Natus Vincere confirmed at IEM Chicago

Professeur
August 18th, 2018 18:25

ESL has announced the last invited team for IEM Chicago as Natus Vincere joins the team list.

With the Ukrainian-Russian squad confirmed, IEM Chicago now has the nine best teams, as of current rankings, set to play at the $250,000 event.

The tournament will take place at the start of November, 6-11, with sixteen teams in the competition. IEM Chicago will also be a part of the Intel Grand Slam circuit.

s1mple and co. will be present at another premier event

Now, ten out of the sixteen teams are known, with only six qualifier teams left to be decided. Two teams from Europe will earn a spot in Chicago, while North America, Asia, and South America will have one spot each. Lastly, an undefined, "TBA qualifier" will yield the last LAN spot for IEM Chicago.

The full team list is available below

Denmark Astralis
North America Liquid
Brazil MIBR
Australia Renegades
Sweden fnatic
Europe EU qualifier
North America NA qualifier
Other SA qualifier
Europe FaZe
Europe mousesports
United States NRG
Germany BIG
Ukraine Natus Vincere
Europe EU qualifier
Asia Asia qualifier
Other TBA qualifier

2nd team in the world right now, with the best player in csgo history. Well deserved.
2018-08-18 18:31
#8
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Finland autism@exe 
ez
2018-08-18 18:26
#52
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Austria shaakeh 
expected
2018-08-18 18:48
yes, so obvious
2018-08-18 19:58
#11
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Germany Tunio 
the best team*
2018-08-18 18:26
False
2018-08-18 18:56
#58
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Germany Tunio 
Not False
2018-08-18 18:56
They lost to liquid 2-0 at eleague, your "best team in the world" sucks. Beating astralis once means nothing, faze did that and look at them now.
2018-08-18 18:58
#80
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Romania Tise 
>American >NiP fan sure thing, faggot.
2018-08-18 20:28
0/8
2018-08-18 21:25
#114
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Sweden s!d_xaxa 
Is there any context in this whole world where this thing makes any sense? Expected from gypsy though.
2018-08-19 02:19
#128
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Romania sebidafoxy 
I fuck your mother every night btw
2018-08-19 10:19
#137
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Sweden s!d_xaxa 
Forgot to switch accounts?
2018-08-19 11:37
#141
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Romania sebidafoxy 
No, just defending my brother in front of a Swedish piece of shit. Nordics suck cocks, especially Denmark and Sweden. East ftw
2018-08-19 14:19
#149
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Sweden s!d_xaxa 
Whoa !! Calm down there gypsy.
2018-08-19 17:32
#150
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Romania sebidafoxy 
I am not a gypsy. Fun fact: I am richer than you.
2018-08-19 18:58
#152
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Sweden s!d_xaxa 
That's what a gipsy would say.
2018-08-19 20:49
#157
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Romania sebidafoxy 
Nice education system you got in Sweden! You also think that moon landing was staged I bet
2018-08-20 00:51
I mean his swedish school taught him how to speak english properly. You on the other hand....do they have teachers at the caravan lots?
2018-08-21 19:38
#166
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Romania sebidafoxy 
"I mean his swedish school taught him how to speak english properly" I know better than English than you and him combined, piece of Canadian shit.
2018-08-22 16:21
My hand hurts of spamming the report button. Hopefully you'll get banned anytime soon, racist trash.
2018-08-20 01:53
Romanian thinks Canadians are Americans. He also thinks this is 4chan.
2018-08-19 05:24
#135
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Romania Tise 
You do know that America is a continent, do you?
2018-08-19 10:55
You do know that referring to a Canadian as an American has nothing to do with that since it's a nationality, DON'T you?
2018-08-19 19:24
#103
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North America KiNGa_da_ACE 
1/8 top hat
2018-08-18 22:57
Na’Vi_0_major_pronax_3
2018-08-18 21:26
#97
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Germany Tunio 
zeus major so pretty stupid
2018-08-18 22:31
Nice brain mr german
