StarSeries S3 Finals seeding revealed

The seeding and the first pairings of the swiss system group stages at SL i-League StarSeries Season 3, which is due to kick off in Kiev next week, have been revealed.

The teams attending the LAN finals, which will take place at the Palace "Ukraina" In Kiev on April 4-9, have been divided into four pools, with the teams from the first and fourth pools playing each other, and the teams from the second and third doing the same.

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4
CIS Natus Vincere Denmark North Sweden fnatic United States CLG
Denmark Astralis Kazakhstan Gambit France G2 China 5POWER
Poland Virtus.pro Europe FaZe Europe HellRaisers China TYLOO
Brazil SK Sweden NiP Brazil Immortals Korea MVP Project

With the teams in Pools 1 and 2 being invited, and the teams in Pools 3 and 4 having made it through qualifiers, this means the invited teams will be playing teams who made it through the qualifiers in the first round of matches.


The Palace "Ukraina" will once again host the StarSeries finals

The tournament will then continue with teams with the same record facing each other until the final eight teams are left standing. The first match-ups are:

Denmark Astralis vs. United States CLG
Poland Virtus.pro vs. Korea MVP Project
Brazil SK vs. China TYLOO
CIS Natus Vincere vs. China 5POWER
Sweden NiP vs. France G2
Denmark North vs. Brazil Immortals
Europe FaZe vs. Europe HellRaisers
Kazakhstan Gambit vs. Sweden fnatic

The last eight teams will then go on to play a single elimination best-of-three playoff for the lion’s share of $300,000, which will be distributed as follows:

1. - $125,000
2. - $50,000
3-4. - $25,000
5-8. - $10,000
9-11. - $6,000
12-14. - $4,000
15-16. - $2,500 

