Natus Vincere have been invited to attend the ESWC finals next month, HLTV.org has learned.
Earlier on Sunday, the ESWC revealed that a slot in the CS:GO tournament had been reserved for Ukraine, and with the list of invitations having already been announced, many thought that it meant a Ukrainian qualifier was in the making.
However, HLTV.org has now learned that the Ukrainian spot will directly go to Natus Vincere, while the qualifier held by StarSeries will be reserved for Ukrainian and Russian teams only.
Over the next two weeks, there will be online and LAN pre-qualifiers held in Ukraine and Russian to determine which six teams will join HellRaisers and dAT Team in this regional qualifier, held from October 11 to 12.
Below you can find the list with the teams that have already qualified and with the qualifiers and affiliated tournaments that have been announced:
September 27 – Ukrainian online qualifier – one spot for the CIS qualifier
September 28 – Russian LAN qualifier (Moscow Cyber Stadium) – two spots for the CIS qualifier
October 4 – Russian online qualifier – one spot for the CIS qualifier
October 5 – Ukrainian LAN qualifier (Kiev CyberSport Arena) – two spots for the CIS qualifier
October 11-12 – Russian/Ukrainian qualifier (Kiev Cybersport Arena and Moscow Cyber Stadium, matches played online)