The group draw for ESL One Katowice 2015 has taken place, with the 16 participants having been drawn into four groups.
From March 12-15, 16 teams from all over the world will lock horns in the fifth community-funded major tournament in the history of CS:GO, with $250,000 up for grabs.
Eight teams – called legends – received direct invitations to the tournament after reaching the playoffs in the last major, DreamHack Winter, while the remaining participating sides – known as challengers – came from the offline qualifier that took place in Katowice two weeks ago.
Each group features two legends and two challengers, who will face-off in a double-elimination stage. The top two sides from each group will advance to the playoffs.
Virtus.pro won last year’s Katowice major
DH Winter champions EnVyUs have been drawn alongside fellow countrymen Titan in a group that also features PENTA and LGB, while NiP, who will attend the event with Aleksi “allu” Jalli as a ringer, will take on HellRaisers, Counter Logic Gaming and the former KaBuM team, now known as Keyd Stars.
Virtus.pro, who won the last edition of ESL One Katowice, will have to fend off competition from Team SoloMid, Cloud9 and 3DMAX, whereas fnatic will tackle Na`Vi, Vox Eminor and FlipSid3 Tactics.
Below you can find the draw in full:
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|fnatic||PENTA Sports||HellRaisers||Team SoloMid|
|Vox Eminor||LGB eSports||CLG||Cloud9|
|Flipsid3 Tactics||Titan||Keyd Stars||3DMAX|