IEM Katowice 2017 groups drawn

With the list of 12 teams attending IEM Katowice 2017 settled after the qualifiers which ended last Sunday, ESL have drawn the groups that will compete in the first stage of the competition.

After the invites were handed out to Virtus.pro, NiP, Astralis, SK, OpTic, Cloud9, FaZe, and North, and the qualification of Heroic, fnatic, Natus Vincere, and Immortals last week, the team list was completed and the groups ready to be assembled. 


New/old fnatic's last win together was at the Spodek in 2016

The $250,000 event, which will take place on March 1-5 at the Spodek Arena in Katowice—as has become a custom—, will boast a sold-out crowd filled to the brim with Polish fans.

After the draw, this is what the groups look like:

Red Group Blue Group
Denmark Heroic Brazil Immortals
CIS Natus Vincere Sweden fnatic
United States Cloud9 Sweden NiP
Denmark North Europe FaZe
Poland Virtus.pro United States OpTic
Brazil SK Denmark Astralis
GLHF fnatic!
2017-02-09 21:49
ez for vp, go polska
2017-02-09 21:49
ez-er for SK! Go Brasil!
2017-02-09 22:11
#260
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Slovakia YakuZaSvK 
HOW MANY TEAMS ADVANCES TO PLAY OFFS FROM EACH GROUPS?
2017-02-15 22:07
One by group.
2017-02-15 22:44
Oh wait! Two by group!
2017-02-16 02:21
#264
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Slovakia YakuZaSvK 
Thx
2017-02-16 20:17
#265
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Brazil c0nt 
The first-placed team from both groups will advance to the semi-finals while the second and third-placed teams from different groups will play a best-of-three in order to advance to the semis.
2017-02-20 23:04
+1
2017-02-11 08:06
+1
2017-02-11 13:33
#42
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United States ldKuKluxKlan 
+1
2017-02-09 21:49
eZaF 4 FaZe cuz NIKO
2017-02-09 21:50
Yeeee man
2017-02-10 14:11
RIP NIP
2017-02-09 21:50
EZI FOR NIP
2017-02-10 11:12
Ez Na'Vi
2017-02-09 21:51
#2
ayaya | 
Ireland skend 
EZ GODSENT
2017-02-09 21:49
Rigged. Btw, SK with felps will be unbeatable
2017-02-09 21:50
#127
ayaya | 
Ireland skend 
LUL teams refuse to play at event with godsent :( pussy teams scared
2017-02-09 22:04
lul godsent didn't qualify
2017-02-11 16:58
LUL
2017-04-15 01:54
NiP ofc the easiest group like ALWAYS
2017-02-09 21:49
dafuq none of these groups are easy
2017-02-09 21:49
Easiest of the two by far?
2017-02-09 21:50
lel no heroic<immortals navi<fnatic cloud9=nip North=FaZe VP=OpTic SK<Astralis
2017-02-09 21:51
#87
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Poland DominnX26 
Navi > Fnatic VP>>>Optic
2017-02-09 21:53
dafuq new/old fnatic is by days better than navi also static.hltv.org//images/flag/pl.gif
2017-02-09 21:54
#96
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Poland DominnX26 
i arent think that static.hltv.org//images/flag/nl.gif talking about cs lul
2017-02-09 21:55
jesus christ u guys from poland are stupid always get triggered when someone says shit about a polish team. thats why no one likes u people, also get hated alot in MM/faceit/esea u dont need to have a team to talk about cs :) u prob also talk about a sport even tho u are fat af or?
2017-02-09 21:56
ignore him, I would say group A is easier aswell, if you analyse the groups, on A only 3 teams are good(SK,Navi,VP) while North and Heroic are ok, and cloud9 is shit, while on group B we have fnatic, faze and astralis which are good, i would say NiP and Optic aswell but they have been a bit worse so I would say they are ok and I would say immortals is ok aswell, overall I feel like group B is more stacked because you can't know the outcome of it, while on A it feels like VP, Navi, SK will be the more dominant ones and it will be between them the top3 in groups.
2017-02-09 22:24
yes also group B is harder cuz u cant predict FaZe and OpTic
2017-02-09 22:26
+1 okay nobody knows how faze is going to perform in this tournament. they could top there group for all we know with the new frag power on the team. or they could totally bomb out in groups.
