Fnatic onboard for ESL One Katowice 2019
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Fnatic has received the fifth direct invitation for ESL One Katowice 2019 this winter.
ESL One Katowice 2019 is shaping up to be quite the prestigious event with a solid lineup of the best teams around the world. The latest addition hails from the SEA region.
Fnatic was the first of two teams in the region to claim a place at the upcoming Chongqing Major and have already racked up points in the DPC after their 7-8th place finish at Kuala Lumpur Major. The season is just getting started, but so far the Malaysian based team is already proving to be a formidable opponent and competitor.
Eight teams will receive direct invitations to the group stage. Team Secret was the first team to receive an invite as the defending champions with NiP receiving the second invitation. TI8 champions, OG, have already confirmed their appearance as the fourth invited team is none other than paiN Gaming. With Fnatic's invite, there are only three more invitations left.
The remaining four spots will be up for grabs through regional open qualifiers in Europe, North America, China, and Southeast Asia. The open qualifiers kicked off this last weekend with a few teams such as compLexity Gaming, Team Spirit and Team Empire claiming slots in the closed qualifiers. The regional team invites have not yet been announced and are expected to take place next week.
February 19-24th, 12 of the world’s best Dota 2 teams will be competing for a $300,000 prize pool. The group stage is set to take place from February 19-21th, followed by the main event in the Spodek Arena from February 22-24th. Once again, the ESL tournament will not be part of the DPC events for the new season.