IEM Chicago EU closed qualifier teams and bracket announced

ESL have revealed the invites for the IEM Chicago Europe Closed Qualifier, along with the first round matchups and the bracket.

The Europe Closed Qualifier will take place on August 23-25 featuring eight teams, with the top two sides booking their spots at IEM Chicago which will be held on November 6-11 with a $250,000 prize pool.

The double-elimination closed qualifier will feature AVANGAR, Fragsters, and Valiance who finished top three in the open qualifier.

North will face Fragsters in their first match

The aforementioned sides will be joined by ENCE, Gambit, Heroic, North, and Space Soldiers who all got invited to the closed stage.

The bracket for the IEM Chicago Europe Closed Qualifier is below:

Denmark North vs. Denmark Fragsters
Finland ENCE vs. Turkey Space Soldiers
Denmark Heroic vs. Kazakhstan AVANGAR
Serbia Valiance vs. Kazakhstan Gambit

#1
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
k, how about you just post both NA and EU in 1 news post? Milk much :> For anyone wondering about NA match-ups: Cloud9 vs Team BlackOut Vision Gaming vs Bravado Gaming Swole Patrol vs Team oNe Anges Big Toe vs eUnited
2018-08-22 13:47
expected
2018-08-22 13:45
#94
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India TYZ4 
WTF unexpected Where's KingWIN?
2018-08-22 14:51
in african qualifier
2018-08-22 15:41
#150
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Denmark Cleandog 
Only tier 2 teams invited
2018-08-22 19:38
Where's nip
2018-08-22 13:46
didn't want to attend obviously
2018-08-22 14:29
Where’s Hellraisers??
2018-08-22 16:58
Cis qual?
2018-08-22 17:10
Definitely CIS qual. What IS your proudest fap tho
2018-08-22 17:55
Definitely tori black
2018-08-22 18:41
Acceptable
2018-08-22 19:33
#151
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Denmark Cleandog 
Only tier 2 teams invited, not tier 4 thus explained
2018-08-22 19:39
SS BlessRNG
2018-08-22 13:52
BlessNRG**
2018-08-22 15:39
So EZ 4 Bravado and T1
2018-08-22 13:55
#77
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Russia cardinaL_ 
bravado was invited? wow
2018-08-22 14:25
i got a feeling deep in my soul that c9 is gonna somehow lose to blackout
2018-08-22 14:32
#99
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Europe PhenomenonSSX 
İ hope freak wins. We HAWT!
2018-08-22 15:09
NA/SA/South Africa match ups
2018-08-22 15:29
What would they be milking?????????
2018-08-22 17:02
How are they milking? The brackets got released at different times.
2018-08-22 18:49
#2
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Poland korwin_banned 
2
2018-08-22 13:44
Decent t2 qualifiers north might have trouble
2018-08-22 13:45
#4
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Malaysia byaIi 
ez4allu ??
2018-08-22 13:45
#161
allu | 
Canada Lokomo 
EZ4ENCE
2018-08-22 22:51
ence gonna get it
2018-08-22 13:45
#41
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Finland kaura 
*get disbanded after they go home after first match
2018-08-22 13:55
#47
Golden | 
Finland gassed 
0/8
2018-08-22 13:57
#58
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Netherlands jonsve 
Fake fin
2018-08-22 14:09
It's double elimination bracket, so no, they won't "go home" after first match.
2018-08-22 18:02
#6
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Europe b7ack0ut 
ez ENCE
2018-08-22 13:45
#7
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Belgium V1nt1c 
Cant understand, north, ence, space soldiers and Gambot was invited, why imperial must become from open quals?!
2018-08-22 13:45
cuz they are worse than those? ok maybe better than SS
2018-08-22 13:51
#30
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Belgium V1nt1c 
They are way better than Gambot, Space Soldiers and Heroic
2018-08-22 13:51
maybe better than gambit online but i dont think better than heroic
2018-08-22 13:52
#35
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Belgium V1nt1c 
They are better then Optic +Heroic shit
2018-08-22 13:53
definitely not better than optic
2018-08-22 13:53
#37
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Belgium V1nt1c 
We will see in starserie
2018-08-22 13:53
Imperial onliners
2018-08-22 14:01
#52
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Belgium V1nt1c 
We will see
2018-08-22 14:01
#31
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Belgium V1nt1c 
So #EZ4ENCE
2018-08-22 13:52
#8
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France Daddy123 
EZ4ZNCE
2018-08-22 13:45
gl ENCE
2018-08-22 13:45
No VP?
2018-08-22 13:45
#153
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Denmark Cleandog 
Only tier 2 teams invited, not team 4, explained
2018-08-22 19:43
I know, so why there is no VP?
2018-08-22 21:13
RIP STEFAN KARL
2018-08-22 13:46
2018-08-22 13:46
#16
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Indonesia n0val 
2EZ4ENCE
2018-08-22 13:46
ez for valiance
2018-08-22 13:46
Gogo Avangar
2018-08-22 13:46
And ofc ez4ence
2018-08-22 13:47
NiP where? Wtf... Shitty qaulkfier lol... They won 2 oaklands.. They should be invited
2018-08-22 13:47
#44
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Spain loviac 