2017-02-10 06:56
-1
2017-02-10 11:06
±1
2017-02-10 13:56
VP=Optic 4Head xD EleGiggle
2017-02-09 21:54
Fnatic>Navi? Based on what results? VP>optic
2017-02-09 22:02
#161
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Romania Tise 
"VP = Optic" current Na'Vi < Current Fnatic LUL, nt.
2017-02-09 23:02
XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD m8, have you watched those teams playing? Why would you even compare them one-to-one? Na'Vi and SK are more dangerous than astralis and fnatic, though astralis has been playing great lately, fnatic hasn't shown up anything so far and it's pretty naive to expect they're gonna play as they used to. Na'Vi is in pretty great shape, SK with new line-up is going to show up. North with aizy is way more dangerous than any of teams left from group B, even faze with niko. What's more VP is clearly better than optic, nip and immortals, and heroic had some great plays lately. Group A is just harder
2017-02-09 23:51
heroic>immortals navi>fnatic cloud9=nip Nort>Faze VP>Optic SK<=Astralis
2017-02-10 00:04
lul FaZe>North immortals>heroic astralis>SK (for at least a few more weeks or month) smh nt mouz
2017-02-10 06:57
we will see. I think Heroic is the better team at the moment (good results lately) and North looked on point in the ESL match against fnatic
2017-02-13 13:51
u do remember vp played final in major and optic bombed out in the groupstage right?
2017-02-10 00:45
#95
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
By far? what planet are you on? Astralis are THE major champions. fnatic are THE best CSGO team to ever have existed. opTic are off form but still won 2 events at the ned of last year. NiP hae NiP magic and are totally unpreictable and FaZe might be playing with NiKo who is amongst the world's best players. Pretty fucking even groups if you ask me.
2017-02-09 21:54
#244
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United States Logic_CSGO 
+1
2017-02-11 02:11
#57
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Poland furleppe 
current NiP can lose to all teams in their group xd
2017-02-09 21:50
They will lose
2017-02-09 21:51
It's not going to matter anyways.
2017-02-09 21:50
That is the sad part with new NiP. Even though tournaament organisers give them the easiest group they still can't make it through the group stage.
2017-02-10 06:47
I cant see any easy group Stop crying silvers
2017-02-09 21:51
They wont get to the playoffs mark my words
2017-02-09 21:52
#6
Friis | 
Poland Austinn 
Ez for fnc
2017-02-09 21:49
#7
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Germany ChristallClear 
The hype is just not there, make it a major again pls
2017-02-09 21:49
#8
byali | 
Poland BYALl 
ez vp
2017-02-09 21:49
Red: 1. SK 2. VP 3. NaVi 4. North 5. Cloud9 6. Heroic Blue: 1. Astralis 2. Fnatic 3. OpTic 4. FaZe 5. IMT 6. NiP
2017-02-09 21:51
#78
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France Zaerea 
Faze with Niko is far better than Optic with Hiko but Optic can surprise they've been known for that
2017-02-09 21:52
dude every single fucking tournament optic does well it's a "surprise" optic wins t2 tournament over g2, "surprise" optic wins eleague, "surprise" optic gets to the final in ecs, "surprise" optic knocked out in groups in major, "expected" it's not surprising if you're just fucking good lmao
2017-02-09 21:54
#102
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France Zaerea 
Northern Arena was a surprise but they had quite a good run at ECS and at Eleague but Old Optic/Conquest had quite a few upsets agaisnt t1 na team
2017-02-09 21:56
#105
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
+1 Optic are a totally solid team although with limited time with hiko I think it's fair to say it will be more of a surprise this time if they do well.
2017-02-09 21:56
#153
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
idk man I really think Optic can suprise at IEM they have had some good suprises in the past like going out in groups, that was a suprise.
2017-02-09 22:44
Optic the surprise team
2017-02-15 17:03
lol hiko fangay. optic is shitters
2017-02-10 06:58
lmao and i bet you think faze top 1 mr 1 relevant player from my country?
2017-02-10 07:02
0 relevant players from canada. shroud washed rain top 1 2017
2017-02-13 23:41
im not canadian LOL
2017-02-14 01:59
Red: 1. SK 2. VP 3. NaVi 4. North 5. Cloud9 6. Heroic Blue: 1. Astralis 2. Fnatic 3. FaZe 4. IMT 5. Optic 6. NiP
2017-02-09 21:57
n1
2017-02-09 21:49
#15
Sweden fuq 
Cool!
