ESL reveals IEM New York EU invites
Eight teams will battle it out in the European tournament, which will have $140,000 on the line.
ESL has released the full invite list for the European division of IEM New York. Current World No.1 and No.2, BIG and Vitality, headline the team list for the tournament, which will have ESL Pro Tour points on the Road to Katowice on offer in addition to the prize money.
Despite IEM New York not being an RMR event in Europe — DreamHack will host the Valve-sponsored tournament in the region —, ESL was still able to put together a strong set of teams that features the six highest-ranked European sides at the moment. The final two spots will be determined by a four-team closed qualifier, in which OG and another invitee will lock horns with two teams coming out of the ongoing open bracket.
The complete team list for the tournament, which will kick off on October 6, looks as follows:
Meanwhile, ESL has announced that Chaos, Envy and Bad News Bears have declined invites to the IEM New York's NA closed qualifier and will be replaced by Yeah, Ze Pug Godz and New England Whalers. In the CIS, CR4ZY will step in for pro100, who opted not to take up their invitation to the region's closed qualifier.