IEM Katowice 2018 EU Closed Qualifier bracket drawn

The matchups for the IEM Katowice 2018 Closed Qualifier, that will take place on February 3-4, have been drawn.

Twelve teams will be in competition for the four IEM Katowice 2018 Europe Closed Qualifier, where four LAN spots are up for grabs. Out of the twelve squads, eight squads got a direct invite, while four of them made it through the two open qualifiers.

North will debut their new roster in tomorrow's qualifier

Among the invited teams are the likes of mousesports, Natus Vincere and fnatic, while the four qualifier slots were claimed by Singularity, Heroic, Epsilon and AGO.

Today, the double-elimination bracket, which will be played out exclusively using BO3 matches, has been drawn. With 12 teams in the competition, the four best-ranked ones have been placed directly in the quarter-final, while the other eight teams will have to earn their place there.

The bracket draw is available below:

First round
Denmark Heroic vs. Germany BIG
Ukraine Natus Vincere vs. Europe Epsilon
Sweden Singularity vs. France Envy
Europe HellRaisers vs. Poland AGO
Quarter-finals
Denmark North vs. Denmark Heroic / Germany BIG
Kazakhstan Gambit vs. Ukraine Natus Vincere / Europe Epsilon 
Sweden fnatic vs. Sweden Singularity / France Envy
Europe mousesports vs. Europe HellRaisers / Poland AGO

You can find more details about the competition on our event page.

