WESG 2016 World Finals viewer's guide

January 11th, 2017 15:11

With WESG 2016 World Finals set to start, HLTV.org brings you a detailed viewer's guide with all the information about the format, groups, schedule and broadcasting talent.

WESG 2016 World Finals presented by AliPay will feature 23 instead of 24 teams due to GODSENT deciding to not attend the tournament at the last minute. The attending teams will be split into four groups and will play best-of-two matches in a round robin format.

XANTARES' Space Soldiers could make a deep run at WESG 

When all the group stage matches are played, the first-placed teams from each group will advance directly to the quarterfinals, while the second and third-placed teams will face other second and third placed teams from other groups in the round-of-16.

The tournament will run from January 12-15, with the last day being reserved for the semi-finals, the third place decider match and the grand final.

With GODSENT pulling out of the tournament, the groups will be as follows:

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Russia .Russia Kazakhstan K23 Turkey Space Soldiers United States Selfless
Poland Virtus.pro Chile rEAK Thailand Signature Malaysia JYP
Brazil TeamOne Finland iGame.com Poland Kinguin Turkey DarkPassage
Sweden Epsilon Colombia Colombia China FIVE Mexico QuetzaL
Canada subtLe China VG.CyberZen South Africa Bravado China TyLoo
France EnVyUs Hong Kong ENZO Sweden GODSENT Ukraine Ukraine

The attending teams will be fighting for their share of a top-heavy $1,500,000 prize pool, which will be distributed in the following way:

1. $800,000
2. $400,000
3. $200,000
4. $60,000
5-8. $10,000 

The full schedule of the event can be found below:

Thursday, January 12th
04:30 United States Selfless vs. China TyLoo BO2
04:30 Malaysia JYP vs. Ukraine Ukraine BO2
04:30 Turkey DarkPassage vs. Mexico QuetzaL BO2
04:30 Turkey Space Soldiers vs. Thailand Signature BO2
04:30 Poland Kinguin vs. China FIVE BO2
04:30 Sweden GODSENT vs. South Africa Bravado BO2
06:30 Russia .Russia vs. Poland Virtus.pro BO2
06:30 Brazil TeamOne vs. Sweden Epsilon BO2
06:30 Canada subtLe vs. France EnVyUs BO2
06:30 Kazakhstan K23 vs. Chile rEAK BO2
06:30 Finland iGame.com vs. China VG.CyberZen BO2
06:30 Colombia Colombia vs. Hong Kong ENZO BO2
08:30 Turkey Space Soldiers vs. Poland Kinguin BO2
08:30 Thailand Signature vs. South Africa Bravado BO2
08:30 China FIVE vs. Sweden GODSENT BO2
08:30 United States Selfless vs. Malaysia JYP BO2
08:30 Turkey DarkPassage vs. Ukraine Ukraine BO2
08:30 Mexico QuetzaL vs. China TyLoo BO2
10:30 Kazakhstan K23 vs. China VG.CyberZen  BO2
10:30 Chile rEAK vs. Hong Kong ENZO BO2
10:30 Finland iGame.com vs. Colombia Colombia BO2
10:30 Sweden Epsilon vs. France EnVyUs BO2
10:30 Poland Virtus.pro vs. Canada subtLe BO2
10:30 Russia .Russia vs. Brazil TeamOne BO2
12:30 Poland Kinguin vs. Sweden GODSENT BO2
12:30 Thailand Signature vs. China FIVE BO2
12:30 Turkey Space Soldiers vs. South Africa Bravado BO2
12:30 United States Selfless vs. Ukraine Ukraine BO2
12:30 Malaysia JYP vs. Mexico QuetzaL BO2
12:30 Turkey DarkPassage vs. China TyLoo BO2
Friday, January 13th
04:30 Sweden Epsilon vs. Canada subtLe BO2
04:30 Russia .Russia vs. France EnVyUs BO2
04:30 Poland Virtus.pro vs. Brazil TeamOne BO2
04:30 Kazakhstan K23 vs. Hong Kong ENZO BO2
04:30 Chile rEAK vs. Finland iGame.com BO2
04:30 Colombia Colombia vs. China VG.CyberZen BO2
06:30 China TyLoo vs. Ukraine Ukraine BO2
06:30 Malaysia JYP vs. Turkey DarkPassage BO2
06:30 United States Selfless vs. Mexico QuetzaL BO2
06:30 Turkey Space Soldiers vs. China FIVE BO2
06:30 Thailand Signature vs. Sweden GODSENT BO2
06:30 Poland Kinguin vs. South Africa Bravado BO2
08:30 Poland Virtus.pro vs. France EnVyUs BO2
08:30 Brazil TeamOne vs. Canada subtLe BO2
08:30 Russia .Russia vs. Sweden Epsilon BO2
08:30 Kazakhstan K23 vs. Colombia Colombia BO2
08:30 Chile rEAK vs. China VG.CyberZen BO2
08:30 Finland iGame.com vs. Hong Kong ENZO BO2
10:30 China FIVE vs. South Africa Bravado BO2
10:30 Turkey Space Soldiers vs. Sweden GODSENT BO2
10:30 Thailand Signature vs. Poland Kinguin BO2
10:30 United States Selfless vs. Turkey DarkPassage BO2
10:30 Malaysia JYP vs. China TyLoo BO2
10:30 Mexico QuetzaL vs. Ukraine Ukraine BO2
12:30 China VG.CyberZen vs. Hong Kong ENZO BO2
12:30 Kazakhstan K23 vs. Finland iGame.com BO2
12:30 Chile rEAK vs. Colombia Colombia BO2
12:30 Russia .Russia vs. Canada subtLe BO2
12:30 Poland Virtus.pro vs. Sweden Epsilon BO2
12:30 Brazil TeamOne vs. France EnVyUs BO2
Saturday, January 14th
04:00 Four Round of 16 matches BO3
07:00 Quarter-finals #1 and #2 BO3
10:00 Quarter-finals #3 and #4 BO3
Sunday, January 15th
04:00 Semi-finals #1 and #2 BO3
07:00 3rd place decider BO3
11:30 Grand Final BO3

