Astralis, Complexity, EG, NAVI round out IEM Global Challenge team list

Four teams were invited to the $500,000 event in December based on their positions in the ESL world ranking.

The eight squads that will compete at ESL's final event of the year, the IEM Global Challenge, have been decided. Four teams earned their spots by winning lead-up events, with Chaos and Vitality doing so on Sunday, while the other four spots were filled by the highest-ranked European, North American, and CIS squads.

Astralis and Complexity were handed the European invites, with the latter team just barely pulling ahead of BIG in the ESL rankings before invites were handed out. Evil Geniuses joined tournament winners FURIA and Chaos from North America as Liquid missed out, while Natus Vincere were guaranteed a spot at the Global Challenge regardless of the IEM Beijing-Haidian grand final result as the standout team in CIS.

Complexity got the last European invite over BIG

The IEM Global Challenge was originally planned as a LAN event, but those plans were scrapped as the coronavirus pandemic entered its second wave in Europe. The tournament will be held on December 15-20, with a double-elimination BO3 group stage leading to a single-elimination BO3 playoff stage and BO5 grand final.

These eight teams will compete at the IEM Global Challenge:

NO ENDPOINT OR MOVIESTAR RIDERS?!?!?!?!?!????
2020-11-23 12:49
6 replies
haha
2020-11-23 12:50
1 reply
5th tournament with same teams in 2 months all online Zzzzzzzzzzz I sleep
2020-11-24 08:08
Horrible
2020-11-23 12:53
Wtf my comment was deleted for nothing(((((( I was #1
2020-11-23 20:20
1 reply
unluko my friend
2020-11-23 20:55
Who?
2020-11-24 01:47
#4
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Netherlands Flevo
#CauseChaos
2020-11-23 12:46
1 reply
Ez for xeppaa
2020-11-23 13:50
bad lol
2020-11-23 12:46
"and BO5 grand final." 3rd reverse sweep for navi incoming
2020-11-23 12:47
8 replies
or a french lost final
2020-11-23 12:47
6 replies
to a danish team
2020-11-23 12:48
5 replies
Vitality 3-0 Astralis
2020-11-23 12:59
4 replies
Nah
2020-11-23 13:09
#71
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France Insidium
Danish vitality fan, 2020 definitely is a strange year
2020-11-23 13:23
2 replies
Yeah man we cant fake flag on HLTV for sure.
2020-11-23 17:15
1 reply
Lying, cheating, scamming....what an accomplishment. So difficult.
2020-11-24 07:47
Sad and funny simultaneously :/
2020-11-23 12:49
NA wasted spots
2020-11-23 12:46
1 reply
+1
2020-11-23 12:53
#10
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Poland Astoner55
Damn strong teams
2020-11-23 12:47
6 replies
Yes chaos very strong
2020-11-23 12:48
5 replies
#19
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Poland Astoner55
Yes, they actually look strong. They've beaten EG 2 days ago, and they can really upset in this tournament.
2020-11-23 12:52
3 replies
I mean if they do it,amazing ,but i fear the spot is wasted ,especially because there were rumors they will drop their csgo roster
2020-11-23 12:50
2 replies
#31
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Poland Astoner55
Tbh I really like Chaos there cause of the upset potential more than another EU team that we've seen playing with other EU teams over and over and over again, boring as hell. Chaos might have a chance to prove themselves now, which is a really good experience for all of the players there. i wish them the best.
2020-11-23 12:53
1 reply
Their voice coms videos are fun to watch. They seem like they are genuinely having a good time, which is more important than most people realize in competitive CS.GO.
2020-11-24 08:02
Yeah Xeppa cheating strong
2020-11-23 12:54
So many wasted spots. Easy for coL
2020-11-23 12:47
1 reply
+1
2020-11-23 12:48
#17
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Netherlands melajr112
imagine inviting chaos over faze / og / g2
2020-11-23 12:48
6 replies
they weren't invited
2020-11-23 12:49
#27
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Croatia KeZual96
Chaos wasn't invited, they earned their spot by winning IEM Beijing NA
2020-11-23 12:51
#37
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Europe WhatOta
mfs always talk without know what's going on smh
2020-11-23 12:53
2 replies
#52
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Netherlands melajr112
my bad fam.
2020-11-23 13:01
+1
2020-11-23 13:52
Chaos has qualified
2020-11-23 13:03
NA wasted spots.
2020-11-23 12:49
so last tournament with spot for winner is nothing after direct invite money is nothing :D in online cs no logic totaly
2020-11-23 12:50
I dont really understand how complexity are ranked higher than BIG, they had pretty similar results recently with BIG beating them and placing higher in BLAST and coL eliminating BIG in IEM Beijing but cOL lost 1/5 of their points for replacing obo. I guess it has to be because of IEM counting more towards the ranking than Blast events
