Imperial invited to ESL Challenger Melbourne

The Brazilian squad will travel to Australia at the beginning of September.

ESL has announced the penultimate team invited to ESL Challenger Melbourne, inviting Imperial to participate in the $100,000 competition taking place from September 2-4 based on their ESL World Ranking.

The squad around Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo will be among the highest-ranked teams in attendance, at the time of the announcement being the second-highest only after OG, with Entropiq, ORDER, EG White, Wings Up, and VERTEX also set to attend after securing their spot in various qualifiers.

Imperial look to recover from a poor end of the season

With the off-season currently underway, rumors are swirling around the 'Last Dance' roster, linking them with the departure of their oldest member, Lincoln "⁠fnx⁠" Lau, following a string of early exits from events such as IEM Cologne and IEM Dallas.

Reports say their primary target is MIBR's Marcelo "⁠chelo⁠" Cespedes and that his teammate, Jhonatan "⁠JOTA⁠" Willian, as well as Rodrigo "⁠biguzera⁠" Bittencourt and Lucas "⁠Lucaozy⁠" Neves have also been considered. Should changes come to fruition, ESL Challenger Melbourne will be the team's debut with a new player.

Only one team is left to be revealed, coming from the ESL World Ranking as well:

Brazil Jhonatan 'JOTA' Willian
Jhonatan 'JOTA' Willian
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
430
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedes
Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedes
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
915
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1583
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.60
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
689
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
Brazil Lucas 'Lucaozy' Neves
Lucas 'Lucaozy' Neves
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
399
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Brazil Rodrigo 'biguzera' Bittencourt
Rodrigo 'biguzera' Bittencourt
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
622
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
#1
Maniac | 
Switzerland Xsara
nice
2022-07-25 12:10
4 replies
#95
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Europe JMFG
trash invite. 9z deserved it more.
2022-07-25 23:28
3 replies
They need the community money bro what do you think ?
2022-07-25 23:31
#100
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Argentina arrugoso
+1. But Brazilian CSGO and Fallen bring a lot of more viewers than 9z to the matches. Also, Argentina is really poor so the sponsors wont get a lot of money from us
2022-07-26 02:56
+1
2022-07-26 15:04
Boosting dat viewership
2022-07-25 12:10
13 replies
#26
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India skyl4rk
+1
2022-07-25 12:58
+1 only because that
2022-07-25 13:03
#29
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Romania daniels22
+1
2022-07-25 13:07
#35
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Australia B_Tannen
+1 Let’s see if they can finish at least 2nd last
2022-07-25 13:38
4 replies
#52
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Brazil Anarchybr
Why so rude
2022-07-25 14:57
There is 2 aussie teams, even if Peacemaker stand in for Imperial, they are guaranteed to be 6th or higher
2022-07-25 17:29
2 replies
Dude. Too soon. RIP Peacemaker.
2022-07-25 19:50
1 reply
Yo le noob, You should be happy that fraudmaker is gone, now Imperial might make some progress.
2022-07-26 13:35
+1
2022-07-25 17:58
+1
2022-07-25 18:56
#80
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Brazil monkbaitor
-1 they got invited due their massive skills
2022-07-25 19:45
1 reply
#89
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Brazil Lullabyy
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2022-07-25 21:35
+1 true
2022-07-26 00:47
#3
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New Zealand SkirmishX
my video on another HLTV article LFG
2022-07-25 12:10
2 replies
#33
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Australia Sify
didnt know you made em… good videos as usual :)
2022-07-25 13:27
1 reply
#99
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New Zealand SkirmishX
ty ty :D
2022-07-26 02:05
#4
VINI | 
India nxitik
The Last chance
2022-07-25 12:11
4 replies
#27
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India skyl4rk
Nice pun
2022-07-25 12:58
3 replies
You clearly know what a pun is
2022-07-25 20:32
2 replies
#87
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India skyl4rk
Wow, I really remember this being The Last Dance. Sometimes you just read what you wanna read, lul. I'm curious if people correcting figure of speech is also classified as grammar n*zi.
2022-07-25 21:01
1 reply
This guy is grammar communist
2022-07-25 21:49
Very nice
2022-07-25 12:11
#6
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Hungary szia
i love vini, but for what reason is their invite? (aside from gaules/br viewership)
2022-07-25 12:12
14 replies
it's based on esl rankings I think
2022-07-25 12:13
3 replies
#32
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Israel LoreX3
bro even team finest are higher than them in terms of ranking
2022-07-25 13:20
2 replies
LANarkEZ
2022-07-25 14:04
No it's not. It's based on ESL ranking, not HLTV. Read the article
2022-07-25 15:09
#11
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New Zealand SkirmishX
Not in Pro League, so they are invited due to ESL Rankings :)
2022-07-25 12:14
#21
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Brazil leeeocstr
Literally only for the viewership, our community is going to support they no matter what, you need people to look at your sponsor? Here you go
2022-07-25 12:39
2 replies
#23
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Hungary szia