To break down the matches, WESG has secured the services of the Room On Fire analyst trio Joona "natu" Leppänen, Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl and Janko "YNk" Paunović, while the play-by-play and color commentary will be done by Tom "Tombizz14" Bissmire and Mohan "launders" GovindasamyTonya Predko, known for her work with StarLadder, will be the host for the main stage matches.

The following talent will be present at the event:

United Kingdom Tom "Tombizz14" Bissmire - Caster
Canada Mohan "launders" Govindasamy - Caster

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

Ukraine Tonya Predko - Host

Professeur writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter.

Finland Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Joona 'natu' Leppänen
No team
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Norway Halvor 'vENdetta' Gulestøl
Halvor 'vENdetta' Gulestøl
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Canada Mohan 'launders' Govindasamy
Mohan 'launders' Govindasamy
No team
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Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
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2017-01-11 15:11
rain | 
Belgium PanicJesus 
2017-01-11 15:12
Brazil wdks 
2017-01-11 15:11
Kazakhstan Juandro 
nice group A
2017-01-11 15:13
Finland f0pZ 
GOD natu
2017-01-11 15:11
Poland ksk111 
Who will play when godsent is out?
2017-01-11 15:12
2017-01-11 15:42
2017-01-11 17:21
Poland ksk111 
So thats kinda fucked.
2017-01-11 21:47
ez for TyLoo
2017-01-11 15:12
Finland f0pZ 
that group will be easy 4 pelitalo
2017-01-11 15:12
Croatia WhoIsRolezk1 
Yh let's give easy groups for europeans and forget Asia... Retard event. #RUNKINGUIN
2017-01-11 15:12
Denmark DanishDelight 
What do you Mean. Did u want all Europeans in same group, to make sure one asian team gets out of group?
2017-01-11 15:42
Croatia WhoIsRolezk1 
Why not? Asians can see who is best at bigger LAN event :) Same with Major, put challengers and legends into different groups so legend status would have some value and legends can see who is worth the title
2017-01-11 15:58
Denmark DanishDelight 
Then you would get nothing out of having legend status, except facing all the best teams at next major? :)
2017-01-11 16:15
Croatia WhoIsRolezk1 
Well you need to prove you are worth legend status? Ik it sounds crazy but if you put challengers to fight first before going to against legends it would show are they actually worth it Also there should be more teams at major, make it like 32 team event 8 per group also only 8 legends
2017-01-11 16:18
Czech Republic SteveCZ 
Why? Even now out of the 16 at least 4 are trash to watch, probably more
2017-01-11 18:06
Croatia WhoIsRolezk1 
lol, you talk trash about teams that want to be top level but are not ready yet? Why you watch if you hate?
2017-01-11 18:07
Czech Republic SteveCZ 
If they're not ready, they have no place to be in a major, simple. The less teams, the more special event it is to attend
2017-01-11 18:11
Croatia WhoIsRolezk1 
They qualify for it so... and no, noone wants 1h events lmfao
2017-01-11 18:12
Denmark DanishDelight 
I do agree that it could be nice to make sure one asian team gets out of groups in such a big lan in asia, but you cannot give advantages to some teams like that, would not be fair
2017-01-11 16:18
Croatia WhoIsRolezk1 
Yh i agree, but they could use that idea as beginning, and make it to be fair game for everyone :)
2017-01-11 16:19
MUTiRiS | 
Portugal antCB 
that shit makes no sense. That's why football teams for example fight to win Group Stage... They want 1st place to play against 2nd place from other groups, cause it's technically easier. or group format would be of no use.
2017-01-11 23:15
Envyus,Virtus Pro,Epsilon, .Russia "EASY GROUPS"
2017-01-11 18:14
North America TGAC 
Probably should remove Godsent's matches.
2017-01-11 15:13
Virtus Pro vs Kinguin - final inc
2017-01-11 15:13
Nt, igame in final 100% sure
2017-01-11 15:43
lul xD
2017-01-11 15:44
Who ?
2017-01-11 16:06