2018-08-19 10:24
#139
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Germany Tunio 
ty mr school shooter
2018-08-19 11:47
#109
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Moldova gay_retard 
liquid 0 major pronax 3
2018-08-18 23:36
Ty mr no scene
2018-08-19 10:25
Zeus_1_major_Liquid_0_major
2018-08-19 10:28
#134
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Moldova gay_retard 
wow you offended me :(
2018-08-19 10:52
Sorry mr
2018-08-19 11:08
#142
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Pronax has no one MVP or EVP of that majors, so idiot example
2018-08-19 15:55
-1
2018-08-18 19:24
#124
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Hong Kong DIshsoap_OW 
0/8,FaZe is the best team
2018-08-19 07:44
#140
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Germany Tunio 
0/8
2018-08-19 11:47
#160
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Hong Kong DIshsoap_OW 
0/8
2018-08-20 05:58
#12
curry | 
Germany Zeenox 
Im not in Navi yet wtf
2018-08-18 18:26
#19
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Ukraine  Pasha 
yes
2018-08-18 18:27
Nice joke
2018-08-18 18:27
#26
B1ad3 | 
Netherlands robotpie 
Lol @ everyone saying they declined invite
2018-08-18 18:27
#27
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Spain GonGon 
Agreed in the Zeus thing
2018-08-18 18:27
#34
device | 
Germany h0pe. 
NaVi is shit without s1mple lol. The only valuable player besides him is electronic but NaVi definitely wouldn't be where they are right now without s1mple. So s1mple deserves this spot very well but not NaVi in general.
2018-08-18 18:30
#49
QRUSH | 
Ukraine b1azed 
xd you made my evening Btw 0/8
2018-08-18 18:37
#61
device | 
Germany h0pe. 
Tell me what they achieved then. Yes, they won three tournaments in a row. But StarSeries as well as Asia Championships were filled with mediocre teams & NaVi pretty much had an easy tournament run in both of them coming in as heavy favourites & having luck with their drawings. The only really namable event they won is ESL One Cologne where they barely made it into playoffs & almost lost to ENCE. In the playoffs they had to face a newly formed fnatic in quarters & BIG in the grand final. Their only impressive win was the one versus Astralis in semis where it took Zeus to drop a 30 bomb for the first time in 4 years & two really risky site stacks to clinch out the series. You could just see they put the majority of their preparation into Astralis & it still took them a lot to win that game. & finally, their showings at ELEAGUE summarize my statement. They once again had a pretty easy run into semis versus new line-ups on mouz & fnatic, & it still took them three maps in both games to win. Afterwards they got stomped by Liquid. If you now go ahead & look at the different ratings of NaVi's players in these events you'll see Zeus with a rating below 1.00, Edward & flamie with their highest rating at 1.11, electronic with an average of 1.2 to 1.3 & s1mple on the top with a rating between 1.2 & 1.4. I don't wanna sound cocky or anything like that but NaVi's recent success rests on s1mple's shoulders.
2018-08-18 19:04
Wow! +1
2018-08-18 19:55
1k+
2018-08-18 20:19
#78
NAF | 
United States Jammin800k 
Electronic is clearly a top 5 player right now and Zeus is a great IGL. Obviously when you have the best player in the world on your team hes going to do a lot of the work.
2018-08-18 20:27
#145
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
+1, same for Naf
2018-08-19 16:07
#83
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Romania Tise 
>Calls Na'Vi lucky >Astralis fan aren't you a bit hypocritical?
2018-08-18 20:30
#89
device | 
Germany h0pe. 
In which way should that have anything to do with hypocrisy? So no, I'm not. Just because I'm saying that NaVi was lucky with their drawings doesn't mean that I say Astralis wasn't lucky. Looking at ELEAGUE for example, yes they had an easy opponent in C9 but as Liquid were able to beat NaVi 2-0 I wouldn't call them an easy opponent at all. You can call me biased now - which I would fully understand - but I don't think Astralis could not get a lucky drawing as they are capable of beating every team right now.
2018-08-18 20:57
#92
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Romania Tise 
>The map that went to reserves was Astralis permaban >Every other t1 team shit the bed >Bullshit clutches >Smoke kills >Magisk magically becoming a free agent right when they needed a 5th