#2
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Czech Republic damaboss 
Ez for NiP imo
2017-03-29 18:01
+1
2017-03-29 18:17
can be hard tho, faze and gambit are kings of bo1 lol
2017-03-30 00:25
Agree, faze win 9/10 bo1 in tournament's
2017-03-30 14:45
#3
shox | 
Estonia Noverr 
Nice
2017-03-29 18:00
#6
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Switzerland Jubei 
TYLOO GO ahahahha not rigged tournament, always tyloo vs sk everytime, seems legit
2017-03-29 18:00
~Suddenly, DH Masters Malmo memories come to your mind~
2017-03-29 18:11
#63
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Switzerland Jubei 
I dont mean that sk is a huge team, its just the fact that its always tyloo vs sk first map, never tyloo vs clg or some low team like that :P Tyloo win easy with zhoking
2017-03-29 18:14
#77
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World mackzim 
thats because of the seeding pools logically pool #1 have priority over others so they get weaker oponents. what im not getting here is how they distributed teams on pools since nip won last season
2017-03-29 18:24
Probably by HLTV rankings.
2017-03-29 18:47
All pools distribution is made on the start of the season (right after major), using power rankings on that moment. 1-2 pool is filled by invited teams, 3rd and 4th by qualified.
2017-03-29 19:05
The 1st and 2nd pools are filled with invited teams, 3rd and 4th with qualifying teams. When they see NiP, they were like "nah they won't win this season they sucks lol" but they have to invite them since they are the winner last year so they put them on the last on the second pool. See the huge Kappa there.
2017-03-30 09:32
#9
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Singapore Prawblems 
rip mvp project
2017-03-29 18:01
#35
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Myanmar Lemo2K 
Rip vp
2017-03-29 18:03
#10
jks | 
United States Mirbo1 
yes
2017-03-29 18:00
#11
Latvia kjyy 
ez 4 tyloo
2017-03-29 18:00
#12
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Belgium Hjawesomme 
POOL 4 LUL
2017-03-29 18:00
#49
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Croatia mds818 
top tier cs teams only allowed in it.
2017-03-29 18:08
two chinese, 1 na
2017-03-30 00:39
#149
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Croatia mds818 
well thats what im telling you about,top tier...look at those godlike stats from tyloo...ez win
2017-03-30 00:40
no NA = top tier thats what I mean
2017-03-30 00:51
#151
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Croatia mds818 
...nah,na is the best mate.
2017-03-30 00:52
lol
2017-03-29 18:00
gg
2017-03-29 18:00
I thought these we the groups and i was like man what the fuck
2017-03-29 18:00
Same i thought it was sk navi astralis and vp playing each other in a group and i was like you got to be joking xD
2017-03-29 18:04
i did too before reading lol i almost freaked out! :D
2017-03-31 12:30
pool 4 :D
2017-03-29 18:00
#18
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Japan MashiroK 
Pool 4 WTF EDIT: OK pool 3 and 4 is a joke
2017-03-29 18:01
what do you mean
2017-03-29 18:03
#42
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Denmark Kanstrup 
its pools, not groups.. they're seeded 1-4 its not group 4 that is shit
2017-03-29 18:04
#153
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Japan MashiroK 
ye I didn't read all of it first i just looked at the pools and assumed they were groups :)
2017-03-30 01:50
RIP VP
2017-03-29 18:00
Pool 1 Pool of Death PogChamp
2017-03-29 18:00
The 4th pool tho
2017-03-29 18:00
#23
Poland mxj_ 
Ez for TempoStorm
2017-03-29 18:00
#24
chrisJ | 
Germany Sebi5 
Wtf is pool 1
2017-03-29 18:01
#101
s1mple | 
Austria Arezcs 
? the 3 best teams plus Navi? what is bad about pool 1? the only team that would deserve pool 1 more would be Faze IMO
2017-03-29 18:58
#103
chrisJ | 
Germany Sebi5 
sry i missunderstand it i thought it were groups an they have to face each other
2017-03-29 18:59
#25
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Italy cespu^ 
What is the pool 4 .-.
2017-03-29 18:01
#26
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Poland Astoner55 
Group 1 vs group 4... group 4 has no chance... nice seeding :<
2017-03-29 18:01
#54
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Poland DzonPrice 
thats not groups
2017-03-29 18:10
#110
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Poland Astoner55 
Can you read? Lul, group 1 is matched vs group 4. Look at the group 1. Look at the group 4. How is CLG or MVP supposed to win with the likes of Astralis, VP, SK, Navi? Top kek...
2017-03-29 19:40
#123
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Poland DzonPrice 
nvm xD
2017-03-29 20:28
They are not, the worst teams should face the best teams. Why should crappy teams get easy match ups? They don't deserv a free pass. The best 8 teams should end up in playoffs, and no team in pool 4 deserves to be there!
2017-03-29 21:55
#138
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Poland Astoner55 
I bet VP and Na'Vi would lose to NiP, g2, Fnatic, or even Gambit. But despite their low form, it's almost impossible for t5 teams to upset VP and Na'Vi. Teams from group 2 and 3 would have a high chance of upset against every team from group 1. But it looks like organisers really want teams with the biggest fanbases in playoffs... like... 5power? MVP project? TyLoo without their best player? CLG...? No upset potential at all. And that's why group stages are usually so boring.
2017-03-29 23:13
But it's not a group stage, it's a Swiss format. That is just the first match, after that teams with the same record faces each other. So good teams will play good teams and bad teams will play bad team already in the second game.