+1000
2018-08-22 13:55
GeT_RiGhT has said they weren’t going to fight through the qualifiers to defend a title, don’t blame them tbh I would either.
2018-08-22 14:06
Ok, thats good, but where did he said that?
2018-08-22 14:13
Was told from people in the NiP discord who are in dm with Chris
2018-08-22 14:14
Ok
2018-08-22 14:14
Its not oaland anymore its chicago and that oakland tournament was the only one where they can get a fluke win rest of the year theyre utter shit so RIP NIP now
2018-08-22 14:10
Cry is free, if Cologne was replaced by a different location they’d invite last years winners regardless. You would care if it was any team you half liked I’d be annoyed if it were any team getting bs’d like this. This deal is specifically to replace Oakland and hence any tournaments that were supposed to be Oakland are now Chicago. Fluke or not they still made it and won the event 2 times in a row, they should definitely get an invite I mean like tf?
2018-08-22 14:17
#141
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Sweden Trkmag 
+1 Renegades invited over NiP is a joke
2018-08-22 18:24
#20
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Spain GonGon 
nice
2018-08-22 13:47
optic? nip?
2018-08-22 13:48
Maybe something to do with Faceit major?
2018-08-22 16:22
I guess, but that's bs, a tier 1 tourney and teams in the major qualifier can't attend
2018-08-23 06:01
hahahahhahahah AGO isnt here but Fragsters and Valiance is
2018-08-22 13:49
#29
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Poland J__ac_pis 
they're from open quali lul
2018-08-22 13:51
Yea, still OMEGALUL
2018-08-22 17:04
#136
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Germany ariany 
Ago lost early xd
2018-08-22 17:43
Where is AGO or VP invite for qualify ? :(
2018-08-22 13:49
#27
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Poland misioneos 
VP is in Honk-Kong at the moment, AGO during the open qualifier played ESL Mistrzostwa Polski
2018-08-22 13:51
ok, know about VP but don't know that Polish esl blck you from play
2018-08-22 13:57
#54
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Poland misioneos 
duel GruBy vs peet was more important xD
2018-08-22 14:06
#34
byali | 
Poland BYALl 
Vp in china :/
2018-08-22 13:53
Ez for Trash Soldiers <3
2018-08-22 13:53
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2018-08-22 13:54
Lmao #2EZ4SS #GODTARES #INVADESPACES Ence fans im sorry you gonna crush by GODTARES in your first match :(
2018-08-22 13:55
I arent think that Only way SS win is Xantares hard carrying
2018-08-22 16:23
Gonna be ez4ence
2018-08-22 13:56
Thought NiP will atleast be invited to the closed qualifier
2018-08-22 13:58
NiP denied the invite to qualifier They should’ve been invited to the tournament to defend their title (since Chicago is REPLACING Oakland it is theirs) but weren’t and they aren’t okay with that so they aren’t going.
2018-08-22 14:09
Where do you get that from?? Btw its pretty logical that they arent invited its not oakland anymore and theyre even worse that north or teams like that
2018-08-22 14:11
They invite legends back to the major even if they are doing shit, that’s no argument because NiP earned their spot back twice and got bs’d because Chicago struck a deal with IEM and they took a chance to say oh yeah no need to invite NiP now.
2018-08-22 14:25
#79
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
they invite legends to next major only. like atlanta legends to krakow major. not the way of atlanta legends to boston legends or so. there were a fucking ton iem tournaments between iem oakland and iem chicago.and nip got invite to kaowice because they won oakland.
2018-08-22 14:28
Are you fucking insane? North is far worse than NiP
2018-08-22 14:28
#80
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
eslgaming.com/worldranking/csgo#/ not according to esl rankings
2018-08-22 14:29
Fuck the rankings. North is only in Top 20 because they play against shit teams, especially because of that one tournament which Navi won (dont know the Name) where they got into semis because they beat ago and some other shit teams
2018-08-22 14:32
Nt get right fan but NIP is in the same tier as north, theyre really bad atm you cant deny that, they dont deserve to be invited directly to any tournament
2018-08-23 16:41
those rankings are ridiculous. they have no point decay. they count a tournament from 12 months ago the same as if it happened last week, that's bullshit.
2018-08-22 15:02
#98
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
nip way below than north in hltv rankibgs too
2018-08-22 15:06
#114
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Serbia whoa!! 
Because they won shitty dh lan
2018-08-22 15:56
#117
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
they won. nip didn't...
2018-08-22 16:11
They won minor
2018-08-23 17:13
#170
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
minor is the qualifier of the qualifier of actual major. north is already in major qualifier.
2018-08-23 17:37
#124
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Denmark resolut 
and what reason do you have in saying that NiP should be higher than North? I'm intrigued.
