FaZe secure last IEM Katowice invite as mousesports lose DHM Winter final

Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen's side will be eyeing one of the wildcard spots to compete in the Play-In stage of the Polish event.

FaZe received the final invitation to IEM Katowice 2021's main tournament on Sunday following mousesports' runner-up finish in DreamHack Masters Winter Europe. FaZe's qualification via the Road to Katowice ranking — which connects the ESL and DreamHack tournaments that are part of the ESL Pro Tour — hinged on the outcome of that final as they would have been pipped to the spot by karrigan's troops if they had managed to beat Astralis in the final.

But it wasn't just FaZe who breathed a sigh of relief as Astralis ran out 3-1 winners in a nailbiting final that lasted over five hours: OG would have dropped out of the qualification zone if mousesports had won the tournament and pushed FaZe to the Play-In. In the end, OG edged out mousesports in the Road to Katowice ranking by just 0.50 points.

FaZe earned the last invite to the main tournament

mousesports are still expected to make the Play-In — a last-chance qualifier with 16 teams and eight spots on offer — as six of the remaining seven places should be determined by ESL's world ranking. mousesports are ranked eighth in the world by ESL following the latest daily update, with BIG being the only team ranked above them who still don't have a spot in either the main tournament or the Play-In.

IEM Katowice 2021 will run from February 16-28, with the Play-In tournament being held during the first two days of the event, according to the new double-weekend format that ESL will implement from 2021 onwards. Both the Play-In and the main tournament's group stage are expected to be played from the new ESL Pro Tour studio, but it's still unclear whether the playoff matches will be held at the Spodek Arena.

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

Main tournament:

Play-In:

Poland Illuminar
United States Chaos
Sweden fnatic
Brazil BOOM
China TYLOO
Other Wildcard invite #2
Other Wildcard invite #4
Other Wildcard invite #6
United States Liquid
Europe Complexity
Europe OG
Australia Renegades
Other Wildcard invite #1
Other Wildcard invite #3
Other Wildcard invite #5
Europe EPEC Winter 2020
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1775
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Who cars about faze...
2020-12-07 17:03
45 replies
hello
2020-12-07 17:03
13 replies
Faze dead team
2020-12-07 17:06
12 replies
faze norm
2020-12-07 17:08
faze gonna get go 0-3 on god worst team without ChoKo
2020-12-07 17:19
2 replies
flair
2020-12-07 17:21
#102
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Canada Droidd
faze shit 0-2 0-2 0-2
2020-12-07 18:14
They won IEM NY
2020-12-07 17:19
7 replies
With NiKo being the Carry
2020-12-07 17:28
6 replies
Without Kjaerbye FaZe would lost to Vita in semis
2020-12-07 17:30
5 replies
Without Kjaerbot faze could be a top 10 team
2020-12-07 17:52
4 replies
+1
2020-12-07 18:03
??They are top10 now
2020-12-07 18:11
1 reply
Already no.
2020-12-07 20:26
#120
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United States 1nsaneMe
+1
2020-12-07 19:25
just hoping for the best at this point
2020-12-07 17:08
Don't disrespect my flag pls
2020-12-07 17:08
3 replies
It’s Dutch December smh u don’t know?
2020-12-07 19:26
2 replies
Not for him not
2020-12-07 20:12
1 reply
He made it up))
2020-12-07 20:12
#47
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Serbia LtN))
undeserved spot
2020-12-07 17:18
15 replies
0/8
2020-12-07 17:20
14 replies
#91
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Denmark JKTP
Mouse deserved it way more what
2020-12-07 17:56
13 replies
How?By being at last places for a half of the year?
2020-12-07 18:09
12 replies
Faze fan talking btw but why does that matter? They just made the finals in a tier 1 event. They also just won blast premier fall showdown over Heroic. What has faze done except winning iem new york months ago
2020-12-07 18:46
11 replies
3rd at RtR,3rd at BLAST Spring finals,3rd at DH masters spring,1-3 at LAN,9th(4th) at DH RmR,5-8 at Beijing
2020-12-07 18:59
10 replies
Mouse: - 1st at dreamhack masters winter showdown (Recent) - 1st at ICE challenge 2020 - 2nd at dmh winter (Recent) - 2nd at ESL pro league season 11 - 2nd at EPICENTER 2019 (Even though it was last year it started before last year so it still counts) - 3rd at Gamers without borders - 4th at ESL pro league season 12 Faze: - 1st at IEM new york - 1st at blast premier spring series - 3rd at Blast premier spring finals 2020 - 3rd at dremhack masters spring 2020 - 3rd at r2r - 3rd/4th at Gamers without borders Faze has lower average than mouse and less good recent event performances.
2020-12-07 20:08
9 replies
-tier2 -tier2 -tier2 -start of online no one was ready -irrelevant -irrelevant -ok FaZe -tier2 -tier1 -tier1 -tier1 -tier1 -irrelevant FaZe has more valuable achievements
2020-12-07 20:35
8 replies
damn you kill that mf, good job
2020-12-07 20:59
- Tier 2 - Tier 2 ( But lan) - Tier 1 - ok? Doesn't change anything tbh - Tier 2 (But lan) - That prize pool though -Tthe event was packed and they lost to team that won tournament - Tier 2 - Tier 1? (It's 3 way win and faze got lucky with opponents) - Tier 1 - If winter is tier 2 so is this one - rtr technically tier 2 but 100% should be tier 1 - Eh
2020-12-07 21:11
6 replies
You have lost this JKTP, gg
2020-12-08 09:36
5 replies
I did? Mouse has 1 more large win. Average higher results than faze. They have more recent wins and they have actual lan wins.
2020-12-08 10:07
4 replies
Faze is starting of with a new fresh team in January. Faze has struggled, but so has Mouse, but faze have lost an important player, and i playing without coach and IGL. When that changes, faze will be so much more powerful than mouse.
2020-12-08 10:17
3 replies
But that only happens after the event. So it's irrelevant
2020-12-08 10:33
2 replies
But I would say Faze deserves the spot more than mouse. The achievements this year is pretty similar for both teams, but faze has been through internal struggles within the organization and Mouse have not to the same extend.
2020-12-08 13:08
1 reply
Is that making a stronger case? If your org has internal struggles they should focus on fixing that and not be competing. What really matter is how relevant the team is. Outside of a shock IEM win (3-4 months ago) they have done absolutely nothing recently. They just got absolutely destroyed in dmh masters winter while mouse made it to the finals
2020-12-08 14:54
0/8
2020-12-07 17:35
Many.More than ppl who cares about Niv0ra
2020-12-07 18:10
yeah invite faze over complexity, nice one
2020-12-07 19:40
2 replies
more like luckplexity?
2020-12-07 20:59
1 reply
coL have beat faze two times in a row pretty easily aside from that one nuke map cry more please.
2020-12-07 21:00
#134
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Germany I_car
I car!!!
2020-12-07 20:29
i care faze will get up and they will win
2020-12-08 04:35