2017-02-09 21:49
Rip red group kek
2017-02-09 21:49
n1
2017-02-09 21:49
xD
2017-02-09 21:49
#21
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Algeria FATALSki 
ez optic
2017-02-09 21:50
#22
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Kazakhstan Juandro 
nice
2017-02-09 21:49
#23
fer | 
Turkey MaskoN 
ez
2017-02-09 21:49
n1
2017-02-09 21:49
+1
2017-02-09 21:49
gg nip kappa
2017-02-09 21:49
glhf all
2017-02-09 21:49
#31
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Brazil klauz1337 
SK WINS
2017-02-09 21:49
#33
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Mexico JM2 
RIP C9
2017-02-09 21:49
crazy
2017-02-09 21:49
expected ez astralis #1 team 2017 & 2018
2017-02-09 21:49
#36
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Sweden Hampzuka 
Blue group tough, damn...
2017-02-09 21:49
astralis fnatic vp navi
2017-02-09 21:49
#38
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World noobiecssup 
n1
2017-02-09 21:49
#39
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Denmark lynguz 
stacked
2017-02-09 21:49
thicc
2017-02-09 21:49
ez Astralis
2017-02-09 21:49
faze vs vp final thank me later
2017-02-09 21:49
#46
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Spain azer1 
"as has become a custom"
2017-02-09 21:49
ez game
2017-02-09 21:50
#48
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Russia AR4ER 
nice
2017-02-09 21:49
#49
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France France98123 
NIP got "lucky", henry and chad are waiting for their paycheck tho
2017-02-09 21:49
That red group that spunge drew...holy shit VP, SK, North & Navi
2017-02-09 21:50
wtf is spunge
2017-02-09 22:45
holy shit..my bad bro...I mean spunj...the analyst :D
2017-02-09 22:46
oh, i see lol
2017-02-09 22:50
Yea so spunj was drawing the teams for group A and henry was drawing for group B (they named the groups Red and Blue respectively). Even henry agreed that Spunj drew an insane group :D
2017-02-09 22:53
great games are coming for sure. almost all top1 teams in one group. i think cloud9 and heroic have a pretty low chance in this group.
2017-02-10 04:08
I agree. Heroic has surprised us with some really good results recently but I don't see these 2 teams causing any trouble for the likes of vp,sk,navi & north.
2017-02-10 06:52
#53
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Turkey Rigney 
Every Katowices are best
2017-02-09 21:50
gud
2017-02-09 21:50
Legend says ez for ence
2017-02-09 21:50
BR final confirmed
2017-02-09 21:50
VP,SK,NaVi to advance from red group FNC,FaZe and astralis to advance too
2017-02-09 21:50
4 of each group so +North +optic
2017-02-10 14:54
#60
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Palestine hevCS 
Red group = death group
2017-02-09 21:50
Group A stacked as fuck,Group B shit as fuck
2017-02-09 21:50
#117
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
lol...idiot. C9 and Heroic are worse than every team in blue group. Astralis and fnatic are as good as ANY team in red group and optic/FaZe/NiP have all had just as many tournament wins and high finishes as fucking North or Na'Vi.....
2017-02-09 22:00
You must be joking lol. Going by current form,heroic can beat everyone apart from astralis probably. I voiced my opinion,you voiced yours,but we can clearly see whose opinion is "idiotic",especially when you are taking into account,past results from ages ago.
2017-02-09 22:02
[*] NiP
2017-02-09 21:50
RIP NIP
2017-02-09 21:50
1-5 April? Wtf? It's march, not april...
2017-02-09 21:50
Can they please put Nip and Fnatic in different groups..
2017-02-09 21:50
Red Group is pretty tough, blue group has at least 3 bot teams ....bad draw
2017-02-09 21:51
Cloud9 and Heroic?
2017-02-09 21:53
C9 is the only bot team there in the red group.Heroic can beat a few teams of the other group pretty easily.
2017-02-09 21:55
Without a fifth?
2017-02-09 21:56
You can never underestimate how bad nip optic immortals faze fnatic can be,if they want to. They will probably find a 5th by the time katowice happens...
2017-02-09 21:57
fnatic?
2017-02-09 21:58
They can be bad,if they want to,didnt say that they will be. They did lose both games quite badly yesterday
2017-02-09 21:59
Mirage is Norths best map and overpass can be tough if you're unpracticed.
