ESL Impact will kick off 2023 women's circuit in Katowice; invites revealed*

ESL Impact Katowice will take place at the IEM Expo and will be open to all fans, free of charge.

Women's CS will return to the Polish city of Katowice in 2023 for the first time in four years with ESL Impact Katowice kicking off the second year of ESL Impact. The standalone tournament will give way to two online seasons of ESL Impact League and their LAN finals in Dallas, Texas, USA, and Hanover, Germany.

Four teams have already been invited to the opening event of the year: Nigma Galaxy, CLG Red, FURIA fe and HSG fe, and they will be joined by four more teams hailing from qualifiers in Europe, North America and South America.

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The ESL Impact 2023 opening tournament will run alongside the ESL Pro Tour Championship, IEM Katowice, on February 10-12. It will also mark the first time women's CS will be played in the Polish city since Intel Challenge was canceled in 2020, the yearly occurrence that started in 2015 and had become one of the top showcases, if not the crown jewel, of the women's scene.

Nigma Galaxy won all three titles in the first year of ESL Impact

Nigma Galaxy's Ksenia "⁠vilga⁠" Kluenkova and CLG Red's Mounira "⁠GooseBreeder⁠" Dobie are two of the hard-hitters in past editions that have been invited to Katowice, where they have already lifted trophies. The Russian 31-year-old and her team were no doubt first in line for an invite, having won everything in 2022, and will be fighting to extend their hegemony in 2023. The North Americans struggled, on the other hand, with two 5-6th place finishes and a 3rd-4th in the opening ESL Impact LAN event this year.

Another team that made waves in the first year of ESL Impact is FURIA fe, who secured them the South American invite after finishing every ESL Impact event of 2022 in second place. None of the players in the Brazilian squad have pedigree in Katowice other than Gabriela "⁠GaBi⁠" Maldonado, who finished fourth in 2018 with Keyd fe, but it could well be where they once again try and make a move to dethrone the Nigma Galaxy three-peat champions.

The final invite, which went to an Asian team, was handed to HSG fe. Spearheaded by veterans Ramona "⁠gfi⁠" Azween Binti Zaharuddin and SinMan "⁠Hazel⁠" Fong, the squad made it to the final event of 2022, ESL Impact League Season 2 Finals, where they were knocked out by FURIA fe in the semi-finals.

The open qualifiers for ESL Impact Katowice will take place on December 14-18 in Europe, North America and South America (links to register are at the bottom of the article), with the top two teams from Europe and one from each of the Americas regions going through to the event in Poland.

The tournament will be played in the IEM Expo area at the MCK, right next to the Spodek Arena, and an underground corridor from the Spodek to the MCK will be open for fans attending IEM Katowice. The entrance to the IEM Expo itself is free of charge and open to all, however, so fans will be able to watch ESL Impact even if they do not hold IEM Katowice tickets.

The team list so far is:

Europe Open Qualifier
Europe Open Qualifier
North America Open Qualifier
South America Open Qualifier

Check out the ESL Impact Katowice page for more information.

