
2018-01-18 17:51
#127
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Estonia JuliaFriberg 
i said same at epicenter??? what.
2018-01-18 18:28
NiP are still top 4, chokesports would just bomb out
2018-01-18 18:32
NiP shouldn't be invited :( Not even real top4
2018-01-18 17:49
So tell me what g2 has done past 4 or even more months. Let me tell you nothing
2018-01-18 17:51
NiP been good for what ? 1.5 month, aka 1 tournament. G2 got good from lineup formation till end of October. + More T1 tournaments wins
2018-01-18 18:02
And they still haven't done anything since then.
2018-01-18 18:33
And NiP still done nothing else since 2 years At least G2 qualified for major and major qualifier
2018-01-19 06:32
I think NiP's invite is justified by the fact that they won the last IEM event (Oakland).
2018-01-18 19:52
#26
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Europe BigDickStacy 
how can you not invite VP for IEM Katowice? braindead?
2018-01-18 17:43
#40
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Sweden zl1ze 
yeah ik that it is for the crowd but they wont make it out of groups anyways, mouz or fnatic should have gotten the invite
2018-01-18 17:44
Finally someone who follows the logic.
2018-01-18 17:53
+1
2018-01-18 18:33
#30
ropz | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
VP FOR FANS LUL
2018-01-18 17:44
#33
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Finland Vkims 
So they invited top 7 teams
2018-01-18 17:44
#164
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Netherlands DerFuhrer 
Top 6 + vp...
2018-01-23 15:30
#36
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Korea ENCE|jW 
They invited nip also
2018-01-18 17:44
well it's an event in Poland so it would be a disgrace if they had one of the largest events in a country without inviting any team from it.
2018-01-18 17:45
#46
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Germany h1treX 
Maybe bc polish event :thinking:
2018-01-18 17:45
#49
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
because it's in Poland?
2018-01-18 17:45
are you stupid or pretending to be stupid?
2018-01-18 17:45
#56
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Poland Alexkox 
VP top 3 team of the major :P
2018-01-18 17:46
poland or not VP has a lot of fans and will bring more viewership
2018-01-18 17:47
#135
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Denmark JustYes 
If it's on Facebook VP fans will be the only ones watching so true. Have a cool day! -VeryCoolGuy
2018-01-18 18:44
#72
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Portugal Sm1kess 
How gambit not invited
2018-01-18 17:49
Why did nip get invited too anyways? They were shit the whole year and only had one good tournament
2018-01-18 18:05
#161
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Finland T3ME_ 
And that tournament were iem xd
2018-01-19 07:38
NiP top 4 H@H@H@H@H@H@H@H@H@H@
2018-01-18 18:43
#154
s1mple | 
Poland Hell2k 
Nip not even on major and you cry lul btw nip is not top 4. Nip is top 20 maybe
2018-01-18 22:40
#2
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Denmark Gugus_Patacus 
Nice
2018-01-18 17:42
#3
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North America Catpwnz 
Neat!
2018-01-18 17:42
#4
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Mongolia Tendies 
ffs internet explorer smh
2018-01-18 17:42
#5
suNny | 
Finland m1skaa 
okay
2018-01-18 17:42
kk
2018-01-18 17:42
#7
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Australia Brawler_k 
Nice
2018-01-18 17:42
#8
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United States Err0h 
SDJFLKSDFJsdaf
2018-01-18 17:42
#10
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United States Err0h 
DAMMIT
2018-01-18 17:43
#9
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Sweden krak3n_ 
NIP :)
2018-01-18 17:42
#11
smooya | 
Indonesia rimusi 
GL NiP!
2018-01-18 17:43
#12
valens | 
North America Jxmes 
GG C9
2018-01-18 17:43
#14
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Brazil XEMBAO 
GO 100T
2018-01-18 17:43
I only see 5 thives tho
2018-01-18 17:49
100 br
2018-01-18 17:51
#15
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Norway anMu 
VP xD. Good one.
2018-01-18 17:44
#17
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Portugal raaVz 
ok
2018-01-18 17:43
#19
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Poland icelake 
VP omegalul
2018-01-18 17:43
#20
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Kuwait EU_OMEGALUL 
ez win for C9
2018-01-18 17:43
#21
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Sweden Rexz 
NIP PogChamp ez 4 f0rest as usual
2018-01-18 17:44
#23
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Sweden Dino1 
Where is mouz?