2018-08-18 21:27
Magisk didn't magically become a free agent. When he learned of Astralis wanting to sign him and he asked Hecz if he could be released from his contract, and he was
2018-08-19 00:26
#100
device | 
Denmark Absi 
Plus one
2018-08-18 22:39
Are you saying that they are not worthy of this invitation? The fact that they hit 9 times in a row in the semi-finals, and this is not enough? Fnatic and Mouz are bad? Dude, well, so you can say about all the teams from the top 10 except Astralis and Liquid. Absolutely unreasonable opinion. And to judge a team by rating in 2018 is extremely stupid. P.S. I apologize for my bad english
2018-08-18 20:39
Electronic top4 player. Flamie top10-15 player... Zeus = best IGL.
2018-08-18 20:48
#94
nex | 
Germany davidcsgo 
but literally has silver aim with like 10k hours in this game
2018-08-18 21:52
#108
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Guatemala unb11 
Lul, these dummies that blaming zeus's aim, all of you will be raped by 16-0/1 1v1, silver aim facepalm
2018-08-18 23:27
#113
nex | 
Germany davidcsgo 
im sorry, who are you?
2018-08-19 00:39
irrelevant
2018-08-23 04:33
#99
device | 
Denmark Absi 
Plus one
2018-08-18 22:37
#102
s1mple | 
Other Tyload 
U shut navi's fans down bro
2018-08-18 22:51
Dude stfu it's obvious that astralis fucking suck if they lose a 1v5 pretty much. Stop being a cock cunt. And actually support one of the best teams that astralis struggle to beat.
2018-08-19 00:39
If it's solely on s1mple (which it isn't, electronic has been stellar), why the fuck did Navi suck the entire time Zeus was missing from the lineup? It's like some magical coincidence that both Gambit and Navi improved with Zeus leading and fell off when he wasn't.
2018-08-19 05:32
#51
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Indonesia linekerrr 
0/8 btw.
2018-08-18 18:39
#143
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Fan of device forgot how shit were astralis without device some month ago?? Or u forgot how shit was Navi with s1mple before add Zeus. Dont read all your article because its clear facts without analitiks = bullshit
2018-08-19 16:04
#146
device | 
Germany h0pe. 
This is bullshit. If you talk about analytics, go ahead & watch games from back then & compare them to the matches today. Astralis didn't look good without device at the end of last year, you're right, but they didn't really look great with him either. They really dropped off in the second half of 2017 & that didn't rely on one player's performance. If you look at the matches today, Astralis basically changed the meta of how to approach the game, especially utility-wise. Their usage of nades is outstanding & they're performing as a team, not as individuals. They're all delivering, they're all fragging, & if one of them has a bad game they still manage to win. Astralis has a completely different structure compared to last year & this is definitely not based on device's individual skill. Now to NaVi: s1mple improved A LOT individually over the past year. He was always a very talented player but he's at a personal peak right now. & this has by far nothing to do with Zeuses IGL skills. The shots s1mple is hitting are just insane & he would also be able to hit them without Zeus telling him what to do. You can clearly see how NaVi is struggeling when s1mple is having a bad game. They need electronic to step up massively when s1mple is not delivering. This shows how much they rely on the individual skill of mostly s1mple but also electronic & how the team's success drops off as soon as they both struggle to perform.
2018-08-19 16:23
#54
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Brazil skbestteam07 
best of hstory and dont have one major, irony
2018-08-18 18:52
pronax > cold because he has 1 more major
2018-08-18 19:01
pronax 3 majoirs, cold 2 pronax >>>>>> cold #YourRetardedLogic
2018-08-18 20:49
#64
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United Kingdom h4mm 
Best player in csgo history? You obvs don't know your history LOL
2018-08-18 19:08
+1
2018-08-18 19:39
#101
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Brazil rageMASTERBR 
Always u on 1 spotz what hell moda focker
2018-08-18 22:43
#159
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
Coldzera plays for Team Liquid? Wow I didn't know that
2018-08-20 03:14
#165
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