Then why do you even bother writing comment :))
2020-12-08 10:58
2 replies
Cause i wanted #1
2020-12-08 11:13
1 reply
That means you care
2020-12-08 17:25
#2
Coffee | 
Netherlands p2dr
rip
2020-12-07 17:02
6 replies
FaZe?? WTF
2020-12-07 17:07
5 replies
FaZe's qualification via the Road to Katowice ranking hinged on the outcome of that final as they would have been pipped to the spot by karrigan's troops if they had managed to beat Astralis in the final. tfw reading is hard
2020-12-07 17:25
4 replies
A rhetorical question is one for which the question does not expect a direct answer: in many cases it may be intended to start a discourse, or as a means of displaying the speaker's or author's opinion on a topic.
2020-12-07 17:26
3 replies
it was truly obvious it was a rhetorical question and even then I genuinely don't see the point in it lmao
2020-12-07 17:54
2 replies
u dont make sense mate, try again
2020-12-07 18:01
1 reply
ok bro have a nice day
2020-12-07 18:10
shame, hopefully faze will have made roster changes by then
2020-12-07 17:03
1 reply
Ofc they will bro
2020-12-07 17:32
#6
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Russia lerkozavrik
where's big and gambit
2020-12-07 17:03
2 replies
#60
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Belgium NoiseStorm
Most likely will get wildcard invites
2020-12-07 17:24
#116
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Brazil rehbobina
probably big will come from EPEC Winter spot, since it’s very unlikely to lose the spot playing against tier 2 teams, maybe that's why they haven't been invited yet
2020-12-07 18:44
#7
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Australia jks_top1
Ynocol
2020-12-07 17:04
#8
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Singapore Wadufuk
NO WAYYY
2020-12-07 17:04
#9
ZywOo | 
India aR__
Let's GO!
2020-12-07 17:04
#10
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United Kingdom Tnk11
Lmao how did they? Still will support them though.
2020-12-07 17:04
of course best team in the world
2020-12-07 17:04
8 replies
#38
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Italy steven513
+1
2020-12-07 17:12
2 replies
+2
2020-12-07 17:28
1 reply
+3
2020-12-07 18:15
+1
2020-12-07 17:35
#88
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Other JymZ1
My man still living in 2018
2020-12-07 17:54
1 reply
0/8
2020-12-07 18:15
+1
2020-12-07 18:15
+1
2020-12-08 04:37
undeserved
2020-12-07 17:04
7 replies
#17
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Latvia YungPan666
+1
2020-12-07 17:05
1 reply
-1
2020-12-07 17:25
flair doesnt checks out
2020-12-07 17:22
0/8 totally deserved invite
2020-12-07 17:31
0/8
2020-12-07 17:35
0/8
2020-12-07 17:35
More deserved than TYLUL
2020-12-07 21:18
Feels bad for mouz.. But GL FaZe
2020-12-07 17:04
2 replies
+1!
2020-12-07 17:13
#92
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India ABV13
+1
2020-12-07 18:00
#14
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Latvia YungPan666
Where is VP?
2020-12-07 17:05
Makes no sense that Faze get invited over Mouz
2020-12-07 17:05
7 replies
#20
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Latvia YungPan666
Probably still will be invited as wild card
2020-12-07 17:05
#85
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United States kami917
Makes perfect sense considering there is a point system in place and FaZe is higher on that point system than mouse....
2020-12-07 17:50
5 replies
My point was that Faze should not be higher on the point system than Mouse...
2020-12-07 18:18
4 replies
#115
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Lithuania TraX_LTU
right?
2020-12-07 18:37
#125
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United States kami917
Why wouldn’t they? They’ve been playing better than mouse the entire online era except for literally the last few weeks.
2020-12-07 19:38
2 replies
Because Mouse is 8th and Faze is 13th on the ESL ranking and recency definitely should matter plus mouse has a better winrate overall vs Faze 56 vs 48. All I'm saying is that it makes more sense for the better performing and higher ranked team to receive the invite.
2020-12-07 20:06
1 reply
#136
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United States kami917
But you can’t perform for a month vs a team that has been performing all year. Faze had a couple great finishes before the player break and won New York all before mouse started really performing. I get what your saying but this wasn’t based just on this month.
2020-12-07 20:36
also can someone explain to me what "play in" means like are the teams competing for the same prize?
2020-12-07 17:05
4 replies
It's like a last-chance qualifier
2020-12-07 17:06
1 reply
thanks!
2020-12-07 17:06
#33
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Czech Republic y0fl0w
its a qualifier for the main event(8 spots for 16 teams)
2020-12-07 17:08
1 reply
got it, thank you!
2020-12-07 17:09
Lucky
2020-12-07 17:05
not deserved
2020-12-07 17:06
#24
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United States PP_Bizon
wtf????????
2020-12-07 17:06