2018-01-18 17:43
in the online quals prolly xD
2018-01-18 17:45
#51
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Sweden Dino1 
-NiP -VP +mouz +Liquid
2018-01-18 17:45
lol what did Liquid and mouz do to be invited? ayy
2018-01-18 17:47
#66
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Sweden Dino1 
What did VP do to be invited?
2018-01-18 17:47
Rhey are from poland Katowice is in poland
2018-01-18 17:50
first of all, vp are from Poland so it's obvious they will be invited instead of mouz and Liquid second of all, please do not make me compare VP's achievements in 2017 with mouz's and Liquid's xD
2018-01-18 17:59
that's only last 3 months VP haven't played anything since WESG in November mouz played at ECS and difference between 7th and 10th is only 90pts so don't be too cocky xD
2018-01-18 18:05
#120
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Sweden Dino1 
mouz played final at ECS which they almost rekt FaZe in and won an tier 1 event* Your argument is that VP didn't even play much.. well LUL you counter argumented yourself
2018-01-18 18:08
? they didn't play that much thus they're only 10th in the ranking well, almost but they didn't vp on the other hand won against FaZe and almost won a tier1 event (epicenter)
2018-01-18 18:15
NiP? LUL
2018-01-18 17:43
#162
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Poland Rasgard 
Well IEM was always made of stations. Every winner from each station has guaranteed spot in finals and finals are held in Katowice everyear. So NiP as winners of Station Oakland got their spot in Katowice. We can argue if they are tier one or 2, but with no doubt they deserve the spot as the winners of IEM Oakland (which was tier 1 event tho)
2018-01-19 14:54
#27
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Korea GodPutin 
next vega pls
2018-01-18 17:43
WHERE'S THE MAJOR VIEWER'S GUIDE?!?!??!
2018-01-18 17:43
at IEM Katowice at in the closed qualifiers across four regions.
2018-01-18 17:44
Niceee.
2018-01-18 17:44
#32
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France Lyreck 
Easy for G2 tho
2018-01-18 17:44
#34
gAuLeS | 
Brazil Blazzze 
IZZI VILA MIX
2018-01-18 17:44
G2G2G2G2G2G2
2018-01-18 17:44
#37
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Poland Pati23 
K
2018-01-18 17:44
#38
AdreN | 
Kazakhstan Fox427 
if Gambit wins Major I expect them to invite my team
2018-01-18 17:44
#58
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
A lightning doesn't strike the same place twice my friend
2018-01-18 17:46
#106
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
Hahaha, nice 1 Xdd
2018-01-18 17:56
#148
AdreN | 
Kazakhstan Fox427 
If you search google for "can lightning strike twice" you get this result: "TRUTH: The old saying that 'lightning never strikes the same place twice' is another myth that any veteran storm observer or researcher has seen nature defy. Lightning can strike any location more than once. In fact, given enough time, it is actually inevitable." If you don't agree with this statement then keep reading next 100 results... my friend :)
2018-01-18 21:03
EZ FOR R-EZ and gud f0rest.
2018-01-18 17:44
GG VP LOL
2018-01-18 17:44
#45
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Spain akproxx 
No mouz:(
2018-01-18 17:45
#47
Nifty | 
Greece Stefan9 
SK <3
2018-01-18 17:45
where is fnatic?
2018-01-18 17:45
#53
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Brazil FaelEz 
Niceeee #GoGoVP
2018-01-18 17:45
#55
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
ez for SK gaming once again
2018-01-18 17:46
#57
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Sweden freddew0w 
why the fuck is nip going before fnatic???? LOL bullshit.
2018-01-18 17:46
#68
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Czech Republic Jurys 
bc NiP wouldn´t qualify
2018-01-18 17:48
I really dislike NiP and their fans, but how many IEMs, ProLeagues or ESL Ones have fnatic won in the last year?
2018-01-18 17:51
#104
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Belarus gas567 
NIP more fans and popularity
2018-01-18 17:56
lel The fnatic brand actually has 2X more fans than NIP but its expected from a gt fan
2018-01-18 21:27
#59
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India transformer 
Nice to see vp and nip invited. Crowd favorites.
2018-01-18 17:46
no ago but hr ok nice
2018-01-18 17:46
AGO can easily qualify via this online cup that gives a spot. No need to invite them in 2 qualifiers.
2018-01-18 17:49
#62
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Where's Vega?
2018-01-18 17:46
#67
fnx | 
Brazil DroidNTC 
VAMOS 100 THIEVES!
