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ESL have revealed the eighth team for their showpiece event in Katowice’s Spodek — Forward Gaming will take to the stage as North America’s direct invite to ESL One Katowice 2019.

Led by captain Avery 'SVG' Silverman and featuring Roman 'Resolut1on' Fominok, Yawar 'YawaR' Hassan, Saahil 'Universe' Arora and Arif 'MSS' Anwar, the former VGJ.Storm have enjoyed a positive start to life following their founding after The International 2018. They won the North America edition of the King's Cup, before a top-eight finish at ESL One Hamburg 2018.

A disappointing showing at The Kuala Lumpur Major followed, before the side secured their place at The Chongqing Major by finishing second in qualifying to their former parent organisation, J.Storm.

With that, ESL completes its invited lineup for ESL One Katowice 2019. Of the eight teams invited so far, four are from Europe — and with one more to come from qualifiers it’s a top-heavy event for the host region. There will be two teams each from China, North America and Southeast Asia, with one from South America making up the twelve.

The teams will be competing for the lion’s share of a $300,000 USD prize pool, and takes place from 19-24 February — with the main event from Katowice’s Spodek arena on the weekend of 22-24 February.

The other direct invites to ESL One Katowice 2019 are Team Secret, Ninjas in Pyjamas, OG, paiN Gaming*, Fnatic, Alliance, and Team Aster.

Was your team invited? Are you happy with the list?

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