Zeus named IEM Katowice trophy bearer

Former Natus Vincere captain Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko will bring out the trophy on the first arena day of IEM Katowice 2020, ESL has announced.

The 32-year-old will be the official trophy bearer at the opening ceremony at Spodek on Friday, reuniting with the World Championship trophy that he won two times as a player with the legendary Natus Vincere line-up, in 2010 and 2011.

Zeus, who also competed in the 2012 final against ESC, will be the fifth trophy bearer in the history of IEM Katowice after the Polish trio of Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski, Mariusz "Loord" Cybulski and Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas, and retired Warcraft III and StarCraft 2 player Yoan "ToD" Merlo.

Zeus will lift the IEM trophy once again next week

The Ukrainian retired from gaming in September, playing his final tournament at BLAST Pro Series Moscow. He is widely regarded as one of the best tactical minds in the history of Counter-Strike and fulfilled his dream of winning a Major in the summer of 2017, when he led Gambit to glory at PGL Major Krakow.

IEM Katowice 2020 will begin on Monday, February 24, with the double-elimination groups, which will be played backstage. The top six teams will advance to the single-elimination playoffs, which will culminate with the best-of-five grand final on Sunday at 17:00 .

Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1831
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Mariusz 'Loord' Cybulski
Mariusz 'Loord' Cybulski
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
369
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
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thats great
2020-02-22 14:48
respect !
2020-02-22 14:50
He will probably miss the trophy stand
2020-02-22 15:01
#87
TACO | 
Brazil kotopro2 
Ive Played against tod in wc3, dude was good :)
2020-02-22 15:25
Someone vroom vroom ?
2020-02-22 16:06
#150
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Turkmenistan PornHub187 
i do car
2020-02-22 16:54
Very nice
2020-02-22 20:47
Extremely disrespectful to Poland
2020-02-22 14:51
em as a polak I have to disagree ofc he is ukrainian but ffs it is zeus men))
2020-02-22 14:58
+1 pasha should do this not zeus
2020-02-22 15:04
maybe pasha refused, he was very emotional last time
2020-02-22 15:29
maybe, ye he was
2020-02-22 15:30
I seriously doubt Zeus was their first option for this
2020-02-22 15:39
#86
Germany pmb  
east ukraine is basically poland so
2020-02-22 15:25
east ukraine? that's literally russia bro
2020-02-22 16:00
you mean west ukraine?
2020-02-22 16:08
yes :D bait went wrong
2020-02-22 20:16
#188
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Europe dadablyat 
lmao
2020-02-22 22:58
Jerman geography at it's finest
2020-02-22 17:21
Ukraine is poland, Poland is Russia, Russia is england
2020-02-22 18:13
you sure are right :)
2020-02-22 20:14
metropolis controls every piece of land on the god damn planet
2020-02-22 20:22
* I meant west ukraine, sorry
2020-02-22 20:14
#134
Magisk | 
Europe s1xX 
LMFAO cry more
2020-02-22 16:30
+1 Zeus is such a legend
2020-02-22 14:55
#66
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Finland trashsports 
Yes, he is absolute legend. But it would be better if TaZ bring it because polish crowd will be dead when Zeus come out
2020-02-22 15:10
+1 but TaZ already did it previously. (If I'm not mistaken).
2020-02-22 15:11
no it was pasha
2020-02-22 16:00
#143
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France LeDiplomate 
But TaZ already did it.
2020-02-22 16:45
ZEUS 1 TROPHY S0MPLE STILL 0 THIS DECADE
2020-02-22 14:56
I reply to your bait because nobody would
2020-02-22 15:07
True, such a kind guy
2020-02-22 15:09
#58
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Sweden Zupr 
S1mple and co won their blast final so he has a trophy this decade
2020-02-22 15:09
#72
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Finland trashsports 
S1mple and co didn’t win anything yet.
2020-02-22 15:13
#202
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Sweden Zupr 
0/8 1 trophy bad bait
2020-02-23 10:57
0/8 no trophies bad bait
2020-02-22 15:31
#224
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Ukraine Yasha1504 
Zeus with the juice
2020-02-28 15:37
Deserved
2020-02-22 14:49
#88
JW | 
South Africa Papa_Chango 
yes i think his the one who write * ni6ga killer * on his knife ? then its excellent choice congrats