2018-01-18 17:48
#71
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Poland Spanksss 
so Optic is staying in NA? ;o
2018-01-18 17:48
Well, else they would never qualify for anything.
2018-01-18 17:49
Nice, but in Facebook nope.
2018-01-18 17:49
No faceshit for iem
2018-01-18 17:50
Ok, because Facebook in stream is shit.
2018-01-18 17:51
not biased at all to invite tier 2 vp lol
2018-01-18 17:49
#79
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
no one is gonna watch anyways thanks to the facebool deal LUL
2018-01-18 17:49
#82
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
and STOP inviting virtus.pro!
2018-01-18 17:50
#83
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Europe vasseldomau 
What about Liquid?
2018-01-18 17:50
#86
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Sweden Donger89 
Nip and VP PogChamp
2018-01-18 17:51
Ez for en ai pe. Also for people fuming over VP invite, chill, organizers always invite local teams because they will draw huge crowds.
2018-01-18 17:54
Inviting HR sh1tvyus ABD BUG CLAN but no spaceS xD
2018-01-18 17:53
EZ VP
2018-01-18 17:54
Optic with full European lineup in NA qualifier LOGIC
2018-01-18 17:55
#102
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Australia SHAMALOV 
no one cares because of facebook
2018-01-18 17:55
The LAN tournaments will still be streamed on twitch. Like how before Pro League was on YouTube but tournaments were on Twitch.
2018-01-18 19:02
#103
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Turkey Craftsman 
Invite enyvus but no spaces hahahahaha lul xd fuck off
2018-01-18 17:55
invinting NiP in 2018 L U L
2018-01-18 17:56
inviting envyus instead of ss LUL
2018-01-18 17:57
#108
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Other Left_Eye 
Invite HR and Envyus but no SS. This is fucking joke. I have nothing against HR and Envyus but it is clear that SS better than currently.
2018-01-18 17:57
#143
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina MRYENER 
+1 I think they deserved but what can I say..
2018-01-18 19:28
#AGO_TO_IEM
2018-01-18 18:00
Why no ss?
2018-01-18 18:01
#123
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Poland TGPL 
nice
2018-01-18 18:11
Shit NV gets invite but SS has NOT. W T F
2018-01-18 18:13
VP and NiP got invited even though they play good once an year, why is that? Because brand mate, EnVy is a much bigger brand than SS even though their team sucks cock, they will still invite. It's just the way it works, until recently no one really invited gambit even after they beat T1 teams because the brand isn't as big as VP or NiP.
2018-01-18 18:59
Dude you are right , ok
2018-01-18 19:10
#126
NAF | 
Bangladesh Ligma_ 
Let's see what 100T can do
2018-01-18 18:21
Tbh inviting vp and nip is wasting of spots..
2018-01-18 18:29
#129
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Kazakhstan ezBORAT 
VP invite = trash invite
2018-01-18 18:29
vp wasted spot
2018-01-18 18:36
-VP +AGO No joke, rather have a T2 team than a twice an year T1 but rest of year T5 team.
2018-01-18 19:01
yep this is good idea to see AGO than those overrated legends
2018-01-18 19:28
This tournament will be awesomeeeee <3
2018-01-18 18:47
Im so happy to see that it is double elimination - Ive been waiting to see a double elim tournament in csgo for a long long time Also gl to VP youll need it
2018-01-18 19:23
#142
fnx | 
Brazil wnttl 
ez 100 Thieves
2018-01-18 19:24
#145
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France StickyRice 
EZ Misfits
2018-01-18 19:33
a shit team from the UCC will come to this but in europe teams like NaVi, Gambit, Fnatic, North, mouz have to play in a much harder qualifieer ... woooow
2018-01-18 19:41
#149
Snax | 
Tunisia Dupix123 
cry is free vp got invited
2018-01-18 21:22
VP getting a direct invite instand of mousesport/FNATIC,fuck this corrupt scene
2018-01-18 21:26
#153
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Brazil davidzor 
Very stacked tournament.
2018-01-18 21:40
#155
s1mple | 
Poland Hell2k 
Why nip omegalul
2018-01-18 22:42
Why VP rofl
2018-01-18 23:22
But where IEM Shitney c'mon IEM it had as many viewers
2018-01-18 23:18
#158
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Brazil hugoooo 
Go 100T!
2018-01-18 23:27
SS :(
2018-01-19 06:40
nice vp invite 4Head
2018-01-23 09:50
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