Canada Mounira 'GooseBreeder' Dobie
Mounira 'GooseBreeder' Dobie
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
194
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
Russia Ksenia 'vilga' Kluenkova
Ksenia 'vilga' Kluenkova
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
269
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
Brazil Gabriela 'GaBi' Maldonado
Gabriela 'GaBi' Maldonado
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
78
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
Hong Kong SinMan 'Hazel' Fong
SinMan 'Hazel' Fong
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
45
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
Malaysia Ramona 'gfi' Azween Binti Zaharuddin
Ramona 'gfi' Azween Binti Zaharuddin
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
26
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
Pog
2022-12-08 15:15
3 replies
tier 1 tournament
2022-12-08 17:52
1 reply
Free win for nigma balls
2022-12-09 00:19
ez for NiKo
2022-12-09 20:14
just give vilga trophy already
2022-12-08 15:19
1 reply
7licious
2022-12-08 17:05
#6
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Nepal Ekadeshcs
Why there is an NA qualifier when they are dead last every time meanwhile asia has no qualifier...
2022-12-08 15:20
4 replies
#9
m0NESY | 
Sweden Trshd
Asian invite wtf
2022-12-08 15:23
#13
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Indonesia nouser
HSG fe already invited and thats the only csgo fe team in asia rn unfortunately since all go to VaLULrant
2022-12-08 15:26
2 replies
#17
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Nepal Ekadeshcs
there are a few chinese teams and after watching EG I can tell you they are WAY better than that lul
2022-12-08 15:28
1 reply
#22
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Indonesia nouser
of course i know that but they're the only legit team rn while others are still just 5 stacks. Are those stacks better than NA? highly likely.
2022-12-08 15:30
Yet again another Easy bucks for Nigma, mb VP womens will qualify
2022-12-08 15:32
4 replies
Straight up, it's way too easy for them. I don't think they've dropped a map in Impact since Dallas
2022-12-08 18:01
2 replies
#107
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Finland iamjoe
they definitely have dropped maps, just not to women
2022-12-09 17:18
1 reply
"in Impact"
2022-12-09 18:01
#82
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Sweden Niloist
Looking forward to someone challenging them.
2022-12-08 21:28
#32
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United States cr4zy_m3
Prize Pool?
2022-12-08 15:58
5 replies
tba
2022-12-08 17:25
100k
2022-12-08 17:53
#76
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United States Zedsamcat
200k total
2022-12-08 20:19
10 dolar starbucks giftcard
2022-12-09 07:29
1 reply
That's a solid pool.
2022-12-09 08:21
no wasted spot going to south africa. good stuff.
2022-12-08 16:09
nice go women
2022-12-08 16:40
They could have invited Navi as it's in Poland
2022-12-08 17:26
OMG I CANT WAIT
2022-12-08 17:39
EZ 4 NIGMA
2022-12-08 17:58
vilga ez mvp
2022-12-08 18:12
wasted spots
2022-12-08 18:41
I'll watch
2022-12-08 18:45
Why support tournaments that exclude people? I'd rather watch tournaments that are open to anyone good enough to play.
2022-12-08 19:09
8 replies
Exclude who?
2022-12-08 19:43
5 replies
#74
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United States 1Tuurtle
He's making a joke about how there are Female only events but no male only events
2022-12-08 19:49
4 replies
isnt male only events same as normal tournaments? whats the difference
2022-12-10 18:55
3 replies
#118
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United States 1Tuurtle
Normal events have no gender requirements. Anyone can play, there is no such thing as a male only event in cs. The issue is that there are no female teams/players capable of competing at these events
2022-12-10 19:45
2 replies
thats exactly what im saying. normal events are like male only events, so why do u need separate male only events?
2022-12-11 13:01
1 reply
#120
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United States 1Tuurtle
I dont think anyone here is looking for male only events. #71 is simply making a joke
2022-12-11 16:51
Very dumb take
2022-12-09 08:22
+1 Hltv should stop covering sexist tournaments that excludes a certain gender like this one
2022-12-09 12:52
#72
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Hungary szia
BIG EQUIPA #1
2022-12-08 19:37
#75
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Brazil hugoooo
CLG Red doesn't deserve a invite at all... actually let's be honest, only Nigma and FURIA deserves, they play all the finals.
2022-12-08 19:50
1 reply
true I watched them play and I am 100% certain that faceit level 10 would win against them
2022-12-09 00:41
#77
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Hungary H0bbesCS
i guess these tournaments actually do more harm for the general view of gamer women than good...just a laughing stock for anyone as they play like LEMs on their biggest lan events. just my opinion tho
2022-12-08 20:29
2 replies
#84
SPUNJ | 
Switzerland NtroP
They've resulted in a dozen high-profile signed teams, so the evidence very much disagrees with this
2022-12-08 22:13
I was watching a woman CSGO match once. One of the players had a molly burning at her feet. She looks down, throws a nade, and killed herself. I laughed so hard, then watched something else. They are so much worse than LEMs.
2022-12-09 05:33
Only 2 slots to fill for eu and there are teams like astralis, navi, big, cph, nofear5 and other upcoming orgless teams. Thats kinda harsh. If they dont add more slots we could see big orgs dropping their rosters. This will only hurt the female scene.
2022-12-08 21:02
wow hltv has only deleted 50 out of 79 replies
2022-12-08 21:06
Good for women cs
2022-12-08 21:26
#81
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Sweden Niloist
Nice!
2022-12-08 21:28
who cares
2022-12-08 22:34
Ez 4 olga
2022-12-08 23:33
how is this league sustainable without viewers or entry fees? I don't get it
2022-12-09 01:56
3 replies
the power of friendship
2022-12-09 05:41
Most likely they get money from men’s league. Just like in pretty much any other women’s sport.
2022-12-09 12:51
1 reply
CS all but dead in some regions but apparently there is buckets of money to pour into this
2022-12-09 15:13
Elige’s girl friend will join! Aka the goosebreeder.
2022-12-09 04:05
1 reply
What nooo I tought she was my bae how I cheer for her now
2022-12-09 14:21
What about Navi Fe?
2022-12-09 06:14
Ez for walde
2022-12-09 06:18
Wait, why did my comment get deleted? WTF I just asked and Im serious about this: Are the teams allowed there to play 3 women 2 men ?!
2022-12-09 11:52
Impressive, very nice. Let’s post their faceit/esea pages.
2022-12-09 12:47
No NaVi Javelins. Sad :(
2022-12-09 12:53
EZ 4 Kat 😎
2022-12-09 17:37
kitchen contest? kekw watching csgo female is like women football 🤡🤡🤡 a few years ago U16 college boys team won 12-0 vs Australia female national football team. so probably any lvl10 faceit stack from fin/swe/danish will destroy any female team that plays in this tournament.
2022-12-10 14:23
Good for them I hope all the women in the e-sports scene support the event and all go watch it if they want to.
2022-12-10 18:57
#121
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Portugal 7sson
Good Luck Big Equipa and Navi Javelins
2022-12-12 13:06
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