2020-02-22 15:25
Hey thats my knife
2020-02-22 20:27
Deserved for money hungry attention whore desperate to remain relevant What is Zeus's connection with Katowice
2020-02-22 18:23
#192
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Australia CaZeR01 
2019-02-09
2020-02-23 02:51
2017-09-26 I can safely guarantee I've watched this game longer than you, and can speak the only language that he speaks when you cannot. He's almost as inarticulate in his only language as he is in English. I only signed up for HLTV to do the fantasy drafts, what cretin would pride themselves on having an account from 2017?
2020-02-23 05:13
#198
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Australia CaZeR01 
Smh my head
2020-02-23 09:49
GOD Zeus!
2020-02-22 14:52
+1
2020-02-22 14:55
#113
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Portugal fatheroffive 
Signed up 2009-10-18 Brother 👏 +1
2020-02-22 15:51
How can someone dislike Zeus :D This dude is so funny :D
2020-02-22 15:58
now that he left Na'Vi, I like him :D
2020-02-23 08:04
#4
dycha | 
Poland kayzan 
nice
2020-02-22 14:49
#5
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Switzerland Atomkraftwerk 
nice he deserves it
2020-02-22 14:49
Good for him, first trophy he'll have lifted in a year.
2020-02-22 14:50
Already retired, still lifts trophies. What a legend.
2020-02-22 14:53
#54
Estonia rYm 
n1 :D
2020-02-22 15:07
#69
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong void0 
POG 8/8
2020-02-22 15:12
Lol +100500
2020-02-23 12:06
oof
2020-02-22 15:05
still more than in UK scene
2020-02-22 15:42
#112
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Russia ArtyoMs2 
wow, so much respect. hows uk cs btw? do u guys finally are able to form a team? ouh, u dont even have proper players kkkkkkkkkkkk
2020-02-22 15:49
mantuu, smooya > fox, stop crying
2020-02-22 15:51
Why didnt you reply to the other guys and replied to this guy ? Pretty sure pt talents > uk talents any day
2020-02-22 16:01
What?
2020-02-22 16:49
#124
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Slovakia SLAVak 
mantuu ain't even British
2020-02-22 16:07
#152
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Russia ArtyoMs2 
im not crying bro we have sAw, old giants, who were at blast fox was at majors before i dont need to say anything, everyone knows UK cs is literally the most dead scene but ok. just lack of respect for such a legend like Zeus.
2020-02-22 17:06
Saw - team of nonamers Giants - got an easy qualification to Blast through the Iberian play in, and got destroyed at the actual event. Alex, dephh and smooya have all been to majors before Your name is accurate. UK CS is still better than Portuguese CS. I do respect Zeus, it was just a joke and you're the bitch who took it seriously.
2020-02-22 18:07
#173
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Russia ArtyoMs2 
yea wtv
2020-02-22 20:08
haha, rekt
2020-02-22 20:12
#183
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Russia ArtyoMs2 
not at all bro, just dont have the patience to argue with you
2020-02-22 20:46
Nah, you're just trying to play down your defeat "yea wtv"
2020-02-22 20:57
funnily enough he's lifted more relevant trophies in the past few years than any UK player has in the history of the game.
2020-02-22 16:11
funnily enough, you're the 3rd person to say that be original
2020-02-22 16:48
#204
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Finland subhumen 
funnily enough, they are all right so why be original?
2020-02-23 11:17
funnily enough, I was also right so why bring up the UK?
2020-02-23 12:26
poggers
2020-02-22 14:49
ZEUS !!
2020-02-22 14:49
#56
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Ukraine Chipaet 
the legend
2020-02-22 15:07
#9
LeX | 
Russia mddn 
nice
2020-02-22 14:49
#10
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Serbia nocturn1 
nice poggrz
2020-02-22 14:49
In next year it had to be NEO.
2020-02-22 14:50
So neo disband soon?
2020-02-22 14:53
#50
Frankie | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
why?
2020-02-22 15:05
Because he wasn't trophy bearer in Katowice despite being one of the most legendary players of all time?
2020-02-22 15:24
ok
2020-02-22 16:19
#12
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Finland tehtaaNkierre 
RESPEK THE LEADER
2020-02-22 14:50
The only trophee he will touch!!!!!!
2020-02-22 14:50
#65
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Sweden Zupr 
