ESL have been busy all over social media generating hype for their Intel Extreme Master Katowice event and the huge PUBG Invitational taking place. Today they announced three of the nine invited teams and the dates/format for the qualifiers.

The first team invited, from the EU region, FaZe Clan
The first team invited, from the EU region, FaZe Clan (Image by IEM on Facebook)

FaZe acquired the Gorilla Core PUBG team in November of last year and have since won Auzom Premier League Season 1 and came in a close fourth place in the Intel Extreme Masters Oakland 2017 event, right behind another one of the invited teams Ghost Gaming.

  • Adrian 'Haxete' Blom
  • Anssi 'mxey' Pekkonen
  • Jere 'Jembty' Kauppinen
  • David 'Fuzzface' Persson
The second team invited, also from the EU region, Team Vitality
The second team invited, also from the EU region, Team Vitality (Image by IEM on Facebook)

The French team that competed as 'against All authority' were signed to Team Vitality back in December after winning the Intel Extreme Masters Oakland 2017 by a landslide 1620 points to seconds place's 1385. Expect good things from this squad as they attempt to repeat their performance at the last Intel Extreme Masters PUBG Invitational.

  • Yoan 'Shadow1k' Lingrand
  • Romain 'Shiv' Hermann
  • Benjamin 'oraxe' Lartigue
  • Matthieu 'mOnKeY' Ribiere
The third team invited, from the NA region, Ghost Gaming
The third team invited, from the NA region, Ghost Gaming (Image by IEM on Facebook)

Ghost Gaming stepped into the world of PUBG in September, picking up four young talents. The squad was first tested at Intel Extreme Masters Oakland 2017 where they were able to capture third place, narrowly missing out on second by 10 points, Ghost showed they were a force to be reckoned with.

  • Austin 'Austin' Khamsisavatdy
  • Gavin 'Definelegit' Lawrence
  • Kevin 'Miccoy' Linn
  • Magno 'Pr0phie' Ramos
The dates and format of the Open & Closed Qualifiers
The dates and format of the Open & Closed Qualifiers (Image by IEM on Facebook)

In both Europe and North America there will be an Open Qualifier with maximum 512 team spots. The Open Qualifier’s purpose is to find 8 teams which will compete in the Closed Qualifier. In South America we will find 1 team through an Open Qualifier with maximum 256 teams. The best team of the Open Qualifier will secure a spot for the main event.

In the Closed Qualifier, we will have 8 pre-invited teams waiting for the 8 teams from the Open Qualification. From the Closed Qualifier we will find the 3 best of Europe and the 3 best of North America which will go to the main event at IEM Katowice.

Saturday - 20-01-2018

  • EU Open Qualifier Day 1
  • NA Open Qualifier Day 1
  • SA Open Qualifier Day 1

    Sunday - 21-01-2018

  • EU Open Qualifier Day 2
  • NA Open Qualifier Day 2
  • SA Open Qualifier Day 2

    Saturday - 27-01-2018

  • EU Open Qualifier Day 3
  • NA Open Qualifier Day 3
  • SA Open Qualifier Day 3

    Sunday - 28-01-2018

  • EU Closed Qualifier
  • NA Closed Qualifier
  • SA Open Qualifier Day 4

    To enter the Open Qualifier, visit ESL Play.