SteelSeries announce Nova Invitational tournament

The $10,000 competition will feature FaZe, OG, and Tricked.

Gaming peripherals and accessories manufacturer SteelSeries announced the Nova Invitational, a one-day event which will award competitors a total of $10,000 in prize money. The tournament will take place on August 13 and will feature a single elimination bracket with best-of-one semi-finals and a best-of-three grand final.

There are only three confirmed teams invited to the event so far, Tricked, OG, and the world's best team, FaZe. The Nova Invitational will be the first time these teams will be in action since the player break began, and it will be Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov's official debut with OG after a fruitful stint as a stand-in at BLAST Premier Spring Final.

FaZe are the favorites among the teams announced so far

OG won the SteelSeries Invitational in 2021, but the team has gone through a complete roster change since then. The current lineup, led by Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković, finished off the first half of 2022 on a high note, reaching the BLAST Premier Spring Final semi-finals and will try to build upon the previous feats.

FaZe's current status as the No. 1 team in the world and their pre-break IEM Cologne victory still puts them as clear front-runners to take the summer invitational among the announced teams.

The Nova Invitational roster is currently:

Europe FaZe
Europe OG
Denmark Tricked

Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1253
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
686
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.60
nice
2022-08-11 13:18
1 reply
nice? bros trying to sneak in tricked kids with lucky
2022-08-11 14:32
Tricked kekw
2022-08-11 13:19
2 replies
Ez4Tricked
2022-08-12 16:44
Haha and “more” aka Sinners
2022-08-13 14:48
#3
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New Zealand SkirmishX
10k?
2022-08-11 13:19
2 replies
Steelseries broke
2022-08-11 17:50
1 reply
#79
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Poland Prince_PKS
XD they rich af but this tournament is sh*t probably
2022-08-11 22:29
#4
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Poland Tikdem
FAZE PLAYS FOR 10K OMEGALUL
2022-08-11 13:19
21 replies
#15
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Lithuania CSLeaks
man they must work for sponsors its not going like we play what we whant, what org say play thats tournaments and play.
2022-08-11 13:27
19 replies
#26
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Poland Tikdem
iknow but funny that major winners #1 plays in it
2022-08-11 13:41
18 replies
#28
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Brazil Frez7y
sk played a lot of tier -1 tournaments too lol. its common
2022-08-11 13:52
15 replies
#42
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Poland Berbe123
just send the link to tournament which sk played with 10k prizepool
2022-08-11 15:10
14 replies
2022-08-11 16:57
13 replies
#57
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Poland Berbe123
"showmatch" - i said tournament :) Nowadays showmatches are played even for 0$$$
2022-08-11 17:19
12 replies
this is showmatch lol just with 4 teams
2022-08-11 18:53
11 replies
#67
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Poland Berbe123
No, this is competition with 4 teams under their sponsors bante Edit. This was showmatch: hltv.org/matches/2356574/mibr-vs-og-show..
2022-08-11 19:14
10 replies
1 reply
#72
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Poland Berbe123
Thats fair, you are right there
2022-08-11 20:11
So you can say showmatch is competition with 2 teams often. This is clearly same level as any other semi serious showmatch.
2022-08-11 19:41
7 replies
#73
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Poland Berbe123
But It isnt showmatch. Showmatches are played for fun, using unusual weapons etc.
2022-08-11 20:12
6 replies
Yet you linked OG vs MIBR, that was serious match.
2022-08-12 12:41
3 replies
#88
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Poland Berbe123
" Teleperformance PXP 2022 showmatch."
2022-08-12 12:41
2 replies
But it was not played for fun using unusual weapons. Meanwhile tournament where they use Dust 1 and old train is serious to you.
2022-08-13 14:05
1 reply
#99
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Poland Berbe123
#98 dont change the facts man
2022-08-13 14:58
#93
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Ukraine ShimonSS
and this isn't a showmatch, it's a serious 1-day tournament with old train, cache and dust1 in map pool only, right?
2022-08-13 13:39
1 reply
#98
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Poland Berbe123
man that wasnt the case when i was replying to them lol we got to know this at the day of the tournament
2022-08-13 14:56
Fake #1 in my book
2022-08-12 09:05
1 reply
#86
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Poland Tikdem
navi rly good but faze is better rn coz they won cologne, kato, epl, cologne
2022-08-12 12:34
10K not bad for a pracc
2022-08-11 13:47
they tried to sneak Tricked in bruv 💀
2022-08-11 13:19
#6
broky | 
Latvia GOATKY
insane
2022-08-11 13:19
WHATS THE POINT STOP POSTING NEWS IF ITS NOT G2 JKS
2022-08-11 13:19
4 replies
+1
2022-08-11 16:00
:D
2022-08-11 16:48
+1 XD
2022-08-12 00:41
+1 nothing else matters
2022-08-14 15:47
#8
cbk | 
Denmark Thestyss
tricked tier1 faze and og tier10
2022-08-11 13:19
ez 4 tricked lmao
2022-08-11 13:19
#10