#1
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Other heavyhitter 
first fnatic ez
2018-02-02 15:23
#6
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United Kingdom Tendies 
Hope epsilon get it done
2018-02-02 15:21
#17
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United States Globebuster 
eu 4head
2018-02-02 15:21
Na scene lul
2018-02-02 15:23
#37
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United States Globebuster 
you mean the top 1 scene? cry is free kid
2018-02-02 15:23
So when gambit won cis was top 1 scene? You're trying too hard, NA is shit, was shit and will always be shit, stop being delusional, they'll go out in groups at katowice
2018-02-02 15:27
#46
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United States Globebuster 
CRY IS FREE
2018-02-02 15:28
No arguments as always, ignorance at its best, kill yourself
2018-02-02 15:29
#55
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Korea LastUtopia 
+1
2018-02-02 15:32
#57
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United States Globebuster 
3RD WORLD KID LUL
2018-02-02 15:33
Nice argument lul
2018-02-02 15:35
#68
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United Kingdom Entity125 
The thing is, gambit didnt have to face and beat the top 4 teams in the world. C9 did and did it quite convincingly. Im not sayin NA is #1 but it sure as hell isnt as much of a joke as it used and i have no idea how no NA team is in this
2018-02-02 15:44
#75
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Spain Almendrix 
Really? Do you people even know how to read? xD EU closed qualy 0/8 b8
2018-02-02 15:55
Yes, we need more NA teams in the EU qualifiers...
2018-02-02 16:16
+1 if the next EU closed qualifier for a significant event does not feature cloud9, liquid, swole patrol and french canadians i am gonna be so mad Kippa
2018-02-02 22:13
+1 we need Swole Patrol
2018-02-03 05:00
#108
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
No need arguments for trolling balcan scene))
2018-02-03 04:18
Learn to speak english, gandon
2018-02-03 04:57
#111
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
A u mad, coz im not. Learn to be polite, have a nice day, gandon
2018-02-03 07:11
#47
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Dominican Republic WhyUBullyDocc 
+1 na shit
2018-02-02 15:28
#95
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Brazil MaatheusRY 
EU 4HEAD kkkkk
2018-02-02 18:42
sup
2018-02-02 15:21
RUNFNATIC BROTHER
2018-02-02 15:39
#2
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Norway VladimirPootin 
NO BUG NO BIG NO BUG NO BIG NO BUG NO BIG NO BUG NO BIG NO BUG NO BIG
2018-02-02 15:21
#84
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Brazil coldzao2 
wow stacked quals
2018-02-02 16:23
#3
nukkye | 
Czech Republic kczr 
I am ready
2018-02-02 15:20
Almost First Ez 4 Fnatic and for my dad
2018-02-02 15:21
Ezzz
2018-02-02 15:20
#8
autist | 
Finland niiteis 
nice
2018-02-02 15:21
#9
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Russia J0YM 
Almost did it
2018-02-02 15:21
#16
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Malta 74c00 
1min late nt
2018-02-02 15:21
#25
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Russia J0YM 
Ye my phone just sent me a notification
2018-02-02 15:22
#31
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Malta 74c00 
Idk how those guys get here so fast
2018-02-02 15:22
#10
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Poland vzk 
GO GO AGO
2018-02-02 15:21
#36
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Denmark Twick_ 
its some time ago they missed the major
2018-02-02 15:23
#11
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Czech Republic Prdola15 
+1
2018-02-02 15:21
#12
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Malta 74c00 
Rip epsilon lol
2018-02-02 15:21
#13
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Dominican Republic WhyUBullyDocc 
Nooo
2018-02-02 15:21
#15
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Malaysia byaIi 
gg
2018-02-02 15:21
#18
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Ukraine EarthAintFlat 
Gambit vs Na`Vi bo3?
2018-02-02 15:21
lululululu
2018-02-02 15:22
mom mom mom whyy
2018-02-02 15:22
#21
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Poland Sueyy 
HR vs AGO Fuck's sake..
2018-02-02 15:22
ez HR
2018-02-02 15:22
poor AGO
2018-02-02 15:22
#27
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Poland TrapZ 
why poor
2018-02-02 15:22
hr > ago
2018-02-02 15:22
#41
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Poland TrapZ 
ok
2018-02-02 15:25
#112
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
maybe but not with 3 coaches))
2018-02-03 07:15
#43
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Poland vzk 
They can do it, i believe but it will be so hard. HR with Bondik is really good
2018-02-02 15:26
The only better draw would be this North/BIG/Heroic one, they should be happy
2018-02-02 15:47
#92
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Denmark ghostan11 
Ago would not stand a chance against heroic and north. Its pretty stacked
2018-02-02 17:19
#113
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
north has 2 changes. They are not so stacked, as u wish
2018-02-03 07:16
#115
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Denmark ghostan11 
Still better than ago so whats your point
2018-02-03 08:19
#116
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
I cheer only CIS cs, dont care about EU. But its online game. AGO strong online instead of LAN
2018-02-03 08:25
#117
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Denmark ghostan11 
Still the history seems that ago didnt stand a chance against heroic and dont think that something would change against north