Team what won vp couple months ago
2017-01-11 16:09
Oh so they are strong ! Maybe they can win major ? Oh wait... didnt qualify :)
2017-01-11 16:13
Mad kurwa :Dd
2017-01-11 16:40
Croatia WhoIsRolezk1 
Mad finn*
2017-01-11 18:08
bubble | 
Bulgaria xdn1 
2017-01-11 15:13
Predro OMG
2017-01-11 15:13
NiKo | 
Austria Phil_1337 
Godsent play vs Bravado and Space Soldiers?
2017-01-11 15:14
BASiC | 
Macedonia Gombos_N 
godsent decided to not attend the tournament
2017-01-11 15:43
NiKo | 
Austria Phil_1337 
2017-01-11 15:48
Croatia WhoIsRolezk1 
hltv.org/news/19595-godsent-to-miss-wesg Srsly they should get banned from WESG for going away just few hours before tournament starts :/
2017-01-11 15:59
NiKo | 
Austria Phil_1337 
Srsly? NOOO!!!
2017-01-11 16:00
Just imagine. Epsilon winning 800k$. SS winning 800k$. What is this lan. Plz VP or nV win this. We don't want another s***** fanboys community on hltv.
2017-01-11 15:15
who cares if somebody wins 800k this tournament carries very little "value" only trash teams.
2017-01-11 15:21
Yeah you are right, but all the xantares fanboys will become like brazilians if SS won this lan. Even if it means nothing :/
2017-01-11 15:22
800k means nothing? wtf
2017-01-11 16:00
Croatia WhoIsRolezk1 
No cuz it's not Major, if you think even 60% of those "Brazil people" are from brazil or even SK fans, damn u are blind, they are just trying to make SK look bad...
2017-01-11 16:01
Turkey onat 
lul this tournamet carries a value of 1,500,000 dolars lul
2017-01-11 18:48
SpawN | 
Europe daboxD 
2017-01-11 15:16
World Tillt 
They should move a good Group A team to Group C.
2017-01-11 15:17
Luxembourg alex24 
if VP win this.. they will attend the major just as viewers :D WESG #1 place = 800k ELEAGUE Major #1 place = 500k
2017-01-11 15:20
Difference is Major 100 Times more viewers and way for important because of the opposing teams. Nobody is going to care about the WESG winner...
2017-01-11 15:22
World cl^ 
the org with 800k prize will care
2017-01-11 15:48
Macedonia kamco 
haha vp org omg im jelly
2017-01-11 18:12
i think VP cant win this tournament
2017-01-12 22:49
2017-01-11 15:31
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
2017-01-11 15:32
BASiC | 
Macedonia Gombos_N 
k23 lineup?
2017-01-11 15:44
Dima | 
Russia Wypper 
keen fantastika dream ramz1k fitch
2017-01-11 15:50
Denmark DanishDelight 
Damn we didnt even have a tier4 team that could qualify for this :(
2017-01-11 15:49
PL have two terams tier 999 that qualify :)
2017-01-11 16:16
Denmark DanishDelight 
So poland has one tier1 and rest is tier999? Edit: ah u Mean poland only have tier999 teams :)
2017-01-11 16:20
What a shitty event for such a huge prize pool Retarded
2017-01-11 15:53
Sweden wyv0 
eZ 800k for virtus.pro lol
2017-01-11 16:03
wow amazing prize
2017-01-11 16:11
2017-01-11 16:19
cmon xantares get that 800k$ to turkey no more economic crisis ez
2017-01-11 16:56
Brazil raizenbirlg 
2017-01-11 17:09
Argentina Sunnie 
Can anyone confirm if all South American teams already traveled to China? Thanks :D
2017-01-11 17:10
apEX | 
Brazil XEMBAO 
2017-01-11 17:14
Croatia WhoIsRolezk1 
Everyone came day before i think
2017-01-11 18:13
What gonna happen to bet skins if there is a draw is group stage?
2017-01-11 17:16
They will give money back
2017-01-11 17:25
Group A! Haha Why put the 4 best teams of the tournament in The same group?!? Haha
2017-01-11 17:16
ez money for VP!
2017-01-11 17:17
woxic | 
2017-01-11 17:18
2017-01-11 17:51
homesent has spot on major.. Xantares will go? :)
2017-01-14 16:21
2017-01-11 17:53
Lets Go Lantares
2017-01-11 18:52
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
800000 $ for tier 3-4 tournament :S
2017-01-11 18:56
NEO | 
Poland snakemtt 
Let's go Tonya!
2017-01-11 19:07
United States regnant 
2017-01-11 19:30
Ez for Pablo Escobar
2017-01-11 20:17
Norway LolUFailed 
y3y3y i can see 1 match at wesg the grand final :p
2017-01-11 21:44
fer | 
Turkey MaskoN 
nice pic xantares ]]
2017-01-11 23:22
ez4 XANTARES' spice girls let's go reak!
2017-01-12 02:30
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