Maby but Right now simple is NOT the Best player, look at astralis members,,,look stats, look trophy😋😋😋😋😋😋😋 long Way to go if he want to win the same, sorry are you are simple og navi fan, bee Real, if NOT go to bed and dream.
2018-08-22 15:28
#3
yay | 
Poland zector 
nt nip
2018-08-18 18:26
No Oakland, no invite, no win. ESL is biased
2018-08-19 17:24
#4
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Sweden SoldiersOfOdin 
Nice Who is in the NA and EU qual?
2018-08-18 18:26
#95
nex | 
Germany davidcsgo 
isn’t announced yet i think but cloud 9 is gonna play the na qualifier I guess
2018-08-18 21:54
#5
huyak | 
Ukraine acrje 
Yay
2018-08-18 18:26
#6
EspiranTo | 
Czech Republic Vov1y 
EZ
2018-08-18 18:26
#7
curry | 
Germany Zeenox 
ez
2018-08-18 18:26
#9
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Poland b7ack0ut 
n1ce
2018-08-18 18:26
it wouldnt be a tier 1 tournament without them
2018-08-18 18:26
#13
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Finland ntprodka 
FAK
2018-08-18 18:26
#14
device | 
Germany h0pe. 
RiP NiP. :(
2018-08-18 18:26
ez
2018-08-18 18:26
NA best hosts
2018-08-18 18:27
NO NIP LULLLLLLLL
2018-08-18 18:27
#33
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United States ZTB 
NiP has fallen as of late. Really hoping they can pick themselves up and go back to being the beasts that they used to be tho.
2018-08-18 18:30
i really want to see them at a top level again.
2018-08-18 18:31
#50
REZ | 
Russia Bekunas 
Nice nickname dude
2018-08-18 18:38
#71
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United States ZTB 
Yeah dude, they used to be my fave team back in the day.
2018-08-18 19:41
#66
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Chile Lionel_Hutz 
I see some fake flagger over here...
2018-08-18 19:12
why? i like argentinian scene even they arent that good.
2018-08-18 23:23
#107
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Chile Lionel_Hutz 
kk
2018-08-18 23:26
Wow, NiP not invited to tournament they won a year before, gj intel
2018-08-18 18:27
There was never an IEM Chicago before?
2018-08-18 18:28
But it should be Oakland 2018 , and ESL replaces it with Chicago
2018-08-18 18:28
It should be?
2018-08-18 18:34
Yeah ,I saw this somewhere
2018-08-19 23:09
It replaced Oakland, a tournament they won twice in a row. Retarded imo
2018-08-18 18:28
gg
2018-08-18 18:27
No NiP? Defending Champions though. EU Qualifers then
2018-08-18 18:27
Expected
2018-08-18 18:27
#28
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Ukraine FGVM 
expected
2018-08-18 18:28
#31
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Sweden ThorinEk 
"tba qualifier" might just change to invite #11 and turn out to be NIP If not i will do hunger strike against the event
2018-08-18 18:29
lol it is for c9 let us be real. A LAN in Na and c9 not invited xDDDD Nip with qualify through the eu qualifier lol
2018-08-18 20:39
c9 in big problems wont get even through qualifier
2018-08-19 00:38
#32
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Finland Vkims 
What "TBA qualifier" means
2018-08-18 18:30
TBA = To Be Announced
2018-08-18 18:30
#37
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Finland Vkims 
Ok
2018-08-18 18:31
expekteded
2018-08-18 18:30
#38
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Portugal raaVz 
RIP NIP
2018-08-18 18:31
ez iem chiraq
2018-08-18 18:31
#40
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Poland brukmeister 
wasted spot
2018-08-18 18:31
#42
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Korea ysmple 
NIP in a qualifier? no chance
2018-08-18 18:33
#43
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Korea ysmple 
EZ4ENCE
2018-08-18 18:33
#79
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United States Baitor 
hltv.org/matches/2324606/nip-vs-ence-eur.. "Winner qualifies for FACEIT Major 2018 Main Qualifier." NT mate, ENCE in a qualifier no chance
2018-08-18 20:28
#122
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Korea ysmple 
sad :(
2018-08-19 06:11
#156
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United States Baitor 
jk NIP is shit they wil not qualify
2018-08-19 23:59
#161
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Korea ysmple 
EZ4ENCE happy :)
2018-08-20 07:28
#45
ropz | 
Germany VeryNoGuy 
Nice teams so far, Top 9 and Renegades
2018-08-18 18:34
YES!
2018-08-18 18:34
#47
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Sweden pontus767 