2017-03-30 00:14
#162
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Poland Astoner55 
Oh.... so in the end it's not so retarded :D
2017-03-30 07:14
#146
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Australia Zer0_Gravity 
can you read? group 1 only plays group 4 for the first round and then you play against whoever has the same win-loss record as you for the rest of the swiss system group stage
2017-03-30 00:30
VP,Astralis/FaZe,Gambit/Fnatic,G2/CLG,TyLoo Anyways, Pool 4 is retarded
2017-03-29 18:01
navi > faze, north LUL
2017-03-29 18:01
#29
shox | 
United Kingdom DeKo^ 
wow thats insane, NiP vs G2
2017-03-29 18:01
#30
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Sweden Div-\ 
g2 unlucky :/
2017-03-29 18:02
rofl, they'll smash nip
2017-03-29 18:15
Yeah top tier G2 can't even win an online game xD
2017-03-29 18:17
#72
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Sweden Div-\ 
Don't think so. NIP in honeymoon period with draken, while G2 struggling to get some kind of form.
2017-03-29 18:18
G2 are in form now, they have like a 6 game winning streak or something
2017-03-31 15:51
#31
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Europe kvbb 
Ez4ez
2017-03-29 18:02
ez for fnx.NTC.. didico of csgo !!
2017-03-29 18:02
Ez 4 Brazil
2017-03-29 18:02
Pool 1 vs Pool 3 and Pool 2 vs Pool 4 is the way it should have been for closer games if you wanted invited teams to meet qualified.
2017-03-29 18:03
We are using slaughters pairs method, same as was used on Major, where #1 meets #4 and #2 meets #3.
2017-03-29 18:05
Noice
2017-03-29 18:04
group 4 lmaooo
2017-03-29 18:04
it's not a group dude
2017-03-29 18:25
Good format
2017-03-29 18:04
#43
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
again fnatic vs Gambit omggg
2017-03-29 18:05
#46
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Russia rainsjer 
loool NavI pool 1 FaZe pool 2 ahhahah fucking Ukraine
2017-03-29 18:06
#91
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United Kingdom MansNotHot 
thought the same
2017-03-29 18:29
#133
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Sweden ConaN007 
Retarded? These are not the groups.. can you even read?
2017-03-29 22:47
Group 4 is just unreal
2017-03-29 18:07
he cant read expected from brazil
2017-03-29 18:11
no bntet feelsbadman
2017-03-29 18:07
I like this seeding system, seems everything fair
2017-03-29 18:09
Event in Ukraine ---- NaVi vs random chinese team
2017-03-29 18:09
SK vs. TyLoo byebye favelas
2017-03-29 18:10
#58
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Israel Aarod 
Pool 1 lol, this is way too crowded.
2017-03-29 18:11
NiP vs G2 meanwhile Virtus Pro vs MVP. lol
2017-03-29 18:12
legit pool hahahah
2017-03-29 18:13
#62
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United Kingdom Lightning_DC_ 
Didn't know they were doing Swiss groups, looking forward to it. This slightly favours teams who have smaller map pools as there's no Bo3's, so don't be surprised if there's a few unlikely teams who get hot quickly and get out of groups.
2017-03-29 18:13
#64
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France t3r4byt3 
1st match winners Astralis (ez top 1) Virtus.pro (plow too strong for kpop) Project SK (no BnTeT, no win) Natus Vincere (who tf are 5POWER?) NiP (2ez4draken) Immortals (fnx gonna school some noobs) FaZe (GOD allu) fnatic (ez aimlock)
2017-03-29 18:14
5POWER is the team that beat eFuture.dk and another good chinese team I think.
2017-03-29 18:16
#68
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France t3r4byt3 
that was TyLoo, but still ez for Na'Vi when Na'Vi got upset last StarSeries, we already knew about TyLoo and their infamous upset soo yeah
2017-03-29 18:17
Yeah I know bo1 ez for NaVi
2017-03-29 18:25
#84
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France t3r4byt3 
especially Swiss, twice they've gone 3-0 now
2017-03-29 18:27
#170
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Ukraine martnlo1 
No fnatic, Fnatic are bots
2017-03-30 12:42
pool 1 should've been sk-astralis-vp-north/faze navi pool 2 and nip pool 3 Only place navi would've got pool 1 is in, wait, Ukraine. Fuc*ing biased!
2017-03-29 18:15
1 and 2 pools were formed according to power rankings on the start of the season (Right after the Major). Na'Vi was much more stronger on that moment than FaZe or North.
2017-03-29 18:21
#79
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Ukraine ravenous150 
ty panda
2017-03-29 18:25
Oh, that makes sense then. Ty
2017-03-29 22:50
hmm your explanation makes no sense! invites to S3 were revealed Feb 22nd, and at that time Navi was 5th, ranked below Astralis, VP, SK and North (No way Navi is pool 1) Now you're saying that the seedings were done after the major (I'm assuming Eleague major that ended in Jan 29th). In the rankings released on Jan 30th Navi was ranked 9th, below Faze, North and even NIP and Fnatic) No fuc**ing way Navi is pool 1. Can we just say that it's chouvinistic bias?!?!
2017-03-30 17:44
Invites were figured out and confirmed on 14th of February. If you will check rankings (which was not the main rating source) on 13th of February, you will find answer.
2017-03-30 18:55
Agree 100%, even Fnatic deserves a seed 2 more then NiP atm. And either North or FaZe a seed 1 over Na'Vi.
2017-03-29 22:49
gl
2017-03-29 18:19
The tournament will then continue with teams with the same record facing each other until the final eight teams are left standing. is a Swiss system in place then?
2017-03-29 18:26
For easier introduction of this system you can check this image: static.hltv.org/images/galleries/1693-fu..