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Hong Kong boss_T
who cares?
2022-08-11 13:19
Where is Skade?
2022-08-11 13:21
#12
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus
EG WHERE
2022-08-11 13:21
"here we go" jks and hooxi, mr fabrizio?
2022-08-11 13:22
Good warmup for Faze and OG
2022-08-11 13:24
1 reply
og 5 majors?!?!
2022-08-11 16:06
1024:0 ez FaZe
2022-08-11 13:28
pocket money
2022-08-11 13:28
#18
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Egypt BomberMan_
Wtf is this and how did faze and OG agree to this
2022-08-11 13:32
5 replies
Steelseries is their sponsor so I think they are kinda forced to
2022-08-11 13:34
3 replies
#23
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Egypt BomberMan_
Damn did they hold up faze at gunpoint. Maybe its a tune up match or something tho its funny they put in tricked in the article as if they are going to make ppl click.
2022-08-11 13:35
1 reply
#43
WolfY | 
Sweden hoey
likely that its in their sponsor contract that they have to participate in their tournaments. last year they had even worse teams partipating and FaZe still played hltv.org/events/5750/steelseries-invitat..
2022-08-11 15:32
#90
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Brazil brwtv
I was trying to understand the reason, thanks! Would be better if the tournament prize would be money to be donated, though.
2022-08-12 23:54
#84
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Romania Ghostpawn
maybe warmup for blast and esl
2022-08-12 09:11
Professional players crying about summer break. also professional players: invitational for 10k?? COME HERE!
2022-08-11 13:33
6 replies
you know that they started prac already right
2022-08-11 16:09
1 reply
yes but They cried that major quals start early so they dont have enough time to prac
2022-08-11 17:24
#94
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Ukraine ShimonSS
you know about sponsor contracts, right?
2022-08-13 13:40
3 replies
You know about free will, right?
2022-08-13 14:08
2 replies
#100
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Ukraine ShimonSS
what are you, 12 ?
2022-08-13 17:05
1 reply
They can either cry that they dont have time to scrim or play this, not both sry.
2022-08-13 17:09
#20
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Belgium Soldierce
nice, all teams on the same level
2022-08-11 13:34
What is this, 2015?
2022-08-11 13:35
again faze will throw 100%
2022-08-11 13:36
wth is this 10k? bruh just give it to some homeless guy who needs it more
2022-08-11 13:37
Guys with 20-50k/mo or even more play 10k event Kek
2022-08-11 13:57
3 replies
to buy snacks
2022-08-11 14:14
free money i guess
2022-08-11 16:52
#85
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Romania Ghostpawn
money for skins maybe
2022-08-12 09:12
ez4faze
2022-08-11 14:01
#31
rain | 
Norway ODJO
Last time I watched that tournament they had cobblestone and rain playing AWP. Looking forward to it
2022-08-11 14:01
#32
nAts | 
Europe pix3w
Ok? Can't wait for skade and other no name teams to be announced
2022-08-11 14:04
3 replies
sinners last
2022-08-11 18:51
2 replies
#66
nAts | 
Europe pix3w
Sinners are not a nn team imo
2022-08-11 18:55
1 reply
Yep they confirmed they'll play on FB
2022-08-11 19:42
BO1 semifinal?
2022-08-11 14:14
#35
roeJ | 
Turkey RV14
tricked 💀
2022-08-11 14:15
Imagine how ez 10k
2022-08-11 14:30
#38
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Finland AliSabid
interesting..
2022-08-11 14:44
Nice
2022-08-11 14:54
#41
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Sweden Hasklon
wow cant wait to see my favorite team play, tricked
2022-08-11 14:56
1 reply
xddd
2022-08-11 16:52
10k LOL
2022-08-11 15:43
Shitseries and their shit eq KEKW
2022-08-11 16:02
#49
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Germany who|cars
ez 4 lucky
2022-08-11 16:11
One day event with 2 games is a perfect warmup for the upcomming season. The money doesn't matter.
2022-08-11 16:17
Why though? 10k and you invite FaZe and OG? Sigh..
2022-08-11 16:31
2 replies
#91
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Sweden EnkeltLir
You do realize that Steelseries is sponsoring these teams and of a huge sponsor wants you to do something, you have to do it to keep getting sponsored. It’s marketing :)
2022-08-13 05:48
1 reply
Obv since its "Steelseries Nova blabla" But still. They could have made this a 100k or even 150k event.
2022-08-13 05:51
faze farming money
2022-08-11 16:51
FAZE will farm AND FRYING FISHES! Unless they throw this. Play MACHINE is best.
2022-08-11 18:19
Only 4 teams? Last one is Sinners
2022-08-11 18:38
Expected from FaZe to attend $10k events bcz even they know they can't replicate fluke wins like cologne in future t1 events.
2022-08-11 18:39
#65
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Sweden hxm__
10k LUL
2022-08-11 18:54
#71
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Hungary szia
Inviting the #1 team and the #70 team lol wtf is this
2022-08-11 19:45
#74
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Nepal Ekadeshcs
LMAOOO world number 1 team playing in a 10k tournament 🤣
2022-08-11 20:55
10k ? is this a joke
2022-08-11 21:03
Ez for Tricked
2022-08-11 21:34
finally a tournament for gold novas!
2022-08-11 21:35
#78
b1t | 
India Mr_UNX
Free money faze
2022-08-11 21:40
#80
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Taiwan Lolis_milk
Bruh..
2022-08-12 00:18
no team ever won cologne, kato, major and SteelSeries Nova Invitational))
2022-08-12 06:19
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