EPICENTER: Moscow viewer's guide

With the $500,000 contest knocking on the door, we have compiled all the information you need to keep up with the event in our viewer's guide, including the groups, schedule, and talent.

Moscow, Russia will play host to the eight-team, week-long EPICENTER: Moscow which will start on the seventeenth of October and will last until the twenty-third.

The event features four of the five best teams in our ranking—SK, Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere, Dignitas—and will determine whether the Brazilians will stay as the number one team or the Poles will take over.


Virtus.pro will be in Moscow

The group stage with two groups of four will have a best-of-two, round-robin format which ensures teams will play against each opponent in their group.

The top team from both groups will move on to the playoffs while the second and third-placed teams from different groups will face each other in order to qualify for the playoffs. The groups will be played off-stage and will last for three days.

Here are the groups:

Group A Group B
France G2 Poland Virtus.pro
Sweden NiP Brazil SK
CIS Natus Vincere  Sweden fnatic
Denmark Dignitas Europe HellRaisers

After a two-day break, 14,000-seater indoor VTB Ice Palace will host the knockout and playoff stages. Saturday will feature the playoff qualification matches while the semi-finals and grand final will be on Sunday.

The schedule for EPICENTER: Moscow can be found below:

Monday, October 17th
12:00 Poland Virtus.pro vs. Brazil SK BO2
15:00 CIS Natus Vincere vs. Denmark Dignitas BO2
18:00 Sweden fnatic vs. Europe HellRaisers BO2
21:00 France G2 vs. Sweden NiP BO2
Tuesday, October 18th
10:00 Poland Virtus.pro vs. Europe HellRaisers BO2
13:00 Sweden NiP vs. Denmark Dignitas BO2
16:00 CIS Natus Vincere vs. France G2 BO2
19:00 Brazil SK vs. Sweden fnatic BO2
Wednesday, October 19th
10:00 France G2 vs. Denmark Dignitas BO2
13:00 Brazil SK vs. Europe HellRaisers BO2
16:00 CIS Natus Vincere vs. Sweden NiP BO2
19:00 Poland Virtus.pro vs. Sweden fnatic BO2
Saturday, October 22nd
11:00 Group A #2 vs. Group B #3 BO3
14:00 Group B #2 vs. Group A #3 BO3
Sunday, October 23rd
11:00 Semi-final #1 BO3
14:00 Semi-final #2 BO3
17:00 Grand Final BO3

Here is the full talent lineup:

United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson - Host

Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunović - Analyst
Norway Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl - Analyst
Finland Joona "natu" Leppänen - Analyst

Denmark Anders "Anders" Blume – Commentator
United States Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat – Commentator
Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett – Commentator
United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer – Commentator

The cash prize will be distributed among the participants followingly:

1. $250,000
2. $100,000
3-4. $40,000
5-8. $15,000

While you wait for the event to start, you can read our preview and interviews:

Russia EPICENTER: Moscow preview by Milan "Striker" Švejda
Russia Interview with EPICENTER organizer Alexander "Lexx" Zavoloka
Slovakia STYKO: "Have to man up and deliver" 
Sweden GeT_RiGhT: "Maikelele has grown a lot"
Sweden twist: "I will be calling at next events"

You can visit our event page if you want to find more details about EPICENTER: Moscow.

BenjaCS is a staff writer at HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter.