Very deserved! This event will be stacked!
2018-08-18 18:35
#48
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United States PsychoLogical 
welcome to Chiraq bois, try not to get robbed.
2018-08-18 18:36
#53
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Denmark oskarsports 
"Navi declined the invite"
2018-08-18 18:48
Who expect #2 team to be invited last ? u are not that smart i guess
2018-08-18 19:15
#68
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Denmark oskarsports 
seems like ur not that smart to write "navi declined the invite" without any knowledge, go cry 14 yo baby
2018-08-18 19:22
#55
chrisJ | 
Netherlands blonde 
$250.000 XDDD
2018-08-18 18:53
#56
NAF | 
United States DervGuy 
Tier 1 stacked tourney now confirmed. Hype hype hype.
2018-08-18 18:55
#62
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Brazil xpn :) 
NIce , its gonna be a great event!
2018-08-18 19:07
#63
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Lithuania Paulius_CS 
If Imperial qualifies I am going for sure
2018-08-18 19:07
It is beyond normal to invite the team ranked #2 in the world this is not an announcement its a requirement if you are to have a tournament at all. Most of the top 10 get invites by default.
2018-08-18 19:10
$250,000 .....................................................
2018-08-18 20:02
#75
s1mple | 
Turkey solfex 
GO NAVI
2018-08-18 20:11
#77
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Turkmenistan almighty_so 
CHICAGO = CHIRAQ
2018-08-18 20:24
#154
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United States Jrfaster 
I live in chicago. Can confirm
2018-08-19 22:02
Navi <3
2018-08-18 20:28
niice
2018-08-18 20:28
expevted
2018-08-18 20:47
Looks like we have finally t1 event with all t1 teams
2018-08-18 21:31
Why does the team who would basically be defending their titles from the tournament this is replacing not be invited, holy fuck. Cmon bro I expected better from IEM
2018-08-18 22:01
#120
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Macedonia AstralisGoat 
You mad? none wants to see NiP's bummy ass anymore, they play like Fnatic's academy team.
2018-08-19 05:32
I'm not exactly mad I'm confused, this is the tournament replacing IEM Oakland and NiP are 2x reigning champions there. NiP are still in top 15 you know, even with recent events they might not be the best but they're certainly good, they'll likely get an invite to the Closed Qualifier and make it into the tournament from there anyways, just doesn't make sense to not invite the team who is essentially champions, imagine an ESL event where they didn't invite last years winners it just doesn't feel right that's all.
2018-08-19 05:56
iem succs bro
2018-08-19 10:36
#98
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Poland LilDilben 
Ez win for navi!!!!! By the way. 16 teams and prize poll 250.000$ OMG
2018-08-18 22:31
EZ4MOUZ
2018-08-18 23:08
thats cool
2018-08-18 23:08
#115
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North America MinoriAiko 
WAIT WTF I LIVE IN CHICAGO WTF OMG pls.
2018-08-19 04:12
#116
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Russia KnifeMan183 
Nice! But they could give invite for NaVi before than BIG and Renegades!!!!
2018-08-19 04:41
#118
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Macedonia AstralisGoat 
None cares after they lost last event so easy to Liquid, they are cooling off already and it sucks for them since major is right around the corner.
2018-08-19 05:29
let's go fnatic!
2018-08-19 07:38
#125
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Hong Kong DIshsoap_OW 
Very interesting that they invited MIBR,NRG,BIG and RNG but not NIP,C9,G2 and North
2018-08-19 07:46
#126
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Finland Vkims 
Its not so interesting, they invited 9 best teams from ranking+RNG
2018-08-19 09:05
#127
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Kazakhstan c1assic 
S1mple Vincere*
2018-08-19 10:14
ez 4 electroNic
2018-08-19 10:30
#138
s1mple | 
China Alar1c 
ez 4 NAVI!!!
2018-08-19 11:40
there is winner!
2018-08-19 16:06
#147
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Latvia Tibro 
EZ 4 NAVI #NEW ERA #S1MPLETRONIC
2018-08-19 16:33
#s1mpledward #zeustronic #kickflamiepls
2018-08-19 21:36
Flamie glock god
2018-08-23 04:36
ez s1mple
2018-08-20 17:55
Deserved
2018-08-21 16:50
#169
hzY | 
Nepal Avhy 
Good god.
2018-08-26 11:03
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