The Electronic Sports League (ESL) has announced the list of invited teams for IEM Dallas 2023, with Cloud9 not receiving an invite to defend their crown.
The top four teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive world rankings – G2 Esports, Heroic, Team Liquid and FaZe Clan – will take their place at the event in Dallas, Texas.
As well as being hungry for another trophy, FaZe Clan will have another chance to take out the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Grand Slam, if they don’t complete it in ESL Pro League Season 17 or the IEM Rio Major.
The LAN event will host 16 teams competing for a share of the $250,000 prize pool and the $100,000 winner’s cheque, combined with a spot at IEM Cologne 2023.
There will be three local hopes from North America, with the top hope being world no.3 Team Liquid, followed by world no.11 Complexity and the struggling Evil Geniuses, who received the ‘Local Hero’ invite.
FURIA and Outsiders were the only South American and CIS teams to be invited, with MOUZ and ENCE rounding out the invitations, the latter looking to go one better than last year after being beaten by Cloud9 in the grand final.
There is still one more invitation to be handed out based on the CS:GO ESL world rankings, so if one of the top 10 teams finish high up in ESL Pro League 17, we could see them get the last invitation.
The last five teams will have to qualify through closed qualifiers, with two coming from Europe and one each from North America, South America and Oceania, with those qualifiers set to be played in late March and early April.
Below is the list of teams attending IEM Dallas 2023:
- G2 Esports
- Team Liquid
- FaZe Clan
- ESL World Ranking
- European Qualifier
- European Qualifier
- Evil Geniuses
- North American Qualifier
- South American Qualifier
- Oceanic Qualifier
YOUR #IEM DALLAS 2023 INVITED TEAMS! 🇺🇸🦅@heroicgg @TeamLiquidCS @G2esports @FURIA @ENCE @Complexity
Outsiders@FaZeClan @mousesports @EGCSGO
5 teams from the regional closed qualifiers will also be joining them! pic.twitter.com/0SvH2FnyU7
— ESL Counter-Strike (@ESLCS) February 27, 2023