2020-11-23 12:51
7 replies
it's esl rankings
2020-11-23 12:54
BLAST group stage and Flashpoint 2 group stage results aren't counted at all in ESL's ranking at the moment, I presume those will be added only after the whole event ends. They also don't take into account individual match results as the HLTV ranking does. I presume that is why there is a huge difference between the rankings atm. pro.eslgaming.com/worldranking/csgo/team..
2020-11-23 12:55
1 reply
oh thanks for the explanation, hltv rankings best rankings
2020-11-23 12:57
Blast qualifier is way less relevant than top-tier IEM tournament I suppose Col basically won their spot against big, head to head. It's fair
2020-11-23 13:54
2 replies
for the ESL ranking probably yes, its just weird that col could rise the rankings so quickly after losing a fifth only by winning 1 playoff game. but as a big fan i think that col are the hotter team right now and BIG really need a break.
2020-11-23 14:08
1 reply
-xanti +faven ez top-1 again
2020-11-23 16:47
ESL rankings are actually official, and used by TO's. HLTV rankings aren't.
2020-11-24 08:04
#29
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Hungary BYZMO
Eg lul
2020-11-23 12:51
#32
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Europe WhatOta
It's our time boiiis!!! let's go!
2020-11-23 12:52
Ok let me understand. Heroic: DH FALL winners FURIA: ESL NY ONE NA winners VITALITY: IEM Beijing-Haidian EU winners CHAOS: IEM Beijing-Haidian NA winners REST ASTRALIS EU RANKING COL EU RANKING EG NA RANKING NAVI CIS RANKING So why the fuck there isn't faze that won esl new york eu if furia is there?
2020-11-23 12:53
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ESL New York Europe wasn't a tournament that was designated to give out an invite. It wasn't an RMR event like the North American regional tournament was. That's why DH Fall gave out an IEM Global Challenge spot - because it was an RMR event. All of this was known ahead of time Edit: I don't want to imply the fact it was an RMR event decided it by itself, but RMR events are more stacked usually and therefore it made more sense for DH Fall to give out the invite. If you compare the team lists you will see the same.
2020-11-23 13:05
3 replies
very nice prof!
2020-11-23 13:03
ok thanks. that just confirms once again that faze is the top team at winning irrelevant tournaments
2020-11-23 13:11
1 reply
True
2020-11-23 13:56
NA ranking lol
2020-11-23 12:57
#49
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Denmark JKTP
That's because IEM new york gave RMR points. It had different requirements for teams to participate. IEM new york EU was just a popularity contest and you could buy a spot.
2020-11-23 12:58
Because NA New York was RMR, EU wasn't
2020-11-23 12:59
#45
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Norway Balta69
EZ4CHAOS
2020-11-23 12:57
#54
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United States nbazero
Bs list all shit teams only team I agree with on here is vitality astralis and Navi
2020-11-23 13:03
1 reply
dont agree then
2020-11-23 14:10
EG LUL
2020-11-23 13:10
Time for navi to show that they are capable of winning
2020-11-23 13:13
TIME TO THROW NAVI PAGCHOMP
2020-11-23 13:15
Navi can destroy anyone unless it's the grand final
2020-11-23 13:21
spots for na teams -_-
2020-11-23 13:21
Please, kick Furia and Chaos. Two teams 7-8 place
2020-11-23 13:28
6 replies
#76
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Finland Glibsu
Furia better than Eg
2020-11-23 13:29
5 replies
Not now. They are breaking
2020-11-23 13:32
3 replies
#82
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Finland Glibsu
fair enough... but this tournament could be lot better - EG, Furia, Chaos and + OG, Big and nip/fnatic/faze
2020-11-23 13:34
2 replies
Faze, OG, Spirit (I’m tired of watching BIG matches)
2020-11-23 13:39
1 reply
#91
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Finland Glibsu
Spirit and VP would be both better than Eg and CXhaos +1
2020-11-23 13:41
Whalers beat Furia, they should have gotten their spot.
2020-11-23 19:25
#75
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Finland Glibsu
S tier tournaments with only 4 great teams 2 good teams and 2 teams that will just lose to everyone
2020-11-23 13:29
3 replies
#81
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Russia AliasNamer
Who is who?
2020-11-23 13:34
2 replies
#84
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Finland Glibsu
Tier s Astralis, heroic, navi, Vitality Tier A Complexi§ty and Furia Tier B EG and Chaos
2020-11-23 13:35
1 reply
8/8 eg - tier S - shit
2020-11-23 16:30
NAVI GETS REVENGE!!!!!!!
2020-11-23 13:31
1 reply
+1
2020-11-23 13:36
No liquid sad 😔
2020-11-23 13:34
1 reply
Ikr. Chaos made it but liquid couldn't. I wanted liquid vs astralis in the last event of the year
2020-11-24 07:54
#88