2018-08-22 16:40
NiP tier2 ATM north tier3
2018-08-23 17:12
#70
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
its not their title.its a different tournament. by your logic g2 should be invited to dh stockholm because they won dh malmo last year. guess what neither nip nor g2 is invited.
2018-08-22 14:21
So if IEM Katowice got specifically replaced and fnatic wasn’t invited it’d be a different story yeah? The circumstances are bsing NiP. Any event that was planned as Oakland is now a Chicago event because of a deal between IEM and Chicago. If this were an entirely new thing that wasn’t related to shutting Oakland down than yeah I’d agree, but in this situation NiP won the event this is directly replacing that was supposed to be IEM Oakland
2018-08-22 14:23
#75
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
fnatic was not invited to 2017 katowice even when they won it in 2016. they qualified. if its not held in katowice,they should not be invited because they won last year.
2018-08-22 14:25
Dont speak to Nip fans dude, waste of time, theyre delusional as fuck and still act like nip is a relevant team and should be considered by organisers as one
2018-08-23 16:43
#51
Golden | 
Finland gassed 
Ence is in it ez
2018-08-22 14:01
#53
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Poland trancemeister 
North Space Soldiers Heroic Gambit
2018-08-22 14:05
so sad no ScreaM
2018-08-22 14:11
Ence VS Spacesoldiers is best rivalry in cs go. EZ FOR ENCE
2018-08-22 14:15
We'll see what happens my finish brother. #EZFORGODTARES
2018-08-22 14:46
#91
kennyS | 
Denmark Nu1u 
G2?
2018-08-22 14:48
Nt
2018-08-22 14:50
North,Ence,AVG,Valiance
2018-08-22 14:53
#beHeroic #ez4mertz
2018-08-22 14:54
#156
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
As long as you dont bait as hard as jugi, heroic has a chance
2018-08-22 20:46
why you so rude to me,mr.gandon
2018-08-22 23:04
#171
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
We just got 2-0d by ruskis
2018-08-23 18:12
#100
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Estonia E$t0 
EZ4ENCE
2018-08-22 15:10
ALGA AVANGAR
2018-08-22 15:18
Pretty tough qualifiers. Go Fragsters and (ENCE of course) \o/
2018-08-22 15:22
I support ENCE for this one
2018-08-22 15:24
Ence vs Space Soldiers in first match up... EZ4ENCE!! waiting betting odds... :D
2018-08-22 15:26
#105
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Singapore SashaTr1ceps 
ENCE and AVG will get spots
2018-08-22 15:26
#106
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United States Trump2020KAG 
North vs heroic North wins.
2018-08-22 15:27
#157
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
Impeached
2018-08-22 20:47
#158
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Kk people kind JT
2018-08-22 21:09
#172
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
Pence4head
2018-08-23 18:12
#173
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Y so mad??? U still mad about this???? m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ph88mrCC4kE Lmao nobody even knew who he was LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOO m.youtube.com/watch?v=pW3DfNZ5d-0
2018-08-23 18:20
WTF is this? No nip??
2018-08-22 15:27
EASY FOR SPACE SOLDIERS
2018-08-22 15:44
#113
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Poland ramones1 
lets go zantares
2018-08-22 15:49
ez ence
2018-08-22 16:03
Avangar & Gambit BlessRNG
2018-08-22 16:07
VIRTUS PRO MOST LIKELY INVITED HAHAHAHA
2018-08-22 16:11
#119
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Kazakhstan c1assic 
Gg gambot
2018-08-22 16:12
Where tf is NIP???
2018-08-22 16:17
Nip is better then every team here, still no invite. That is fkt up.
2018-08-22 16:52
True story mate.. I dont know, theyd easily crush anyone there. maybe they attend too many tourneys already?
2018-08-22 18:06
I think they attend to few tbh..
2018-08-22 19:13
why NiP and G2 always skip these qualifiers
2018-08-22 17:01
#129
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Vietnam FAKTARES 
ss major team
2018-08-22 17:03
#132
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Ukraine Tosinijo 
North ENCE AVANGAR Valiance
2018-08-22 17:16
Ez4ss
2018-08-22 17:17
#134
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Poland ekhemje 
hello where is Kinguin and NIP ???
2018-08-22 17:17
#135
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Turkey xxxjet3 
Ence - SS winner got this
2018-08-22 17:40
yep
2018-08-22 18:02
Best major ever
2018-08-22 18:32
North ENCE Avangar Valiance
2018-08-22 18:36
EZ4ENCE
2018-08-22 18:49
no vp dead tournament
2018-08-22 19:03
#152
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Slovakia GUZU 
Nip, HR, G2 > > > > > > > > > > Ence, Heeroic, SS, Gambot
2018-08-22 19:40
Probably declined invites, nip and g2 are hard bootcamping and HR might be in the process of losing woxic
2018-08-22 19:56
vitun helppoa encelle
2018-08-22 20:20
#174
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Nepal Avhy 
Please, Valiance goes through. Heroic Valiance Just make it through the qualifier.
2018-08-26 10:51
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