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ESL unveils seven direct invites to Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2020

Published: 19:35, 06 January 2020
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ESL, Katowice tournament

ESL have unveiled the seven direct invites for the upcoming Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2020 tournament, and the list promises some hard competition ahead, with Liquid, Evil Geniuses and Vitality joining the existing teams on the list.

The tournament needs no introduction to anyone following the competitive gaming scene, be it Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or other games, and this year's version hopefully gives us more memorable moments. Judging by the lineup, it looks like it will. 

First three of the previously confirmed teams are fnatic, Astralis and mousesports, having earned their spots at the event by winning DreamHack Masters Malmo, IEM Beijing and ESL Pro League S10 competitions, respectively. 

Liquid and Evil Geniuses have also been confirmed, which means that according to ESL's ratings at the time of writing - Katowice 2020 will feature all of the top 5 CS: GO teams in the world.

Vitality, 100 Thieves, Natus Vincere and Ninjas in Pyjamas have also been directly invited, all of them sitting in ESL's top 10, although in the other half of the ladder. Last but not least is 

Fans of FaZe needn't worry, at least not right away, because even though they were not directly invited, they still have a chance to win their place through the qualifiers. 

The full list of teams for IEM Katowice 2020:

  • Astralis
  • mousesports
  • Vitality
  • Natus Vincere
  • NiP
  • EU Qualifier
  • EU Qualifier
  • EU Qualifier
  • fnatic
  • Liquid
  • Evil Geniuses
  • 100 Thieves
  • NA Qualifier
  • Asia Qualifier
  • Oceania Qualifier

ESL Crowd cheering at ESL's IEM Katowice tournament ESL, IEM Katowice

IEM Katowice 2020 takes place in the Spodek Arena in the titular city in Poland, from 28 February to 1 March, when 16 teams will be competing for a $500,000 prize pool. Obviously, ESL's aren't affecting their esports output, because everything so far seems to be business as usual. 

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