Natus Vincere will be appearing in Poland for what would be their sixth LAN appearance in the season.
The CIS region is making a comeback, with teams like Team Spirit and Team Empire providing solid competition in the area, but more notably with Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro bringing in QP into the region. Most recently, Na `Vi has just received a direct invite for ESL One Katowice this coming late February. This will be Na `Vi’s sixth LAN appearance for the season, as they have also qualified for ESL One Genting.
Another CIS team would still make it to ESL One Katowice, as six more teams out of the sixteen competing will be qualifying to represent their respective regions. So far, Katowice will feature VP, Team Secret, Team Liquid, Newbee, Mineski, Evil Geniuses and Vici Gaming. The eight direct invites were based on the top eight teams based on QP at the end of DreamLeague Season 8 back in December.
The last two teams to complete the sixteen team tournament are yet to be announced, with speculations revolving around awarding extra slots to some regions.
ESL One Katowice will be holding 300 QP as what is usual for a Minor, and will have a total prize pool of $1,000,000.
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