Finland Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
188
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Denmark Anders 'Anders' Blume
Anders 'Anders' Blume
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
United States Auguste 'Semmler' Massonnat
Auguste 'Semmler' Massonnat
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
108
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.77
Maps played:
13
KPR:
0.50
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Norway Halvor 'vENdetta' Gulestøl
Halvor 'vENdetta' Gulestøl
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
8
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.20
Will be an interesting tournament for sure. Can't wait to see if Natus Vincere will live up to the expectations in Moscow. Also excited to see the form of Virtus Pro.
2016-10-16 20:38
no thanks, Pasha
2016-10-16 20:36
GO NINJAS
2016-10-16 20:37
I was close :OOOOOO
2016-10-16 20:36
#27
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United States r0seCS 
Please refrain from hunting for first comment and focus instead on reading the news. Irrelevant and offtopic comments will be deleted. This behaviour is not welcome and will be severely moderated.
2016-10-16 20:41
n1
2016-10-16 20:36
#4
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Turkey FaZe|XANTARES 
a
2016-10-16 20:36
vp will lose all games, cuz its vp rofl
2016-10-16 20:37
WAAHHJAxXAXaxXAAHAHAHAHAWHWHAHWHAHAHA!!! epic joke xDxDx XDDDxD 199/10
2016-10-16 21:06
#6
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Netherlands TsunamiCow 
ez for nip
2016-10-16 20:36
I'm so slow man
2016-10-16 20:36
VP will finish top8 in this event for sure. So will HR. EZ STYKO: "Have to man up and deliver" 9 bomb incoming
2016-10-16 20:38
a
2016-10-16 20:36
ok
2016-10-16 20:36
#11
frz | 
Poland m0unTaiN 
Very nice!
2016-10-16 20:37
not first
2016-10-16 20:36
Group A: NiP, NaVi/Dig Group B: SK, VP
2016-10-16 20:38
#24
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Russia r4jkkYNWA 
The top team from both groups will move on to the playoffs while the second and third-placed teams from different groups will face each other in order to qualify for the playoffs. The groups will be played off-stage and will last for three days. N A B R A I N
2016-10-16 20:39
478
2016-10-16 20:36
RIP HR
2016-10-16 20:36
papa da beast
2016-10-16 20:36
ezvp
2016-10-16 20:37
EZ for Maikelelelelelele
2016-10-16 20:38
I see that semmler is back. Anyone know where he was? And also, why Natu? Pick someone else, but not him.
2016-10-16 20:39
#26
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Poland Redrumowy 
Why VP matches are always on the worst time? VP - SK match should get prime time, not 10:00 when no one can watch it.
2016-10-16 20:40
fuck vendetta
2016-10-16 20:43
#29
vsm | 
Brazil pajuno 
n1
2016-10-16 20:46
#30
France yvo 
HR ? oO
2016-10-16 21:01
#32
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
Alexander "Lexx" Zavoloka is latvian fix plz vk.com/azavoloka
2016-10-16 21:18
zLex is Kazah wtf ur want bro
2016-10-16 21:26
#34
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Switzerland Sylleo 
;) >_>
2016-10-16 21:40
navi, dig, vp, sk to playoffs
2016-10-16 22:08
semi finals and final the same day? cmon...
2016-10-16 22:18
#37
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Finland Hunajaperse 
gogo NaVi & VP <33 :>
2016-10-16 22:26
#38
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Poland cGev 
Rip Thorin ;(
2016-10-16 22:30
#48
Lithuania LuXe 
tought the same :D
2016-10-17 09:32
#39
World m4x3 
Finally anders and semmler is back as one duo!
2016-10-16 22:31
photos from epicenter with teams and casters media.epicenter.gg/en/77/ want to be there D:
2016-10-16 22:33
#50
Lithuania LuXe 
HR are visibly poor team :D :D
2016-10-17 09:44
#41
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Poland mamba99999 
And again final on the same day as semi-finals.
2016-10-16 22:39
finally a proper scheduled tournament for EU get fucked Americans
2016-10-17 01:48
#46
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Luxembourg alex24 
monday event... nice one putin...
2016-10-17 08:01
ez vp pz
2016-10-17 08:13
BO2 or 2xBO1? Still not the same. BO1 on match pages, BO2 here...
2016-10-17 09:42
#51
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Germany jonko 
Goo VP!
2016-10-17 11:17
I'm so excited, and already pissed that thursday and friday I'll have to work or some shit.
2016-10-17 11:23
Alex not doing very well
2016-10-18 13:09
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