2018-02-03 08:47
#24
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Germany AYEON 
Ez BIG
2018-02-02 15:22
gambit vs navi hhahahahaha
2018-02-02 15:22
#28
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France StickyRice 
Why is North already on quarters when they are much weaker than NaVi (playing the first round) for example ?
2018-02-02 15:22
Based on hltv top i guess.
2018-02-02 15:26
#77
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Germany Constikdw 
Dont think so as Navi is #9 and gambit for example is #11
2018-02-02 15:58
Based on old rating i guess before major
2018-02-02 20:07
#98
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Germany Constikdw 
Yes probably
2018-02-02 20:08
It's based on the ESL Ranking system, or more accurately the club ranking system. eslgaming.com/worldranking/csgo#/ The seeding for the IEM Katowice event will also be based on these rankings
2018-02-02 22:41
#114
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Funny rank - QBF (-18) pos and take 18 rank
2018-02-03 07:42
I'm guessing since they don't do ranks below 34 every team outside of that are considered rank 0 on the rankings therefore they moved down from 0 to 18
2018-02-03 09:48
#120
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Thanks
2018-02-03 10:27
It's based on the ESL Ranking system, or more accurately the club ranking system. eslgaming.com/worldranking/csgo#/ The seeding for the IEM Katowice event will also be based on these rankings
2018-02-02 22:39
It's based on the ESL Ranking system, or more accurately the club ranking system. eslgaming.com/worldranking/csgo#/ The seeding for the IEM Katowice event will also be based on these rankings
2018-02-02 22:39
#104
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France StickyRice 
Thanks for your help. Still pretty bad seedings though.
2018-02-02 22:46
Not really if you understand their logic. The Club Rankings look at results over the last 12 months instead of the usual 6 of their Power Rankings and 3 of HLTV. North had a strong early and mid 2017 where as NaVi didn't start getting good results until later on in the year.
2018-02-02 22:49
wow, what a joke those club rankings are! they count every event of the last 11 months with 100% weight. btw, the hltv rankings use: 2 months in the form category with 200 points for 1st; 3 months in the lan category with 300 points for first; 12 months in the achievement category with 500 points for 1st. but, other than esl, hltv has a weighting system for their achievements, meaning you get less and less points over time for any given result. that imo much better reflects overall strength, giving astralis full credit now for winning kato in march 2017 is ridiculous.
2018-02-03 17:53
I understand the HLTV system. I actually sort of like how it works. Although it doesn't have decay on really good results it also doesn't have decay on bad results. Someone like Fnatic who was having a lot of trouble with their roster in early to mid 2017 didn't start getting good results until lately so they maybe shouldn't be as rewarded as a team like Astralis who had consistent results. Saying that though I also like HLTV's since it gives a more recent idea for who the best in the world is.
2018-02-03 23:54
i'm confused. in your 2nd sentence, are you saying hltv doesn't have decay? because it does, even within the first 3 months, although a small one. and looking at the achievements of ast and fnc, they're pretty even overall. the xmas/newyear break gives the major more importance, so fnc has a slight edge.
2018-02-06 13:10
The third sentence, that starts with Although is mean to transition to me talking about the ESL system since I'm pretty sure it doesn't have point decay. I understand the confusion there.
2018-02-06 13:15
ofc Epsi vs Navi... Unluko
2018-02-02 15:22
#32
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Romania Vladootzz 
NICE EPSILONN!!!
2018-02-02 15:23
Na'Vi vs Gambit PogChamp Let's go!
2018-02-02 15:23
#35
ropz | 
Estonia qmic 
ez for GODRopz and GODmouz
2018-02-02 15:23
#38
hippien | 
Poland TGPL 
ez AGO
2018-02-02 15:24
RIP North, nV, Gambit and HR
2018-02-02 15:24
Mouz has 97%chance of winning
2018-02-02 15:24
Gambit navi again. Its not random ofc, iem try to hype and get viewers like everyone else. Ofc epsilon can win. Everyone can win Navi
2018-02-02 15:25
#48
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Italy ProudAtheist 
wE Will go to Katowice...c'mon EPSILON
2018-02-02 15:29
#54
Twistzz | 
Poland XowXot 
Come on... We all know Epsilon is the weakest team alongside Singularity, it would be a huge surprise if they didnt go out with 0-2 record. Just lets be honest here, they are at a 12th spot in my power ranking, the fact they got drawn against NaVi... its just impossible for them. They also made it into the closed qualies cause of an easy route through the open one, if they met AGO or SS along the way or even Wololos they would be out already
2018-02-02 15:32
#59
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Italy ProudAtheist 
IT is almost impossible just because of monsters like simple and electronic...other players are not so better than epsilon best ones imho
2018-02-02 15:34
#60
Twistzz | 
Poland XowXot 
Epsilon best ones? From what Ive seen espilons best player is smooya and he is a toxic whiny b*tch (sorry for that, but he really is) and he aint that good either. Id say smooya < bondik even
2018-02-02 15:35
#64
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Italy ProudAtheist 
smooya is good and cosmeen is good too...the 3 other players sucks we agree...its just about dream... i mean...Zeus and Edward are bots...maybe not SO bots as epsilon players but they're no good...flamie and electronic are good yes and simple is simply a monster... probably the awp fight between simple and smooya will end in a slaughter but lets dream