Ofc he wont touch more trophies since he is retired Enceland IQ
2020-02-22 15:10
He retar
2020-02-22 17:26
#76
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Indonesia captaindog0 
wdym bruh. he is legit major winner
2020-02-22 15:16
Legend
2020-02-22 14:50
#16
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New Zealand SkirmishX 
EZ 4 Zeus
2020-02-22 14:51
nice
2020-02-22 14:51
Legend <3
2020-02-22 14:52
#21
ZywOo | 
Singapore Blloopy 
Definitely deserved. The impact he left onto the counter-strike scene, especially the CIS region, cannot be understated. He may be individually bad at the game, but he led a team to a major win.
2020-02-22 14:52
Goat n Legend <3
2020-02-22 14:52
#23
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India KNOX23 
Legend
2020-02-22 14:52
Zeus living legend!
2020-02-22 14:53
he deserved it.
2020-02-22 14:54
GOD Zeus, well-deserved! :) Legendary IGL, one of the best IGLs ever.
2020-02-22 14:55
#33
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Czech Republic Rewask 
Absolutely deserved, a legend.
2020-02-22 14:55
#36
tarik | 
Norway MD! 
Just go away dude
2020-02-22 14:56
Noob lol
2020-02-23 12:08
#38
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Russia oldbiven 
POG
2020-02-22 14:57
#39
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Russia ToughGuy 
Expected since he said this in his YT video ))
2020-02-22 14:57
I really like this bearer thing.
2020-02-22 15:00
#42
s1mple | 
Azerbaijan $AZE$ 
pog
2020-02-22 15:00
B) NEWE ZEUS VLOD NAVI VINE
2020-02-22 15:00
nice
2020-02-22 15:01
#46
Happy | 
Russia Jovik! 
Needs to keep his media going without dropping numbers. No disrespect. The man earned it. But I still think he's overrated.
2020-02-22 15:01
#62
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Russia ToughGuy 
nt retard
2020-02-22 15:09
Legend deserved
2020-02-22 15:04
#48
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France Ocelot31 
good job
2020-02-22 15:04
#51
Frankie | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
ez
2020-02-22 15:05
POG
2020-02-22 15:05
Zeus_1_lifted_trophy_in_2020_NaVi_0
2020-02-22 15:08
#59
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Russia ToughGuy 
fact
2020-02-22 15:09
Xd
2020-02-22 15:09
#71
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Sweden Zupr 
NaVi won their blast London final
2020-02-22 15:12
#77
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Russia LeGoBoys 
It is not a tournament just a qualifier
2020-02-22 15:16
+1
2020-02-22 15:20
Good
2020-02-22 15:09
True Legend
2020-02-22 15:10
#70
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Russia Slava_slava 
Zeus is forever legend. World legend. And for sure one of the biggest legend for CIS region.
2020-02-22 15:12
Zeus big brain
2020-02-22 15:14
#74
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
Would be an emotional moment for me and all NaVi fans when Zeus handovers the trophy to s1mple and co. #NAVINATION <3
2020-02-22 15:15
if they win yes, it would be really sick. Like they're winning , jumping all around and then Zeus comes up with a trophy and give it to the team, they all hugging with zeus and cry
2020-02-22 15:22
#90
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
im crying already...
2020-02-22 15:27
Mi tu crai all de taim nau :(
2020-02-22 20:11
#75
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Russia LeGoBoys 
VPERED LEGENDA RESPECT
2020-02-22 15:16
RUSKIE VPERED))))
2020-02-22 15:23
That's great, respect for Zeus
2020-02-22 15:18
thx)
2020-02-22 15:23
PogChamp
2020-02-22 15:20
#85
s1mple | 
Ukraine fFnN 
so cooool
2020-02-22 15:25
LETS FUCKING GO
2020-02-22 15:26
Deserved Gonna be a huge trophy that only he can bear.
2020-02-22 15:27
#126
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Slovakia SLAVak 
I would love to see someone like pronax struggle to lift the trophy lmao
2020-02-22 16:09
xD
2020-02-23 03:47
#93
s1mple | 
Ukraine YUR4S 
LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO god zeus
2020-02-22 15:28
Ez
2020-02-22 15:29
Nice!
2020-02-22 15:30
#98
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Poland Juross205 
I am hyped
2020-02-22 15:31
Deserved! Better than s0mple! Zeus Edward Flamie Electronic s1mple Was best NaVi
2020-02-22 15:33
#104
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Denmark b0ROV 
Typical russians dolbaeb
2020-02-22 15:35
typical mellstroy watcher
2020-02-22 16:02
#130
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Denmark b0ROV 
sosat ryskie dayni s flagami dani