2017-02-10 01:23
April? Hltv wrooooong
2017-02-09 21:51
#77
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Poland dziad5 
go go Fnatic
2017-02-09 21:52
sk vp navi astralis faze fnatic
2017-02-09 21:52
#80
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Russia rainsjer 
ez for FaZe
2017-02-09 21:52
rip VP rip NIP
2017-02-09 21:53
How many teams will advance to the playoffs from each group?
2017-02-09 21:53
3 I think. first place straight to semi,2/3 place quarter.
2017-02-09 21:56
#111
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
4 i guess
2017-02-09 21:58
Would be much better(especially for viewers),but last year was as I wrote above
2017-02-09 22:02
RIP Faze tier 3 team
2017-02-09 21:53
#88
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Brazil houghzinhu 
go brazil!
2017-02-09 21:53
#90
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Other VladimirLucas 
stacked groups will be round robin, Spunj said
2017-02-09 21:54
Nice im more hyped for this than the major! :D
2017-02-09 21:54
no g2 :( GL FNATIC
2017-02-09 21:54
too much pressure for them
2017-02-09 22:46
#100
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Denmark AtomAlf 
It's in March, not april
2017-02-09 21:55
RIP NIP
2017-02-09 21:56
i need replies pls reply :D
2017-02-09 21:57
These group seedings are sick ! Good job on who did them ! First time I see stable groups in BIG lans
2017-02-09 21:58
where is supateam?
2017-02-09 21:58
Blue group for sure will advance astralis, faze and fnatic; But the Red group i don't know. Everything is possible. It will an amazing event for sure.
2017-02-09 21:59
NIP in RED SK , NAVI or VP in BLUE Groups would be balanced
2017-02-09 22:01
#Factz
2017-02-09 22:01
#122
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Poland Hell2k 
Where are french teams hehe
2017-02-09 22:02
rip cloud
2017-02-09 22:03
#128
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Sweden zl1ze 
even groups
2017-02-09 22:05
#130
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Thailand hahahoha 
nice pirize pool
2017-02-09 22:07
c9 with VP IN GROUPS again and again and again and again... ALWAYS
2017-02-09 22:08
lol red group is far better than group A(only astralis there lmao)
2017-02-09 22:08
Hey noobs there´s a thing called SWISS SYTEM, USE IT!!!
2017-02-09 22:10
#135
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United States SN1iCKERS 
navi is gonna win it
2017-02-09 22:12
can you tell me how many teams will make it to playoffs?? 3?
2017-02-09 22:12
3, the First place of each group go Direct to the semifinals, and the 2/3 fight for 2 more spots in the semifinals.
2017-02-09 22:16
EZ SK
2017-02-09 22:17
ez c9
2017-02-09 22:19
red > blue by far
2017-02-09 22:20
GL Virtus.Pro!
2017-02-09 22:22
once again astralis <--> optic :))
2017-02-09 22:23
#145
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France kennySsSsS 
Red Group: 1.SK 2.NaVi 3.VP Blue Group: 1.Astralis 2.fnatic 3.Immortals
2017-02-09 22:27
#147
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Finland Hunajaperse 
gl FaZe, fnatic, North and VP =)
2017-02-09 22:39
#149
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Venezuela xoile 
imagine g2 for Heroic oh no waiit!!
2017-02-09 22:42
Red Group: 1. NaVi 2. SK 3. VP Blue Group: 1. Astralis 2. Fnatic 3. faZe
2017-02-09 22:42
rip cloud9
2017-02-09 22:43
#159
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United States SjD 
4 of the 5 worst teams in 1 group lol
2017-02-09 23:00
#160
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United States SjD 
Red: Na'Vi VP C9 (yes) Blue: fnatic Astralis FaZe
2017-02-09 23:02
It's not summer. C9 won't advance.
2017-02-10 01:26
#162
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
ELeague Major - OpTic in the same group as Astralis DH Las Vegas - OpTic in the same group as Astralis IEM Katowice - OpTic in the same group as Astralis FeelsOpTicMan
2017-02-09 23:09
good groups!
2017-02-09 23:11
#164
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Poland mamba99999 
ez VP
2017-02-09 23:15
Hard R RIP
2017-02-09 23:17
Pretty stacked event
2017-02-09 23:19
A: SK, VP, North B: ASTralis, fnatic, Immortals
2017-02-09 23:32
OPTIC LUL
2017-02-09 23:36
#171
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Brazil hugoooo 
Red has the best teams (VP/SK/North/Na'Vi). Only Astralis is missing. Anyways, I love this two groups format, because the groups are always insane.