Need viewership for your event? invite furia/imperial. Ez 100k viewers (as long as they survive)
2022-07-25 12:45
1 reply
#47
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Poland Suvkha
Imperial won't survive tho
2022-07-25 14:41
They dont deserve a tier 1 event, but tier 2/3 looks reasonable
2022-07-25 12:54
Wait how can you say that when EG are there?
2022-07-25 13:40
4 replies
#38
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Australia boblao
EG qualified through NA qualifier
2022-07-25 13:54
3 replies
I am saying if eg can be in the tournament why not imperial
2022-07-25 14:06
2 replies
#43
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Australia boblao
sorry my bad
2022-07-25 14:11
#51
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Brazil Amassado
Agree
2022-07-25 14:47
IMP IMP URRAAAA
2022-07-25 12:12
1 reply
+1
2022-07-26 13:40
#8
ARTeMis | 
Australia zebO
Really scraping the bottom of the barrel here.
2022-07-25 12:13
#9
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Poland Astoner55
Will they play with Chelo already? Or still FNX?
2022-07-25 12:13
2 replies
After player break so probably chelo
2022-07-25 12:31
1 reply
#60
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Brazil davidzor
I dont think this transaction is going through.
2022-07-25 16:39
#12
emi | 
Serbia bra1np
Invite Imperial = 300k more viewers Good decision really
2022-07-25 12:14
3 replies
One hand shakes the other, good for Gaules, good for the event, good for the Brazilian community.
2022-07-25 12:16
1 reply
good for csgo
2022-07-25 14:07
Even if you're not from Brazil, you gotta say that matches of these guys are great to watch, on the Antwerp major I was cheering for C9 but I can easily say that C9 v Imperial match was the best show that I've seen in the very long time, not mentioning other Imperial matches on major
2022-07-25 19:40
Hope they don’t invite Sprout!!!
2022-07-25 12:23
#16
faveN | 
Sweden 7emod
I don’t get it, are they deleting the whole five and just falleN left or?
2022-07-25 12:30
1 reply
#71
mch | 
Brazil eitham
apparently they're kicking fnx and deciding which one among those names. despite padrim being a impactful player imo, his numbers are bad and every brazillian team is looking forward the rio major
2022-07-25 18:16
inviting a bot team just for views : >
2022-07-25 12:32
only way theyd be able to qualify xd
2022-07-25 12:34
5 replies
#49
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Brazil Amassado
They would qualify in NA qualify ,for sure
2022-07-25 14:46
4 replies
probably tbh, just making the obvious joke
2022-07-25 14:58
1 reply
#57
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Brazil Amassado
Sorry
2022-07-25 15:25
Hey man it's true but an EU FaceIt 5stack could as well.
2022-07-25 19:20
1 reply
Can confirm, I’m EU Faceit 5stack
2022-07-25 23:34
another disaster for last dance
2022-07-25 12:35
#22
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Australia jd4ddy
Og still gonna win
2022-07-25 12:42
tier 4 tourney
2022-07-25 12:54
these bots
2022-07-25 13:11
#31
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Brazil flytw4tp
Imperial will play every single tournament they be invited in cus the major i fear they're desperate to make it to the arena after such a bad season
2022-07-25 13:19
#34
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United States dexzzz
wow
2022-07-25 13:28
#37
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Australia boblao
LETS FUCKIGN GO IM GONNA GET MY MOUSEPAD SIGNED BY FALLEN!!!
2022-07-25 13:50
LETS GO
2022-07-25 13:55
Free for entropiq
2022-07-25 14:38
#48
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Brazil Amassado
Cool
2022-07-25 14:44
#50
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Romania ryad_0192
still OG is the best team here
2022-07-25 14:47
Next team inved is gonna be MIBR
2022-07-25 15:12
#56
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Brazil Frez7y
Also they will get -peacemaker too. Im telling you guys , Imperial will be decent.
2022-07-25 15:13
Very cool unless they kick fnx
2022-07-25 15:26
#59
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Finland Emvi
lol lmao
2022-07-25 16:07
#61
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Norway Snaids
lmao lol
2022-07-25 17:03
ez
2022-07-25 17:33
#64
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Algeria Zawwy
ez for imperial and brazilians
2022-07-25 17:34
#65
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Turkey edsvi
Tournament needed an average team lol
2022-07-25 17:37
#68
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North America go1x1n00b
no fnx no fun
2022-07-25 18:05
#69
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China RADNIKEY
Wamos
2022-07-25 18:07
Just sign Luken bro
2022-07-25 18:09
Okay....
2022-07-25 18:54
Ez imperial
2022-07-25 19:01
#75
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Belgium Ch333
easy for OG win tournament
2022-07-25 19:04
#76
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Brazil trivinoo
I'm waiting for -fnx +chelo
2022-07-25 19:12
Nice Imperial 7-8th
2022-07-25 19:13
#82
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Europe RBK_GOD
Wasted spot
2022-07-25 20:04
Next eternal fire
2022-07-25 20:07
2 replies
EF play EPL 16
2022-07-25 21:44
1 reply
then send the academy team
2022-07-25 22:08
last place
2022-07-25 20:31
lame. terrible nubs
2022-07-25 20:51
EZ4EIQ
2022-07-25 21:05
lmao tier 1 teams entering cause they can't win anywhere else
2022-07-25 21:59
#94
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Netherlands Dvid
PLS invite MOUZ so dexter can see his kids again PLSSSSSSSS
2022-07-25 22:55
#104
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Australia jonyling
bring jks for showmatch
2022-07-26 17:59
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