FURIA, EG qualify for IEM Katowice 2021; Liquid, Chaos to Play-in tournament

The four NA-based representatives at the first ESL Masters Championship tournament of 2021 have been determined.

FURIA and Evil Geniuses have claimed the first two spots at IEM Katowice 2021's main tournament via the Road to Katowice ranking, it was announced on Wednesday. Liquid and Chaos will have to battle their way through the Play-In stage, a 16-team last-chance qualifier that will have eight spots on the line.

Liquid required a deep run in DreamHack Masters Winter Europe to have a shot at overtaking EG in the Road to Katowice table, but they were unable to post a single victory and left the tournament in 13th-16th place. They will still compete in the IEM Global Challenge before the end of the year, but this tournament will not have any ESL Pro Tour points on offer.

EG will compete at IEM Katowice 2021

IEM Katowice 2021 will take place between February 16 and 28, with a $1 million prize pool on the line. It will be the first ESL Pro Tour event to be played under the new double-weekend format, which will allow ESL and DreamHack to focus on storytelling while giving teams more time to prepare for the playoff matches.

The Play-In and the group stage of the main tournament are expected to be held in the new ESL Pro Tour Studio, a dedicated studio in Europe that will open in 2021 and will fully comply with all Covid-19 safety protocols. It remains unclear whether ESL will be able to host the playoff matches at the Spodek Arena.

Liquid and Chaos join Illuminar, the winner of ESL Polish Championship Autumn, on the team list for the Play-In tournament. Six more teams will qualify through the ESL Pro Tour ranking (three in Europe, and one in Asia, Oceania and South America), while six others will earn invites based on the ESL world ranking. The final spot will go to the winner of the ESL European Championship Winter 2020.

Below you can find the current team list for IEM Katowice 2021:

Main tournament:

Brazil FURIA
Europe Road to Katowice EU #1
Europe Road to Katowice EU #3
Europe Road to Katowice EU #5
United States Evil Geniuses
Europe Road to Katowice EU #2
Europe Road to Katowice EU #4
Europe Road to Katowice EU #6

Play-In:

Poland Illuminar
United States Chaos
Europe Road to Katowice EU #8
South America Road to Katowice SA
Asia Road to Katowice Asia
Other Wildcard invite #2
Other Wildcard invite #4
Other Wildcard invite #6
United States Liquid
Europe Road to Katowice EU #7
Europe Road to Katowice EU #9
Oceania Road to Katowice Oce.
Other Wildcard invite #1
Other Wildcard invite #3
Other Wildcard invite #5
Europe EPEC Winter 2020
ok
2020-12-02 22:08
2 replies
WP EG, qualified by dodging EU tournaments
2020-12-02 22:12
1 reply
#49
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Canada firtlast
NA is so good that they can qualify for tournaments by being shit. LETS GO #RUNEG
2020-12-02 23:05
iHg = wasted spot
2020-12-02 22:09
3 replies
#46
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Poland Aloes
+1
2020-12-02 22:56
+1
2020-12-03 08:15
#77
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Poland rosek97
Your comment is wasted :V #IHG
2020-12-03 16:12
is this a major?
2020-12-02 22:09
5 replies
it is not
2020-12-02 22:26
1 reply
#37
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Andorra ca$teLL
is it?
2020-12-02 22:30
this tournament is on Feb 2021. Major is probably happening May 2021
2020-12-02 22:44
2 replies
ok ty
2020-12-02 23:20
1 reply
No Major has been scheduled or is being scheduled in the immediate future. They are waiting for Covid to cool down and to get back to LAN for big major. Could be awhile.
2020-12-03 15:14
lol
2020-12-02 22:09
#5
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Belarus ChecksOut
What does wildcard invite mean?
2020-12-02 22:10
12 replies
Most likely these invites will go to the teams that are ranked the highest according to ESL's world ranking and that won't be already qualified via the Road to Katowice ranking.
2020-12-02 22:12
4 replies
is this a major?
2020-12-02 22:12
2 replies
No
2020-12-02 22:12
1 reply
o damn it i wanted eg stickers
2020-12-02 22:13
thank you!
2020-12-02 23:51
Wild card Sports. an unranked or unproven player or team that is allowed to enter a tournament after regularly qualifying competitors have been selected so basically they can invite anyone from any region they see fit edit #7 gg miraa
2020-12-02 22:14
#21
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Pakistan LoOuU2
well generally in sports , a wildcard entry can be anyone like a proven top team which failed to make it or an underdog/rising team or a fan favourite or even someone you havent ever heard of. Depends on the TO who they wanna stretch that invite to.
2020-12-02 22:16
1 reply
#30
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Belarus ChecksOut
Thank you for an answer, man))
2020-12-02 22:26
#27
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Germany Flachzange
Wildcart = honoris Quote me later.
2020-12-02 22:22
3 replies
#33
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Belarus ChecksOut
Ok Honoris fanboy
2020-12-02 22:28
2 replies
#50
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Canada firtlast
ok Anti-Honoris propaganda agent of Nemiga Corp.
2020-12-02 23:06
1 reply
#56
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Poland Menaheer
+1
2020-12-02 23:49
#6
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Poland Roxin
sadly it wont be a LAN :C
2020-12-02 22:10
7 replies
Can u still remember when Carmac came into the studio after 100t v mouz to tell there would be no crowd with tears in eyes. One year later prob nothing changed((((
2020-12-02 22:13
6 replies
#20
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Poland Roxin
ye, heart breaking moment for all of us(((
2020-12-02 22:14
1 reply
#24
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Poland KeelOO
2020-12-02 22:18
#23
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Poland KeelOO
is this on youtube or smth?
2020-12-02 22:18
3 replies
Did a quick look on google and saw nothing, it’s in the VOD if that thing is still up. It was in the post game of 100 thieves vs mouz
2020-12-02 22:24
hltv.org/news/29153/iem-katowice-playoff.. It was earlier in the day but u can find it somewhere in the VOD of that day
2020-12-02 22:35
1 reply
#44
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Poland KeelOO
got it, thanks
2020-12-02 22:47
I hope its LAN = RIP Furia
2020-12-02 22:11
2 replies
FURIA 2019 LAN= TOP 5 FURIA 2020 Online= TOP 7???
2020-12-02 22:44
1 reply
#59
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Brazil Pedrowo
FURIA 2020 Online= TOP 3*
2020-12-03 00:01
How the hell is EG included when they not even play anything wtf NA privilige
2020-12-02 22:12
:U
2020-12-02 22:12
Good to know that the play in and group stage will be held on a studio...lan without fans Hopefully that the play off will be held with limited nr of fans
2020-12-02 22:12
1 reply
Yo le noob, ESL events' group stages and play-ins are Always held without a crowd, global pandemic or not.
2020-12-03 09:30
ez mibr katowice is BRAZIL
2020-12-02 22:13
Good i have tickets
2020-12-02 22:14
LAN? Furia better go 💃💃💃
2020-12-02 22:16
EG?? :D this system is broken
2020-12-02 22:20
#26
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France Uexo
LAN waiting room here
2020-12-02 22:21
9 spots for europoors? only 1 for SA? omgggg
2020-12-02 22:25
8 replies
not a single relevant team in SA besides furia and mibr
2020-12-02 22:37
7 replies
we have boom, team one, yeah, tacos team, fallens team... we have a lot good teams
2020-12-02 23:28
4 replies
#54
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Argentina macrigato
Tacos team fallen teams?
2020-12-02 23:34
3 replies
#58
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United States TwistzzAIM
lol
2020-12-02 23:56
u will see
2020-12-03 00:46
1 reply
#64
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Argentina macrigato
?? LMAO
2020-12-03 01:10
#55
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Argentina macrigato
The majority of MIBR players were playing in SA, now they’re winning against top10 teams in EU. BOOM is stuck in SA, but they’re really good.
2020-12-02 23:36
1 reply
i know but the thing is, SA slot doesnt count furia or mibr - boom is quite good afaik
2020-12-03 11:27
Iluminar pls qualify
2020-12-02 22:27
1 reply
Illuminar pls dont qualify. Honoris Best polish team
2020-12-02 22:49
#34
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Denmark ghostan11
Imagine wasting slot for the winner of esl Polish league
2020-12-02 22:28
this tournament will be like a major
2020-12-02 22:28
EG wasted spot
2020-12-02 22:28
Plz invite MIBR and BOOM
2020-12-02 22:43
1 reply
SA Qualify
2020-12-02 22:44
EG HAHAHAHA tier 3 team in tier 1 event wpwp
2020-12-02 22:59
IHG wasted spot
2020-12-02 23:00
EG WASTED SPOT
2020-12-02 23:29
#60
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Poland xVKRx
IHG will won IEM KATOWICE 2021
2020-12-03 00:10
#61
Lack1 | 
Russia bult0
Plz I desperately need a LAN tournament
2020-12-03 00:32
No stickers in this tournament
2020-12-03 00:39
#65
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Poland SebL
FURIA is looking insane, they aboslutely deserve the spot. EG has potential, I think they will show something good in this tournament. Liquid and Chaos will still most likely qualify through the play-in.
2020-12-03 01:43
EG OMEGALUL
2020-12-03 01:57
#67
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Europe Baunsator
Eg and chaos are about to disband
2020-12-03 08:00
#69
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Serbia LtN))
NAVI will defend the title regardless
2020-12-03 09:17
Just another online tourney. What else?
2020-12-03 10:18
#74
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Turkey MrAycan
chaos disband at the end of 2020
2020-12-03 12:01
#75
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United Kingdom Leftie
So hope Katowice is a LAN event with audience, was meant to go last year but got cancelled last minute :(
2020-12-03 15:01
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