2017-03-29 18:28
okay so it's a Swiss system. ty very much
2017-03-29 18:29
Pool 1 SUPER TIER 1 Pool 2 Tier 1/2 Pool 3 Tier 2 and G2 Tier 5 Pool 4 Tier 50000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
2017-03-29 18:26
#190
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Hungary PURE_JOJ 
NaVi SUPER TIER 1 I aren't think that (im a navi fan that's painful)
2017-04-03 19:43
Is this rigged? Pool 4 teams are just awful compared to the other teams, basically pool 1 teams start with 1 free win :p.
2017-03-29 18:26
thats the point of a seeded swiss system
2017-03-29 18:28
Well, last tournament VP and Na'Vi lose to chinese teams. It is best of one, everything can happen :D
2017-03-29 18:29
#89
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France t3r4byt3 
thats the point
2017-03-29 18:29
It's not groups, its pool. 1 best teams 4 worst teams. 1 group consists of 4 teams 1 from each pool
2017-03-29 18:51
RIGGED
2017-03-29 18:27
#92
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Brazil mth^ 
Na`Vi Pool 1 LMAO group stage warrios
2017-03-29 18:30
too bad sk isn't even group stage warriors and gonna out before quarters just like they did last time
2017-03-29 18:41
#129
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Brazil mth^ 
I know the truth hurts a bit :) How many majors does Navi have? How many second places? How many tournaments top 4? in big events :)) sorry bro :)
2017-03-29 21:59
Majors is the only one thing what you can put in question
2017-04-02 23:25
tyloo sk once more
2017-03-29 18:35
hltv reading comprehension xdd
2017-03-29 18:55
#100
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Estonia jossd 
Just too ez 4 G2
2017-03-29 18:56
good luck Virtus.Plow! :)
2017-03-29 18:59
#106
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United States darkun 
this just shows how special people on hltv are... they cant understand a basic bracket system broken into pools. realize your a idiot and learn to not be one.
2017-03-29 19:08
#107
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Poland 0VERATED 
First 4 matcches will be 99 % on betting sites
2017-03-29 19:08
#108
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Russia ZippSluvik 
Na'Vi in 1st pool? LOL XD
2017-03-29 19:08
ikr at least faze should be instead of them
2017-03-29 20:01
#127
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Russia ZippSluvik 
+1
2017-03-29 21:52
Im really scared for VP when they play asian teams xD More scared than when they play Astralis or SK lol.
2017-03-29 19:36
#119
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India TYZ4 
but this is lan, so we can both chill.
2017-03-29 20:10
Mate its BO1.Anything can happen.VP will probably win,but VP plays bad against unknown teams.
2017-03-29 20:10
#173
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France t3r4byt3 
hltv.org/match/2304567-virtuspro-vgcyber.. I wouldnt completely relax if I were you
2017-03-30 12:45
#112
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Europe Vallon 
Pool 1 is comprised of the current top teams, Lol.
2017-03-29 19:42
#113
s1mple | 
Ukraine st1ng7 
1. 5POWER 2. MVP Project 3. Tyloo 4. CLG 5. HellRaisers 6. Immortals 7. NiP 8. G2 Ez tournament
2017-03-29 19:44
Nip vs G2 <3 I bet Astralis and FaZe goes in playoff without a loss. First turn: Astralis Virtus.pro SK Natus Vincere G2 North FaZe Gambit
2017-03-29 20:07
First turn: Astralis Virtus.pro SK Na'Vi G2 IMM FaZe Fnatic
2017-03-29 20:26
too ez 4 5POWER
2017-03-29 20:28
What the fuck is up with pool 1 & 4 !? O_O
2017-03-29 21:07
#125
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Poland mamba99999 
ez for VP and G2.
2017-03-29 21:14
#126
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Malaysia phyzell 
You see 800k grand prize means everything to anyone. However, Starseries is more organized & classy.
2017-03-29 21:48
North > Na'Vi
2017-03-29 22:46
Fixed. All the china teams and the only US team in 1 group. How many times is this going to happen until someone important grows a brain..
2017-03-29 23:08
RIP CLG
2017-03-29 23:09
RIP NIP !!!
2017-03-29 23:25
#140
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United States Theking5221 
What in the fuck is pool 4.
2017-03-29 23:52
This comment section is so filled with AIDS that I might get infected by writing this... JUST FUCKING READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE
2017-03-30 00:35
#155
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
EZ FOR SK
2017-03-30 02:01
RIP pool 4 lmao
2017-03-30 03:10
Astralis Virtus.pro SK Natus Vincere G2 Immortals HellRaisers fnatic
2017-03-30 09:18
#169
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Ukraine martnlo1 
Hellraisers and G2 rly??? Maybe Gambit and North
2017-03-30 12:40
maybe not
2017-03-30 12:44
#188
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CIS chlenixon 
HR ez
2017-03-31 17:08
SK vs TYLOO? DH never 4get
2017-03-30 09:48
rip tyloo
2017-03-30 10:41
Its Kyiv.
2017-03-30 12:09
#168
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Ukraine martnlo1 
GAMBIT GOOOOO!!!!
2017-03-30 12:38
NiP easy matchup as always.. kappa.
2017-03-30 12:42
what the hell are these pools....
2017-03-30 16:57
NA if you dont pass group now you never will. RIP NAVI. Fnatic you lucky bastards. Gambit and Faze should go on in their group.
2017-03-30 17:21
lol, faze and gambit are both kings of bo1. I think they will advance to the playoffs without big problems
2017-03-30 19:07
yeah even i want NIP go first (even i am from Serbia XD ) reality is reality...
2017-03-30 19:38
Pool4 = tier4 teams
2017-03-30 17:29
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