2017-02-09 23:37
Finally a tournament with a good crowd!
2017-02-09 23:49
cloud9 gays pls uninstal csgo =/ bcse no chance
2017-02-09 23:50
#176
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Poland ramones1 
gl to all teams, but #GOFNATIC and #FAZEUP
2017-02-09 23:52
Two groups of death. That's the result of all these reshuffles.
2017-02-09 23:51
Optic vs C9 Finals.
2017-02-09 23:55
#183
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Russia grEminence 
LUL
2017-02-10 00:18
#266
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Singapore derpydm 
no its g2 vs envyus finals wtf are u talk about
2017-02-25 12:18
Group A is tough
2017-02-10 00:06
#181
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Let's go BRAZIL! We can do it boys! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-02-10 00:07
So ez for NIP
2017-02-10 00:18
red NAVI SK North pink Fnatic Astraliz Haze
2017-02-10 00:32
jeez these groups are stacked bois
2017-02-10 00:32
to ez for nip blue scene
2017-02-10 00:40
SPEEL FAZE BACKWARDS that's what katowice 2017 will be for them
2017-02-10 00:43
Old Fnatic Good Fnatic
2017-02-10 00:50
#191
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
2 or 4 teams from each group advance to playoffs? Why there's no info about it in this article?
2017-02-10 00:51
3 teams advance. The 1st place goes straight to the semis, while the 2nd and 3rd meet up in the quarters.
2017-02-10 01:27
ez c9
2017-02-10 01:32
FaZe eZ win. Mark my worms
2017-02-10 01:34
go c9
2017-02-10 02:29
Red: 1. North 2. Navi 3. VP 4. SK 5. Heroic 6. C9 Blue: 1. Faze 2. Fnatic 3. Imortals 4. Astralis 5. Nip 6. Optic 100% All in
2017-02-10 02:53
These predictions are dumb
2017-02-10 04:39
yeah, only mine is 100% accurate
2017-02-10 12:00
#229
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Brazil Charizaldo 
Sponsored by: Thorin Predictions™
2017-02-10 12:24
C9 so unlucky
2017-02-10 04:05
What format are they using? Double elim? Swiss? Round Robin?
2017-02-10 04:34
probably round robin
2017-02-10 07:19
Fnatic will not get past groups
2017-02-10 04:38
#210
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Taiwan SCVready 
C9 with the hardest group again :( RIP C9
2017-02-10 04:48
#220
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Luxembourg alex24 
so easy for fnatic only astralis will be hard for them, but if device chokes as usual, still easy for fnatic
2017-02-10 08:55
Usual? LoL mate! Deve chocked in the final, but was for sure the reason they got to the final. And if he chock....still have gla1ve and kjaebye. Astralis is full of potential.
2017-02-13 11:42
FaZe is very lucky. They have solid chance to get second place after Astralis on their group.
2017-02-10 09:18
#222
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Russia RomJkeH 
Blue Group o_O
2017-02-10 09:40
EZ4ENCE ez for allu
2017-02-10 09:55
That first group though... LOL :D
2017-02-10 11:40
nip again won't pass through the group stage?:D
2017-02-10 14:40
shockingly, NiP got the easiest group.
2017-02-10 14:52
expected FaZe blue group
2017-02-10 15:45
#238
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Europe duke` 
strange to see more danish teams than swedish ones.
2017-02-10 18:35
#240
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Sweden MrIgnii 
Love u NA but thats RiPepperonis
2017-02-10 19:48
#241
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France Erakis 
3 teams, wp Denmark.
2017-02-10 19:49
n1
2017-02-10 20:46
#243
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Germany jonko 
GO VP! Ihr packt es!
2017-02-11 01:40
VP takes Red Group. Astralis takes Blue Group
2017-02-13 11:39
this tournament looks sick. anyone know the format?
2017-02-13 11:42
#254
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Finland ginbay 
Gl blue group (even tho i like red color)
2017-02-13 11:43
#256
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
RIP Immortals
2017-02-13 14:36
Proponuje powtórke z 2014 roku :D
2017-02-16 20:15
ez vp
2017-02-25 12:19
#269
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Kyrgyzstan Red_John 
ez for fnatic
2017-02-28 13:13
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