Invites for IEM Summer closed qualifier, main event announced

G2, FaZe and FURIA have to earn their spots at the $250,000 event, while Astralis and Vitality were handed invites.

ESL unveiled the teams that will take part in the IEM Summer 2021 closed qualifier, kicking off on April 26, as well as the squads invited for the main event in June.

Only three teams from the qualifier will advance to the tournament, with the competition for those spots fierce. Two top-10 sides, G2 and FURIA, are in competition, as is OG, FunPlus Phoenix, and FaZe.

Meanwhile, six ESL-partnered teams have been handed invites, including fnatic and Evil Geniuses, while the likes of Gambit and Heroic earned their spots on the basis of their ESL world ranking.

FaZe are back in action after a five-week competitive break

The IEM Summer Closed Qualifier will take place on April 26-28, using a two-stage format. In the first stage, the four qualified teams, including SKADE and Movistar Riders, will face off against four lower-seed invited teams. The losers of those matches will be eliminated, while the winners advance to a second, double-elimination stage featuring four high-seed invites.

The initial matchups for the closed qualifier look as follows:

Stage 1:
Europe ENCE vs. Europe Movistar Riders
Europe OG vs. Russia Trident
Europe FunPlus Phoenix vs. Bulgaria SKADE
Europe mousesports vs. Kazakhstan K23

Stage 2:
Brazil FURIA vs. TBD
Europe FaZe vs. TBD
Germany BIG vs. TBD
Europe G2 vs. TBD

In terms of the final event which boasts a $250,000 prize pool, 12 of the 16 teams are now know. Imperial and Extra Salt were the first confirmed teams, having qualified through regional competition. CIS trio Gambit, Virtus.pro, and Spirit were handed spots at the event based on their ranking, as were ESL Pro League Season 13 winners Heroic.

Six more slots were filled will ESL's partner teams. The list includes Astralis, Vitality, Complexity, as well as Swedish duo NIP and fnatic. The final partner spot was reserved for a North American representative, which in this case is Evil Geniuses.

From the slots that haven't been taken, three are reserved for closed qualifier teams, with the final one left to be decided through an "EPT Connection" event, ESL National Championships Global Playoff: Spring 2021.

Team list for IEM Summer 2021:

#1
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Finland Cucumber))
nice EZ4HEROIC
2021-04-21 18:02
5 replies
very nice! finally they stopped inviting tier5 s0mple
2021-04-21 18:02
4 replies
EZ FOR ES
2021-04-21 18:03
#14
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Finland Cucumber))
SO TRUE
2021-04-21 18:04
#39
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Czech Republic Za1Lo
+1
2021-04-21 18:09
It's more likely both Liquid and Navi have declined the invites. Nt though xD
2021-04-21 18:43
#2
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Finland Jomppeboi
who
2021-04-21 18:02
FazeUp! Please qualify
2021-04-21 18:03
3 replies
#43
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United States weaboo
Yes PLEASE
2021-04-21 18:13
these man think fnatic is better than faze LOL
2021-04-21 20:07
1 reply
Its because ESL Pro League partner teams, get get to automatically get invites to a certain number of ESL events per year. It is kinda dumb though, that fnatic is already qualified, buy OG needs to go through two stages to do so.
2021-04-22 07:04
#4
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Brazil S0N1CANGEL
EZ FOR FURIA AND BRASIL AGAIN
2021-04-21 18:02
1 reply
AGAIN? KKKKK
2021-04-21 21:12
Ez4Faze
2021-04-21 18:02
navi?
2021-04-21 18:03
3 replies
Probably they declined the invite
2021-04-21 18:07
2 replies
Why?
2021-04-22 06:59
1 reply
Decided to skip this tournament, idk
2021-04-22 09:11
Ez for Vitality
2021-04-21 18:03
Wheres liquid?? D:
2021-04-21 18:03
11 replies
#16
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Russia dev1ce_MVP
only tier 1 teams allowed
2021-04-21 18:05
5 replies
#21
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Peru TenoriPEEK
but astralis is level 1 ?
2021-04-21 18:06
#24
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Tunisia Tunisiaa
so why is your flair there?
2021-04-21 18:06
2 replies
#29
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Russia dev1ce_MVP
ez, everyone knows astralis are still tier 1, not a fluke like liquid
2021-04-21 18:07
1 reply
Oh really. WoW
2021-04-21 18:47
oh sorry, I thought god tier teams were alllowed too
2021-04-21 18:06
#22
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Brazil S0N1CANGEL
only tier 1 teams allowed
2021-04-21 18:06
4 replies
oh sorry, I thought god tier teams were alllowed too
2021-04-21 18:07
3 replies
#32
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Brazil S0N1CANGEL
xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2021-04-21 18:07
2 replies
#34
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Russia dev1ce_MVP
+1
2021-04-21 18:08
1 reply
nt ecovice
2021-04-21 18:09
#11
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North America drac0z
EZ4FAZE?????
2021-04-21 18:04
G2 qualify plz
2021-04-21 18:04
2 replies
ez carry by god hunter mens))
2021-04-21 18:11
EZ4G2
2021-04-22 05:32
Why no Liquid
2021-04-21 18:04
furia og and g2
2021-04-21 18:05
#17
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Brazil S0N1CANGEL
Admin, u guys put the wrong trident
2021-04-21 18:05
EG and Fnatic get invites but not G2? I know G2 is not amazing right now but definitely better than those 2
2021-04-21 18:06
5 replies
partner team
2021-04-21 18:07
2 replies
G2 is a ESL partner
2021-04-21 18:13
1 reply
oh, true, I forgot that. then ESL being ESL
2021-04-21 18:14
#38
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Lithuania Falafelis
+1
2021-04-21 18:09
+1
2021-04-21 22:12
Where is DIG?
2021-04-21 18:06
1 reply
preparing to smash NaCl
2021-04-21 18:09
Where's Liquid?
2021-04-21 18:06
1 reply
dead team no future
2021-04-21 18:14
#25
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United States c0okies
no liquid or navi?
2021-04-21 18:06
1 reply
2021-04-21 18:07
That's the wrong Trident lmaoooooooo
2021-04-21 18:06
#33
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Lithuania Falafelis
They invite EG and fnatic over G2 and FURIA? Is this a joke?
2021-04-21 18:08
5 replies
#40
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Brazil S0N1CANGEL
2021-04-21 18:09
2 replies
#56
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Lithuania Falafelis
I know, but they should change that, it's dumb to have partner teams that are shit, just invite best teams and thats it...
2021-04-21 18:30
1 reply
#65
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Brazil S0N1CANGEL
fair point
2021-04-21 18:39
Holy @$?#!?$ they invited those team who performa so bad instead of the teams that gives consistent performance. What a fluke tournament
2021-04-21 20:36
+1
2021-04-21 22:12
#35
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Lithuania Falafelis
And also prof, Trident is a Russian team not Australian
2021-04-21 18:09
ez for australia. ez trident
2021-04-21 18:14
vamooooos riders
2021-04-21 18:15
#48
fnx | 
Greenland Bbaris
this partner* team invite is one of the worst things for cs tournaments
2021-04-21 18:17
3 replies
#53
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w
hmm? they got invited cuz of their esl ranking, not cuz of their status as partnered team afaik
2021-04-21 18:25
2 replies
#57
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Lithuania Falafelis
It is clearly showed the reason of invite. Partner teams (EG, fnatic, NIP, Astralis, Vitality and Complexity) and ESL world ranking invites (Spirit, VP, Gambit, Heroic).
2021-04-21 18:32
1 reply
#69
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w
hmm, yeah i don't get it either after a second look.. e.g. mouz is a partnered team aswell?! fantic is ranked 29 in ESL ranking
2021-04-21 18:50
Gogo SKADE
2021-04-21 18:18
#50
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Argentina fxzo
Ok u invite bug but not dignitas?? Lmao
2021-04-21 18:19
But what about Navi?)
2021-04-21 18:20
So, you invited BIG, EG, fnatic, VP.... But where's G2? Where's Liquid? Dignitas? FURIA? WHERE'S NA'VI AFTER ALL???
2021-04-21 18:22
7 replies
#55
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w
on invite for the main event is still missing, probably NaVi Furia is in the qualifier which this news is about? same for G2
2021-04-21 18:26
4 replies
#59
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Lithuania Falafelis
Wdym? where will be no more teams invited.
2021-04-21 18:33
NaVi could've declined the invite how they did with DH winter in 2020 And #59
2021-04-21 18:38
No it's slot for EPT Connection tournament winner article literally says: From the slots that haven't been taken, three are reserved for closed qualifier teams, with the final one left to be decided through an "EPT Connection" event, ESL National Championships Global Playoff: Spring 2021.
2021-04-21 18:39
1 reply
#71
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w
ahh yeah, my bad, just looked at the event page
2021-04-21 18:51
Imperial (Who?) already at main event and this teams need to play qualifiers lul
2021-04-21 18:32
Navi is in CIS tournament (still not announced)
2021-04-21 18:39
hallo spirit go win
2021-04-21 18:25
#61
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Hungary szia
Let's go big
2021-04-21 18:38
G2 no invite????
2021-04-21 18:38
No Liquid??
2021-04-21 18:48
bruh why does EG keep getting invited to events. Make their ass go thru qualis for whatever they plan on attending.
2021-04-21 18:50
ENCE vs BIG Furia vs OG Skade vs Faze G2 vs mous
2021-04-21 18:56
fnatic needs to fkin step up man
2021-04-21 18:57
Gl Skade!
2021-04-21 19:03
#75
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Brazil Anarchybr
So I guess Liquid are on vacations right now? They don’t have even one match scheduled
2021-04-21 19:05
1 reply
Kinda sad.. :( they will play the RMR and ESL One cologne tho
2021-04-26 22:24
How does Spirit get invited over Furia and G2 while they are ranked below those teams on ESL Pro Ranking for quite some time now?
2021-04-21 19:07
1 reply
#79
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Biske
exactly
2021-04-21 19:12
bullshit, FURIA should already be invited
2021-04-21 19:11
#78
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Biske
No g2 lmfaooooooooo
2021-04-21 19:12
Dale Riders !!
2021-04-21 19:34
EG over Liquid?
2021-04-21 19:58
Why would Navi decline this invitation... literally one of the most stacked tournaments..
2021-04-21 20:08
Ez riders
2021-04-21 20:39
#90
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Serbia LtN))
Extra Salt, Imperial, fnatic, Spirit but no NaVi???
2021-04-21 23:11
#91
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Latvia pumasiK
nice navi... why would you decline this :(
2021-04-21 23:42
NAVI? LIQUID? g2 furia to qualifier while fnatic eg to main? fucking joke
2021-04-22 03:05
Qualifier more stacked than the actual event lol
2021-04-22 04:03
#97
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
OG, SKADE and Movistar Riders will make it through the qualifier, while Heroic is gonna win the whole thing, that's mine prediction.
2021-04-22 08:07
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