#26
gxx- | 
Albania ZxTox
"Side" more like team by then.
2020-12-07 17:06
#28
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Netherlands Sem0733
FaZe completely irrelevant.
2020-12-07 17:07
3 replies
cry is free
2020-12-07 17:23
*flair*
2020-12-07 17:31
1 reply
#143
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Netherlands Sem0733
Olof wants to retire. Cold wants to leave. Kjearbye is below avarage. Only Brokyy and Rain actually have a future.
2020-12-07 22:35
undeserved af
2020-12-07 17:08
1 reply
0/8 FaZe deserves this invite
2020-12-07 17:31
Imagine inviting Tylul to play-in instead of Vici Gaming, what a joke. Vici will bring CN cs back.
2020-12-07 17:08
Will FaZe still be in CS by then?
2020-12-07 17:09
1 reply
Depends on how many goats (not GOAT) they have left.
2020-12-07 17:31
#37
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Brazil YUB8
mouz unlucky
2020-12-07 17:09
EG is going to farm faZe
2020-12-07 17:12
pls lan
2020-12-07 17:14
1 reply
Prob its gonna be lan but not confirmed yet
2020-12-07 17:15
Unlucky mouz! I hope we will see mouz at Katowice!
2020-12-07 17:14
Why put there chaos if they will disband? xD
2020-12-07 17:15
1 reply
#45
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Slovakia xaboff
Maybe they won't... who knows?
2020-12-07 17:16
#46
RpK | 
France pol44r
Bullshit
2020-12-07 17:17
#48
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Serbia LtN))
NAVI will defend the title regardless
2020-12-07 17:19
1 reply
+1 no doubts
2020-12-07 17:19
wasted spot
2020-12-07 17:19
#50
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Australia TeBo
Renegades in EU 😍
2020-12-07 17:19
gonna get wasted in groups anyway
2020-12-07 17:22
undeserved but ok
2020-12-07 17:23
Wasted spot kkkkk
2020-12-07 17:25
inviting tier3 team ? k then invite heretics apeks dignitas and others
2020-12-07 17:29
LETS FGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2020-12-07 17:29
#80
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Netherlands dabadpad
2021 will be faze era
2020-12-07 17:36
#81
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New Zealand SkirmishX
Should invite ORDER or Avant as a Wildcard invite tbh
2020-12-07 17:41
sry mouz
2020-12-07 17:41
FAZE top3 soon.
2020-12-07 17:41
Lol
2020-12-07 17:41
LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO #FAZEUP God please listen to my prayers. Make Olof retire, he had a great career and there is no reason to mud it with bad performances just for some more $$$ from FaZe. PLEASE BUY GLA1VE WITH THE MONEY FROM NIKO PLEASE GOD PLEASE MAKE IT HAPPEN I KNOW IT'S 0.000000001% CHANCE BUT GOD PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. Or at least karrigan idk, he is danish, he knows tactics, I guess it works too.
2020-12-07 17:52
1 reply
rofl
2020-12-07 19:29
TYLOO WILL WIN THIS
2020-12-07 17:56
#93
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Taiwan 50upcl
hahaha wtf
2020-12-07 18:00
#95
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Poland SebL
FaZe seems like a wasted spot, they are dead honestly. There are teams that deserve this spot more than FaZe or even mousesports.
2020-12-07 18:02
bunch of low iq people in the comments, it's obviously that when this tournament takes place Faze will already have made changes to their roster, and likely mouz as well if rumours are true
2020-12-07 18:13
karrigan & ropz coming to FaZe
2020-12-07 18:16
"Play-in: Chaos" I aren't think that
2020-12-07 18:17
FaZe over Mouz? For real? What a waste.
2020-12-07 18:18
1 reply
+1
2020-12-07 19:27
Why would a tier 2 team get invited over a tier 1 team?
2020-12-07 18:18
SO karrigan to Faze? mabye ropz too?
2020-12-07 18:19
Idk if im retarded but wtf do they mean by play ins? no qualifiers?
2020-12-07 18:23
1 reply
Its a qualifier. 8 of 16 teams will be able to play in main event
2020-12-07 18:36
pls remove tier 2 EG bots and add Mouz, for the sake of the quality of the event.
2020-12-07 18:31
#119
NAF | 
Russia bult0
Nooo, they invite boom to Europe right after felps leaves
2020-12-07 19:11
#124
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Brazil Vicmar
Another event without NiP? WTF
2020-12-07 19:33
1 reply
#NinjaLivesMatter
2020-12-08 11:23
#127
RpK | 
Europe vg442
yeahh
2020-12-07 19:44
Another pathetic underserved team in main bracket. Sad for mousesports
2020-12-07 20:21
TYLUL still there wtf They can't even beat Mongolian team TIGER at the moment Wasted spot
2020-12-07 21:17
#144
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Australia csRIOTgo
so if Chaos disband what then?
2020-12-07 22:37
#145
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United States B_A_
It’s ok Mousesports will win play in then beat Faze in main event
2020-12-07 23:05
this is clownfiesta tier 3 faze wasted spot, mouz should get it
2020-12-08 01:09
How tf does FaZe get a spot lmao. They're not gonna do anything but ok
2020-12-08 09:40
#160
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Croatia de_usvult
edible cbd faze cookies in ukraine
2020-12-09 01:25
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