The Ninjas in Pyjamas will be attending the upcoming ESL One Katowice 2019. The team has made a lot of news recently with their star-studded lineup. They made it to the playoffs of most of the recent tournaments. They placed 4th at the first Dota 2 Major of the Dota Pro Circuit Season, The Kuala Lumpur Major. NIP lost to Evil Geniuses 1-2 in the Lower Bracket Round 5. Prior to this event, they also won the GG.Bet Invitational tournament.
Peter Dager, who is the captain of the team has put together a formidable lineup of players. The full lineup includes players like Fate, Ace, Saksa and 33 in addition with PPD. However, the team was not playing with their full lineup at the Kuala Lumpur Major. The team did use Mind_control as a stand-in for the tournament. Despite using Mind_Control as a stand-in, they did have a very comfortable finish at the tournament. In addition to the prize pool of $350,000 they also secured 1,350 Dota Pro Circuit points. These points will help them in their qualification process for The International Shanghai 2019.
NIP receive an invite to The international 2019.
— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) November 27, 2018
The Swedish team has received an invite to The International 2019. ESL One Katowice will take place from the 19th – 24th February 2019 at the Spodek Arena. It is one of the most well-known esports events. It covers not only Dota 2 but CS:GO and multiple other titles as well. Team Secret already received an invite yesterday. This takes the total number of invited teams till now to 2 teams.
— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) November 26, 2018
The tournament will see a total of twelve teams in participation. Eight teams will receive direct invites and the remaining four will come via the four regional qualifiers. There is one regional qualifier for each of Europe, South East Asia, China and North America. You can buy the tickets to the event here.