NiP, TeamOne, Wisla Krakow to attend IEM Katowice Play-In

The trio have been called in as replacements due to travel restrictions and team withdrawals.

NIP, TeamOne and Wisla Krakow will take part in the IEM Katowice Play-In stage, replacing TYLOO, Chaos and Illuminar, ESL announced on Friday. Due to the current travel restrictions in place, the tournament organiser decided to find replacements for the trio four weeks before to the event's start date and not just two weeks as it normally would.

TYLOO, who had qualified for the event after topping the Asian Road to Rio rankings, were forced to cancel their attendance due to travel issues. ViCi and TIGER, the next teams in line in the ranking, both experienced similar issues - leaving ESL with no choice but to transfer the slot to the home region of the tournament, Europe. NIP received the invitation as the next European team in the ESL Pro Tour standings.

NiP will compete in IEM Katowice Play-In

TeamOne will take the spot that belonged to Chaos, whose players went their separate ways at the end of 2020 after the organisation decided to leave Counter-Strike, as the next eligible team in the ESL Pro Tour North American standings. The Brazilian team, who recently added Felipe "⁠skullz⁠" Medeiros and Cássio "⁠cass1n⁠" Santos to their roster, will travel to Europe this weekend to bootcamp and participate in the IEM tournament.

Wisla Krakow were called in as a replacement due to finishing in second place in the qualifying event, ESL Polish Championships Autumn, after Illuminar told ESL that they would not be able to field an eligible lineup for the tournament. The Polish organisation benched its entire roster last month, with Paweł "⁠reatz⁠" Jańczak, Janusz "⁠Snax⁠" Pogorzelski and Arek "⁠Vegi⁠" Nawojski having since joined different teams.

The IEM Katowice Play-In stage will be held from February 16-17 and will offer eight spots in the main competition, in which $1 million will be up for grabs. Both stages will be held online as the transition to LAN play in ESL competitions will begin only in the Spring with the playoff stage of ESL Pro League Season 13.

The team list for IEM Katowice Play-In is the following:

Brazil Cássio 'cass1n' Santos
Cássio 'cass1n' Santos
Age:
18
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
16
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
Poland Arek 'Vegi' Nawojski
Arek 'Vegi' Nawojski
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
599
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.71
Poland Paweł 'reatz' Jańczak
Paweł 'reatz' Jańczak
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1259
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Brazil Felipe 'skullz' Medeiros
Felipe 'skullz' Medeiros
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
165
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1840
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
#1
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Reunion Esquinox
nice
2021-01-22 17:12
7 replies
ez col
2021-01-22 17:13
6 replies
#15
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM
chaos :(
2021-01-22 17:14
1 reply
travel issues for online event lol
2021-01-23 05:29
#18
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Japan Yuukek
If only oBo returns. As time has shown, he was a key element in col
2021-01-22 17:15
3 replies
#43
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Brazil Rafaking
Col didn't have many opportunities, always playing with stands or a injuried player
2021-01-22 18:05
Jks is disappointing and main awpers (both poizon and stand-ins) don't deliver, not obo's fault that they should play 3 vs 7
2021-01-22 18:10
1 reply
+1 I expected so much of jks in coL, and he is playing on the same level as rush, even though they have different roles
2021-01-22 19:02
lol
2021-01-22 17:12
1 reply
#44
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Estonia theHeniek
GL but Mouz should destoy an enemies
2021-01-22 18:08
#4
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Argentina Cushiion
Lul
2021-01-22 17:12
#6
JaCkz | 
United States M1RBO
Good luck, Nip
2021-01-22 17:12
go renegades
2021-01-22 17:12
Nice
2021-01-22 17:13
Jokes on them NiP sucks
2021-01-22 17:13
2 replies
They need XIZT
2021-01-22 18:18
1 reply
+1 ofc NiP hasn't won an event since they've removed Xizt
2021-01-22 18:20
ez4one
2021-01-22 17:14
nice
2021-01-22 17:14
#13
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Greece RedWinter
so lame
2021-01-22 17:14
Let's go OG.
2021-01-22 17:14
LETS GO MOUZ
2021-01-22 17:15
#19
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Poland lazar203
wisla wasted spot
2021-01-22 17:15
5 replies
+1
2021-01-22 17:17
ye any PL team is wasted spot tbh
2021-01-22 17:31
+1
2021-01-22 17:35
+1 better invite nemiga or endpoint
2021-01-22 19:01
#66
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China HEIDASHUAi
At least it wasn't tyloo that attended instead of Wisla
2021-01-22 22:00
Wisla even lost to tricked xd
2021-01-22 17:17
2 replies
#57
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Poland grapeeeee
They ll play with goofy instead of Phr, relax boy
2021-01-22 18:28
#68
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Poland KeelOO
We have over one month to IEM and u are talking about tricked. Dont forgot that Wisla month ago was nearly top30
2021-01-23 00:53
ez4WISLA KRAKOW
2021-01-22 17:19
nip deserved invite
2021-01-22 17:20
Fuck yessssss nip play ittt
2021-01-22 17:21
#28
ropz | 
Brazil lepitt
bt0 will break fpl
2021-01-22 17:28
#31
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Poland xVKRx
wtf why wisla
2021-01-22 17:35
2 replies
Because iluminar lost team?
2021-01-22 17:43
#37
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Poland baba_booey
"Local NC’s / EEC Winner a. The next team in line from the local NC / EEC will receive an invitation to the tournament." that's why
2021-01-22 17:49
NIP IS SHIT
2021-01-22 17:39
will be on lan the play-in or no?
2021-01-22 17:40
3 replies
#35
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United States GameZ_iwnl
probably if restrictions allow them too
2021-01-22 17:47
play-in and main tournament will be online.
2021-01-22 17:48
online unfortunately
2021-01-22 18:31
#38
ZywOo | 
Turkey GaiLu
where is sangal is it joke ????
2021-01-22 17:53
6 replies
who?
2021-01-22 17:55
1 reply
#67
ZywOo | 
Turkey GaiLu
HAHAHAHA
2021-01-23 00:18
#69
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Poland KeelOO
hm?
2021-01-23 00:54
3 replies
#75
ZywOo | 
Turkey GaiLu
I am talking about team Sangal Esport they are old major players and they are trying to turn tier1 they could invite sangal to this tournament
2021-01-23 11:58
2 replies
#76
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Poland KeelOO
they could inv turkey squad who where top80 month ago insdead of polish when tournament is in Poland? Wisla didnt get inv, they earned it by ESL MP
2021-01-23 21:06
#77
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Poland KeelOO
i know they are former SS players mostly, but they didnt earned anything to beeing inv to such bigass tourney
2021-01-23 21:11
Ez nip
2021-01-22 17:59
Nice
2021-01-22 18:03
#42
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Brazil Vicmar
NiP invited again Pog
2021-01-22 18:05
Happy for NiP, they deserve that spot
2021-01-22 18:12
TeamOne lets goooooo
2021-01-22 18:15
ez4myboy Malbs
2021-01-22 18:15
Wisla with phr? ez lose
2021-01-22 18:17
nice
2021-01-22 18:20
EZ for Hampus
2021-01-22 18:21
This is our time #GoNinjas
2021-01-22 18:21
#55
mhL | 
Poland Trausky
Illuminar retards
2021-01-22 18:23
#56
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Brazil hugoooo
MASSIVE opportunity for TeamOne, I hope they play the matches of their lives
2021-01-22 18:25
this time chrisJ will show up ;d
2021-01-22 18:41
#62
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China HEIDASHUAi
TYLUL axaxaxaxaxa
2021-01-22 19:08
Wisla but no HAVU?? wtf...
2021-01-22 19:29
5 replies
#70
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Poland KeelOO
Wisla rekt HAVU recently so why would it be HAVU
2021-01-23 00:55
4 replies
2 of those still play For havu?
2021-01-24 19:25
3 replies
#79
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Poland KeelOO
havu have the same squad
2021-01-24 19:42
2 replies
Roster then: zoree slowi xseven saw doto Roster now: zoree slowi xseven aerial jemi With aerial and slowi igl wisla would lose to havu
2021-01-24 22:07
1 reply
#81
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Poland KeelOO
meybe yes meybe not, we dont know it. Wisla is also strong team and can fight even with top tier teams
2021-01-24 22:21
according to stats, BIG should win this.
2021-01-22 19:30
#65
Jame | 
Poland SebL
It's sad to say but NiP is dead and they will most likely not qualify anyway. TeamOne is pretty good. If Wisla takes some good 5th they can be really good. Overall I'm looking forward to seeing Wisla play, and who will be the 5th.
2021-01-22 20:33
Should invite Endpoint (ESL European Championship Runner-up)
2021-01-23 01:45
i count 3 teams with 4 players and they get invited kekw
2021-01-23 03:42
#74
Kaze | 
Sweden MaNiHa
Ez for gambit
2021-01-23 08:22
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