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Lithuania Extazis
NOOOOOO G2
2020-11-23 13:36
#90
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Finland H0rnPub
joke event
2020-11-23 13:39
Tier 1 teams : Astralis, Heroic, Vitality, Navi, (Complexity) Teams on other side of the atlantic: Furia, Chaos, Evil Geniuses
2020-11-23 13:42
Man, how nice it would've been if it was still a LAN.
2020-11-23 13:43
Damn, BIG would have gotten in if they had beaten complexity
2020-11-23 13:48
NAVI too good, TOP2 yesterday, now here again, wow such progaming, super pro tier team, unreal :O
2020-11-23 13:49
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They looked amazing yesterday. In fact, they looked so good that I stopped watching after the second map because it was gonna be a boring 3-0. Those poor vitality bots had no chance!
2020-11-23 13:50
This is a stacked event, looking forward to it!
2020-11-23 13:54
so its going to be a col/heroic, navi, vitality Astralis semi finals. with 2 of those in finals.
2020-11-23 13:54
#110
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Pakistan LoOuU2
why only one CIS team :( fit in Spirit somewhere in there , 3 NA teams and only one from the Ruski region
2020-11-23 13:56
5 replies
Spirit wouldn't play better than furia/eg anyway VP need time, they aren't good enough for this lvl yet Rest irrelevant
2020-11-23 13:59
4 replies
#116
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Spirit would definitely take out any NA team out there , they have been giving tough time to TIer 1 EU teams and even taking them down this whole year long . VP is on the same level as them too if not better.
2020-11-23 14:00
3 replies
Spirit are very overrated, in my own humble opinion of course. Top-9-10 is the highest possible point this roster can reach imo VP is a possible top-tier contender in the future but they still have a lot of work ahead of them Eg & furia after almost a month of EU praccs should perform much better, my opinion
2020-11-23 14:15
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#126
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Pakistan LoOuU2
in my humble opinion , i respectfully disagree.
2020-11-23 14:17
1 reply
ok
2020-11-23 16:46
no liquid dx
2020-11-23 13:57
#114
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Serbia LtN))
EZ4NAVI
2020-11-23 13:59
rip chaos
2020-11-23 14:03
No lan :(
2020-11-23 14:05
im glad coL are invited, but how are they the 2nd rank EU team?
2020-11-23 14:13
-furia, chaos, eg +g2, og, faze/big
2020-11-23 14:16
nice, another 2-0 for coL over BIG
2020-11-23 14:36
#131
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Poland SebL
I think Astralis is going to win this tournament.
2020-11-23 14:52
Solid list
2020-11-23 15:05
Chaos, Furia, EG and Heroic in Global Challenge. What a nice joke!
2020-11-23 15:12
LET'S GO COL
2020-11-23 15:27
EG traveled back to NA? and now they can't attend BALST. will they make it for this instead or will BIG get handed a spot here?
2020-11-23 15:31
Why there is na here
2020-11-23 15:38
#147
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Portugal 69_mL
looking forward for NAVI revenge at higher tournament
2020-11-23 16:06
#148
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World Beard43
Stacked teams, nice!
2020-11-23 16:27
Disappointed if neither of Astralis, Complexity or Chaos win.
2020-11-23 16:52
2 replies
I can only see coL winning out of these 3. But I think HEROIC or NAVI will win. Depends on brackets.
2020-11-23 17:20
#167
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Denmark twinseN
I agree Astralis should take this one
2020-11-23 18:00
Looking forward to navi lose in finals (reverse sweep) or Vitality choke.
2020-11-23 17:00
BIG: Won 3 events Finished 5th in Dreamhack open fall. Out Complexity - 1 month roster Won only Blast Spring Did not qualify for dreamhack In. I like Col, but IMO, BIG was robbed there. They definetely deserve this spot more. Col is hardly the same team with OBO even with Jks, too little information about them for them to be in a global tournament in the middle of the worlds best. Also, the rank seems quite Biased towards astralis aswell. Even with multiple roster changes...
2020-11-23 17:12
Please NAVI ffs, Not 3rd time in row.
2020-11-23 17:18
BIG robbed by col
2020-11-23 17:42
This shoulda been lan fuck 2nd wave
2020-11-23 17:44
#170
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Russia _VaLT_
Grand final Navi vs vitality rematch 2-3 Zywoo mvp
2020-11-23 18:55
no Lulquid?
2020-11-23 19:33
Ez4jks
2020-11-24 02:09
WTF, NaVi won Katowice, Shouldnt that guarantee their spot in the Global FInals? But they got invited instead???
2020-11-24 14:20
2 replies
was the global challenge even announced back then?
2020-11-24 14:21
1 reply
Maybe not....
2020-11-24 14:22
No Es3tag? :(
2020-11-24 15:26
gogo Vitality !
2020-11-24 20:29
Nice
2020-11-27 12:18
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