2018-02-02 15:38
#71
Twistzz | 
Poland XowXot 
Yeah lets dream. Btw isnt cosmeen the guy known for his worse spray than Kjearbye? I mean as even more obvious one, sorry if Im wrong but there is a lot of cheaters from Romania and I dont know why
2018-02-02 15:48
#72
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Italy ProudAtheist 
has kjaerbye a bad spray? LOL btw I watched some matchs with cosmeeen, online and Lan...the entire Gifinity Elite Series was LAN and in LAN u cant cheat...and he was good at that competition... of couse was a minor tournament with a bunch of shitty UK teams but he is a good player i think...not a top team player but a good one...4 example it seems to me he frags more than STYKObot but yet Styko plays into a top team...so...we'll see :)
2018-02-02 15:52
#78
Twistzz | 
Poland XowXot 
Kjearbye's spray? Obvious cheating. "Oh shaking my hand around my target is helping me to aim better"... ummm, okay? He zigzags in 90 degrees angles, thats what an aimlock does when its badly configurated, unfortunately he cannot stop spraying like that rn cause he would be lynched for hacking. But yeah, there was one romanian guy whose spray was even more shaky than Markus' one.
2018-02-02 16:01
#81
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Edward is 2 tiers above every player on ripsilon lol
2018-02-02 16:15
#88
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
NaVi will win but Edward will go negative tho he is shit and outdated.
2018-02-02 16:52
#126
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Didn't go negative vs assilon. Pretty much impossible vs them.
2018-02-04 00:14
#106
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Italy ProudAtheist 
Edward isnt above noone...old and bad.
2018-02-03 01:53
#127
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Way above pepsilon
2018-02-04 00:28
#128
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Italy ProudAtheist 
ok my friend...but it easy now to talk after Epsilon was rekt
2018-02-04 20:58
#129
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South Africa nimmaJ 
My first comment was long before the game and it was right.
2018-02-05 02:13
#50
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Finland Vkims 
Seized against navi hmmm
2018-02-02 15:30
#51
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Germany GoBIG0rGoHome 
BIG got a great chance ... but they will choke in the 1st round against heroic :l
2018-02-02 15:31
#56
Twistzz | 
Poland XowXot 
They dont have a great chance, weaker six Id say and there is only 4 spots
2018-02-02 15:33
#63
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Germany GoBIG0rGoHome 
it means you have to beat heroic (is possible) and north got changes now and big could already beat them on lan ... so yeah its a big chance for them ...
2018-02-02 15:37
#69
Twistzz | 
Poland XowXot 
Ya know heroic is a really strong team with moddi being a god lately?
2018-02-02 15:46
#74
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Germany GoBIG0rGoHome 
never said they are bad just they are beatable for big ... dunno why ur so triggere lol
2018-02-02 15:54
#83
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Hes not triggered? Hes providing his veiwpoint because you provided yours. You just dont know how to have a civil conversation.
2018-02-02 16:16
#66
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Italy ProudAtheist 
tabseN is really good btw
2018-02-02 15:40
#52
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
compare na qualifier to this... shame na have 2 spots
2018-02-02 15:31
#58
Twistzz | 
Poland XowXot 
Wtf are you on. EU has 4 spots and NA has 2, its a good change for EU already. All of the teams apart from Singularity and Epsilon would have a big chance of winning against both Renegades and Liquid, ya know?
2018-02-02 15:34
#53
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Greece knk74 
go HR
2018-02-02 15:32
IEM Katowice EU Qualifier: Pogchamp. IEM Katowice NA Qualifier: FeelsBadMan.
2018-02-02 15:35
only 4 spots ? navi,fnatic,mouse and...
2018-02-02 15:42
#73
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Turkey cagataygs5 
ez 4 w0xic
2018-02-02 15:53
#76
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Pretty cool matches... let's go!
2018-02-02 15:56
Ez qualification for VP
2018-02-02 16:01
Navi as always lucky with enemy team
2018-02-02 16:04
#86
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Poland Czari10 
surely when they gotta play gambit next lul
2018-02-02 16:37
#85
mir | 
El Salvador NotHotMan 
ez for Hr
2018-02-02 16:36
#87
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Germany AutiSimple 
ez for nV
2018-02-02 16:46
#89
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Germany cartii 
ez mouz
2018-02-02 16:53
EZ NAVI
2018-02-02 17:06
north, navi, fnatic, mousesports
2018-02-02 17:13
#93
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
EZ FOR FNATIC
2018-02-02 17:29
gambit - navi best match
2018-02-02 17:37
#96
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Iceland caverat 
north navi fnatic mouz
2018-02-02 19:02
#99
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
Fnatic mouz heroic and navi Fnatic Vs navi in finals Fnatic ez
2018-02-02 20:38
ez vega and qbf
2018-02-03 01:58
seized vs Na'Vi hype
2018-02-03 08:53
#121
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
EZ FOR MOUZ!
2018-02-03 11:51
#122
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Poland NotToday 
Ez for AGO!
2018-02-03 12:21
Ez 4 singularity and HUGO XD
2018-02-03 15:47
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