2020-02-22 16:17
I dont even know how is that related to Russians... I think all Russians love s1mple
2020-02-22 20:14
not really, many hate him for some reason
2020-02-23 09:03
I dont know anyone 🤷‍♂️
2020-02-23 18:44
#101
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Brazil oldStar 
F
2020-02-22 15:33
nice move
2020-02-22 15:34
GOAT.
2020-02-22 15:35
GOD
2020-02-22 15:35
LOVE YOU ZEUS
2020-02-22 15:38
hype
2020-02-22 15:40
best igl in history of csgo
2020-02-22 15:42
He guides others to a treasure he cannot possess
2020-02-22 15:49
Respect
2020-02-22 15:54
The real legend
2020-02-22 16:04
#122
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Russia sneakyboy 
noice
2020-02-22 16:05
Me become happy
2020-02-22 16:11
Did they announce it in advance last year? I thought this was supposed to be a "surprise" deserved still
2020-02-22 16:17
legend.
2020-02-22 16:20
Expected and deserved.
2020-02-22 16:25
Zeus - legend. Deserved
2020-02-22 16:31
Why not Taz
2020-02-22 16:31
PagChomp
2020-02-22 16:31
should be neo/taz why him????
2020-02-22 16:36
because they wanted legend
2020-02-22 16:37
neo>zeus btw
2020-02-22 16:45
#200
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Russia ToughGuy 
Atleast zeus has balls to retire not just stealing paychecks lmao
2020-02-23 09:55
#171
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Maldives s1v9mple 
Neo and TaZ haven't retired
2020-02-22 19:10
doesnt matter they didnt retired pasha didnt retired as well and he did is so wtf u talking
2020-02-23 10:54
#140
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United Kingdom TC10 
cool
2020-02-22 16:38
#141
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Kazakhstan isSaHaD 
Much respect for Zeus
2020-02-22 16:41
#144
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Australia forsaken_exe 
Deserved! Zeus is a legend.
2020-02-22 16:46
why not Taz or NEO?
2020-02-22 16:48
Because they are not retired
2020-02-22 17:08
Why I read always retired like retarded?
2020-02-22 20:15
pasha didnt retired as well and he did it last year so wtf men
2020-02-23 10:59
He won major in home country + got MVP.
2020-02-23 16:41
no men it was not because of that
2020-02-24 16:04
#151
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Albania jigglepeek 
legend
2020-02-22 16:56
Now the trophy is worth nothing. If astralis loses to some low tier team, then its because of trophy
2020-02-22 17:07
nice englando
2020-02-23 12:11
Lifting more trophies than mibr
2020-02-22 17:22
Bot Zeus
2020-02-22 17:27
2020-02-23 12:12
#216
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India ValrozVC 
We have come a long way since then :) Fnatic advised to drop IGC in 2012 and now owns a PUBGM team here
2020-02-25 05:44
Soulwin
2020-02-27 20:32
#159
Zeus | 
Ukraine Najara 
F FOR RESPECT CS GOD Zeus!
2020-02-22 17:29
Imaging Navi winning it also and Zeus gives the trophy to them! That would be symbolic :)
2020-02-22 17:37
trophy bearer xD
2020-02-22 17:52
#164
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Russia AliasNamer 
FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS. TRUE LEGEND. NOW NAVI MUST TAKE THIS. IT WILL BE LEGENDARY SHIT (sorry for caps im very hyped)
2020-02-22 18:16
#166
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South Africa Ston3Cold 
+1 Respect for god Zeus!
2020-02-22 18:23
#167
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Singapore FallBlade 
POGGERS
2020-02-22 18:27
Legend
2020-02-22 18:35
No Pasha :(
2020-02-22 18:36
#170
LaimB | 
Lithuania Martis 
Kinda sad. Dude had to retire for at least one trophy
2020-02-22 18:52
#190
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United States EmperorTrump 
He is Major winner ffs
2020-02-22 23:04
POG
2020-02-22 19:57
Zeus ftw
2020-02-22 21:01
LUL
2020-02-22 21:29
#189
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United States EmperorTrump 
Zeus_1_Major_s0mple_0_Major
2020-02-22 23:04
zeus_1_major_zywho_0_major XD
2020-02-23 12:10
Respect this Legend with a big L!
2020-02-23 09:54
pasha > zus
2020-02-23 15:26
Bearing the trophy to not a single crowd, F for this Legend
2020-02-27 20:28
so he will place the trophy on its stand in front of an empty stadium :D
2020-02-27 21:18
#220
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Netherlands meneertjesem 
rip
2020-02-27 23:56
RIP 'F'
2020-02-27 23:57
Trophy bearer??????
2020-02-28 15:12
#223
suNny | 
Slovakia TheLupa 
F
2020-02-28 15:36
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