Today IEM released a bunch of information about the IEM Katowice 2020 event in February including all of the direct invites and all of the invites for the regional Closed Qualifiers in Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania.

IEM Katowice 2020 direct invites
IEM Katowice 2020 direct invites

First up is the direct invites. We already knew that Fnatic (DreamHack Malmo), Astralis (IEM Beijing), and mousesports (EPL Odense) were going to be attending due to qualification in the months leading up to this. Alongside them they get the top North American teams in Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid and the top Oceanic team with 100 Thieves.

Rounding out the invite list is the brand new Kazakh roster that Virtus.Pro is fielding, the French upstarts Team Vitality, s1mple and co. from Natus Vincere, and whatever will be left of Ninjas in Pyjamas.

This is every single S-Tier, A-Tier, and B-Tier team from our last CSGO Tier Rankings, so they are not truly surprising. The inclusion of VirtusPro (fka. AVANGAR) is probably the most perplexing part.

The full list of invited teams is:

  • Logo for mousesports mousesports
  • Logo for 100 Thieves 100 Thieves
  • Logo for Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses
  • Logo for Astralis Astralis
  • Logo for Fnatic Fnatic
  • Logo for Ninjas in Pyjamas Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Logo for Natus Vincere Natus Vincere
  • Logo for Virtus.pro Virtus.pro
  • Logo for Team Vitality Team Vitality
  • Logo for Team Liquid Team Liquid
IEM Katowice 2020 Europe Closed Qualifier teams
IEM Katowice 2020 Europe Closed Qualifier teams

Next is the Europeans, who are the only region to have Open Qualifiers. They will be joined by C-Tier teams; G2 Esports, FaZe Clan, Heroic, and ENCE. Finishing off the invites for the European Closed Qualifier is a duo of Polish teams in Illuminar Gaming and ARCY.

The full list of invited teams is:

  • Logo for FaZe Clan FaZe Clan
  • Logo for G2 Esports G2 Esports
  • Logo for ENCE eSports ENCE eSports
  • Logo for Illuminar Gaming Illuminar Gaming
  • Logo for ARCY ARCY
  • Logo for Heroic Heroic
IEM Katowice 2020 North American Closed Qualifier teams
IEM Katowice 2020 North American Closed Qualifier teams

First up for the Americans is two Brazilian lineups in MIBR and FURIA, who are both ranked in C-Tier, followed closely by another Brazilian side in INTZ, who resides in D-Tier. After that it really is a field full of new rosters with Cloud9 recently picking up ATK, compLexity completely rebuilding, Gen.G just entering CSGO and two rather unproven sides in Riot Squad (fka. Bad News Bears) and Chaos (fka. Ben's Anime Team).

The full list of invited teams is:

  • Logo for MIBR MIBR
  • Logo for FURIA eSports FURIA eSports
  • Logo for Cloud9 Cloud9
  • Logo for compLexity Gaming compLexity Gaming
  • Logo for INTZ e-Sports INTZ e-Sports
  • Logo for Riot Squad Esports Riot Squad Esports
  • Logo for Chaos Esports Club Chaos Esports Club
  • Logo for Gen.G Gen.G
IEM Katowice 2020 Oceania Closed Qualifier teams
IEM Katowice 2020 Oceania Closed Qualifier teams

The only team from the Oceanic Closed Qualifier to appear on our CSGO Tier Rankings is Renegades who sit in D-Tier and are the clear favorites in this qualifier. They are joined by a recently shaken up ORDER, AVANT, and Ground Zero who might stand a chance at upsetting the kings. Finally the team list is rounded out with Mountain Dew League teams; PC419, SYF, and Airborne.

The full list of invited teams is:

  • Logo for Renegades Renegades
  • Logo for ORDER ORDER
  • Logo for Avant Gaming Avant Gaming
  • Logo for PC419 PC419
  • Logo for Ground Zero Ground Zero
  • Logo for SYF Gaming SYF Gaming
  • Logo for ex-Genuine Gaming ex-Genuine Gaming
  • Logo for Airborne Esports Club Airborne Esports Club
IEM Katowice 2020 Asia Closed Qualifier teams
IEM Katowice 2020 Asia Closed Qualifier teams

The Asian qualifiers seem to always be the TYLOO show, but this time they have some good competition. They have the erkaSt-lead AUGUST as well as ViCi Gaming and OneThree, who both have former TYLOO members on the roster. Lastly we also have Alpha Red from Thailand, Rising-Stars from China, Mazaalai from Mongolia, and Bren Esports from the Philippines.

The full list of invited teams is:

  • Logo for TyLoo TyLoo
  • Logo for Vici Gaming Vici Gaming
  • Logo for AUGUST AUGUST
  • Logo for Alpha Red Alpha Red
  • Logo for Rising-Stars Rising-Stars
  • Logo for OneThree.TSG OneThree.TSG
  • Logo for Bren Esports Bren Esports
  • Logo for Mazaalai Mazaalai